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Gaurav Bilolikar

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7701
Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7701
Student Information:
Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Gaurav Bilolikar is a graduate student in the Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program at the School of Life sciences at Arizona State University.

Gaurav obtained his bachelor's and master's degree in Biological Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. During his undergraduate years, Gaurav worked on various topics such as Meta-genomics, Synthetic Biology, and Evolutionary Biology. He became especially interested in understanding how simple units (such as genes) interact with each other to choreograph the evolution of complex traits and behaviors. This motivated him to choose his master’s thesis project in Evolutionary Biology. He used local regression models to understand evolutionary patterns of gene expression across various mammalian tissues. Gaurav was advised by Himanshu Sinha for his thesis.

At Arizona State University, Gaurav is planning to investigate the response of gene regulatory network components to subtle perturbations, and to understand the evolutionary mechanisms that orchestrate these responses. When he is in his den, he likes doing science illustrations, clicking pictures, playing video games, and searching for the meaning of life.


B.Tech & M.Tech (Biological Engineering), IIT Madras

Research Interests: 

His current research interests lie in understanding how genetic interaction networks evolve and how they respond to subtle perturbations.

Research Group: 

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte


Eguchi, Y., Bilolikar, G., & Geiler-Samerotte, K. (2019). Why and how to study genetic changes with context-dependent effects. Current Opinion in Genetics and Development58-59, 95-102.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 181General Biology I