Microbiomes - Host physiology - Function

Home page for Shantanu Shukla's lab at MRDG, IISc, Bangalore, India

Welcome to Shantanu Shukla's lab at the Department of Developmental Biology and Genetics at the Indian Institute of Science


The lab studies host-microbiome interactions. We use diverse approaches to elucidate the impact of the microbiome on host nutritional physiology, development, reproduction, behaviour and function. Our primary focus is on insects – an extraordinarily successful group of organisms that show complex and intricate associations with microorganisms. We aim to leverage insect-microbiome interactions to develop novel biotechnological applications in health and agriculture.

Lab news

Bulletin board for lab announcements and happenings

Aug’23- Rajameenakshi joins the lab as a PhD student. Welcome!

Jan’23- Agna and Adhya join the lab for their MSc and BE projects. Welcome to the lab.

Jan’23- And here it is already… Make way for 2023! A happy new year to you all !!

Dec’22- Sourajyoti joins the lab as a PhD student. Welcome!

Nov’22 – The lab co-organizes the first edition of the Microbe Matters conference at IISc. Two wonderful days of  fascinating talks on Microbiology!

Aug’22 – Ojaswini joins the lab as a Project Associate, Akash joins the lab for his MSc project.

July’22 – Shantanu invited to present at the International Union for the Study of Social Insects Congress, San Diego, and  at the International Congress of Entolomogy, Helsinki

June’22 – Asha joins the lab as a Project Associate

April’22 – Shantanu appointed as Head, Max Planck Partner Group

Nov’21 – Shantanu awarded the SRG Grant from the Department of Science and Technology

July’21 – Nikhil and Vaishally join the lab as Ph.D. students. Welcome!

March’21 – Shantanu awarded the Ramalingaswami Fellowship