User:Sunny Sharma

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  • Research Fellow at MGH Cancer Center– Harvard Medical School
  • Research Associate at Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany [1]
  • 2014, PhD (Biology), Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany [2]
  • 2007, MS (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India [3]
  • 2005, BS, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India [4]


EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) Long Term Fellowship. (2014-2016)[5]

DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) PhD scholarship (2010 - 2014) [6]

CEF (Excellence Cluster-Frankfurt am Main) PhD fellowship (2009 - 2010) [7]

ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) Junior Research Fellowship (2009 - 2010) [8]

Research interests

  1. Ribosome Biogenesis
  2. RNA modifications
  3. Developmental Biology
  4. Immunology
  5. Gerontology


17) Identification of sites of 2′-O-methylation vulnerability in human ribosomal RNAs by systematic mapping.[9]

16) Specialized box C/D snoRNPs act as antisense guides to target RNA base acetylation.[10]

15) Mapping of Complete Set of Ribose and Base Modifications of Yeast rRNA by RP-HPLC and Mung Bean Nuclease Assay.[11]

14) Tuning the ribosome: the influence of rRNA modification on eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis and function.[12]

13) Ribosome biogenesis factor Tsr3 is the aminocarboxypropyl transferase responsible for 18S rRNA hypermodification in yeast and humans. [13]

12)‘View From A Bridge’: A New Perspective on Eukaryotic rRNA Base Modification.[14]

11) The reverse transcription signature of N-1-methyladenosine in RNA-Seq is sequence dependent.[15]

10) Yeast Kre33 and human NAT10 are conserved 18S rRNA cytosine acetyltransferases that modify tRNAs assisted by the adaptor Tan1/THUMPD1.[16]

9) Identification of a new ribose methylation in the 18S rRNA of S. cerevisiae.[17]

8) Methylation of ribosomal RNA by NSUN5 is a conserved mechanism modulating organismal lifespan.[18]

7) Absolute and relative quantification of RNA modifications via biosynthetic isotopomers.[19]

6) Partial methylation at Am100 in 18S rRNA of baker´s yeast shows ribosome heterogeneity on the level of eukaryotic rRNA modification. Plos One [20]

5) Identification of novel methyltransferases, Bmt5 and Bmt6, responsible for the m3U methylations of 25S rRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.[21]

4) Yeast Nop2 and Rcm1 methylate C2870 and C2278 of the 25S rRNA, respectively.[22]

3) Identification of a novel methyltransferase, Bmt2, responsible for the N-1-methyl-adenosine base modification of 25S rRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.[23]

2) Yeast Rrp8p, a novel methyltransferase responsible for m1A 645 base modification of 25S rRNA.[24]

1) Association of P2X7 receptor +1513 (A-->C) polymorphism with tuberculosis in a Punjabi population.[25]

Conferences/ Workshops

  1. Plenary talk at 10th Ribosome Synthesis meeting 19th-25th August, Brussels.[26]
  2. Seminar at RNA club, 16th October 2013 [27]
  3. Plenary talk at Yeast Meeting, Frankfurt 2013 [28]
  4. Poster presentation at 18th Annual RNA meeting of the RNA society, Davos, Switzerland [29]
  5. Seminar at RNA club, 26th September 2012 [30]
  6. Poster presentation at 9th International Conference on Ribosome Synthesis, Banff, Canada [31]

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