Abhishek Shrivastava

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6101
Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6101

Biography

Abhishek Shrivastava develops experimental and computational tools to solve questions related to the microbiome, biofilms, collective motion, chemotaxis, molecular motors, and protein secretion. One major focus of the Shrivastava lab is to figure out the factors that shape the spatial structure of human microbial communities. They found that motile microbes of the phylum Bacteroidetes that are abundant in the human oral microbiome carry other non-motile bacteria as cargo and shape developing biofilms. Alongside, they also found a molecular rack and pinion machinery that couples with a bacterial Type IX secretion system and enables surface navigation. To carry out this research, they received a K99/R00 award from the NIH.

The Shrivastava lab combines biology, physics, and bioinformatics to answer curiosity-driven questions that are related to the microbiome and microbial systems biology. Many recent reports show that changes in the human microbiome correlate with the occurrence of periodontal disease, oral and colorectal cancers, obesity, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease. They aim to find why and how the microbiome correlates with the above diseases and how they can use this information to design therapeutic strategies. On the microbial systems biology front, they are interested in finding the nuts and bolts of a molecular rack and pinion machinery that enables motility gliding bacteria. The network that governs chemotaxis of single cells is also of interest to the lab.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow. Harvard University 2013-2019
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Courses

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
MIC 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar

Presentations

Spring 2020  BIO/MIC 498 (U) and BIO/MIC 591 (G):  Programming for Biologists