SHARMA, Niharika

Niharika Sharma

Research interests

  • 060102 Bioinformatics
  • Genomics and Transcriptomics
  • Phylogeny and comparative analysis
  • 0607 Plant Biology


Dr Niharika Sharma is a bioinformatician at DPI NSW, where she seeks to build the bioinformatics capacity across the organisation to ensure research remains at the cutting edge. She has over 10 years experience in the field of bioinformatics (particularly in transcriptomics, genomics, phylogenetics, pipeline development and imparting bioinformatics trainings). Niharika has worked exclusively in the Agricultural research sector handling crop genomes with positions at the University of Adelaide and the University of Delhi (India). She obtained her PhD at University of Melbourne in 2014 where she investigated developmental dynamics of male and female gametophyte transcriptome in Marchantia polymorha using RNA-Seq approach. Following her PhD, her research mainly focused on carrying out NGS data analysis (RNA-Seq, Sequence Capture, DNA Mate-pair Seq) for various research projects aimed at abiotic stress tolerance in crops like wheat, rice and chickpea. Here at DPI, her work frame mainly involves answering biological research questions by analysing NGS sequencing datasets using High Performance Computing (HPC) with novel algorithms and advanced statistical approaches.


  • PhD – University of Melbourne 2014
  • M.Phil – University of Delhi (India) 2009
  • MSc Bioinformatics 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Biotechnology 2005

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