Upasana B.

Graduate Ambassador at Cornell University

Hometown: Jharkhand, India


Graduate Program

Graduate Program: Biomedical and Biological Sciences

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2025


Institution: Indian Institute of Science1 Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal

Major: Biological Sciences

My Background

I am international graduate student at Cornell. I have completed Integrated BS-MS in Biological Sciences from India. I joined Cornell in the year 2020 and am now working in the field of Microbiology.

My research interests

Bacteria are excellent model prokaryotic systems because of the genetic manipulation tools available, and their ability to rapidly respond and adapt to changes. I am fascinated by its structural, functional and ecological diversity. They can be beneficial or pathogenic to us, that's why we focus on the development of probiotics and antibiotics. The discovery of antibiotics during World War II was a game-changer but the rise in antibiotic resistance has become a threat to global health nowadays. The emergence of Superbugs like MRSA (methicilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has made the treatment of infectious diseases is becoming costlier and more difficult. This problem can be tackled by the rapid discovery of novel antibiotics and minimizing the development of antibiotic resistance. I am interested in studying how the mechanisms via which bacteria develop resistance to drugs so that we can utilize this knowledge to curb the problem antibiotic resistance.

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