Welcome to

THE AHUJA LAB

Dr. Gaurav Ahuja

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

Gaurav Ahuja graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cologne, Germany with PhD in Natural Sciences. He is a molecular biologist by training and possesses a vast experience in functional genomics, especially in dissecting complex biological mechanisms using genome-editing and next generation sequencing-based techniques. After the completion of his PhD degree, he worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at several renowned institutes, including Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, Max Planck Institute for Ageing and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. During this period, he worked on multiple model systems, including human pluripotent stem cells, zebrafish, mice and killifish.

Current Position

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

Previous Positions

  • 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

Olfaction, the sense of smell, endows organisms an ability to detect and distinguish a multitude of molecules. All this is achieved by the presence of Olfactory receptors, a specialized class of GPCRs, which primarily resides on the epithelium. In addition to their expression in the organ, these olfactory receptors are known to express in the non-olfactory tissues and contribute to specialized functions ranging from wound healing, tissue regeneration, inhibition of the cancer cells, sperm chemotaxis, etc.

The Ahuja Lab at IIIT Delhi investigates:

  • The underlying molecular mechanisms mediating the induction and regulation of Olfactory Receptor expression in non-olfactory tissues.
  • The functional relevance of ectopic olfactory receptors in pathological states such as aging, and cancer.
  • The development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies by targeting these ectopic olfactory receptors.


To achieve this, The Ahuja Lab effectively takes advantage of both computational and molecular biology methods.

Publications

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2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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Our Team

Current Students

Aayushi Mittal

PhD Student

Vishakha Gautam

PhD Student

Krishan Gupta

PhD Student

Sanjay Kumar Mohanty

PhD Student

Sidrah Maryam

M.Tech Student

Manisha Bajoria

M.Tech Student

Vrinda Singhal

B.Tech Student

Nilesh Kumar Dixit

Lab Manager

Suvendu Kumar

Intern

Nikhil Katyayan

Intern

Alumni

Anku Gupta

2019

Wrik Bhadra

2019

Siddhant Kalra

2020

Megha Sahni

2020

Manshi Goel

2020

Mohit Choudhary

2020

Lab Activities

Funding

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).



Contact Us

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