Ravi is working on the IMAGE (Investigating autism using genetics and epigenetics) Study. This is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is leading the analysis of whole-genome and epigenetic Next Generation Sequencing data of multiplex autism families by implementing bioinformatic pipelines on High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster platforms. This project is also investigating the genetic overlap between autism and mathematical talent.
Before joining the ARC, he worked as a bioinformatician on a project related to the genetic analysis of individuals from families with severe mental illness using the whole genome/exome data at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, India. He was also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru, India and analysed transcriptome (RNA-Seq) data of agriculturally important insects.
He holds MSc and PhD degrees in bioinformatics from Swami Ramanadh Teerth Marathwada University (SRTMU), Nanded, India and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, India. In his PhD, he developed two software packages for the taxonomic classification of Bacterial and Plant species. He was an International Intern at National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Japan.
His research interest focuses on bioinformatic methods applied to biomedical sciences and more particularly on developing approaches for variants and gene prioritisation to better understand the functional impact of genomic variations in autism research.
His full list of publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=VgimVwcAAAAJ&hl=en
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