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Ashim Rai


Ph.D in Biology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, 2016

Current Position

Postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan’s lab at the University of Minnesota


  1. Rai, A., Pathak, D., Thakur, S., Singh, S., Dubey, A. K. and Mallik, R. (2016). Dynein Clusters into Lipid Microdomains on Phagosomes to Drive Rapid Transport toward Lysosomes. Cell 164(4): 722-734.
  2. Chanduri, M., Rai, A., Malla, A. B., Wu, M., Fiedler, D., Mallik, R. and Bhandari, R. (2016). Inositol hexakisphosphate kinase 1 (IP6K1) activity is required for cytoplasmic dynein-driven transport. Biochem J 473(19): 3031-3047.
  3. Barak, P., Rai, A., Dubey, A. K., Rai, P. and Mallik, R. (2014). Reconstitution of microtubule-dependent organelle transport. Methods Enzymol 540: 231-248.
  4. Rai, A. K., Rai, A., Ramaiya, A. J., Jha, R. and Mallik, R. (2013). Molecular adaptations allow dynein to generate large collective forces inside cells. Cell 152(1-2): 172-182.
  5. Barak, P., Rai, A., Rai, P. and Mallik, R. (2013). Quantitative optical trapping on single organelles in cell extract. Nat Methods 10(1): 68-70.
  6. Mallik, R., Rai, A. K., Barak, P., Rai, A. and Kunwar, A. (2013). Teamwork in microtubule motors. Trends Cell Biol 23(11): 575-582.
Protocols by Ashim Rai
  1. Isolation of Latex Bead Phagosomes from Dictyostelium for in vitro Functional Assays