Dr Indu R. Chandrashekaran

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Fragment-Based Design (CFBD), Dr Indu Chandrashekaran is looking forward to working on mutli-disciplinary projects, industry engagements and learning from the experts.

“I have always had a keen interest in how the human body functions. I find medical research fascinating and want to make useful contributions towards the betterment of human health,” she says.

Research Overview

Throughout her research career, Indu’s interest has been in protein structure-function. Since joining the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) in 2010, Indu has contributed to FBDD projects on various drug targets including, AMA1, a malaria drug target, Perforin, a cancer target and PKCe, a drug target for diabetes.

Within the CFBD, her research focus is on the role of fatty acid binding proteins in intracellular transport and nuclear hormone receptor signalling.

Previously, Indu held a postdoctoral research position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research working on structure-function of insulin-like growth factor binding proteins, suppressor of cytokine signaling proteins and malaria surface antigens.

Latest Publications

View Dr Chandrashekaran’s latest ORCID publication listing here


Indu completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology and Master of Science in Biophysics at Mahatma Gandhi University and later attained her PhD (Biophysics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. During her PhD, Indu characterized the structure of neurokinin peptides using NMR spectroscopy and studied the interaction with their cognate GPCR using molecular modelling and docking.

Grants and Awards

  • Research Fellowship (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India)