University of Michigan (2021-Present) PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Indian Institute of Science (2016-2021) BS + MS (Research)
Awards & Honors
Best Poster Award, iSEB 2019 annual conference, JNCASR, Bangalore
Gold Medal and Best Software Tool Nomination (Team Leader), iGEM 2018, Boston, MA
Gold Medal and Best Hardware Nomination, iGEM 2017, Boston, MA
Indian Biological Engineering Competition. Awarded ∼14,000$ by the Department of
Biotechnology, Govt. of India for iGEM 2017.
National level competitive scholarship with stipend upto pre-PhD level by DST, Govt. of India (<1% selection rate)
National level competitive scholarship by NCERT, Govt. of India (<0.1% selection rate)
Publications & Conferences
Kumawat, B. and Zaman, L., 2021, July. Architecture of the Genotype-Phenotype Map and the Coevolution of Complexity. In ALIFE 2021: The 2021 Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00386
Kumawat, B., Bhat, R. An interplay of resource availability, population size and mutation rate potentiates the evolution of metabolic signaling. BMC Ecol Evo21, 52 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12862-021-01782-0
D’Costa, J., Pujar, A., Kumawat, B., Venkatesh, P., Ranjith, G., Sinha, V., Dubey, A.K., Narayan, H. Resistance: Tales from a Post-Antibiotic World. IISc Press, 2019. ISBN-10:8192570789.
EMBO Workshop: Predicting evolution, Heidelberg. Flash Talk and Poster: "Localization on phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability"
GRC/S Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution, Easton. Poster: "Localization on phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability"
EMBL Symposium: The organism and its environment, Heidelberg. Talk: "Selective capture at phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability in a changing environment"
Alife 2021, Prague (switched to online mode due to COVID-19) organised by the International Society for Artificial Life. Presented work on the paper "Architecture of the Genotype-Phenotype Map and the Coevolution of Complexity"
ALife 2020, Montreal (switched to online mode due to COVID-19) organised by the International Society for Artificial Life. Received scholarship to attend the meeting as a new member to the community.
Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology, CHG, Bangalore. Poster on “Relatively disparate evolutionary dynamics of genomic and developmental features in unicellular and multicellular contexts”
Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology, CHG, Bangalore (Jointly with Preetham Venkatesh). Poster on “Utility functions with compounding returns lead to evolution of cooperativity in Multi-Armed Bandit networks”
Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists (ISEB) Annual Conference, JNCASR, Bangalore. Poster on “Investigating the evolution of developmental mechanisms in digital multicellular organisms”
PhageShift talk at the Center For BioSystems Science And Engineering symposium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
PhageShift talk (and poster) at the International Genetic Engineering Machine Competition (iGEM) Giant Jamboree, Boston, MA. Winner of a Gold Medal and Best Software Tool Nomination.
Molecular Basis of Ageing and Regeneration, Elements of Structural Biology, Molecular Systems Biology, Principles of Genetic Engineering, Bioinformatics, Spatial and Stochastic Dynamics in Biology, Quantitative Ecology
Condensed Matter Physics - I, Statistical Mechanics, Computational Physics
Game Theory, Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems Theory