Shukla Group@illinois

  • About
    The Shukla Group is located in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    The Shukla group is focused on developing and using novel atomistic simulation approaches for understanding complex biological processes. The key areas of current interest include understanding behavior of key cellular signaling proteins involved in cancer for drug design & development, stress and energy signaling enzymes in plants etc. If you are interested in learning more about our research and available positions, please contact us!

Recent News

January 2020: Our recent work on “How evolution shapes the conformational free energy landscapes of proteins?” is highlighted in the Emerging Young Investigator issue of MSD&E journal!

December 2019: Zhengyuan Xue and Xuenan Mi, First year graduate students in Biophysics program joined our group. Welcome Zhengyuan and Xuenan!

October 2019: Jiangyan Feng and Matthew Chan won the second and third prize respectively for their presentations at Annual Graduate Research Symposium organized by Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering!

July 2019: Shukla Group organized three summer outreach events: Discover Engineering, Evaluate Your Option and Catalyzing UR Interest in Engineering (Camp CURIE) for high school students. Two weeks of outreach events for our group!

June 2019: Jiangyan Feng and Balaji Selvam presented their research on membrane transporters at the Gordon Research Conference on Mechanisms of Membrane Transport. Congratulations!

June 2019: Matthew Chan receives the School of Chemical Sciences Excellent in Teaching Award for graduate students. Congratulations!

May 2019: Jiangyan Feng  received the Chia-Chen Chu fellowship from the School of Chemical Sciences. Congratulations!

April 2019: Prof. Shukla is selected as the NCSA faculty fellow for 2019-20. The fellows program provides supports the collaborative projects between NCSA and the Illinois faculty. Read the news here.

February 2019: Prof. Shukla received the Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation! Read the news here.

January 2020: Jiming Chen and Prof. Diwakar Shukla are included in the List of Excellent Teachers for teaching Chemical Reaction Engineering and Process Control & Dynamics in Fall 2019 respectively.

October 2019: Prateek Bansal (First year ChBE student) joined our research group! Welcome Prateek!

September 2019:  Prof. Shukla gave an invited seminar at the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at University of Pennsylvania. Thanks to Prof. Amish Patel for the invitation!

July 2019: Jiangyan Feng and Chuankai Zhao receive the Drickamer fellowship and Ulyot fellowship from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Congratulations!

June 2019:  Congratulations to Matthew Chan for being included in the List of Excellent TA’s for teaching ChBE 221 in Spring 2019!

June 2019: Shriyaa Mittal is included in the List of Excellent Teachers for her work as a Teaching Assistant in Spring 2019. Congratulations!

June 2019:  Prof. Shukla receives the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Chemical Sciences. Read the news here.

May 2019: Alexander S. Moffett successfully defended his thesis on “Computational investigation of early events in plant growth signaling”. Congratulations!

April 2019: Chuankai Zhao received the Outstanding Student Research Award at the GLCACS 23rd Annual Conference 2019. Congratulations!

April 2019: Chuankai Zhao and Balaji Selvam received the first and third prize respectively for their poster presentation at the Science & Spirits poster competition organized by Department of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences. Congratulations!

January 2019: Soumajit Dutta passed the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering PhD qualifying exam with flying colors! Congratulations Soumajit!

December 2019: Prof. Shukla is selected as the CAS fellow by the Center for Advance Study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read the news here!

October 2019: Prof. Shukla gave an invited talk at the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University.

August 2019:  Zahra Shamsi defended her thesis on “Evolution of Protein Structure and Function” and she is headed to Google for her next position. Congratulations Dr. Shamsi !

July 2019:  Prof. Shukla and Matthew Chan participated in the summer school on rare events organized at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and taught one day course on Markov State Models !

June 2019:  Pouyan Khakbaz presented his research on Rubisco Activases at the RIPE Annual Meeting in New Hampshire!

June 2019:  Aniket Deb from Jadavpur University joined our group for summer internship as the Khorana Scholar supported by the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum!

May 2019: Shriyaa Mittal received the Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate College. Congratulations!

April 2019: Cancer center at Illinois provided seed-funding ($250,000 in direct costs) to support our research on using transfer learning approaches for building deep-mutational landscapes of proteins involved in Cancer! Learn more about it here.

March 2019: Prof. Shukla gave two invited talks at the ACS Spring meeting in Orlando highlighting our research on membrane transporters and plant hormone receptors!

January 2019: Jiangyan Feng received the Hanratty Travel Award from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. Congratulations Jiangyan!

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