Shekhar Lab at UC Berkeley
A bit about me
I earned my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2008, and my PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014 working with Arup K. Chakraborty. My doctoral thesis combined ideas from statistical physics and machine learning to understand adaptive immunity.
I subsequently began a post-doc with Aviv Regev at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where I combined experimental and computational techniques to understand the cellular organization of complex tissues, focusing heavily on the retina - the highly complex neural tissue that initiates vision. I began my group at UC Berkeley in January 2020.
I strongly believe that my training in engineering and the physical sciences enabled me to make quick inroads into biology, and work on some really exciting questions with fantastic collaborators. For more information, check out my CV.