o Exhibited Open Science community leadership and management
skills in various capacities. Developed and implemented strategies at an
organisational and global scale for Open Science development, project
sustainability and community building. (1) I lead The Turing Way, a
community-led guide to data science at The Alan Turing Institute. (2) I am a
co-founder and co-director of Open Life Science training and mentoring
programme (non-profit organisation). In both projects, I take strategic roles
in scoping, development, management, and decision-making. These programmes have
together engaged over 600 international researchers to collaborate, develop resources,
and integrate open practices in their projects in countries across the Global
South and North.
o Conducted interdisciplinary bioinformatics research as a master’s
and PhD researcher in Germany with published open access resources. A
background in computational biology with experience developing and maintaining Open
Source Python Projects. I also wrote
project reports, technical documentation, scientific papers, learning
resources, community guides and blog posts, most of which are published
under open licenses.
o Contributed to the EU level efforts to develop and implement
computational skills and capacity building through high-profile collaborations,
1:1 consulting and technical support at European Molecular Biology Laboratory
(intergovernmental organisation) and ELIXIR Germany (Europe's leading life
science organisations for infrastructure and capacity building). I delivered
training and outreach programs, and co-authored Open Source Software
recommendations for the ELIXIR training platform (2016-2020).
o Recognised as an expert in community building and open research with several community awards and recognitions. Participated in Open Access and Open Source policy development at
organisation levels through team lead for the Open Research Community Building
team at The Alan Turing Institute, The Carpentries Code of Conduct
Committee chair (2018-), Open Bioinformatics Foundation board member
(2019-), Code of Science and Society event fund committee member
(2020-), Society of Research Software Engineering trustee (2022-), MetaDocencia
Advisory committee (2021-) and EMBL Staff Association (2017-2019).
o Established collaborations with
multiple stakeholders at The Alan Turing Institute. I work closely with the
members of the Academic Engagement, National Skills and Strategy team
and Research Engineering Group in training and capacity building
projects, two of which are funded under the EPSRC’s £10m awards. I am leading
the development of Introduction to Data Science for Biomedical Scientists,
a Turing-Crick Partnership Project funded under the AI for Science and Government programme. I am a member of
Facilitating responsible participation in the data science Interest
o Designed proposals and received funding to support research, training, and project development at The
Alan Turing Institute (>£130,000, in 2020 and 2021), at European Molecular
Biology Laboratory - EMBL (£126,000, in 2018 and 2019) and in the Open Life
Science project awarded to the team (£577,000, in 2020 and 2021 from Wellcome
Trust and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative).
o Actively promoted and trained researchers in Open Source, Open Access, Open Data, FAIR principles, and
participatory research. I delivered six keynotes and plenary/invited talks at
international conferences at >40 events. I organised and taught in more than
40 training courses/workshops on a wide range of topics that help scientists
develop their skills to make their research open, reproducible, and digitally
July-2021 – Present
Senior Researcher - Open Research, Tools, Practices and Systems and the AI for Science and Government programme (EPSRC funded),
The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK.
I lead The
Turing Way, a community-led open
science project on data science. I strategically lead its diverse community of
>325 contributors who collaborate to share research practices, guidance and
recommendations as chapters across five guides of The Turing Way handbook.
I lead a team of community managers under the theme Open Research Community Building that aims to establish cross-community collaborations and
promote open research in data science across different research programmes.
September-2019 – Present
Co-founder, Board of Directors - Open
Life Science, a non-profit organisation that offers open science training and
mentoring programme, UK.
This program offers an international platform for researchers to
learn and apply open science principles in their work to create, lead and
sustain relevant projects in their communities.
September-2019 – July 2021
Community Manager, The Turing Way and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tools, Practices and Systems,
The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK.
July-2016 – January-2020
Community and Outreach Coordinator - European Molecular Biology
Laboratory (EMBL), Bio-IT Project,
Bio-IT open source project supports and fosters a community of
researchers from six EMBL sites. My role was to lead organisation-wide
initiatives to facilitate knowledge exchange, skill-building and networking
around bioinformatics and open practices.
Deputy Training Coordinator - German Network
for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) | ELIXIR-Germany. I represented EMBL at the national level in
de.NBI/ELIXIR-Germany. As a deputy training coordinator, I contributed to the
development of ELIXIR’s training platform (ELIXIR coordinates
bioinformatics infrastructure for researchers Europe-wide).
May-2012 – June-2016
Ph.D. in Computational Biology, Institute of Molecular Infection Biology, Graduate School of
Life Science, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
Bio-computational identification and characterisation of RNA-binding proteins
in bacteria. Published 10 articles and an Open Source Python Package: https://github.com/malvikasharan/APRICOT.
October-2009 – February-2012
M.Sc. in Life Science Informatics, Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology
(B-IT), University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany.
Research carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Biology
of Aging (MPI-BA), Cologne.
July-2005 – June-2008
B.Sc. in Biotechnology, People’s
Education Society Institute of Applied Science, Bangalore University,
Grants & Recognitions
Internal funding calls at The Alan Turing
institute from EPSRC’s additional award for ‘Turing
2.0’, three successful proposals for AI for Science and Government funding and the
Turing Online Training grant (total funding £128,000).
The Wellcome Trust Open Research fund (£99,999) and Chan
Zuckerberg Initiative grant ($575,000) were awarded to Open Life Science
to carry out community research, develop open source software training
modules and strategic planning for project sustainability (2022-2023).
Three short-term grants awarded to the Open Life Science team: Turing
Online Training Grant, Code for Science and Society 2021 and The
EOSC-Life Training Grant 2020 (total funding £37,000)
Community Champions Award - 2022 by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, UK)
The Turing Way was shortlisted for awards by OpenUK and Open
Publishing, and was highly commended by HiddenRef (2021)
CogX 2020 Recognising Leadership - Award Co-Winner. Tech Community Leaders Award.
Software Sustainability Institute Fellow (2019-) to lead open source efforts for exploring and
developing training strategies effective for the low-income research
Mozilla Open Leaders 7 and Open Leaders X (2019) training on open source movement-building and mentorship
on project development, web literacy and digital inclusion.
Open Bioinformatics Foundation Fellowship (2019) to lead discussions and events around policy and
practices to enhance diversity in the Open Source and bioinformatics communities.
The Carpentries Community Service Award (2018) for setting
standards for CarpentryCon and community conferences as a chair of the
committee and leading training courses internationally.
4 EMBO grants to organise international conferences on protein bioinformatics
and systems biology in Austria (2018) and India (2019), and practical courses
in Italy (2018) and India (2019).
Grants by Fáilte Ireland & University College Dublin for
computational events in Ireland (2018)
Recipient of Scientific Python (SciPy) Computing Diversity
scholarships (2017 and 2018). Chair of SciPy mini symposium on
Recipient of the best scientific talk award for the PhD
research at ‘Critical Assessment of Functional Annotation’ Special Interest
Group at ISMB-ECCB 2015 in Dublin.
Society of Research Software Engineering Trustee (2022)
MetaDocencia Advisory Committee Member (2021-)
Code for Science & Society Event Fund Committee member (2020-)
Google Season of Docs project host and lead mentor (2020-)
Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) Board Member and chair of Event Fellowship (2019-)
The Carpentries instructor trainer, mentor, content curator & Code of
Conduct Committee (2015-)
EMBL Open Science and Open Access event series Chair (2017-2019)
Organised and facilitated more than 35 coding and
data-handling workshops teaching Python, command line, version control,
GitHub project design and literate programming (2016-2020).
Organiser and instructor at Computing Skills for Reproducible
Research training series (2016-2020)
Instructor for a module on using APIs in Python at the
Postgraduate Certificate course in Biocuration by the University of Cambridge and EMBL-EBI,
Hinxton, UK (2019).
Trainer at ‘train-the-trainer’ workshops in Argentina,
Germany, Greece, India, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and online for
teaching computation skills (2018-2020).
Organiser of public events Technical Sessions with Bio-IT
& de.NBier, Heidelberg (2017-2018)
Co-organiser of Heidelberg Unseminars in Bioinformatics
Co-founder of Würzburg Unseminars in Bioinformatics and
Systems Biology (2015)
Designed and taught programming course for beginners at Open
Source Software writing for researchers by FOSTER, Helmholtz Centre
Potsdam, Germany (2015).
Speaker of the Doctoral Researchers Council at The University of Würzburg, represented the interests of
ECRs at FOSTER-UNESCO Open Science for Doctoral Schools, France
Invited and Selected Talks:
Keynote at the first Open Science Concordia conference in
Montreal 2022 “Open science for enabling reproducible, ethical and
Keynote at the Open Science fair 2021 “Can we reimagine
FAIR for Open Science communities”
Plenary talk at inaugural Society for Open, Reliable, and
Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology conference “The Turing Way
Guide to Reproducible, Ethical and Collaborative Research” (2021)
Invited talk at FOSS-Backstage “Building a culture of
collaboration in open science communities” (2021)
Panellist at Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA) event
“Assessing Contributions to Research reproducibility and Open Science”
(EuroScience Open Forum 2020 and DORA webinar 2021)
Guest Lecture and Demo at MIT Experiential Ethics Virtual
Field Trip “The Turing Way Guide to Ethical Research” (2020)
Keynotes lecture at 'Open Science in Practice' at Eurotech
Summer School, Switzerland (2019).
Keynote ‘Inclusiveness in Open Science’ at OpenCon, Bern,
Chair/co-organiser of international conferences:
Bioinformatics Open Source Conference hosted by Open Bioinformatics Foundation (online - 2021)
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women
in science at EMBL (online - 2020)
4 EMBO conferences and training events in Europe and Asia (2018 & 2019)
3 The Carpentries conferences (Dublin - 2018, Manchester - 2019, and online - 2020)
complete list of 20+ publications can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/MalvikaSharanPublications
Treasure, A. M., Hall, S. M., Lesko, I., Moore, D., Sharan,
M., van Zaanen, M., Yehudi, Y., van der Walt, A. (2022). Ten simple rules
for establishing a mentorship programme. PLOS Computational Biology,
18(5), e1010015. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010015
Yehudi, Y., Whitney, K. S., & Sharan, M. (2020).
Enhancing the inclusivity and accessibility of your online calls. OSF
Wibberg, D., et. al. (multi-author paper) (2019). The
de.NBI/ELIXIR-DE training platform - Bioinformatics training in Germany and
across Europe within ELIXIR. F1000Research, 8. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.20244.2
Förstner, K. U., Eulalio, A., & Vogel, J. (2017). APRICOT: an integrated
computational pipeline for the sequence-based identification and
characterization of RNA-binding proteins. Nucleic Acids Res., 45(11),
Tawk, C., Sharan, M., Eulalio, A., & Vogel, J.
(2017). A systematic analysis of the RNA-targeting potential of secreted
bacterial effector proteins - Scientific Reports, 7(9328), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-09527-0
Chowdhury, S. R., Reimer, A., Sharan, M., Kozjak-Pavlovic,
V., Eulalio, A., Prusty, B. K., ...Rudel, T. (2017). Chlamydia preserves the
mitochondrial network necessary for replication via microRNA-dependent
inhibition of fission. J. Cell Biology., 216(4), 1071–1089. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201608063
Michaux, C., Holmqvist, E., Vasicek, E., Sharan, M.,
Barquist, L., Westermann, A. J., ...Vogel, J. (2017). RNA target profiles
direct the discovery of virulence functions for the cold-shock proteins CspC
and CspE. PNAS, 114(26), 6824–6829. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1620772114
García-Betancur, J.-C., Goñi-Moreno, A., Horger, T., Schott, M.,
Sharan, ...Lopez, D. (2017). Cell differentiation defines acute and chronic
infection cell types in Staphylococcus aureus. eLife. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.28023
Maudet, C., Mano, M., Sunkavalli, U., Sharan, M., Giacca,
M., Förstner, K. U., & Eulalio, A. (2014). Functional high-throughput
screening identifies the miR-15 microRNA family as cellular restriction factors
for Salmonella infection - Nature Communications. 5(4718), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5718