Ankit Verma | Genomics | Young Scientist Award

 Dr. Ankit Verma | Genomics | Young Scientist Award


👨‍🏫Professional Profile 🌟

🔬 Innovative Bioinformatics Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK, blending computational prowess with hands-on expertise. Ph.D. holder from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy, specializing in genomics, epigenomics, and single-cell RNA-seq. Proficient in diverse computational tools and techniques, including programming languages like Bash, R, and Python. Award-winning researcher with a keen focus on unraveling genomic mysteries, from gene knockouts to imprinting disorders. Demonstrated skills in experimental techniques, from DNA extraction to flow cytometry. Awardee of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action fellowship and recognized for outstanding contributions to biochemistry. 🧬💻 #Bioinformatics #Genomics #ResearchExcellence #Innovation

🌐 Professional Profiles

👩‍🔬 Research and Technical Skills 

Computational Skills

Bash, R, Python programming, SQL, Machine Learning, Nextflow, Snakemake, Slurm (HPC)

Computational Biology

NGS Data Analysis (WES, WGS, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, Bisulfite-Seq, RRBS, ATAC-Seq, Cut & Run, Cut & Tag, EM-Seq), Allele-Specific Analysis, Methylation Array Analysis, Single-cell RNA-Seq (10X Chromium), Computer-aided Drug Design, Molecular Docking

Experimental Skills

DNA & RNA Extraction, Real-time PCR, Cloning and Transfection, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Library Preparation, Sequencing Platforms, Cell Culture and Cell Lines, Subcellular Fractionation and Flow Cytometry, Immunological and Biochemical Assays, SDS-PAGE and Western Blotting

Current Position

  • 📅 Jun 2022 – Present: Bioinformatics Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK


2021: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy, 2013: Master of Science (M.Sc.), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India, 2011: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Deshbandhu College, Delhi University, New Delhi, India, 2008: High School, Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, New Delhi, India

Research Experiences

Feb 2021-Feb 2022: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy Apr 2017-Jul 2017: Senior Project Fellow, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi, India. Aug 2013-Mar 2017: Project Fellow, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi, India.

Major Projects Undertaken

Sep 2023-Present: Impact of perturbation in specific-gene knockouts/knockdowns on genome dynamics using human K562 cells (RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, Cut-and-Run, ATAC-Seq), University of Cambridge, UK, Mar 2023-Aug 2023: Single-cell RNA-seq analysis from publicly available data of human and in-house generated organoids data, University of Cambridge, UK, Dec 2022-Mar 2023: Understanding gene expression profile in specific gene-knockouts using drosophila (RNA-Seq), University of Cambridge, UK, Jun 2022-Nov 2022: Impact of perturbation in specific-gene knockouts on genome dynamics using human and mouse cells (RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, BS-Seq, Cut-and-Run), University of Cambridge, UK, Feb 2021-Feb 2022: Identification of epigenetic signatures underlying genomic imprinting disorders (Methylation array), University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy, and IGB-CNR, Naples, Italy, Nov 2017-Jan 2021: Unravelling the molecular basis of genomic imprinting disorders (RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, BS-Seq, RRBS, Methylation array), Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (IGB), “Adriano Buzzati Traverso”, CNR, Naples, Italy, Apr 2017-Jul 2017: Genomic and other omics tools for enabling medical decisions (GOMED) (Exome-Seq), CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India, Dec 2014-Apr 2017: Genomics for Understanding Rare Diseases India Alliance Network (GUaRDIAN) (WGS, WES), CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India, Aug 2013-Dec 2014: Wellness Genomics Project – Understanding genomic signatures of healthy living in Indian populations (WES, WGS), CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India , Aug 2011-May 2013: Correlation of intracellular cholesterol and serum iron level with the expression of p53, p53R2, hRRM2, and PBR in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

🏆Academic Credentials

Best PhD Thesis Award: Accademia Ercolanese (Royal Academy), Italy 2022, Fellow: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: INCIPIT Horizon 2020, Italy; 2017-2021, ICMR-JRF Qualification: 2017, PhD Interview with Travel Grant: Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany; 2017, Best Paper of the Year: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry for the work published on Master’s thesis; 2016, DST-INSPIRE Fellowship: Department of Science (DST), India; 2014 , CSIR-UGC-NET LS Qualification: 2013, 2014 , Top Scorer: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, M.Sc. Biochemistry; 2013, Continuously contributing to the field of bioinformatics and genomics with a strong academic background and extensive research experiences.

📚Top Noted Publication

A KHDC3L mutation resulting in recurrent hydatidiform mole causes genome-wide DNA methylation loss in oocytes and persistent imprinting defects post-fertilisation

RNA sequencing of db/db mice liver identifies lncRNA H19 as a key regulator of gluconeogenesis and hepatic glucose output

Saliva microbiome in primary Sjögren’s syndrome reveals distinct set of disease‐associated microbes

Large scale changes in the transcriptome of Eisenia fetida during regeneration

Loss-of-function maternal-effect mutations of PADI6 are associated with familial and sporadic Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome with multi-locus imprinting disturbance

Chamber specific gene expression landscape of the zebrafish heart

Pharmacogenetic landscape of DPYD variants in south Asian populations by integration of genome-scale data

SAGE: a comprehensive resource of genetic variants integrating South Asian whole genomes and exomes

Reyazul Rouf Mir | Genomics | Best Researcher Award

  Dr. Reyazul Rouf Mir | Genomics| Best Researcher Award


👨‍🏫 🌾 Dr.Reyazul Rouf Mir, an accomplished plant geneticist, is a dedicated Associate Professor and Senior Scientist at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology. With a Ph.D. in Genetics & Plant Breeding and a gold medal in M.Sc., Dr. Reyazul Rouf Mir specializes in Molecular Breeding, Crop Biotechnology, and Genomics. Having held key roles in prestigious institutions globally, including the University of California and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),  has excelled in applied genomics and crop biotechnology. A seasoned educator, [Your Name] has imparted knowledge in diverse areas such as plant breeding principles, cytogenetics, molecular biology, and crop improvement. 🌱👨‍🏫 #PlantGenetics #CropBiotechnology #Genomics #Education

🌐 Professional Profiles

📚 Education

Ph.D., Genetics & Plant Breeding (2006-2010) Specialization: Molecular Breeding, Crop Biotechnology, Genomics Thesis Title: Genetic Analysis of Grain Weight in Bread Wheat Using Molecular Markers M.Sc. (Gold Medallist), Genetics & Plant Breeding (2002-2004) B.Sc. (Agriculture), 1998-2002

👨‍🏫 Employment History

Associate Professor/Sr. Scientist, SKUAST-K, Wadura Campus (July 15, 2019-Till Date) Assistant Professor/Jr. Scientist, SKUAST-K, Wadura Campus (May 04, 2016 – July 15, 2019) Assistant Professor/Jr. Scientist, SKUAST-J, Jammu (February 2012 – May 03, 2016) Visiting Scientist (Crop Biotechnology), UC-Davis, California, USA (March 2014 – March 2015) Visiting Scientist, ICRISAT, Patancheru, India (June 1, 2013 – July 1, 2013) Scientist (Applied Genomics), ICRISAT, Patancheru, India (April 2010 – February 2012) Senior Research Fellow (CSIR), New Delhi (October 1, 2008 – March 31, 2010) Senior Research Fellow (DBT), Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India (June 1, 2008 – October 1, 2008) Junior Research Fellow (DBT), Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India (June 1, 2006 – June 1, 2008) Teaching Assistant, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India (March 2006 – June 2006) Junior Research Fellow (DBT), Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India (April 2005 – February 2006)

🔬 Research Projects

Nutri-Genomics and Transcriptomics for Identification of Genes for Zinc, Iron, and Protein Content in Common Bean (SERB, DST) Genetic Dissection of Heat Tolerance in Wheat Using Multiple Biparental RIL Mapping Populations (DBT) Expression Profiling of Dof Genes in Common Bean (DBT) Development of Molecular Laboratory for Analysis of Purity of Germplasm of Basmati Rice and Other Seeds (STFP, J&K State Govt.) Determination of Genetic Diversity Among Common Bean Genotypes and Assessment for Water Stress Tolerance (SERB DST) Transcriptome Analysis and Annotation of Common Bean (SERB, DST) Identification and Characterization of Heat Responsive miRNAs in Wheat (SERB, DST) Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Cold-Tolerant and Cold-Sensitive Chickpea Genotypes Under Cold Stress (CSIR)

🏅 Medals/Awards

DBT CREST Award 2012-13 for Research at UC-Davis, USA Young Scientist Award-2010 in Agriculture and Allied Sciences by J&K Council for Science & Technology GOLD MEDAL in M.Sc. for Highest Merit in Faculty of Agriculture, Ch. Charan Singh University Best Paper Presentation Award during 2nd J&K Agriculture Science Congress Young Achiever of the Week by Biomebiotek

Research Impact 🌐🔍

Supervised/Co-supervised ~30 M.Sc. students, ~10 Ph.D. students, and Mentored 3 Post-Doc Scholars. Currently leading projects funded by national agencies in the areas of Nutri-Genomics, Heat Tolerance in Wheat, Transcriptome Analysis, and more. 🌐 In Progress: Revival of Kala Zeera cultivation, BARC-SKUAST-K Mutagenesis Project, and Germplasm Characterization in Wheat. This comprehensive professional journey reflects a dedication to academia, cutting-edge research, and impactful contributions to the fields of Molecular Breeding, Crop Biotechnology, and Applied Genomics.