THE BAKSHI Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Microbiology
We are a team of scientists and engineers interested in using experiments and modelling to examine and engineer microbes for fundamental and applied purposes. We collaborate with several other labs within the University of Cambridge and across the world to work on these problems together. Links to their websites and information about joining us are provided in the resource page.
Postdocs/ Research Associates
Alma is a postdoc in synthetic biology. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2023, focusing on antibiotic resistance plasmids, and now works on engineering stable genetic circuits on both plasmids and chromosomes for therapeutic applications.
Georgeos is 5th year PhD student in Biological Sciences (Systems & Synthetic Biology) from BBSRC DTP programme. his current research is about Image analysis tools for high throughput single cell microscopy, and using these tools to study bacterial dormancy.
Charlie is the 4th year PhD student from EPSRC Sensor CDT programme. His work is on bacterial fitness and characterising the bacteriophage infection cycle using single cell time lapse microscopy.
Jack is a 1st year PhD student from the AgriForwards CDT. He focuses on hardware; specifically creation of a bioreactor array for both bioproduction and analysis across scales.
Erez is currently a 1st year PhD student . He is interested in single cell time lapse studies of antimicrobials and phages on bacteria using microfluidics and microscopy, and reverse engineering the regulation of antibiotic production in bacteria.
Aparna Kaaraal Mohan
Aparna is a 1st year PhD student from the EPSRC Sensor CDT programme. She is working on single-cell single-phage analysis of the effects of dormancy and resistance evolution towards the efficacy of phage therapy.
Jake was an MPhil student from the Biotechnology programme. He is developing models to explore how microbes age and quantifying signatures of aging in model microbes (E. coli and B. subtilis) using timelapse fluorescence microscopy.
Eva wa an Mphil student in biotechnology. She is interested in the photophysics of fluorescent proteins, in particular, the assessment of maturation and bleaching rates to enable the screening and engineering of fast-maturing proteins.
James is research assistant/ intern from the UROP summer placement programme. He is develpoing a modular open-source bioreactor with a focus on its using for long term evolution experiments.
Nandini is a Master of research student in Connected Electronics and Photonics Systems. She currently is working on Inline optical sensors for cell density and characterization :improving and augmenting current inline sensor.
Rui Li - Deep-learning approaches for image processing
Roman Streslov - Computational fluid dynamics for microfluidics design optimisation
Francis Treherne Pollock - Analysing impacts of point-spread function on microscope images
Jorge Garcia Condado (4th year MEng), Maximilian Noka (4th year MEng), Soham Garg (4th year MEng)