Shiva Razavi studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked at Bosch, GmbH and Harvard Medical School before starting her doctoral research in synthetic cell biology. In Dr. Takanari Inoue’s lab she applied electronics circuit design concepts and devised Boolean logic gates that function within minutes in live mammalian cells. These devices operate two orders of magnitude faster than the previously reported counterparts and can generate a physiological output. Shiva expanded this work to create a de novo signaling pathway in artificial cells to understand how immune cells sense chemicals and migrate in their direction. This work granted her a National Science Foundation Summer Institute fellowship in Japan. Beyond research, Shiva was the co-president of the BME PhD Council, and co-founded BME EDGE, which was awarded a $150,000 PhD Innovation Initiative grant by the JHU Office of Provost. She was the first to teach intersession courses on Synthetic Biology at JHU. Since 2013 Shiva has been a fellow of The NeXXt Scholars Program founded by the U.S. Department of State and the New York Academy of Sciences to mentor female students in STEM fields. She also serves on the advisory board of Genohub, a next generation sequencing marketplace startup.