Maalavika Pillai

Graduate Students


I am a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences program (Fall 2022 cohort). Broadly, I am interested in systems biology and network sciences. I am currently working on understanding how chromatin accessibility patterns for different gene regulatory network topologies can control variability between cells.
In my free time, I enjoy reading historical fiction and singing.

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  • B. Sc. Systems Biology and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Science (2021)
  • M. Sc. Systems Biology, Indian Institute of Science (2022)