Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma

Faculty Scientist, Microbial Genomics

Research Focus Keywords:

Microbial Genomics, Microbiome, Metagenomics, Plants, Myxobacteria, Computational Biology, Microbes, Microbial evolution, Sequencing

Background:

Dr. Sharma completed his Masters in Biotechnology from School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and worked with Dr. Swati Tiwari on in silico Entamoeba Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway categorization. With a research fellowship from CSIR, he obtained his Ph.D. in Microbial Genomics with Dr. Srikrishna Subramanian from Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh, India. During his Ph.D., he sequenced 15 novel myxobacterial strains and did some interesting comparative genomic work in the field of myxobacterial biology. Later he worked with Prof. Mitchell Singer at the University of California, Davis to understand more about myxobacterial evolution using genomics, transcriptomics and molecular genetics. Dr. Sharma has joined IBAB on August 2019 to start his lab focused on plant microbiome and microbial genomics. He has been awarded INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India for 2019-2024.

Education:

  • Postdoc: Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Davis, USA (2016-2019)
  • Ph.D.: Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh, India (2011-16)
  • M.Sc. (Biotech): School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (2009-11)
  • B.Sc. (Life Science): DAV Degree College, Muzaffarnagar, CCS University, Meerut, UP, India (2006-09)

Professional Career:

DST-INSPIRE Faculty Scientist at IBAB, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (2019-onwards)

Research Interests:

With the boom in sequencing technologies, an enormous amount of data is being generated and continuously heaping up. It can be used to infer interesting theories about the physiology, behavior, and putative lifestyle (pathogenicity/symbiosis/parasitism) of the respective organism. My lab will use computational biology tools to bridge this gap between sequencing data and biological function prediction.

Broadly, my lab will be focused on two major microbial aspects:

  1. Exploration of the Plant microbiome to understand the host-microbe interactions
  2. Genomic/Transcriptomic data mining of myxobacteria to understand the evolution of their physiological characteristics

Group Members:

Vaishnavi Kolte
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (Nov 2019-Present)
M.Sc. (Bioinformatics): Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
B.Sc. (Biotechnology): Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Shenu Hudson B.
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (Nov 2019-Present)
B.Tech. (Bioinformatics): Sathyabama University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Drishti Singh
M.Sc. (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics) Project Intern: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2020-Present)
B.Sc. (Biotechnology): Shri Murli Manohar Town Post Graduate College, Ballia (Affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India

Azra Khan
M.Sc. (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics) Project Intern: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2020-Present)
B.Sc. (Bioinformatics): Govt. Holkar Science College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

We are actively looking for students with CSIR, DBT, INSPIRE or any other national fellowships who have an interest in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics.

If you are interested in learning and using computational biology to understand the diverse nature and evolution of microbes, feel free to email me at gauravsharma@ibab.ac.in.

Collaborations:

I am open to discuss new ideas for research and collaboration. Feel free to email me at gauravsharma@ibab.ac.in. At Present, I am having active collaboration with several people, such as:

  1. Dr. Salim Timo Islam, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Center, Quebec, Canada
  2. Dr. Rebecca Parales, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Davis, USA
  3. Prof. Mitchell Singer, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Davis, USA
  4. Prof. Edward Ruby, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, USA
  5. Dr. Pia H. Moisander, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA
  6. Prof. Karaba N Nataraja, Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
  7. Dr. Gunjan Goel, Department of Microbiology, Central University of Haryana, Mahendragarh, Haryana, India
  8. Prof. Malali Gowda, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Life and Allied Health Sciences, M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, India
  9. Dr. Megha, The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, Bengaluru, India
  10. Dr. Srikrishna Subramanian, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, India

Publications:

# As Corresponding author

* As co-first author

Awards:

  • 2019               European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Travel fellowship
  • 2019               University of California Davis Postdoctoral Scholar Association (UCDavis PSA) Travel Award
  • 2019               Department of Science and Technology- INSPIRE Faculty Award
  • 2018               ASM Postdoctoral Travel Award
  • 2017               Science Communication Fellowship, awarded by UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) FUTURE Program and Powerhouse Science Center, Sacramento, CA
  • 2016               DBT International Travel Fellowship
  • 2013-2016      Senior Research fellowship from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India
  • 2011-2013      Junior Research fellowship from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India
  • 2009-2011      Department of Biotechnology (DBT) scholarship

Research Grants

DST-INSPIRE Research Grant = 2019-2024 (5 Years)

Address

Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology
Biotech Park, Electronic City Phase I,
Bengaluru 560100,
India

Phone

080 285 289 00/01/02, extension 123

Email

gauravsharma@ibab.ac.in