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Savitribai Phule Pune University

Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Ganeshkhind Road

Pune 411045


Research Interests

biofilms, infections, wounds, oral biofilms, antimicrobial treatments


Topics to speak on:

Biofilms, Infectious Diseases, Science outreach for children, Mothers in Science, Returning to home country, science diplomacy

Words of Wisdom

Be the change you want to see in science!


I am a physician-scientist with an education and career that has spanned over 15 years, across India and the USA. After my MBBS and MD in India, I moved to the US for a PhD. I completed my PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and returned to India in 2018 to establish my independent research group. My research focuses on understanding complex infection microenvironments, and developing human-relevant preclinical infection platforms to parse host-pathogen interactions and develop novel and composite antimicrobial approaches.

In addition to our research, my group is actively engaged with the larger science ecosystem in India and across the world, via our science communication and outreach initiatives.

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Har Gobind Khorana Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (Government of India)

Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship (Government of India)

Royal Society International Exchange (with UK)

Africa-India Mobility Fund (India Alliance) (with Nigeria)

IndiaBioscience Outreach Grant (Talk To A Scientist)

Outstanding Teaching Award (University of Texas at Austin, USA)