Sanket Chiplunkar completed his bachelor’s degree in marine biology with first class honours from the University of Plymouth, UK. During this time, he developed an interest in microbiology, biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. His honour’s research project investigated the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cnidarian bleaching and, acclimatization to thermal stress. He went on to obtain a master of science degree in biomedical/health sciences with the focus on medical microbiology from Oregon State University, USA. His master’s research investigated the involvement of membrane vesicles in the virulence and host-pathogen interactions of an opportunistic human pathogen Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis.
Sanket's current research focuses on molecular mechanisms of a neurodegenerative disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2A (CMT2A), and finding potential therapeutic agents for the disease, using the C. elegans worm.
Sanket joined the Neumann lab in December 2018.