Beamline Scientist - LIX
Shirish Chodankar joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in mid May 2014. He is part of the LIX beamline team and as his primary role is to design, construct and commission the beamline under the guidance of group leader Lin Yang. He will also be responsible to work with the user community to develop a scientific research program and its technical implementation.
He has a PhD in Physics from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, in collaboration with Mumbai University. His thesis dealt with the use of scattering techniques to characterize the structural evolution in different phases of protein solutions. He has 5 years of postdoctoral experience, two years at Swiss Spallation Neutron Source, where he studied pressure induced phase transition in colloids and bio-membranes. The second postdoc was at Swiss Light Source, here he investigated the structure of confined liquids using synchrotron X-ray reflectivity.
His primary research interest is to understand the interactions responsible for the structural transformations of biomolecules. This is important to know as the wellbeing of any living organism is governed by the delicate balance of structure and interactions among this biomolecules. In order to understand this he will develop and perform time-resolved studies to correlate the kinetics of the structural transitions of the molecules with the interactions responsible for those transitions.