Pawan Sharma (born 1951) earned his Ph.D. degree (in parasite immunology) from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, in 1980. He served as a Postdoctoral Scientist at The Scripps Clinic Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif, USA, and as a Visiting Scientist at the Agouron Institute, La Jolla, Calif, USA. He served as a Senior Level Staff Research Scientist at ICGEB, New Delhi (India), from February 1989 to August 2011; his areas of research were medical microbiology and molecular immunology. Sharma's professional expertise is in molecular immunology; cell biology of host-pathogen interaction; synthetic peptide vaccines, molecular cloning, expression, and purification of recombinant proteins; DNA vaccines; animal experimentation in TB vaccine and drug discovery research. He has established a state-of-the-art DBT funded National Tuberculosis Aerosol Challenge Facility for research in India. Sharma has more than 85 research papers in journals of international repute (PNAS-USA, The Journal of Immunology, PLoS ONE, PLoS Pathogens, Infection and Immunity, JID, MAI, Tuberculosis (Edinburgh), Immunology and Cell Biology, etc.) addressing scientific problems in tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, and amebiasis. Currently, he serves as a Senior Consultant Healthcare with the North Eastern Region Biotechnology Program Management Cell (NER-BPMC) at the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. He is entrusted with strengthening the basic research infrastructure in the medical colleges/institutions in the NER, leading to improved healthcare services to the community and emergence of a vibrant research culture in medical biotechnology in the region. For his scientific contributions, Sharma was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (London) in 1983, and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) (Allahabad) in 2002.
Biography Updated on 12 April 2012