Dr. Vikram Alva is a Project Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen, Germany. He uses bioinformatic approaches to study the structure, function, and evolution of proteins. In particular, his research is focused on elucidating the events that led to the emergence of the first folded proteins and their diversification into the many protein families we recognize today. Vikram, a computer engineering graduate from Mangalore University, was a student of the first batch at IBAB. Subsequently, he received his MSc (Bioinformatics) from the University of Tuebingen in 2008 and his PhD (Bioinformatics) from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in 2012. Further information about his research is available at: http://people.tuebingen.mpg.de/vikram.
Dr. Malali Gowda obtained Ph.D from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He has worked at the Michigan State University, North Carolina State University and Ohio State University. Dr. Gowda’s research is focused on plant-microbe interactions, genomics, functional genomics and bioinformatics. He returned to India in 2010 through the Ramalingaswamy Fellowship program of DBT,GoI. Dr. Gowda as the Head of Genomics, built a state-of-the-art ‘Next-Generation Genomics Facility’ at C-CAMP, Bangalore and has been providing service for genomics applications. More than 500 genomes (prokaryotes and eukaryotes) involving more than 100 species have been sequenced (www.ccamp.res.in/NGS-Genomics).
Dr. Gowda is also associated with the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore towards establishing agri-genomics. Dr. Gowda founded a non-profit organization “Biodiversity Conservation and Research Trust” (BCRT), Anuganalu, Hassan Dist, Karnataka State. BCRT work is considered as a model system to combat climate change and agricultural/ environmental problems; www.bcrt.org.