My name is Ravindra Naraine. I am from Grenada, West Indies but was born in Guyana, South America. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics and Virology at the Faculty of Science, Charles University under the supervision of Dr. Radek Sindelka. My project deals with developmental evolution and aims to identify any evolutionary conservation of motifs important for the localization of maternal transcripts in the oocytes of Amphibians, Fish and Mammals. Before the start of my PhD studies, I completed my Master of Science in Microbiology at the St. George’s University in Grenada where I studied the activity of microaerophilic, neutrophilic iron oxidizing microorganisms from a warm iron spring. After my MSc. studies I worked for about five years as a member of the faculty at the St. George’s University where I assisted in the courses of Genetics, Microbiology and Genome Annotation. I found educating students very rewarding as I really enjoyed sharing my knowledge in Science to eager minds. During this period, I was also fortunate to be involved in a variety of projects including Vibrio and E. coli taxonomy, characterization of CRISPR CAS operons and spacer sequences in acidophiles and the ecological studies of large viruses (girus) and dengue virus. As the years progressed I became increasingly intrigued by the field of bioinformatics and the magnitude of knowledge that can be elucidated from simply studying the genome. Furthermore, it was interesting to observe how the information ascertained can help guide decisions for public health and the basic sciences. My PhD project relies heavily on bioinformatic approaches and as such I am currently learning more about this fascinating field. I still love the field of classical microbiology and would still like to maintain a nice balance of bioinformatics and laboratory skills.
Laboratory of Gene Expression
Institute of Biotechnology CAS, v.v.i.
252 50 Vestec
Phone: +420 325 873 748, +420 325 873 747