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Functional genomics

Munich, Bavaria, Germany
August 15, 2018

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University of Munich (LMU)


A biologist with 7 years research experience in physiological and bioinformatic investigations.

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Munich Sep 2016 - present

• Designed and implemented bioinformatics pipelines for NGS analyses for various in-house projects both on Galaxy bioinformatics workflow and HPC Linux Cluster using Conda and R-based scripts.

Involved in the development of a new R package and Shiny based data analysis and interactive graphic visualization.

Doctorate, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Sep 2011 - Sep 2015

• Designed and implemented for large-scale genomic data analyses (exploratory, functional annotation and biological significance) for 3 different projects. Comparative transcriptome analyses.

Delineated a gene regulatory network underlying differential phenotype studying the phenotype kinetics and natural variation potential in 349 different plant accessions using genotype-phenotype association strategy in a genome-wide association (GWAS) study.

Masters, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India Aug 2009 - May 2011

• Biotechnology (Grades 9.67 out of 10).

Bachelors, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India Aug 2005 - May 2009

• Biotechnology (Grades 8.66 out of 10).


Plant physiology, genetics and genomics.

Large scale-data analyses e.g. genotypic, microarray and NGS.

Statistical data analysis and graphic visualization in R & bioconductor.

Time and project management.

Adaptability, teamwork and collaboration.

Strategic planning and creative problem solving.


Secured 5 yrs. doctoral fellowship, Government of India. Availed 2 yrs. postgraduate fellowship, Government of India.

Courses & certificates

Introduction to R for statistical analysis: Wageningen University.

Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp with R, Udemy certificate course. Learning Python, LinkedIn Learning.

Voice Matters – Voice and Presentation Skills Training, Wageningen University.

Training Programme of Graduate School of Life Sciences, Utrecht University. How to stand out in crowd? & Workshop on Career Perspectives, Utrecht University. R in Action, Data Analysis and Graphics with R.

The Biostar Handbook.


Oral talk at International Conference "Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance III", Vienna.

Oral talk at Dutch Plant Science Meeting, Wageningen.

Best poster prize at International Conference on "Biotechnology A Global Scenario", India.

Conference volunteer at 5-day National workshop on DBT Program support project sponsored short term training course on – “Advanced Techniques in Cellular and Molecular Biology”.


Das D, Gutjahr C. "Phytohormone signaling in arbuscular mycorrhiza development". In: de Bruijn F J (ed.). The Model Legume Medicago truncatula. Wiley/Blackwell.

Pantazopoulou CK, Bongers FJ, Küpers JJ, Reinen E, Das D, Evers JB, Anten NP, Pierik R. (2017) Neighbor detection at the leaf tip adaptively regulates upward leaf movement through spatial auxin dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.170*******.

Das D, St Onge KR, Voesenek LA, Pierik R, Sasidharan R. (2016) Ethylene- and shade induced hypocotyl elongation share transcriptome patterns and functional regulators. Plant Physiology, 172: 718-733.

Thapa G, Das D, Gunupuru LR (2016) Expression of Echmr gene from Eichhornia offers multiple stress tolerance to Cd sensitive Escherichia coli gsh mutants. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 478(1), 101-109.

Thapa G, Das D, Gunupuru L (2016) Endurance assessment of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms, in heavy metal contaminated site: A case study. Cogent Environmental Science. Vol. 2, Issue 1.

Das D (2016) Genomics of stress escape in Arabidopsis thaliana


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