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Sanjeev Kumar Sharma

Staff picture: Sanjeev Kumar Sharma
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Senior Research Scientist
sanjeev.sharma@hutton.ac.uk
+44 1382 568741 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

Dr Sanjeev Kumar Sharma is a member of the Potato Genetics and Breeding group at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee. He earned his Bachelor’s in Forestry and Master’s in Biotechnology, with a minor in Forestry, from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, India; and pursued his PhD at the University of Dundee, UK under a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship award.

Dr Sharma’s specialism is in potato applied and basic research covering a wide spectrum of expertise from novel methods of propagation and seed production, through to genetics, genomics, marker development, next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. He has developed a prototype for advanced and accelerated propagation system in potato using somatic embryo-derived synthetic seeds. More recently, he was involved in the international potato genome sequencing project where he co-planned and co-coordinated the project genetic anchoring part which led to the construction of the reference potato chromosome-scale pseudomolecules (G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 2013; 3:2031-2047). He also chaired and coordinated regular meetings of the international potato genome sequencing consortium. He has been actively involved in several other potato related projects including Innovate UK project on potato breeding and genomics, BBSRC-HAPI project on tuber dormancy, EU H2020 G2PSOL and ADAPT projects as well as other industrially funded projects. He is exploiting novel genetic and sequence-based genotyping approaches for trait analyses and allele mining in potato targeting important agronomic and processing as well as disease resistance traits. These include genome-wide association studies (GWAS), sequence-based bulk-segregant analysis (BSA), genomic selection, genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), whole-exome capture (WEC) sequencing and single-primer enrichment technology (SPET). Overall, here his broader focus of research is to exploit genetic, genomic, and biotechnological approaches for furthering potato research and accelerate breeding efficiencies in potato.

He has served as an advisory board panel member for Plant Genomics Congress Europe (2015-2016) and is also serving as reviewer for British Council Newton Fund grants (2018-2022) and KAPPA Programme grants 2020 TACR Czech Republic.

 

Past research

Before relocating to the UK, Dr Sharma acquired considerable experience in commercial plant tissue culture notably managing technical operations in a large micropropagation facility (Sheel Biotech Ltd, India - established in collaboration with Cultiss, Holland B.V.) with an annual capacity of >5 million plants. He also established an R&D-cum-pilot scale tissue culture laboratory at Thapar Centre for Industrial Research, Patiala, India along with developing indigenous protocols for large-scale production of potato microtubers and upscaled it for generating over 0.5 million microtubers and 1.2 million minitubers per annum. There, he also worked on the selection and micropropagation of elite Eucalyptus trees for the pulp and paper industry including establishment of a clonal demonstration plantation using tissue culture raised Eucalypt saplings.

 

Employment history

2011 (April) - present: Molecular Geneticist, James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK

2009 (February) - April 2011: Molecular Geneticist, SCRI, Dundee, UK

2007 (November) to 2009 (January): Scientist E-I, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India

2006 (June) to 2007 (November): Molecular Geneticist, SCRI, Dundee, UK

2002 (October) to 2006 (June): Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar, University of Dundee, UK

1995 (November) to 2002 (September): Research Scientist (Apr 2000 to Sep 2002); Assistant Research Scientist (Apr 1999 to Mar 2000); Senior Scientific Assistant (Nov 1995 to Mar 1999); Thapar Centre for Industrial R&D, Patiala, India

1994 (November) to 1995 (November): Senior Scientific Officer, M/s Sheel Biotech Ltd (Established in collaboration with Cultiss, Holland B.V.), Gurgaon, India

1994 (July) to 1994 (November): Research Associate, Department of Genetics, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India

Bibliography

  • Sharma, S.K.; Bryan, G.J. (2017) Genome sequence-based marker development and genotyping in potato., In: Kumar Chakrabarti S., Xie C. & Kumar Tiwari,J. (eds.) The Potato Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham., Chapter 17, pp307-316.
  • Millam, S.; Sharma, S.K. (2007) Soil-free techniques., In: Potato Biology and Biotechnology: Advances and Perspectives (eds. D. Vreugdenhil, J.E. Bradshaw, C. Gebhardt, F. Govers, D.K.L. MacKerron, M.A.Taylor, and H.A. Ross). Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp705-716.

  • Sharma, S.K.; Millam, S.; Hedley, P.E.; Hein, I.; McNicol, J.W.; Bryan, G.J. (2008) Somatic embryogenesis in potato., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2007, pp18-19.
  • Millam, S.; Sharma, S.K.; Bryan, G.J.; Matti-Rokka, V.; Middlefell-Williams, J. (2004) Pathways of vegetative development via embryogenesis in Solanum tuberosum L., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2003/2004, pp124-125.

  • Young, V.; Prashar, A.; McLean, K.; Hornyik, C.; Sharma, S.K.; Dale, M.F.B.; Bryan, G.J. (2014) Potential for molecular marker development and utilization in potato breeding programmes based on a genetic study in a diploid potato population., Crop Protection in Northern Britain, Environmental Management and Crop Protection, West Park Conference Centre, Dundee, 25-26 February 2014.
  • Sharma, S.K.; McLean, K.; Dale, M.F.B.; Bryan, G.J. (2012) Application of association mapping and genomic sequencing to modern potato breeding., International Workshop on Advanced Breeding Programmes for Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production, Edinburgh, 2 May 2012.
  • Sharma, S.K.; McLean, K.; Dale, M.F.B.; Bryan, G.J. (2012) Application of association mapping and genomic sequencing to modern potato breeding., Potatoes in Practice, Dundee, 9 August 2012.
  • Sharma, S.K.; McLean, K.; Dale, M.F.B.; Bryan, G.J.; (2012) Characterisation of the genetic diversity of tetraploid potato using genome-wide high-density SNP genotyping., SOL 2012 Conference - From Bench to Innovative Applications, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 26-30 August 2012.
  • Bryan, G.J.; Prashar, A.; Young, V.; McLean, K.; Hornyik, C.; Sharma, S.K.; Dale, M.F.B. (2012) QTL analysis of a phureja-tuberosum diploid potato cross segregating for several traits., Solanaceae Conference, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 26-30 August 2012.
  • McLean, K.; Young, V.; Sharma, S.K.; Prashar, A.; Dale, M.F.B.; Bryan, G.J. (2011) Analysis of traits on a new diploid potato population., SOL & ICUGI, Japan, 28 November - 2 December 2011.
  • Bolser, D.M.; Sharma, S.K.; de Boer, J.; Borm, T.; Bryan, G.J.; Martin, D.M.A. (2010) Anchoring the potato genome: In silico approaches., EAPR EUCARPIA Congress, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 28-30 June 2010, Potatoe Research, 53, 205.
  • Sharma, S.K. (2010) The Potato Genome Sequencing Initiative., 7th Solanaceae Conference 2010, Dundee, 5-9 September 2010, 143 (Poster).
  • Sharma, S.K. (2009) The Potato Genome Sequencing Initiative., Sixth Solanaceae Genome Workshop (SOL 2009), New Delhi, India, 8-13 November 2009.
  • Bryan, G.J.; Lloyd, D.; Sharma, S.K.; Bradshaw, J.E. (2008) Genetic analysis of sensory and volatile traits in potato., 17th Triennial Conference of the European Association for Potato Research, Brasov, Romania, 6-10 July 2008.
  • Bryan, G.J.; Lloyd, D.; Sharma, S.K.; Hackett, C.A.; Nevison, L.; Taylor, M.A.; Bradshaw, J.E. (2008) Genetic analysis of flavour and texture in potato., 5th Solanaceae Genome Workshop 2008, Cologne, Germany, 12-16 October 2008.
  • Sharma, S.K.; Bryan, G.J.; Millam, S. (2005) Evaluating the potential of potato somatic embryogenesis system in expediting seed potato production., 16th Triennial Conference of the European Association for Potato Research, Bilbao, Spain, 17-22 July 2005.
  • Sharma, S.K.; Bryan, G.J.; Millam, S. (2004) The development of an efficient somatic embryogenesis system in potato., World Congress on In Vitro Biology, San Francisco, USA, 22-26 May 2004.
  • Sharma, S.K.; Gillespie, T.; Williamson, B.; Bryan, G.J.; Millam, S. (2003) Confirmation of potato somatic embryogenesis by microscopy., 31st Scottish Microscopy Group Symposium, Dundee, 12 November 2003.

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