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Microbiology Graduate Featured Speaker for Hooding

Bikash Bogati

We are proud to announce our Fall 2021 Commencement speaker, Bikash Bogati!

Bikash came to UT, Knoxville from a bucolic village in Nepal where his experience working at a local hospital inspired his fascination with microbial pathogens. Working towards a doctoral degree at UT, Bikash worked with Elizabeth Fozo, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, investigating genes that can be targeted to limit the growth of E. coli, preventing associated food-borne outbreaks.

To connect to his new Knoxville community, Bikash began volunteering to transport senior citizens and people with disabilities to medical appointments, religious services, and various errands. The decision to help others enabled him to cope with the challenges of graduate school and gave him a sense of belonging.

Now that he has received his PhD in microbiology, he will continue fighting against infectious disease by working as a post-doctoral researcher at Emory University, studying antibiotic resistance.

You can read Bikash’s full bio on our website.