Arun Shivanandan

Arun Shivanandan

Arun Shivanandan was a PhD student in the MOSAIC group between July 2011 and June 2012. He was born in 1985 at Thrissur, Kerala, India, and is an Indian citizen. When the MOSAIC Group moved to Dresden in June 2012, Arun moved his workplace to our collaborator's lab at EPFL, Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic, where he continues to collaborate with us. Arun graduated in August 2015 and then moved on to become a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Maxime Dahan at Institut Curie in Paris, France.


From August 2002 to April 2006, Arun studied Mechanical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India. He was among the top 0.3% in the Engineering Entrance Examination and finished his studies with distinction. His Bachelor project was the design and fabrication of a mobile robot controlled from the Internet, for which he was awarded the top grade of 10/10. Apart from this, he also worked on several other robotics projects, and won prizes at inter-university technology festivals. After obtaining his Bachelor's degree, he worked at IBM India as an application programmer from June 2006 to July 2009. He mainly worked on Java-based technologies to build IT infrastructure for telecom, and on Web 2.0 technologies to build a knowledge management system.


From September 2009 till June 2011, he did his Master's degree in Computer Science at Université Joseph Fourier-ENSIMAG, Grenoble, France. He was awarded the bourse d'excellence M2R (Excellence Scholarship) by the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG). During the course of his Masters, he also worked as an intern in the IBIS group for bioinformatics and computational biology in INRIA Grenoble-Rhône-Alpes, from December 2009 to June 2011, on systems biology problems. He worked on "Qualitative analysis of steady state interactions in glycolytic network of Escherichica coli using computer algebra tools" for his Travail d'Etude et de Recherche (TER) project, supervised by Dr. Hidde de Jong. His master thesis was entitled "Stochastic modelling and identification of arabinose uptake network in E. coli", where he applied Finite State Projection, a method to approximately solve the Chemical Master Equation, to a reduced model of the arabinose uptake network. The work was supervised by Dr. Eugenio Cinquemani.


In the MOSAIC group, Arun developed statistical models for the analysis of images obtained through PALM super-resolution microscopy, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Nanoscale Biology (Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic) at EPFL. Arun particularly authored the interaction analysis module in the MOSAICsuite.


Arun is a fellow of the National Competence Center for Biomedical Imaging (NCCBI).

PhD Thesis

A. Shivanandan. Analytical Methods, Correlative Microscopy and Software Tools for Quantitative Single Molecule Localization Microscopy PhD thesis, EPFL, 2015. (PDF)