Smitha Sivapragasam completed her Master of Veterinary Science from Indian Veterinary Research Institute. She then moved to United States where she received her Ph. D in Biochemistry under the supervision of Dr. Anne Grove. In Grove’s lab she worked on Xanthine Dehydrogenase Regulator proteins in bacteria that respond to stress and starvation signaling. She continued in the same lab as a postdoctoral research fellow until she moved to Kline lab in 2017. She is currently working on Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa co-culture biofilms and their wound infections in mice. When not in lab she enjoys spending time with her kids watching cartoons and movies and listening to songs.