Faculty Profile

Diwakar Shukla

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Diwakar Shukla
Diwakar Shukla
Blue Waters Assistant Professor
203 Roger Adams Laboratory MC 712
600 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-0021

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, Stanford University, 2011-2014
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006-2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2006
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2006

Biography

Diwakar Shukla is a Blue Waters Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He also is an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Biophysics and Computational biology, the Computational Science & Engineering Program, Department of Plant Biology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His research work is focused on understanding the complex biological processes using novel physics-based models and techniques. He joined the department in 2015. He received his B. Tech and M. Tech. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and his MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His postdoctoral work was at Stanford University. He has received several awards for his research including the Peterson award from ACS, Innovation in Biotechnology award from AAPS, COMSEF Graduate student award from AIChE, Institute Silver Medal and Manudhane Award from IIT Bombay.

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Research Interests

  • Molecular Engineering; Molecular Modeling and Simulations; Biophysics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • D. Shukla, Y. Meng, B. Roux and V. S. Pande, Activation Pathway of Src Kinase Reveals Intermediate States as Novel Targets for Drug Design. Nature Communications, 5:3397, doi: 10.1038/ncomms4397, 2014. Recommended in F1000Prime.
  • K. Kohlhoff* , D. Shukla* , M. Lawrenz* , G. R. Bowman, D. E. Konerding, D. Belov, R. B. Altman and V. S. Pande, Cloud-based simulations on Google Exacycle reveal ligand-modulation of GPCR activation pathways., Nature Chemistry, Vol. 6, 15￿21, 2014. *denotes co-first author. Recommended in F1000Prime Highlighted on cover of Nature Chemistry and in other journals. - Molecular dynamics: A stitch in time. X. Deupi. Nature Chemistry (2013) doi:10.1038/nchem.1832 - Using idle computers to stretch simulations, Nature Methods, 11, 129 (2014) doi:10.1038/nmeth.2821 - Cloud computing gives insights into activation, Charlotte Harrison, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, 13, 104, (2014) doi:10.1038/nrd4247
  • T. J. Lane, D. Shukla, K. A. Beauchamp and V. S. Pande, To Milliseconds and Beyond: Challenges in the Simulation of Protein Folding. Curr. Opin. Struc. Bio., Vol. 23, No. 1, 58-65, 2013.
  • D. Shukla*, C. P. Schneider* and B. L. Trout, Effects of Solute-Solute Interactions on Protein Stability Studied Using Various Counterions and Dendrimers, PLoS One, Vol.6, No. 11, e27665, 2011.
  • D. Shukla, C. P. Schneider and B. L. Trout, Complex Interactions between Molecular Ions in Solution and Their Effect on Protein Stability, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol.133, No. 46, 18713-18718, 2011.
  • D. Shukla and B. L. Trout, Understanding the Synergistic Effect of Arginine and Glutamic Acid Mixtures on Protein Solubility. J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol. 115, No. 41, 11831-11839, 2011.
  • D. Shukla, C. P. Schneider and B. L. Trout, Effect of PAMAM Dendrimer Salts on Protein Stability, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Vol. 2, No. 14, 1782-1788, 2011.
  • D. Shukla, C. P. Schneider and B. L. Trout, Molecular Level Insight Into Intra-Solvent Interaction Effects on Protein Stability and Aggregation, Adv. Drug Deliver. Rev., Vol. 63, 1074-1085 , 2011.
  • D. Shukla*, C. P. Schneider* and B. L. Trout, Arginine and the Hofmeister Series: The Role of Ion-Ion Interactions in Protein Aggregation Suppression, J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol. 115, No. 22, 7447-7458, 2011.
  • D. Shukla, L. Zamolo, C. Cavallotti, and B. L. Trout, Understanding The Role of Arginine as an Eluent in Affinity Chromatography via Molecular Computations. J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol. 115, No. 11, 2645-2654, 2011.

Honors

  • Biomedical Data Science Initiative Fellowship (2014)
  • SIMBIOS Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013)
  • W.H. Peterson Award (2011)
  • Innovation in Biotechnology Award (2011)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2010)
  • CoMSEF Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research Performance (2010)
  • Keith and Helen Rumbel Fellowship (2006-2007)
  • Chemical Weekly Best Student Paper Award (2006)
  • R. G. Manudhane Award for Best Master's Thesis (2006)
  • Institute Silver Medal (2006)
  • Institute Academic Prize (2004, 2005)
  • Young Scientist Award (2000)
  • Bronze Medal (1998)

Teaching Honors

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2010)

Research Honors

  • Innovation in Biotechnology Award (2011)
  • W. H. Peterson Award (2011)
  • CoMSEF Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research Performance (2010)
  • R. G. Manudhane Award for Best Master’s Thesis (2006)
  • Chemical Weekly Best Student Paper Award (2006)

Other Honors

  • Biomedical Data Science Initiative Fellowship (2014)
  • SIMBIOS Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013
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  • Keith and Helen Rumbel Fellowship
 
 (2006-07)
  • Institute Silver Medal (2006)
  • Institute Academic Prize (2004, 2005)
  • Young Scientist Award (2000)
  • Bronze Medal (1998)