Avantika is from Jaipur, India. She received a B.E. (Hons.) in Computer Science and M.Sc. (Hons.) in Biological Sciences as part of a dual degree program from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. She first came to Switzerland in August 2013 for her Master thesis in Dr. Hugo Stocker’s group, where she screened for genes affecting the hypertrophic-to-hyperplastic shift of PTEN mutant cells under nutrient restriction.
She started her PhD in the Stocker group in February 2015 as part of the Molecular Life Sciences Program, and is investigating the differential behavior of cells lacking the tumor suppressor PTEN or TSC1/2.