Dr. Neha Gandhi
Dr. Gandhi was awarded Ph.D. from Curtin University in 2012. Previously, she obtained the MPhil degree (Biomedical Sciences) from Curtin University in 2008 and the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Computer Science from MS University of Baroda in 2001. Prior to commencing her postgraduate studies at Curtin University she worked as a full-time researcher in both academic and industrial settings. During 2003-2006, she set up a bioinformatics and molecular modelling facility at Zydus Research Centre, India and assisted medicinal chemists and molecular biologists using computational tools in projects related to novel chemical entities research on obesity, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-bacterial programs. As a previous postgraduate student and postdoctoral researcher at Curtin University, she worked full-time on the molecular modelling of glycosaminoglycans and their interactions with proteins, pioneering this field of research in Australia. Since 2004, she has published 25 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, plus a book chapter, in the fields of molecular modelling, protein structure and function, glycobiology and drug discovery. Importantly a number of her predictions from her modelling have been confirmed by X-ray crystallography. Her publications have been cited 350+ times and she currently has an ISI WoK H-index of 13. Dr Gandhi published a review paper in glycosciences at the end of 2008 that is now a fundamental reference and has attracted 200+ citations. It is the most cited paper in the last 5 years in the journal where it was published. Over the last 5 years she has delivered numerous oral and poster presentations at conferences in molecular modelling, glycobiology and protein science. Of particular note was the invitation for an oral presentation at the 6th International Conference on Proteoglycans in 2009, at Aix-le-Bains, France.