Rakesh Sharma Bio

Rakesh has completed his doctorate degree in life sciences and biotechnology under Dr. Ravi Shankar Akundi from South Asian University, India. His PhD work mainly focused on understanding the signaling mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration following mitochondrial complex-I inhibition. After his graduate training, he worked with Dr. Giulia Bertolin at the University of Rennes to understand the molecular mechanism of metabolic heterogeneity among breast cancer cells. In Jadiya’s lab, he is studying the role of mitochondrial calcium signaling in Alzheimer’s disease using novel genetic loss- and gain-of-function mutant mouse approaches. Beyond science, he enjoys cooking, running, cycling, reading books and traveling to new places.


  • PhD in Life Sciences and Biotechnology, South Asian University, New Delhi, India, 2014-2020
  • MSc in Biotechnology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2010-2012

Scientific Positions

  • November, 2020 - November, 2022, CNRS-Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute Genetics & Development of Rennes (IGDR), University of Rennes1, Faculty of Medicine, France


  • 2016 - present, Society for Neurochemistry India (SNCI)
  • 2016 - present, Indian Academy of Neuroscience (IAN)
  • 2021 - present, Young Scientists Forum Nepal (YSFN)

Honors and Awards 

  • 2019, Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Indian Academy of Neuroscience, New Delhi, India
  • 2019, Oral presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Neurochemistry, New Delhi, India
  • 2019, Poster presentation at Gottingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Georg August University, Gottingen, Germany
  • 2017, Oral presentation at the Annual Conference of South Asian Biotechnology Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2018, Instructor in the international workshop on “Mammalian cell culture and cytotoxicity assays,” Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at South Asian University (SAU)
  • 2014, “Silver Jubilee Scholarship” by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for PhD in life sciences and biotechnology at South Asian University (SAU)