Rajesh Ramaswamy was a PhD student with the MOSAIC Group from September 2007 until November 2011. He is an Indian citizen, born in Pondicherry, India, on the 10th of April 1983 and he studied in the world's spice capital, Chennai (Madras), India. After leaving the MOSAIC Group with a doctoral degree from ETH Zurich, Rajesh became a quantitative analyst with IMC Financial Markets in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since August 2013, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) in Dresden, Germany. Since August 2014 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) in Dresden, Germany.
From 2000-2004, Rajesh pursued his Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) studies in Electronics and Communication at Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, University of Madras, Chennai, India. For his Bachelor project, he was involved in designing a digital signal processor for mission-critical applications. During his Bachelor's, he was an undergraduate research trainee at the Waran Research Foundation (WARFT), Chennai, India, where he was introduced to neuroscience and biophysics by Prof. N. Venkateswaran, Director of WARFT.
From 2004-2006, Rajesh pursued his Master of Science (M.Sc.) studies in Neural and Behavioural Sciences at the Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences, International Max Planck Research School, University of Tuebingen, Germany. During this period, he stayed intermediately at the Department of Neurobiology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), NY, USA, as a visiting graduate student. At CSHL, he was involved in developing an algorithm for montaging serial electron microscopy images of the brain. For his Master thesis, he proposed a biophysical platform to describe the mechanotransduction process in the hair cells of the cochlea. His thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Anthony W. Gummer, Section of Physiological Acoustics and Communication, University of Tuebingen, Germany. The second reader of his thesis was Prof. Charles Steele, Mechanics and Computation Division, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, USA. During his Master's, Rajesh Ramaswamy was funded by a Max Planck Society Fellowship.
In the MOSAIC Group, Rajesh developed efficient stochastic simulation algorithms for reaction-diffusion systems, and applied them to discovering novel effects in mesoscopic chemical kinetics, as for example in biological cells and subcellular compartments. His PhD thesis has been nominated for an ETH Medal by the examination committee.
R. Ramaswamy. Partial-propensity simulation algorithms for stochastic chemical kinetics and the role of fluctuations in mesoscopic reaction systems. PhD thesis, Diss. ETH No. 20105, MOSAIC Group, ETH Zürich, 2011. (PDF)