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Department of Plant Sciences


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Research overview

I am a specialist in genomics and structural bioinformatics, with specific applications in food security and ecosystem conservation. We have used deep learning models in transcriptomics to decipher rice master regulators of abiotic stress, and more recently, evidence for prion-like proteins as mediators of crosstalk between transient and trans-generational memory in plants. We also design algorithms to simulate targeted or random perturbations on complex networks and for partitioning matrices into (biologically meaningful) communities using a combination of supervised and unsupervised techniques. Eventually, we hope to be able to address the question of why all plants cannot form polyploids, and how this capacity confers upon plant genomes, the phenomenal ability to travel, adapt and expand into new realms.


BBS Bioinformatics, NST-II and Instructor, Bioinformatics Training Facility, University of Cambridge

Previous positions

2016-present Lecturer, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
2016-present Head of Group, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
2006-2016 Staff Scientist, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India
2006-2007 Visiting Scientist, Keck Graduate Institute & Claremont Graduate University


2000-2005 PhD in Computational Biology, National Institute of Immunology, India
1998-2000 MSc Biomedical Science, University of Delhi, India
1994-1997 BSc Botany, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India

Key publications


All publications


Awards and fellowships

  • Council Member & Trustee, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, 2020-2023
  • SASTRA-Obaid Siddiqi Award in Life Sciences for National Science Day, India, 2021
  • Hamied Fellowship Award, University of Cambridge, UK (2017-2019) INSA BEP Award, by Indian National Science Academy, 2018
  • SERB Women’s Excellence Award by SERB, DST, Government of India, 2013
  • Haryana 'Yuva Vigyan Ratna' Award by the Haryana State HSCST, 2012
  • INSA Medal for Young Scientists (Biochemistry & Biophysics), 2011
  • Professor Hira Lal Chakravarty Award, Plant Sciences by Indian Science Congress, 2010
  • Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award, Biological Sciences, NASI, 2009
  • Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, IYBA, DBT, Government of India, 2005


  • Member, Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network
  • Member, Equality Diversity Committee, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge
  • Member, Steering Committee, 'Plantae Presents' American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Member, British Ecological Society, UK
  • Member, Equality Diversity and Wellbeing, Deptartment of Plant Sciences, Cambridge
  • Member, Board of Discipline, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences India, Government of India
  • Member, Delhi City Knowledge Education Cluster (DeepC DRIIV)
  • Member, COVID Projects Steering Committee, NCSTC -DST, Government of India
  • Member, Expert Committee for Implementation of Programs for Accelerated Participation of Women in Science and Technology, DST, Govt of India
  • Member, Ramalingaswami Award Selection Committee, DBT, Govt of India (2017-2020)
  • Member, ASEAN SIT Panel for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (2020 -2023)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Hyderabad City Cluster, Government of Telangana, India

Public engagement


Head of Machine Learning and Complex Networks Group
DBT-Cambridge Lecturer
Dr. Gitanjali  Yadav

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 330449
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