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Balaji Chattopadhyay

Assistant Professor, Trivedi School of Biosciences, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Madurai Kamaraj University

Balaji Chattopadhyay is an Assistant Professor at the Trivedi School of Biosciences. He completed his PhD from Madurai Kamaraj University and pursued postdoctoral research at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, and the National University of Singapore, Singapore. Balaji is an evolutionary biologist whose research aims to integrate biodiversity conservation and human health. Balaji provided one of the earliest evidence of the susceptibility of natural populations to urbanisation. His research incorporates high-throughput genomic data alongside biological and ecological data to understand the effects of climate change on wildlife and investigate the potential link between wildlife endangerment and zoonotic infections. Balaji is also interested in understanding host-pathogen coevolution, specifically in regards to the evolutionary dynamics of the bat immune system and bat-borne viruses.

  • Chattopadhyay B, Garg KM, Ray R, Mendenhall IH, Rheindt FE. 2020. Novel de novo genome of Cynopterus brachyotis reveals evolutionarily abrupt shifts in gene family composition across fruit bats. Genome Biology and Evolution. evaa030, https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evaa030
  • Shingate P, Ravi V, Prasad A, Tay BH, Garg KM, Chattopadhyay B, Yap LM, Rheindt FE, Venkatesh B. 2020. Chromosome-level assembly of the horseshoe crab genome provides evidence for three rounds of whole genome duplication. Nature Communications, 11:1–13.
  •  Chattopadhyay B, Garg KM, Mendenhall IH, Rheindt FE. 2019. Historic DNA reveals Anthropocene threat to a tropical urban fruit bat. Current Biology, 29: R1269–R1300.
  • Chattopadhyay B, Garg KM, Ray R, Rheindt FE 2019. Fluctuating fortunes: genomes and habitat reconstructions reveal global climate mediated changes in bats’ genetic diversity. Proceedings of Royal Society B, 286, https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0304
Study at Ashoka

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