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Dr. Gaurav Ahuja

Associate Professor (Computational Biology)
PhD (2015), University of Cologne, Germany

Gaurav is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computational Biology at IIIT-Delhi. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cologne, Germany, with a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences. He is a Chemical Biologist with vast experience in Cheminformatics and High-throughput screening assays. Gaurav carried out his Post Doctoral work at several renowned institutes, including the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Ageing, and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. His lab at IIIT-Delhi utilizes a hybrid and interdisciplinary approach combining Artificial Intelligence (AI), Chemistry, and Biology. Further, his laboratory also develops high-throughput in vivo assays for the functional validation of the AI-predictions. The ultimate goal of his laboratory is to uncover the functional importance of endogenous metabolites, in development, health, and diseases. Within few years of its inception, his laboratory contributed to establishing the functional link between the chemical and biological world of the cell. Gaurav is a recipient of the prestigious Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship from DBT, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young scientist Award, and Discovery Track Investigator (IIITD). He is also a member of the International Chemical Biology Society.

Current Position

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Computational Biology, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). (July, 2019 onwards)

Previous Positions

  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Computational Biology, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). (July, 2019 to June, 2022)

  • Senior Research Fellow (Senior Post Doc) in the Laboratory of Prof. Philip W. Ingham at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. (2019)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Dr. Leo Kurian at the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne and guest scientist at Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany (2016-2019)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Postdoctoral adviser: Prof. Sigrun Korsching), Institute for Genetics, University at Cologne, Cologne, Germany (2015 – 2016)

  • Ph.D. Student (Thesis advisor: Prof. Sigrun Korsching), Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (2010 – 2015)

Our Interest


Essential cellular behaviors, including those that ensure its survival or homeostasis, are modulated by many intrinsic or extrinsic factors. For the last few decades, efforts have been ongoing to identify these factors, followed by their functional characterization, ultimately leading to decoding these complex response mechanisms. Despite years of experimentation involving heating, boiling, freezing, and electroporation of cells, our understanding of how these chemical moieties influence vital fundamental cellular processes is far from complete.

The Ahuja Lab at IIIT-Delhi uses a hybrid approach involving Artificial Intelligence and Molecular Biology. Some of the long-term projects of the lab include:

    Decoding logics: Using Artificial Intelligence & Yeast-based sensors

    Our lab has recently compiled a compendium of the GPCR-drug database and developed a novel language-based Deep Learning architecture to understand the rules of Drug-Target interaction.

    Connecting Dots: Linking metabolites to cell-cell communication

    This project leverages the combo of Protein Language Models and cheminformatics to link receptor proteins involved in cell-cell communications to tissue-associated, extracellular metabolic landscape.

    Ultimate Response: Decrypting interactions between chemical & biological space

    Comprehensive mechanistic insights into biological systems necessitate a thorough evaluation of each node of the underlying multi-dimensional processes and their interdependence. Inspired by Graph Theory Algorithms, we are attempting to dissect this highly convulated networks, and validating our computational findings using Yeast-based assays.

    Cellular Ethology: Defining Grammar of Induced Cellular Behavior

    We are presently developing microfluidics-based cell behavior assays to monitor the impact of bioactive compounds on cellular behaviors.













Our Team

Current Students

Aayushi Mittal

PhD Student

Vishakha Gautam

PhD Student

Sanjay Kumar Mohanty

PhD Student

Sakshi Arora

PhD Student

Subhadeep Duari

PhD Student

Saveena Solanki

PhD Student

Suvendu Kumar

PhD Student

Sonam Chauhan

PhD Student

Shiva Satija

PhD Student

Arushi Sharma

PhD Student

Dr. M. Subaraja

PhD Student

Nilesh Kumar Dixit

PhD Student & Lab Manager


Krishan Gupta

PhD Student

Sidrah Maryam

M.Tech Student

Manisha Bajoria

M.Tech Student

Radhika Arora

M.Tech Student

Ria Gupta

B.Tech Student

Vishesh Agrawal

B.Tech Student

Vrinda Singhal

B.Tech Student

Nikhil Katyayan


Anku Gupta


Wrik Bhadra


Siddhant Kalra


Megha Sahni


Manshi Goel


Mohit Choudhary


Lab Activities



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The Ahuja lab is supported by the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship, a re-entry scheme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, and an Intramural Start-up grant from Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). The lab has also been awarded funding from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for promoting basic research in Science and Engineering.

Contact Us

Gaurav Ahuja Ph.D
Associate Professor
The Chemosensory Lab
Department of Computational Biology
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
New Delhi-110020, India
Email: gaurav.ahuja@iiitd.ac.in
Phone: (+91)11-26907475