Does this pic remind you of Waddington's notion of canalization?

I am an Indian evolutionary biologist who lives in Sweden. This website presents glimpses of my work, both within and outside academia.


Updated: 27 September 2022

20 September 2022

New preprint:

Bacteria evolve macroscopic multicellularity via the canalization of phenotypically plastic cell clustering

The first preprint from my (ongoing) postdoc with Peter Lind is now online! I had made the initial discovery in 2013 and had been waiting for the right opportunity to test my ideas and develop this line of work. This is my first publication as a corresponding author, and I'm particularly happy to have both my PhD and postdoctoral advisors on board. Looking forward to the peer-review of this work now! Here's a time-lapse movie from this preprint:








Escherichia coli growing as an elongated multicellular cluster under a highly saline environment

14-19 August 2022

ESEB 2022 in Prague

It was a great experience in Prague, where I got an opportunity to give a talk about my recent work in front of a very large audience. I talked about how bacteria evolve macroscopic multicellularity via the canalization of phenotypically plastic cell clustering. The preprint based on this work will be out soon! I also had several detailed discussions about my projects there. [Book of abstracts]

2 August 2022

SMBE Everywhere global symposium on mutation biases

It was real fun to present an online talk on "Empirically determining mutation biases to predict the evolution of antibiotic resistance" in front of a large global audience in a completely environment friendly manner! The organizers had done a great job of employing an interactive platform for talks and detailed one-on-one discussions. [The abstract of my talk]

12 July 2022

Received the review reports for the last manuscript based on my work with Sarthak and Sutirth

Although our manuscript has not been accepted yet, it feels very good to receive minutely detailed reviews that are largely positive and encouraging. We are optimistic!


17 June 2022