We are an 'Infection-on-a-chip' lab in India

The Human-Relevant Infection Biology Group aims to dissect complex infection states, with a focus on chronic wounds and biofilms, towards developing composite, precision-based infection therapeutics.

Our Research Leads to

Insights into complex infection microenvironments 

Alternatives to animal testing

Platforms for Pre-Clinical Drug Discovery

Precision-based infection therapeutics

Drugs developed using animal models may not work in human clinical trials.

Feature in Nature India (February 2020)

Why infection research in India must become relevant to humans

What works in mice may not work in humans, especially in infectious diseases, argue Surat Parvatam and Karishma Kaushik

Feature in The Hindu Science (February 2023)

In this article by Joel Joseph, our 'wound infection on a chip' model was featured, as part of novel organ-on-a-chip technologies! 

Custom designed logo created by Snehal Kadam (Twitter: @sne_kad)  

It represents the main focus areas of our group - building in vitro human-relevant infection platforms, dissecting host-microbe interactions, and developing composite infection therapeutics 

Get in touch!                   Twitter: @_KarishmaK

Our Biofilms in 4-D work done by Radhika Dhekane and Shreeya Mhade received one of the best work presented awards at Eurobiofilms, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2022!

September 2022

This was a wonderful experience for our young team!

Read our interview in 

The Indian Express!

March 2022

Thank you Anjali Murthy for the interview.

The Echo Network podcast

Hear Karishma's vision for science in India and India in this podcast!

Thank you Dr. Shannon Olson, and The Echo Network!

Our research group motto

Be the change you want to see in Indian science!