University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
I obtained a B. Tech from IIT Bombay and an M. S. and a Ph. D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. I was fortunate during my graduate studies to be exposed to problems at the interface of biology and engineering, which spurred my interest in human disease. Pursuing this interest, I went to the theoretical biology and biophysics group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for postdoctoral studies. There, working on modeling HIV and hepatitis C virus infection dynamics and treatment outcomes, I was thrilled by the prospect of addressing outstanding questions in infectious disease biology using ideas from engineering, physics, and mathematics. Computational biology of infectious diseases crystallized as the area of my research. I returned to India and joined the faculty of the chemical engineering department at the Indian Institute of Science. Here, our group now focuses on addressing problems in infectious disease biology using theoretical and computational techniques with the overarching goal of identifying optimal treatment protocols and novel intervention strategies. We work in close collaboration with experimentalists and clinicians.