Prateek studied Genetic Engineering at SRM University, India, and did his undergraduate research project at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). At NCBS he developed an interest in Molecular Microbiology and Plant defence systems. After his undergraduate degree, Prateek moved to the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany) and completed his MSc in Molecular Life Sciences. Prateek joined the Grainger lab in 2013 and is funded by The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh. His work currently focuses on understanding Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) enterotoxin expression in response to environment and host.