Meenakshi Prabod Kumar

Meenakshi Prabod Kumar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


Hi, my name is Meenakshi Prabod Kumar. I recently started working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Lab of Neural Systems at the Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Here, I will be exploring how olfactory information is encoded in insect brains such as flies and mosquitoes.

Previously, I completed my PhD in neuroscience from the Neurodynamics lab at the Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science. My thesis work focused on developing optical and behavioural tools to understand the neural correlates of learning and memory.

  • Learning and memory
  • Cellular and synaptic plasticity
  • Methods to enhance in vivo imaging
  • PhD in Neuroscience, 2022

    Indian Institute of Science

  • MS in Biological Science, 2015

    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

  • BSc in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Botany, 2012

    Christ University


Small animal behaviour

Contextual fear conditioning and water maze in mice.

Stereotaxic surgery

Craniotomy in mice for in vivo imaging.

Multi-photon microscopy

Two photon imaging in head-fixed anesthetized mice.

Data analysis

ImageJ and Java for image analysis. Labtalk and R for data analysis.

Basic molecular biology

Bacterial cloning, cell culture, virus production.


Optoelectronics, Arduino-based controllers.


Mihir Chowdhury Student Fellowship
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First prize winner in Lightning Talks of Synapse 2021 Neuroscience Symposium
CSIR-JRF-NET Fellowship

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