Abhishek was born in the summer of 1988, in New Delhi. He completed his high school studies in 2006 and moved to Ambala for pursuing B.Tech in Biotechnology from Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Research. There he was trained primarily in Microbiology and Biochemistry.
After graduating in 2010, he took a sabbatical, exploring mountain trails in the Himalayas and briefly volunteering to work with a NGO involved in the rehabilitation and education of impoverished children. He obtained his M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, majoring in Structural and Computational Biology. He started his post-graduate research under the supervision of Dr. Balaji Prakash in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering. He worked in a couple of projects as a research fellow before moving to Chennai in 2014 to work for a Biotech start-up.
While studying various GTP hydrolysis mechanism, he was amazed how a single family of protein could evolve to catalyze the same reaction at different rates. Even the same GTPase demonstrated different hydrolysis rates and affinities with different GAP (GTPase Activating Protein) partners that are localized to specific regions in the cell. Indeed, a remarkable way to achieve fine-tuning and precise control of biological pathways. His experience of studying the factors governing GTP hydrolysis further piqued his interest in engineering proteins with the same level of tuning, utilizing a combination of computational and experimental methods. He has experience of employing primarily, bioinformatics and computational approaches to shed light on the dynamics of bio-molecules.
Apart from research, he enjoys reading up on cosmological theories, latest technologies and all things stranger than fiction. When not in town, he is happily backpacking on rocky trails, basking in the glory of nature.