Agastya Sharma

Agastya SharmaMGM Graduate Student (2020)
Valdivia Lab
Durham, NC 27710





Research Interest: After growing up in Boston, MA, I earned by bachelor’s degree in microbiology along with a certificate in computer science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. While at UW, I worked with Laura Knoll in understanding host-pathogen interactions that occur during Toxoplasma gondii infection. Specifically, I explored the activity of signaling pathways that are influential in the transition between the acute and chronic stages of the infection caused by this food-borne parasite. Now, I’m eager to continue learning and exploring my passion for science and microbiology here at Duke!

Personal Interests: When I’m not in lab or quarantine, I enjoy hiking, camping, going on road trips, doing standup comedy, and hammocking

Publications List: 1. Min, S. Y., Desai, A., Yang, Z., Sharma, A., Desouza, T., Genga, R. M. J., … Corvera, S. [2019]. Diverse repertoire of human adipocyte subtypes develops from transcriptionally distinct mesenchymal progenitor cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116[36], 17970-17979.