Dr. Sharmila Mande, a Chief Scientist at TCS Research, has more than 32 years of research experience in Life Sciences domain. She received her PhD degree in the year 1991 in Physics from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. She had her post-doctoral training at University of Groningen, The Netherlands and University of Washington, Seattle, USA. After returning to India, she continued her research at Institute of Microbial Technology and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, before joining TCS in 2001 to start TCS’ Life Sciences R&D activities.
During her close to seventeen years at TCS, she has successfully built a group of Bioinformaticians, and trained many of them, including engineers, mathematicians, physicists and biologists in this field. Her main areas of research include microbiome analytics, biomarker discovery for early diagnosis of diseases/disorders, algorithm development for analyzing large scale biological data and applying the same to understand human health. She has a number of projects in collaboration with several renowned National and International academic institutes as well as hospitals. The focus of these projects is on diseases/disorders like malnourishment, diabetes, tuberculosis and cancer.
She is a recipient of TCS’ distinguished scientist award and has received the prestigious ‘Tata Innovista’ award in 2017. She has published several papers in international journals and has delivered talks in many International and National conferences. She also has a number of patented algorithms and software solutions that address challenges faced by researchers in analyzing large scale biological data.