Pallavi completed her B.Sc in Biochemistry at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India. She received a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from B.R. Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research. During this time she worked with Dr. Munia Ganguli at IGIB, New Delhi for her dissertation where she studied development of peptide-based nanoparticles for gene delivery.
She joined Dr. Dhiraj Kumar's laboratory at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi in the year 2009 where she studied host autophagy and its crosstalk with phagosomal maturation pathways in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections. In 2015, she received her Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
She moved to Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis in January 2016, to continue studying Mtb infection biology at the Philips lab.