Varun Bhadkamkar

1st year Tetrad Ph.D student
Spring rotation
I grew up in Palo Alto, CA, a weird little town in the San Francisco Bay Area. In search of change, I spent four years studying at Williams College in the mountains of Massachusetts, graduating with a B.A. in Chemistry in June 2017. My love for microbial pathogenesis began with a microbiology course I took during the Fall semester of my Junior year. I completed an honors thesis in the lab of Professor Amy Gehring studying antibiotic synthesis in the soil-dwelling bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor, and have now moved on to the Tetrad Program at UCSF. In the Mukherjee Lab, I will be studying ER recruitment by Legionella during infection of human cells. When I’m not in lab, you can find me biking around the city (with stops to pet various dogs), tanning in Dolores Park, hiking with friends, or being a lazy blob at home.” Email: [email protected]