• Welcome to the homepage of the Rao Research Group. Meet our lab members or read about our research.

  • We are working with several different bacterial species on topics ranging from virulence to biofuels.

  • Our wet laboratory area is equipped with facilties and instruments for most biochemical protocols.

  • Starch hydrolysis assay of the thermophilic bacterium G. thermoglucosidasius on starch agar plates.

  • Large-scale computational simulation of Escherichia coli motion in a capillary chemotaxis assay.

  • GFP-tagged protein probes in human promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells (model neutrophils).

  • TEM micrograph of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium showing peritrichous flagellar arrangement.


Investigating cell physiology via genetic engineering and mathematical modeling.

Our lab studies how cells process information. We are especially interested in understanding how decision-making processes are encoded within individual cells through feedback control.

We are also engineering bacteria
for the production of biofuels. Specifically, our goal is to optimize the uptake and metabolism of C5/C6 sugars in bacteria by developing new genetic tools.

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