Biotechnology (Bioinformatics)
Senior Scientist
Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
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Our research areas focus on a variety of bioinformatics topics but basic themes includes evolution, comparative genomics, system biology as well as functional genomics.

Within this field we are focusing on the major topics:

A)  Artificial intelligence/deep learning inspired plant immune system

B) Artificial intelligence based evolution of host-pathogen interactions

C)  Artificial intelligence & Network biology based algorithms for drug discovery from Himalayas for human health

D)  Evolutionary perspectives @cold adaptation @Himalayan Microbiome

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National Awards

  1.  Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) Young Scientist Award -2014 (New Biology)  @ 101st Indian Science Congress @ University of Jammu during 3 -7 Feb, 2014.
  2.  Young Scientist Award for Best Paper Presentation by Society of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, New Delhi @ G.B. Pant University of  Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 4-6 March, 2014
  3.  Part of Bioinformatics Team @ CSIR-IHBT for 2nd Position – “Incentive Awards for Publications-2015” under Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF), Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISNet), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (including my 5 out of total 8 papers).
  4. Bagged Bioclues Research and innovation award (BIRD)-2016 for outstanding contribution in the field of Bioinformatics and Functional genomics under the age of 35. This award is given by BIOCLUES Organisation, an affiliate of International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) and Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (Award Link)


  • Selected as Joint Secretary/ Co-Chair of Bioclues organization (an affiliate of International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB)) for the year 2017-2018.

  • Invited speaker & Chairperson for the "International Conference on Bioinformatics" held at Hans Raj Mahavidalaya (HMV), Jalandhar, 2019.

  • Selected as Review Editor for Frontiers in Genetics (IF=3.517), 2018 onwards

  • Selected as Review Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science (IF=4.106), 2018 onwards

  • Selected as Review Editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (IF=5.122), 2019 onwards

  • As a Co-co-ordinator for “Establishment of Bioinformatics infrastructure for biology through bioinformatics (BTBI) under BTISnet”, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

  • AI-based software “Hansa” has been selected and highlighted in annual virtual issue of Human Mutation entitled "Evaluating Mutation Pathogenicity" for the year 2012 with the [link]

  • The National Genetics Reference Laboratory (NGRL), Manchester, UK, on analyzing popular missense prediction tools advised usage of “Hansa” as one of the three tools, thus emphasizing the importance of this software that will be highly beneficial to the interested biological community with the [link]

 Academic Achievements

  1. All India Combined Examination for ICAR’s JRF, 2003-2004.
  2. Department of Biotechnology Fellow (DBT-Fellow) (2003) for M.Sc. through All India JNU Entrance Exam conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University -2003
  3. Junior Research Fellow (2005) for Ph.D. granted by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
  4. Travel fellowship awarded by European Science Foundation, Dresden,Germany, 14th-17th April 2010.

Oral Talks Invited

  1. Invited and presented the oral talk Prediction of Deleterious Human Membrane Transporter Polymorphisms” at HUGO’s 13thHuman Genome, Meeting “Genomics and the Future of Medicine” on 27th-30th September, 2008, Hyderabad, India.
  2. Invited and presented the oral talk “Hansa: An automated method for discriminating disease and neutral human nsSNPs” at Indo-French Bioinformatics Meetings on 23rd -25th March, 2011, Hyderabad, India.
  3. Invited and presented the talk regarding "The Science of Omics for Agricultural Productivity: Future Perspectives" at G. B. Pant Agriculture University, Pantnagar on March 4-6, 2014.
  4.  Invited and presented talk to the scientists attending compulsory training programme conducted by ICAR on "Functional Analysis of Pathogenicity genes of Plant Pathogens" at IARI, New Delhi, on 6 January, 2016.    
  5.  Invited and presented talk on Biosciences Study Circle (BSC) seminar on  “Quandary in the distribution of defense signalling regulators in the genome of early green plants" to faculty and PG students  at Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala, on 27th April, 2016.
  6.  Invited speaker & Chairperson for the "International Conference on Bioinformatics" held at Hans Raj Mahavidalaya (HMV), Jalandhar during 22nd -23rd February, 2019
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Five best selected Publications:

1. Preeti Arya & Vishal Acharya* (2018)  Plant STAND P-loop NTPases: A current perspective of genome distribution, evolution and function. Molecular Genetics and Genomics293: 17. (IF = 2.939)

2.   Preeti Arya & Vishal Acharya* (2016) Computational identification raises a riddle for distribution of putative NACHT NTPases in the genome of early green plants  PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150634. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150634 (IF =3.057) 

3.      Vinay Randhawa, Anil Kumar Singh & Vishal Acharya* (2015)  A systematic approach to prioritize drug targets using machine learning, a molecular descriptor-based classification model, and high-throughput screening of plant derived molecules: a case study in oral cancer  Molecular BioSystems, 2015, 3362-3377DOI: 10.1039/C5MB00468C (IF= 3.21)

 4.     Vinay Randhawa & Vishal Acharya* (2015) Integrated network analysis and logistic regression modeling identify stage-specific genes in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma BMC Medical Genomics  8:39, DOI: 10.1186/s12920-015-0114-0  (IF = 2.87) (Highly Accessed Article)

5.    Preeti Arya, Gulshan Kumar, Vishal Acharya*, Anil Kumar Singh (2014) Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of NBS-encoding genes in Malus x domestica and expansion of NBS genes family in Rosaceae PLoS ONE 9(9): e107987. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107987 (IF = 3.057)

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A) Registered PhD Students

1. Neeraj Kumar

2. Meetal Sharma

3. Dr. Narendra Tripude (M.V.Sc)

4. Nymphaea Arora

5. Ekjot Kaur

B) Research Fellow(s)

1. Ravi Kumar

2. Abhishek Khatri

Alumni (Past PhD Scholars& Fellows)

1. Dr. Vinay Randhawa (Defended Thesis, 2016)

2. Dr. Preeti Arya (Defended Thesis, 2017) 

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