Research Experience

M.Phil/PhD in Cell Biology
Parsons lab, King’s College London (2013- 2017)

Characterised and validated a novel protein-protein interaction between cell junction receptor, Coxsackie and Adenovirus Receptor (CAR), and cytoskeletal protein, filamin A, which has great implications in the treatment of lung inflammation during asthma and lung cancer.

Project Assistant/ Visiting Student
Pullarkat lab, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore (2012)

Demonstrated a tight quantitative relationship between nuclear deformation and cell spreading in mesenchymal stem cells.

M.Sc in Biomedical Sciences Research
Parsons lab, King’s College London (2011- 2012)

Screened and validated protein interaction partners of Coxsackie and Adenovirus Receptor (CAR), a novel cell:cell junction protein, essential in studying adhesion and migratory signalling in lung epithelial cells under homeostatic and inflammatory conditions.

Hittalmani lab, University of Agriculture, Bangalore (2010)

Validated drought-resistant rice genotypes using SSR markers.



Raghavan, S., Santis, G. & Parsons, M (2018). CAR associates with Filamin A to regulate epithelial cell adhesion and migration (Manuscript is being prepared)

Morton, P. E., Hicks, A., Ortiz-Zapater, E., Raghavan, S., et al (2016). TNFα promotes CAR-dependent migration of leukocytes across epithelial monolayers, Scientific Reports

Vishavkarma, R., Raghavan, S., et al (2014). Role of actin filaments in correlating nuclear shape and cell spreading, PloS one


Teaching Experience

Academic Tutor

at Realising Opportunities Programme (Sept 2015- Sept 2017)

Mentored and guided Year 11-12 students to design independent research projects in varied subjects and write dissertations, and examined their learning outcomes.

Academic Tutor

at The Brilliant Club (Sept 2015- March 2017)

Designed new course modules in biophysics, delivered and examined student learning outcomes for Year 9-12 students at Carshalton Boys High School & Wembley High Technology School, London.

Teaching Assistant & Examiner

at King’s College London (Oct 2014- Jan 2017)

Conducted practical laboratory-based modules for MBBS and BDS Year 1 & 2, and undergraduate B.Sc (Biochemistry, Biomedicine & Cell Biology streams) students Assessed term examination papers/essays and provided feedback.

Research Project Supervisor
at King’s College London (Jan 2015-Dec 2016)

Provided one-on-one supervision and support to M.Sc and B.Sc students to complete dissertation projects. Supervised and guided students in drafting novel research proposals, designing and conducting experiments as well as submitting written theses.

Other Experiences

STEM Mentor at ‘Mission Discovery’ Summer School hosted by International Space School Educational Trust in collaboration with NASA (July 2012).

Pro-bono teaching to improve the performance of disadvantaged pupils (Year 8-12) by tutoring them individually and in small groups (2009-2011).