Diwakar Shukla

Diwakar Shukla
Principal Investigator

PI About Diwakar

Diwakar Shukla is a Blue Waters assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative biology, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Department of Plant Biology, Cancer Center at Illinois, Center for Digital Agriculture and NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling & Bioinformatics. His research work is focused on understanding the complex biological processes using novel physics-based models and techniques. He started his research career at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India, where he received B. Tech and M. Tech. degrees in chemical engineering. He then joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering for his work on solution biochemistry with Prof. Bernhardt Trout. Before joining Illinois, he worked with Prof. Vijay Pande at Stanford University on developing distributed computing approaches for understanding protein dynamics. In his independent career, he has received several awards for his research and teaching including the NSF early career award, OpenEye outstanding junior faculty award in computational chemistry from ACS, CoMSEF young investigator award from AIChE, Sloan research fellowship, New innovator award in food & agriculture research, Excellence in teaching award and Outstanding advising award from University of Illinois.

 

Appointments Education

2020-

Affiliate Faculty

Center for Digital Agriculture,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019-

Affiliate Faculty

Cancer Center at Illinois,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019-

Affiliate Faculty

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2016-

Affiliate Faculty

Plant Biology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2015-

Affiliate Faculty

National Center for Supercomputing Applications,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2015-

Affiliate Faculty

Center for Biophysics & Computational Biology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2015-

Blue Waters Assistant Professor

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014

SimBios Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow

Chemistry, Stanford University

2011

Ph. D.

Chemical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2006

M. Tech

Chemical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

2006

B. Tech

Chemical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Selected Awards

  • 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2020 Emerging Young Investigator in Molecular System Design & Eng.

    Royal Society of Chemistry

  • 2020 CAS Fellow

    Center for Advance Study,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2019 SCS Excellence in Teaching Award

    School of Chemical Sciences,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2019 Faculty Fellow

    National Center for Supercomputing Applications,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry

    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

  • 2016-2019 List of Excellent Teachers

    Sp'16, Fa'16, Sp '17, Fa'17 and Fa'19
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2018 NSF Early CAREER Award

    National Science Foundation

  • 2018 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

    American Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • 2018 OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry

    American Chemical Society

  • 2017 New Innovator Award in Food & Agriculture Research

    Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

  • 2015 Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015 Blue Waters Professorship

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign