Is the founder and chief scientific consultant at Biombrella, a life science consulting firm. Her areas of interest are probiotic research, green chemistry research, and microbial biotechnology. Prior to starting Biombrella, Shalaka obtained her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical biotechnology from the University of Illinois - Chicago and completed postdoctoral training in microbial pathogenesis at Yale University and the University of Texas - Houston. Later, she was a senior manager in the Discovery Research department at Anthem Biosciences Pvt. Ltd. - a CRO in Bangalore, India for ten years.