Dr. Gaurav Sharma

Dr. Gaurav Sharma

DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow, 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

Current opportunities:

Open Ph.D. positions in “Microbial Genomics and Plant Microbiome”

We are actively seeking applications from motivated students for two Ph.D. positions in the group of Dr. Gaurav Sharma (https://sites.google.com/view/sharmaglab) at IBAB, Bengaluru. The selected candidates will work in the frontier areas of Plant and Microbial genomics using next-generation sequencing data. The candidate would be assisted with specialized training including data handling, opportunities to learn programming, and data analysis. The candidate will also have opportunities to attend national/international workshops/ symposiums/ conferences to learn and present their work. If you are interested, feel free to write an email, and we can discuss the opportunities and relevant projects. 

The candidate must have a master’s degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in Bioinformatics/ Computational Biology/ Biotechnology or related subjects with at least 60% marks or 6.50 CGPA from a recognized university along with a Research Fellowship from any central/state government agencies such as CSIR, UGC, DBT, or ICMR. Candidates with a previous working experience in any project related to Bioinformatics/computational biology and handling NGS/genomics data would be preferred. 

Group Members:

Utkarsha Mahanta
Ph.D. Researcher: IBAB, Bengaluru (March 2021- Present)
M.Tech (Computational Biology): Pondicherry University, Puducherry
M.Sc. (Mathematics): Tezpur University, Assam
B.Sc. (Mathematics Honours): Cotton College, Gauhati University, Assam

Richa Kakkar
Ph.D. Researcher: IBAB, Bengaluru (Aug 2021- Present)
UGC Junior Research Fellow
M.Sc. (Biochemistry): Padmashree Institute of Management and Sciences, Bengaluru [Bangalore University]
B.Sc. (Biotechnology): Smt. C.H.M. College, Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, India [University of Mumbai]

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

Mariam Azeezuddin Haneen
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (Aug 2021-Present)
M.Sc. (Microbiology): Dayananda Sagar University (DSU), Bangalore
B.Sc. (Microbiology, Chemistry, Zoology): St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore

Sneha S Murthy
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (March 2020-Present) (Jointly with BioIT and Dr. Vembar)
Bioinformatics Analyst: Leucine Rich Bio Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru
M. Tech BioInformatics : RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru
BE Biotechnology: PES Institute of Technology, Bengalurue Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Adyasha Panda
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (June 2021-Present)
Research Associate: Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO), Bangalore, Karnataka, India
M.Sc. (Bioinformatics): Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
B.Sc. (Biotechnology): Utkal University, Odisha, India

Akash Chandra Parida
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (Aug 2021-Present)
PG Diploma (Advanced Life Science Technologies): SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
M.Sc. (Plant Science): Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala
B.Sc. (Life Sciences): Kendrapara Autonomous College, Kendrapara, Odisha

Past group members:

Kishan Kalia
Present Role: Junior Research Fellow, Institute For Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bengaluru
MSc Dissertation Student: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2021-June 2021)
IBAB MSc (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics): (2019-2021)
BSc Bioinformatics (Hons.): DAV College (Punjab University), Chandigarh.

Shruti Sinha
Present Role: RWE- Research Analyst 1, Novartis, Hyderabad
MSc Dissertation Student: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2021-July 2021)
IBAB MSc (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics): (2019-2021)
BSc Life Sciences: Ramjas College, University of Delhi, Delhi

Kevin Gohel
Present Role: In Progress
M.Sc Dissertation Student: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2021 – Aug 2021)
M.Sc. Bioinformatics from Sardar Patel University, Anand, Gujarat (2019-2021)
B.Sc. Bioinformatics from N. V. Patel College of Pure and Applied Sciences, Sardar Patel University, Anand, Gujarat (2016-2019)

Niharika Saraf
Present Role: In Progress
MSc Dissertation Student: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2021-July 2021)
IBAB MSc (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics): (2019-2021)
BSc (Biotechnology, Chemistry, Zoology): Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

Shenu Hudson B.
Present Role: Junior Bioinformatician, Nucleome Informatics Pvt Ltd
Project Assistant: IBAB, Bengaluru (Nov 2019-May 2021)
B.Tech. (Bioinformatics): Sathyabama University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Animesh Awasthi
Remote Project Intern: IBAB, Bengaluru (July 2020-Dec 2020)
Third Year of Dual Degree (B.Tech.+M.Tech.) in Biotechnology (2018 – 2023): Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Shradha Sharma
Present Role: M.Sc. in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering (Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, West Bengal)
Project Intern: IBAB, Bengaluru (Feb 2020-October 2020)
B. Tech (Biotechnology): G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India

Azra Khan
Present Role: Junior Programmer (GSK)
MSc Dissertation Student: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2020-June 2020)
IBAB MSc (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics): (2018-2020)
M.Sc. (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics) Project Intern: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2020-Present)
B.Sc. (Bioinformatics): Govt. Holkar Science College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Drishti Singh
Present Role: Intern at Nference
MSc Dissertation Student: IBAB, Bengaluru (Jan 2020-June 2020)
IBAB MSc (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics): (2018-2020)
B.Sc. (Biotechnology): Shri Murli Manohar Town Post Graduate College, Ballia (Affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi), Uttar 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
  • 2021 AMI Best ‘Faculty Oral Presentation’ Award in the 61st Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI)-INSCR 2021 International Conference.

Scientific Services:

Editorial Board member:

Reviewer for funding agencies:

  • Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong
  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), French National Research Agency

Reviewer: as verified on Publons:

Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM), BMC Genomics, Front. Microbiol., Front. Plant Sci., Genomics, Archives of Microbiology (AOMI), Genomics Data, Marine Genomics, etc

TEACHING COURSES:

  • SEMESTER I (IBAB M.Sc. Students)
    BTBIH-105: BASIC BIOINFORMATICS 
    • Unit 1: Biological sequences
    • Unit 2: Database resources
    • Unit 3: Sequence analysis
  • SEMESTER II (IBAB M.Sc. Students)
    BTBIP-207: ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS – LABORATORY
  • SEMESTER III (IBAB M.Sc. Students)
    BTBIH-301: GENOMICS, TRANSCRIPTOMICS AND PROTEOMICS
    • Unit 1: Concepts of genomics

ORGANIZED WORKSHOPS:

  1. Hands-on Online Workshop on “Fundamentals of NGS Analysis & Drug Discovery” organized by the Bio-IT Centre, IBAB, Bengaluru. #WorkshopFromHome 25-28 Aug 2021
  2. 3rd online hands-on workshop on “Introductory Genomic and NGS Analysis” organized by the Bio-IT Centre, IBAB, Bengaluru. #WorkshopFromHome 22-24 Apr 2021
  3. “International Metabarcoding and Metagenomics Workshop”: A 3-day online hands-on workshop organized by DAFNAE, University of Padova, Italy and the Bio-IT Centre, IBAB, Bengaluru. #WorkshopFromHome 15-17 December 2020
  4. 2nd online hands-on workshop on “Introductory Genomic and NGS Analysis” organized by the Bio-IT Centre, IBAB, Bengaluru. #WorkshopFromHome 9-11 Nov 2020
  5. Ist online hands-on workshop on “Introductory Genomic and NGS Analysis” organized by the Bio-IT Centre, IBAB, Bengaluru. #WorkshopFromHome 21-23 Sep 2020

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