Shivani Thaker

Graduate Student

Shivani’s work focuses on understanding how viruses reprogram host cell metabolism to support optimal virus replication. She is also using viruses as a tool to identify important metabolic pathways in cancer cells.  


Prior to starting the MD/PhD program at UCLA, Shivani worked in Dr. Utpal Banerjee’s lab where she studied how Notch signaling led to changes in cell metabolism in Drosophila.


BS, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, UCLA


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