Shanti obtained her doctorate studying spontaneous mutations, and worked in the States and at the University of Oxford as a post-doctoral research fellow. Having studied bacteria throughout her research life, she specialises in teaching the small-scale side of Biology (‘if you can see it, I don’t teach it’). She enjoys stretching students’ knowledge and appreciation of Biology, and works with a like-minded team in the department who have contributed to making the Biology Lab a combined study and social space for students. She has introduced the Christmas Curry and the summer street food party for the Upper Sixth biologists. She also creates decorative needlework pieces, one of which is the quilted wall-hanging outside the lab, stitched with the names of students who achieve an A* in Biology. She also supervises EPQs and manages the Medicine programme.