Debashish Bhattacharya
Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources (DEENR)
and Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS), Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; Tel: 848-932-6218, Fax: 732-932-8746,
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
(a) Professional Preparation
Dalhousie University, Biology, B.Sc. (Hons.), 1981; Dalhousie University, Environmental
Studies, M.E.S., 1984; Simon Fraser University, Biology, Ph.D., 1989; Marine Biological
Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts: Sloan Foundation Fellow with Michell Sogin, 19881991; University of Cologne, Germany: Alexander von Humboldt Scholar with Michael
Melkonian, 1991-1994.
(b) Appointments
Rutgers University, Distinguished Professor, 2012-present; Professor I, 2009-2012. University of
Iowa, Director, Program in Genetics, 2005-2008; Faculty, 1999-2004; Program in Applied
Mathematics and Computational Sciences, 2005-2009, Faculty; Department of Biological
Sciences, Professor 2006-2009; Associate Professor 2003-2006; Assistant Professor 1997-2003.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Adjunct Scientist, 2006-2011.
(c) Products
(i) Relevant:
Foflonker F, Price DC, Qiu H, Palenik B, Wang S, and Bhattacharya D. 2015. Genome of the
halotolerant green alga Picochlorum SENEW3 reveals strategies for thriving under
fluctuating environmental conditions. Environmental Microbiology 17:412-426.
Harel A, Karkar S, Cheng S, Falkowski PG, Bhattacharya D. 2015. Deciphering primordial
cyanobacterial genome functions from protein network analysis. Current Biology 25:628634.
Karkar S, Facchinelli F, Price DC, Weber APM, and Bhattacharya D. 2015. Metabolic
connectivity as a driver of host and endosymbiont integration. Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences USA 112:10208-10215.
Qiu H, Price DC, Yang EC, Yoon HS, Bhattacharya D. 2015. Evidence of ancient genome
reduction in red algae (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 51:624-636.
Price DC, Chan CX, Yoon HS, Yang EC, Qiu H, Weber AP, Schwacke R, Gross J, Blouin NA,
Lane C, Reyes-Prieto A, Durnford DG, Neilson JA, Lang BF, Burger G, Steiner JM,
Löffelhardt W, Meuser JE, Posewitz MC, Ball S, Arias MC, Henrissat B, Coutinho PM,
Rensing SA, Symeonidi A, Doddapaneni H, Green BR, Rajah VD, Boore J, and
Bhattacharya D. 2012. Cyanophora paradoxa genome elucidates origin of photosynthesis in
algae and plants. Science 335:843-847.
(ii) Additional:
Rockwell NC, Duanmu D, Martin SS, Bachy C, Price DC, Bhattacharya D, Worden AZ, Lagarias
JC. 2014. Eukaryotic algal phytochromes span the visible spectrum. Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences USA 111:3871-3876.
Roy RS, Price DC, Schliep A, Cai G, Korobeynikov A, Yoon HS, Yang EC, Bhattacharya D. 2014.
Single cell genome analysis of an uncultured heterotrophic stramenopile. Scientific Reports
4:4780.
Harel A, Bromberg Y, Falkowski PG, Bhattacharya D. 2014. Evolutionary history of redox
metal-binding domains across the tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
USA 111:7042-7047.
Bhattacharya D, Price DC, Chan CX, Qiu H, Rose N, Ball S, Weber AP, Arias MC, Henrissat B,
Coutinho PM, Krishnan A, Zäuner S, Morath S, Hilliou F, Egizi A, Perrineau MM, Yoon
HS. 2013. Genome of the red alga Porphyridium purpureum. Nature Communications 4:1941.
Bhattacharya, D., D.C. Price, H.S. Yoon, E.C. Yang, N.J. Poulton, R.A. Andersen, and S.P. Das.
2012. Single cell genome analysis supports a link between phagotrophy and primary
plastid endosymbiosis. Scientific Reports 2:356.
(d) Synergistic Activities
1. Co-editor of the Journal of Phycology (start date Jan. 2012), Academic Editor at PLoS ONE
(January 2011-January 2014), Associate Editor at Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (December
2013-present), Review Editor at Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics (January 2011present), and formerly Associate Editor at the Journal of Molecular Evolution (2004 – 2011). I
have regularly reviewed manuscripts for Nature, Science, PNAS, BMC series, Mol Biol Evol, J
Phycol, Genome Biology, Trends in Genetics and grants for NSF, NIH, the German Science
Foundation and NSERC in Canada. In 2014, I was a Panel Member for the NASA
Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program and a Panel Member for the
NSF Phylogenetic Systematics Program. In 2012, I was a Panel Member for the NIEHSReview Meeting: Centers for Oceans and Human Health (P01) and Oceans, Great Lakes and
Human Health (R01).
2. Founder of the Rutgers Genome Cooperative (November 2010 – present
[http://dblab.rutgers.edu/genome_cooperative/]) that provides a collaborative forum to
accelerate genome research at Rutgers University. The Cooperative leads a number of
genome projects including cranberry/blueberry, coral, turf grass, lichen, bacteria, and
endophytic fungi. The Cooperative operates an Illumina GA-IIx and an Illumina MiSeq
instrument, and has extensive computational facilities to facilitate genome research.
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Research: I have supervised 10 NSF-funded REU interns, 12
other undergraduate research interns, 8 PhD graduates, 7 MS graduates, and 10 post-doctoral
fellows.
4. Associate Director for Research - Earth and Environmental Sciences (2014 – present), Rutgers
Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2). I was the Director of the NIH Training Grant-funded
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Genetics at the University of Iowa from 2005-2008 and
oversaw all program affairs.
5. Outreach: Mentor in the Rutgers Connection Network Mentoring Program for young women
faculty in STEM fields, 2015-2016.
I presented the story of sea slug photosynthesis at the Littlebrook Elementary School (9
different classes) in Princeton, NJ in 2010 and our lab hosted a science day in 2011 to educate
6th-9th graders about science careers (led by post-doc Tovah Salcedo) and I was involved
with the COSEE-NOW workshop at Rutgers on May 1-12, 2011.
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