Bhaskar Kumawat


University of Michigan (2021-Present)
PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Indian Institute of Science (2016-2021)
BS + MS (Research)


EEB 429 Introduction to Statistical Model Building in R (Graduate); GSI, University of Michigan; Winter 2024
EEB 485 Population and Community Ecology (Graduate); GSI, University of Michigan; Fall 2022 & Fall 2023
CMPLXSYS 391 Modeling Political Processes (Undergraduate); GSI, University of Michigan; Winter 2022
BIO 173 Introduction to Biology Lab (Undergraduate); GSI, University of Michigan; Fall 2021

Publications & Conferences

A detailed description of my research projects is available at


2023 Kumawat, B., Lalejini, A., Acosta, M., & Zaman, L. (2023). Fluctuating environments promote evolvability by shaping adaptive variation accessible to populations. bioRxiv, 2023-01.
2021 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.
2021 Kumawat, B., Bhat, R. An interplay of resource availability, population size and mutation rate potentiates the evolution of metabolic signaling. BMC Ecol Evo 21, 52 (2021).

Book chapters

2019 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.


2023 EMBO Workshop: Predicting evolution, Heidelberg. Flash Talk and Poster: "Localization on phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability"
2023 GRC/S Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution, Easton. Poster: "Localization on phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability"
2023 EMBL Symposium: The organism and its environment, Heidelberg. Talk: "Selective capture at phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability in a changing environment"
2022 Complex Systems Advanced Academic Workshop at Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Presented the work on evolution of evolvability at a seminar.
2021 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"
2020 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.
2019 Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology, CHG, Bangalore. Poster on “Relatively disparate evolutionary dynamics of genomic and developmental features in unicellular and multicellular contexts”
2019 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”
2019 Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists (ISEB) Annual Conference, JNCASR, Bangalore. Poster on “Investigating the evolution of developmental mechanisms in digital multicellular organisms”
2019 PhageShift talk at the Center For BioSystems Science And Engineering symposium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
2018 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.

Awards & Honors


2019 Best Poster Award, iSEB 2019 annual conference, JNCASR, Bangalore
2018 Gold Medal and Best Software Tool Nomination (Team Leader), iGEM 2018, Boston, MA
2017 Gold Medal and Best Hardware Nomination, iGEM 2017, Boston, MA


2023 Rackham Research Grant Research Grant by the Rackham Graduate School at University of Michigan to expand the evolvability project to the wet lab.
2022-23 EEB Block Grant Research Grant by Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
2017 iBEC Grant Indian Biological Engineering Competition. Awarded ∼14,000$ by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India for iGEM 2017.
2014 KVPY Fellowship National level competitive scholarship with stipend upto pre-PhD level by DST, Govt. of India (<1% selection rate)
2012 NTSE Scholarship National level competitive scholarship by NCERT, Govt. of India (<0.1% selection rate)

Service & Outreach

2022 Feria de Ciencias Volunteer, Ann Arbor High School. SACNAS @ University of Michigan
2018 Public engagement presentations in local high schools to discuss antimicrobial resistance, Bangalore, India (as a part of iGEM 2018)
2018 Undergraduate Synthetic Biology Workshop as iGEM 2018 Team Leader, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India


Graduate Level

Biology 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
Physics Condensed Matter Physics - I, Statistical Mechanics, Computational Physics, Information Theory, Theory of Social and Technological Networks
Other Game Theory, Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems Theory


Biology Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry
Physics Intermediate Thermal Physics and Physics of Materials, Materials Thermodynamics
Other Algorithms and Programming, Intro. to Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Probability and Statistics

Technical Skills

Programming C, C++, Python, Rust, MATLAB, Mathematica, Bash
Design Inkscape, GIMP, R & ggplot, basic OpenSCAD, Digital Electronics, 3D Printing, CNC Milling, Laser Cutting
Lab Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Bacteriophage work, Basic Biochemistry, and Design of synthetic gene circuits (Model Systems: Escherichia coli, T4 Bacteriophage, Dictyostelium discoideum)
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