Headshot portrait of Handuo Shi - Rosenberg Ach Family Fellow
Bio-X SIGF Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2016
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisors: KC Huang (Bioengineering, Microbiology & Immunology) and Justin Sonnenburg (Microbiology & Immunology)

Research Title: Systems physiology of stress: How bacteria respond to environmental changes

Research Description: Bacterial cells constantly face multiple stresses, such as starvation, antibiotics, and competition between individual cells. Understanding how cells survive under stressed conditions (and grow again when environment becomes favorable) is critical for controlling latent bacterial infections and lessening disease burden. Handuo’s research focuses on understanding how individual cells respond to these stressed conditions, which has potential applications in translational medicine. 


Handuo is a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Justin Sonnenburg’s lab at Stanford. Her research focuses on the biophysical modeling of human gut bacterial communities.