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Dr. Vineet K Sharma, Associate Professor
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Abhijit Maji, Postdoctoral Fellow
I am a Post-doctoral fellow, Before joining here, in IISER-Bhopal, I did my Ph.D form CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB). The unifying theme of my current research is microbiome-host interactions through metagenomics approaches. Microbiota has tremendous impacts on host health and can be engineered for the betterment of host health. My specific interests are mainly centered towards linking microbiota composition and function to host phenotypes to asses biomarkers, disease diagnosis and prognosis. Apart from this I am also working in another “omics” approache, metabolomics, to correlate microbial functions by their own metabolites.

PhD Students

Darshan Dhakan, PhD Student
I joined the lab on July 2012 as a PhD Student. I am involed in carrying out the metagenomic analysis of different environments.

Ashok K Sharma, PhD Student
I joined the lab in January 2013 as a PhD student. My PhD research project is entitled as “Development of computational models/algorithms to explore taxonomic, functional and metabolic potential of high-throughput Omics data”. Presently as SRF, my prime focus is to find out the gut microbial enzymes that are responsible for the metabolism of given xenobiotic/drug molecule and their metabolic products. I have also been involved in development of models/algorithms for taxonomic classification and functional annotation of large scale metagenomic data. I completed my M.S.(Pharm) in Pharmacoinformatics from NIPER Mohali in year 2012. During my Master’s, I was mainly involved in computer-aided drug design. I love to play cricket and badminton during my free time.

Ankit Gupta, PhD Student
I joined the lab in August, 2013 as a PhD student. I completed my BS-MS dual degree in Biological Sciences from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in May, 2013. During my final year of research work in BS-MS I worked on developing a machine learning based prediction tool to predict pathogenic proteins in Genomic and Metagenomic datasets. Currently , I am involved in developing fast and efficient computational models for the phylogenetic and functional analyses of metagenomic data. I am fond of sports, especially cricket and table tennis, and love to watch movies in my free time.

Rituja Saxena, PhD Student
I joined the lab in August 2014 as a PhD Scholar. I've completed my B.Sc. in Biotechnology (2010) from Jaipur National University, Jaipur and M.Sc. in Biotechnology (2012) from Dept. of Biotechnology and Bionformatics Centre, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. My current projects involve analysis of environmental and human-associated metagenomic samples using next-generation sequencing. My hobbies are cooking, reading books and doing creative art and craft work.

Parul Mittal, PhD Student
I joined the lab in August 2014 as a Ph. D. Student. I completed my in Biotechnology from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida in 2014. During my graduation, I was involved in Nanoemulsion formulation for Antimicrobial Phytochemicals. Currently, I am involved in Taxonomic and Functional Analysis of Metagenomic data from different biomes. I like reading and listening music.

Shubham Jaiswal, PhD Student
I joined the lab in Aug 2015, as a PhD student. I completed my BS-MS Dual Degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal in June 2015. Previously, I worked in the field of experiemntal biology mainly in Biochemistry, structural biology and Biophysics. Currently I am mainly involved in the statistical modelling of the biological data for it's better management and analysis. Parallely I am also learning the NGS data collection and analysis methods. I love to travel and play online games.

Vishnu Prasoodanan, PhD Student
I joined Metagenomics lab in Dec. 2016 as a Ph.D scholar. Before joining the lab I completed my BS-MS Dual Degree from IISER Bhopal. During my Masters research, I worked on recombinant expression and purification of a dairy based enzyme (proline aminopeptidase). My hobbies are reading books, clay designing and outdoor exploration.

Project JRF

Kundan Kumar, Project Student
I joined MetaBioSys laboratory as as Project Assistant in June 2016. Here, I am involved in molecular dyanamics simulation and computer aided drug designing. Before joining this laboratory, I have been working as Senior Research Fellow at NRCPB, New Delhi and as Research Assistant, at CIRBSc, Jamia Millia Islamia. My previous work experiances include transcriptome data analysis and structural and functional annotation of Hypothtical Protiens and modelling of gene regulator network. I completed M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. I love to play outdoor games, reading, listening soft music and travelling.

Gopal Narayan Srivastava, Project Student
After the successful completion of BS-MS final year project work under the guidance of Dr Vineet K Sharma, from IISER Bhopal, I joined the lab as a project assistant/JRF in July 2017. My previous work experiences include Oxidative Heck Reaction, Metal Tolerant Bacteria in a Waste Lands, Synthesis of Cationic anticancer Drugs and their Delivery Agents, PSI based Biodegradable Polymers and Rational design of IDO1 Inhibitors and Machine Learning. I am currently involved in machine learning and molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems.I like to sing and travel different places.

BS-MS Students

Bhavya Revathy, BS-MS Student
Having joined the MetaBioSys Lab in May 2017, I have undertaken my final-year thesis of the Integrated BS-MS degree, in which I endeavour to characterize Novel Bacterial species from various environmental samples. I had the opportunity to do a few summer internships in Molecular and Cell biology labs that helped me gain valuable experiences in the previous undergraduate years. I enjoy exploring new places, their food and traditions, but music and books are my lone-time companions.

Keshav Govind Hibare, BS-MS Student
I have joined Metabiosys lab on May 2017 as final year BS-MS project student. I am currently involved in web development and tool development using machine learning and techniques.

Nistharsha D R, BS-MS Student
I have joined Metabiosys lab on 27th April 2017 as final year BS-MS project student. In my Summer vacations i have done diploma courses in Embedded systems and Hardware designing (specialising in robotics). I have also done a summer project on PBS nanocompisites from Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,MG University. I believe the emerging field of Nanorobotics can be used along with Bioinformatics to cure many of the diseases that are deadly right now and that is my key interest in BIoinformatics. My hobbies include reading books , watching inspirational movies and exploring nature.

Parikshit Thoudam, BS-MS Student
I joined the lab in June 2017 for working on my MS Thesis Project. This is my first hands-on experience in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. My interest in Bioinformatics is driven by its ability to process the plethora of information we have generated in biology and provide solutions to problems which the world faces today.

Shreya Gupta, BS-MS Student
After doing a bit of field work on Indian free ranging dogs as well as wet-lab work (bacterial and mammalian cell culturing and manipulations) in my summer internships during my undergraduate days, I have now joined the MetaBioSys lab in my final (thesis) year to explore the ever-so-exciting and always-in-demand world of computational biology. I aim to do something big in life.

Past Members
Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, as Postdoctoral Fellow >> Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Connecticut Health Center
Dr. Sudheer Gupta, as Postdoctoral Fellow >> Currently Research Scientist at AIIMS Bhopal
Sonia Vidushi Gupta, as Project Assistant >> Current a PhD at University of South Florida, USA
Ankita Roy, as BS-MS Student >> Currently a PhD Student at University of Georgia, USA
Dipesh Chothwe, as BS-MS Student >> Cuurently a PhD Student at TIFR, Mumbai
Vibhuti Shastri, as BS-MS Student >> Current a PhD Student at IISc, Banglore
Harish K, as BS-MS Student >> Currently Project Student at CCMB, Hyderabad
Prashant Waiker, Project Student >> Currently a PhD Student at University of North Carolina
Midhun K Madhu, as BS-MS Student >> Currently a PhD Student at IISER Bhopal
Nikhil Chaudhary, as BS-MS Student
Pratik Labhane, as BS-MS Student
Rohan Kapil, as BS-MS Student
Enosh Philips, as MTech Student