Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Rita Sharma’s research focuses on crop improvement for food and biofuel. For this, her lab generates and integrates high-throughput comparative genomic and transcriptomic data followed by empirical validation using functional genomic approaches.
In collaboration with researchers at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Joint BioEnergy Institute, California, USA, she has contributed to development of several databases, tools, and resources for grass genomics and improvement particularly rice, switchgrass, and sorghum.
With recent revelations of not-so-dark matter of genome, her lab ponders if interspecific comparisons of coding and non-coding RNAs can reveal functional signatures responsible for determining organismal biology and, diversity in the plant world.
Responsibilities at home organisation
Teaching, Research and Administrative Activities of the University
Responsibilities within the project
Field of Expertise
- Comparative Genomics and Molecular Evolution
- Crop Genetics and Informatics
- Genome Engineering
- High throughput omics data analysis
Rita worked at University of California Davis, CA, USA from May 2009 to Feb 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher.
She also worked at Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and University of Berkeley, CA, USA from Feb 2018 to Feb 2019 as a visiting scientist through GETin Program funded by Indo-US Science & Technology Forum and DBT, Govt. of India.
Other personal interests
Rita also has keen interest in and, practical knowledge of patent laws, drafting and specifications. When not in lab, she enjoys cooking and, reading philosophical and mystical fiction.
Room No 10,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi 110067, India