Hello readers. I am Nikhil Sethia, a junior undergraduate majoring in Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. I worked under the guidance of Dr. Shukla during my 2nd year summer vacations. It was my first experience in a foreign country and I am sure I couldn’t have got a much better start than this. Being in United States I realized why it is called a developed country. It is advanced in each and every aspect of technology but that’s not the only case as people here are very welcoming and helpful. The transport system impressed me the most there. The stop chains inside the bus, tilting of the bus for senior citizen’s entry and laying out pavement for the entry of wheelchairs are signs of advancement. The self-billing system, traffic and park meter system were also new to me. Greenery along the roads in pleasant summer months makes Urbana-Champaign the best place to work during the summers.

The project that I worked upon was titled “Identifying the key coordinates of an Eigen-process”. My work was to design computer code to obtain the important features of protein dynamics from the available simulation data set. Since this work was completely new to me, the first couple of weeks were dedicated to learning the required concepts and skills. This was made possible with the help of the research papers reading, online sources and the priceless help of the group. For coding, I used ipython and it’s various libraries. I also learnt to use softwares like VMD. All the work was done on the personal computer present in the lab, which was accessible even at mid-night. I identified the important features of the Beta-2 Adrenergic Receptor via three different methods. The final results were in agreement with each other and were also verified with the earlier work done by the group.

‘Shukla Group’ is very hardworking and each member was very helpful towards the dumbest doubts I had. They provided me an amazing support all over my stay there. The Blue Waters, a super computer that is available at UIUC is accessible for research work. The group follows a very systematic schedule all over the week. It includes group presentation by a lab member, group lunch, group lecture & individual meetings to continuously work harder towards their goals. There are also some fun group activities at times, which were very creative and enjoyable. Dr. Shukla is a very hard working and very approachable person on a daily basis. He guided me every time without which I wouldn’t have been able to complete the assigned project.


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January 24th, 2019

How do plants perceive hormones to activate drought resistance ?

Drought is one of the major environment factors that threatens future food security. In plants, stomatal pores expel 200 molecules […]

June 18th, 2018

Meet our new group member, Matthew Chan, Graduate student, ChBE, 2017.

December 27th, 2017

Meet Jiangyan Feng, ChBE Graduate student, Fall 2016.

July 20th, 2017

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences in Shukla Group.

July 13th, 2017

Meet our group members: Moeen Meigooni, ChBE ’17

July 12th, 2017

Visiting student: Jiming Chen, BS, ChBE, Rice University, 2017

July 12th, 2017

Meet our group members: Faisal Aldukhi, ChBE ’19

July 12th, 2017

Meet our group members: Qihua Chen, MatSE’18, Blue Waters Intern 2017-18

June 28th, 2017

Shriyaa Mittal’s 2017 CSE Fellow.

June 28th, 2017

Balaji Selvam’s talk at the 2017 Blue Waters Symposium.

December 7th, 2016

Group Picture time in our lab!
September 25th, 2016

Summer Intern Nikhil Sethia’s (IIT Delhi) Post on his experiences in Shukla Group.

September 25th, 2016

Prof. Shukla’s talk on “Molecular Models of Nitrate Transport in Plants” at Plants in silico Symposium, 2016.

September 25th, 2016

Talk by Graduate Student Alex Moffett at 2016 Blue Waters Symposium at Sunriver Resort, Oregon.

December 21st, 2015

Research Talk by Prof. Shukla (CSE Seminar Series, Fall 2015)

October 22nd, 2015

Teaching kids about protein structure and function at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy

July 20th, 2015

Research talk by Diwakar (Blue Waters Symposium, Jun 2015)

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July 17th, 2015

Plants in silico: a multi-scale modeling platform

July 13th, 2015

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering & Sciences (GAMES) camp, 2015.

May 30th, 2014

Central themes of our research group