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Name Dr Yogendra Sharma
(Dr Yogendra Sharma)
FNA ID P19-1824
Address J C Bose Fellow, ex-Chief Scientist (Scientist G), CSIR-CCMB, Professor and Dean, IISER, Berhampur, Transit Campus, ITI Building,
City Berhampur, Orissa
Pin Code 760 010
Country India
Gender Male
Specialization Biophysics
Service in the Council
Qualification PhD
Membership FNASc, FASc
  Year of Election 2019  
E-mail yogendra@ccmb.res.in, yogen.ccmb@gmail.com
Personal Website

Yogendra Sharma obtained BSc in 1978, and MSc in Physical Chemistry (1980) from Meerut University. He did his PhD from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata. He joined CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Hyderabad as scientist in 1988, where he worked throughout his academic career and superannuated as Chief Scientist and Group Leader in 2019. He has also worked as visiting associate at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis from 1995-98 on eye development. He was later awarded J C Bose National Fellowship. He is currently the Professor of Biological Sciences and Dean, Faculty in the newly established Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Berhampur.\r\nAcademic and Research Achievements: Yogendra Sharma is a leading expert on calcium-binding proteins. Although his contribution in the field of neuronal calcium sensor mediated regulation cannot be undermined, his major scientific contribution is much broader where decades of his research discovered and established a novel family of calcium-binding proteins that is the βγ-crystallin superfamily. The βγ-crystallins now represent the second-largest Ca2+-binding protein family after the EF-hand family (e.g., calmodulin). Reflecting his contribution, over four hundreds of proteins of the betagamma-crystallin superfamily are now annotated and assigned to the genre of the “calcium-binding proteins”, thus highlighting the importance of the discovery of the Ca2+-binding motif, named as βγ-crystallin motif, identified by him and his co-workers in a series of publications. Most of these proteins are found in bacterial species, hence there is likely involvement of these proteins in pathophysiology via calcium-sensing.\r\nAwards and Honours: Professor Sharma is a recipient of the CSIR Young Scientist Award (1992), M. Sreenivasaya Memorial Award from the Society of Biological Chemists (India), 2008. He is a Fellow of all the three National Academies (the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy), and a fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences. He is a Founder Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences. He is also awarded the DST-SERB National J C Bose Fellowship (2019).\r\n

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