Scientist Profile

Avinash Sharma, Ph.D.


Research Areas

Microbial Ecology


Ph.D. Microbiology, 2013, GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Uttarakhand, India 

M.Sc. Biotechnology, 2006, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand

B.Sc. Biology, University of Jammu, J&K, India

Research  Experience

Scientist D, 2021-Present, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India

DBT/Wellcome Trust Fellow, 2019-till date, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India

Visiting Scientist (INSA-DFG), Aug-Oct 2018, Beuth University of Applied Science, Germany

Project Scientist, 2011-2019, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India

Visiting Fellow May-Aug 2011, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA


  • Jani K., Bandal J, Shouche Y, Shafi S,  Azhar EI, Zumla, A., Sharma, A., 2021. Extended ecological restoration of bacterial communities in the Godavari river during the COVID-19 lockdown period - a spatiotemporal meta-analysis. Microbial Ecology (in press)
  • Jani K., Sharma A., 2021. Targeted amplicon sequencing reveals the probiotic potentials of microbial communities associated to traditional fermented foods of northeast India. LWT Food Science and Technology, 147, 111578
  • Adhikari P., Jain R., Sharma A., Pandey P., 2021. Plant Growth Promotion at Low Temperature by Phosphate-Solubilizing Pseudomonas Spp. Isolated from High-Altitude Himalayan Soil. Microbial Ecology
  • Jani K., Kajale S., Shetye M., Palkar S., Sharma A., 2021. Marisediminicola senii sp. nov. isolated from Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol.
  • Kajale S., Jani K., Sharma A., 2020 Contribution of archaea and bacteria in  sustaining climate change by oxidizing ammonia and sulfur in an Arctic Fjord. Genomics. 113 (1).1272-1276
  • Kajale S., Deshpande N., Pali S., Shouche Y., Sharma A., 2020. Natrialba swarupiae sp. nov. a halophilic archaeon isolated from a hypersaline lake of India. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 70, 1876-81
  • Kajale S., Deshpande N., Shouche Y., Sharma A., 2020. Cultivation of diverse microorganisms from hypersaline lake and impact of delay in sample processing on cell viability. Curr. Microbiol. 1-6
  • Jani, K., Bandal, J., Rale, V., Shouche, Y., Sharma, A., 2019. Antimicrobial resistance pattern of microorganisms isolated and identified from Godavari River across the mass gathering event. J. Biosci. 44, 121
  • Jani, K., Feng, G.-D., Zhu, H.-H., Prakash, O., Bandal, J., Rale, V., Shouche, Y., Sharma, A., 2019. Chakrabartia godavariana gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Sphingomonadaceae isolated from the Godavari River, India. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 69, 2452–2458
  • Memish, Z.A., Steffen, R., White, P., Dar, O., Azhar, E.I., Sharma, A., Zumla, A., 2019. Mass gatherings medicine: public health issues arising from mass gathering religious and sporting events. The Lancet 393, 2073–2084
  • Sharma A., Jani K., Thite V., Dhar S.K., Shouche Y. 2019. Geochemistry shapes bacterial communities and their metabolic potentials in tertiary coalbed. Geomicrobiology Journal. 36, 179-87
  • Jani, K., Dhotre, D., Bandal, J., Shouche, Y., Suryavanshi, M., Rale, V., Sharma, A., 2018. World’s largest mass bathing event influences the bacterial communities of Godavari, a holy river of India. Microbiol Ecology 76, 706–718
  • Sharma, A., Jani, K., Feng, G.-D., Karodi, P., Vemuluri, V.R., Zhu, H.-H., Shivaji, S., Thite, V., Kajale, S., Rahi, P., 2018. Subsaxibacter sediminis sp. nov., isolated from Arctic glacial sediment and emended description of the genus SubsaxibacterInt. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 68, 1678–1682
  • Jani, K., Ghattargi, V., Pawar, S., Inamdar, M., Shouche, Y., Sharma, A., 2018. Anthropogenic Activities Induce Depletion in Microbial Communities at Urban Sites of the River Ganges. Current Microbiology. 75, 79–83

Books/Book Chapters

  • Pandey, A. (Ed.), Sharma, A. (Ed.). (2020). Extreme Environments. Boca Raton: CRC Press,
  • Bussas, V., Sharma, A., Shouche, Y (2017) IP and The Budapest Treaty—Depositing Biological Material for Patent Purposes, in: Microbiol. Resour. Elsevier, pp. 275–292

Awards & Fellowships

  • Recipient of  DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Research Fellowship (2018).
  • Awarded as Fellow of Society for Environment and Development, India (FSED) in 2018.
  • Young Scientist Award in the “International Conference on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture’, on 13-16 December, 2018 at Jorhat, Assam, India.
  • International Travel Grant by SERB, DST, India to attend ISME conference, Leipzeig, Germany (August 12- August 17, 2018).
  • Visiting Expert by The World Academy of Science (TWAS) to visit Department of Biology, State University of Jakarta, Indonesia under TWAS Visiting Expert Programme (25 June to 11 July, 2018).
  • Indian National Science Academy-German Science Foundation(INSA-DFG) Fellowship under International Scientific Collaboration and Exchange of Scientists in 2016.
  • Young Scientist Award in Environmental Microbiology, awarded by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year 2016.
  • Young Associate of Maharashtra Academy of Science in November 2014.
  • Visiting Fellow at University of Notre Dame, USA under the Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (firca)- NIH  May 2011 to August 2011.
  • Recipient of Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) of the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India for continuing doctoral studies in 2010.


Professional Associations

Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India

Life member of the Biotech Research Society, India Life member Asian PGPR

Life Member Society for Environment and Development, India

Life Member Prof. H.S. Srivastava Foundation for Science and Society, Lucknow


Editorial Assignments

Guest Editor Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems Sustainable Food Processing

Key Talks

  • Ecological Balancing, potentials of Invisible Microbes in Sustaining Climate Change at GW4 forum organised by the researchers of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter Universities (3-4, December, 2020).
  • Understanding Life in Extreme Environments; from a single colony to million sequences at the university of Jakarta in the conference Science and Mathematics International Conference, (August 8-9, 2020).
  • Infectious diseases at Mass gathering events, a micrbiome perspective at the 4th International Conference for Mass Gatherings Medicine, Jeddah, KSA funded by ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia (December 2019).
  • Microbiome of Fermented Food and Role of Microbial Culture Collection at the Universitas Islam Negeri, Indonesia (July 2018).
  • NCMR, a microbial reservoir at NCCS, Pune at the international symposium on Biodiversity and Biobanking on at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India (27-29, January, 2018).
  • Invited talk at Institute of Biology II, Microbiology, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany on Extremophiles; diversity and taxonomy (24th June 2014).
  • Microbial Culture Collection, India in 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Culture Collections Organization, Valencia, Spain (11- 13th June 2014).

Meetings & Conferences

  • Expert in the Biotechnology, Biochemistry & Microbiology discipline for 14th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress, 27th-29th Feb, 2020.
  • Member of the recommendation committee during the 4th International Conference on Mass Gatherings Medicine at Jeddha, Suadi Arabia 10-13 dec, 2019.
  • Member of the second WIPO Meeting of Representatives of International Depositary Authorities under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure at Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico, September 4 and 5, 2018.
  • EMBO Laboratory Management Course organised by EMBO-Wellcome Trust-DBT (19 to 22, March 2018).
  • Training course of Microbial Resources Information Management and Utilization for Developing Countries from September 9 to September 23rd 2016 funded by Chinese Academy of Science , Beijing, China.
  • Visited DSMZ, Germany for training on International Depositary Authority and database management (16-22nd June 2014).
  • Attended 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Culture Collections Organization, Valencia, Spain (11 - 13th June 2014).
  • Attended International Symposium on Microbial Research and Biotechnology for Biomass Utilization The 4th Satellite Seminar held at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin (Germany) 4th and 5th September 2017.
  • Attended 50th anniversary of World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) from September 6-8, 2016, Beijing, China.
  • ISME International conference, Leipzig, Germany (12-17 August, 2018).


Highly motivated researchers looking for postdoctoral and PhD positions interested in working with our research group are always encouraged to apply. We also welcome master students to join our research group for short and long term projects. We are also open to collaborations.

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