Lavisha Parab

Ph.D. Student
Affiliated projects

I was born in Mumbai, India. I studied at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India for my undergraduate degree in biotechnology and biochemical engineering. Dr. Amrita Hazra’s passion for science and the fun I had working with her at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, India in summer 2017 spurred me on the scientific path. I worked with Prof. Christian Baron at Université de Montréal, Canada on the inhibition of the Type IV secretion system of Helicobacter pylori in summer 2018. In summer 2019, I interned with Dr. Frederic Bertels at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. Jordan Dherbey  and I worked on the experimental evolution of bacteriophage PhiX174, and I fell in love with the process of scientific research and the rigorous methods that scientists apply to test their hypothesis. My master’s thesis was to decipher the source of gene expression noise in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with Dr. Riddhiman Dhar (IIT Kharagpur) as my supervisor. I started as a PhD student with Dr. Frederic Bertels through the IMPRS in January 2021.

Research interests

Population genetics, experimental evolution, molecular genetics, mathematical modelling

Current Project

Our aim is to understand whether we can predict the evolutionary dynamics of a complex system like phage-bacteria coevolution from its individual components. I will be employing a combination of mathematical modelling and experimental approaches to study the coevolution of Escherichia coli C and bacteriophage PhiX174.

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