Welcome

Starting August 2019, the Shrivastava Lab will open its doors at the School of Life Sciences and Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University, Tempe. We have open positions at all levels and are excited for our move to the sunny Phoenix metro area. Visit the Shrivastava Lab website for details https://web.asu.edu/shrivastavalab

We develop experimental and theoretical approaches to solve questions related to the human microbiome, biofilms, collective motion, chemotaxis, molecular motors, and protein secretion machineries. Our  research aims to identify the mechanisms via which the microbiome influences progression of oral cancer, colorectal cancer, and periodontal diseases. Studies of bacterial biofilms, motility mechanisms, protein secretion, and cell-surface machineries improve our understanding of antibiotic resistance.

As  a NIH K99/R00 Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, I apply concepts of Physics and Molecular Biology to study the dynamics of Microbial Systems. Some questions that I try to address with my research are: (i)  How  does collective motion of microbes from the human microbiome shape the spatial organization of a microbial community and (ii)  How molecular motors drive mobile cell-surface adhesins on single cells.  Please visit the 'Research' section for a detailed description. While I perform most of my research at the lab of Howard C. Berg at the BioLabs building on the Harvard main campus,  I also do experiments at the Forsyth Institute and the Rowland Insitute at Harvard.

Spatial organization of human microbiome being shaped by a swarm