Abhishek has a master in Ecology from Pondicherry University. He got interested in fish cognition during his master’s dissertation at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. He is interested in the question of 'rationality' in shoaling decisions in zebrafish as a model system for his Ph.D. work at Bittu’s lab. He has also been interested in science education research and has been associated with the collaborative undergraduate biology education (CUBE) program of the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education as a student mentor. Apart from science, he appreciates qawwali music and Hindustani poetry.