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Surya D. Aggarwal

Surya D. Aggarwal is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He is carrying out his doctoral work under the supervision of Dr. Luisa Hiller whose lab focuses on studying the various biological facets of the opportunistic pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae. Surya’s work in the lab revolves around studying molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in the context of cell function and associated fitness costs.

He has obtained Master’s in Biotechnology from University of Edinburgh (UK) and Bachelor’s in Biotechnology from Amity University Uttar Pradesh (India). He completed his Master’s Thesis Project under the supervision of Prof. Charles Cockell, in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh & UK Centre for Astrobiology. Surya’s formative years were spent in The Lawrence School, Sanawar (India), situated in the foothills of Himalayas.

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