Deepshika, or Shika, received her B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Winona State University in 2008. During the summer of 2007, she was awarded a fellowship to perform undergraduate research at the Mayo Clinic in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Bram where she was introduced to immunology. To prepare for a career in science, she worked as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Edwin Chapman from 2008-2010, and then enrolled in the NYU School of Medicine Sackler Immunology and Inflammation Ph.D. program.
While in the Cadwell Lab, Shika developed a two hit animal model of Crohn's disease where mutation of Nod2 combines with the commensal bacterium to lead to inflammation. She further demonstrated that parasitic worm infection reverses disease, supporting the "hygiene hypothesis". Shika successfully defended her thesis on 5/10/2016 and won the prestigious Herald Weintraub award in recognition of her accomplishments. She will start her postdoc with Diane Mathis at Harvard in the Fall.