Kartik Sunagar

me.jpg

Indian Institute of Science. Bangalore, India.

Assistant Professor and Group Leader

Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Fellow

Evolutionary Venomics Lab

Previous positions

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Guest Scientist

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Postdoctoral Fellow

CIIMAR

Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research

Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous positions

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel

Guest Scientist and Marie Curie Fellow

(May 2015 - August 2017)

 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel

Postdoctoral Fellow

(May 2014 - May 2015)

Advisor: Yehu Moran

 

CIIMAR. Oporto, Portugal

Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research

Postdoctoral Fellow

(December 2013 - May 2014)

 

The University of Porto. Oporto, Portugal

Graduate student

(January 2010 - December 2013)

Advisor: Agostinho Antunes

Awards, Fellowships, and recognition
  • WHO's Snakebite Envenoming Roster of Experts and Technical Advisory Group.  February 2021

  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  Deputy Editor. January 2021

  • Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for Young Scientists.  October 2020

  • Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship. September 2020 to August 2025.

  • Ramanujan Fellowship, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB). April 2018.

​​

  • Gyandeep Award for excellence in scientific research on snakes by the Organisation for Wildlife Studies (OWLS) and the Department of Forest for the Maharashtra State, 2018.

 

  • DST INSPIRE Faculty Award 2017

 

  • Young investigators registration reimbursement award from the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2016.

 

  • MDPI Toxins Travel Award. 2016.

 

  • Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. 2015-2017. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. €182,509.

 

  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. 2015-2018. Australian Research Council. The University of Queensland, Australia. Declined to take up the Marie Curie Fellowship. $373,000

 

  • The PBC Fellowship. Program for Outstanding Post-Doctoral Researchers from India, 2014-2017. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, jointly funded with the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Council for Higher Education in Israel. Discontinued after May 2015 to take up the Marie Curie Fellowship.

 

  • The Lady Davis postdoctoral research fellowship. 2014-2015. Declined to take up the PBC fellowship.

 

  • BIOL external Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) travel grant. Feb 6, 2014. To visit the Venom Evolution lab at the University of Queensland, Australia.

 

  • Postdoctoral research fellowship. The Alexander Silberman Institute for Life Sciences. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel. May 1, 2014 - October 1, 2014.

 

  • Research fellowship. “Biological warfare: unravelling the genomics of natural venoms and the mechanisms. Not taken.

 

  • Research fellowship. “The modulation of retinoid and thyroid signalling pathways by endocrine-disrupting chemicals: invertebrate insights”. PTDC/MAR/115199/2009. Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through the Program COMPETE (FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-015451).

 

  • F. C. T Individual doctoral research grant (PhD Fellowship). January 2010 - December 2013. The University of Porto, Portugal.

 

  • Junior Research Fellowship. The National Center for Biological Sciences (a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Bangalore. India.

 

  • Scholarship. Dr D. C Pavate scholarship 2006 – 2008

 

Recognition
  • World Health Organization’s (WHO) Snakebite Envenoming Roster of Experts and Technical Advisory Group.

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s National Task Force for research on Snakebite in India.

  • Advisory board: ToxiVen Biotech Pvt. Ltd.

  • Advisory board: Snakebite healing and education society, 2018 – Present

  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Deputy Editor (January 2021 to Present).

  • Toxins, editorial board member (2015-2020). Animal venoms section.

  • Frontiers in ecology and evolution, Chemical Ecology section. Guest editor. “Diversity and Evolution of Animal Venoms: Neglected Targets, Ecological Interactions, Future Perspectives”.

Professional Activities
  • Review research grants for the National Science Foundation (USA), Australian Research Council Discovery grants (Australia), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Wellcome Trust, Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance, Rufford Small Grants Foundation, and Department for Science and Technology (India).

  • Review articles for scientific journals: PNAS, Molecular Biology and Evolution, GigaScience, Genome Biology and Evolution, Frontiers in immunology, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Scientific Reports, BMC Evolutionary Biology, BMC Genomics, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, Current Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of Proteomics, Toxins, Toxicon, FEBS Letters, Biochemie, Molecules, Theoretical Ecology, Journal of Molecular Evolution, PLoS One, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C, MDPI Insects, Current Science, and Herpetological Journal

  • Guest editor Frontiers in ecology and evolution, Chemical Ecology section. Special issue “Diversity and Evolution of Animal Venoms: Neglected Targets, Ecological Interactions, Future Perspectives”.

  • Editorial Board Member Toxins (2015 to 2020)

 Publications: 70 

 Citations: 2565                              h-index: 22                                 i10-index: 39 

Complete list

here

Conferences and Workshops
  • Conducted 2nd DST-SERB School on Chemical Ecology, July 8 to 22, 2018. Workshop Coordinator. Indian Institute of Science. Bangalore.

  • Conducted a workshop on the scientific training on snake rescue and snakebite management for the Karnataka Forest Department. Bhadra Tiger Sanctuary, Karnataka. December 18th, 2017.

  • Conducted a one-day workshop on snake identification, rescue and bite management for the Karnataka Forest Department at the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole. December 18, 2017.

  • Oral Presentation. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution conference 2016. Toxin Evolution session. Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia.

 

  • Invited oral presentation at the 14th Congress of Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) entitled “Current Excitements in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for Agriculture and Medicine”. November 27-30, 2015. Hyderabad, India.

 

  • Oral presentation at the 18th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology. September 25-30, 2015. The University of Oxford. Oxford, UK.

 

  • Invitation to participate in the “Integrating Organismal and Applied Perspectives on Animal Venom Diversity.” September 21-24, 2014. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Durham, North Carolina. USA.

 

  • Course on Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetics, Phylogenomics and Adaptation. 2011. Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe. Valencia, Spain.

 

  • 5th SERC. School in Herpetology (Sponsored by D.S.T, Government of India). 24th February – 10th March, 2012. North Orissa University. Orissa, India.

 

  • UGC-SAP (DRS) Sponsored National Seminar on Current Trend of wildlife research in India with special reference to herpetology, North Orissa University. Orissa, India. 2012

 

  • The São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences (SPSAS): International course on evolution. 2012. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Invited talks
  • Invited speaker. National Symposium on “Recent Trends in Biology”. Savitribai Phule Pune University. March 13 – 14, 2021.

  • Invited speaker. Annual Snakebite Conference, 2020. Department of Emergency Medicine and Public Health. AIMS, Kochi.

  • Invited speaker. Webinar organised by the Karnataka Forest Department and Humane Society International on the International Snakebite Awareness Day. September 19, 2020. “Human-snake conflict: mitigation and management”.

  • Plenary speaker. Two-day national symposium on ‘Challenges in snakebite management'. University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka.

  • Invited speaker. Advanced Molecular Phylogenetics Workshop. October 4, 2019. Centre for Ecological Sciences. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012.

  • Invited speaker. 3rd DST-SERB School on Chemical Ecology. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore 560012. “Development of next-generation snakebite therapy”. 31-07-2019.

  • Invited speaker. 3rd DST-SERB School on Chemical Ecology. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore 560012. “Deadly innovations: Venoms, Poisons, and delivery systems”. 22-07-2019.

  • Invited speaker. “A Contribution to the Origin and Early Evolution of Snakes”. The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom. 24th June 2019.

  • Invited talk. “Strategies for Treatment Modalities for Snake Bite with special focus on Recombinant Antibodies” at the Centre for Innovation in Infectious Disease Research, Education and Training (CIIDRET). Animal venoms section. December 14, 2018.

  • Invited talk. Nextgen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT) Conference. Jaipur. 30 September 2018.

  • Invited talk. Inauguration of the biochemical society. Mysore University. 17 September 2018.

 

  • Invited talk. Advanced Molecular Phylogenetics Workshop. August 2018. Centre for Ecological Sciences. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012.

  • Invited talk. 2nd DST-SERB School on Chemical Ecology. Centre for Ecological Sciences. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012.

  • Plenary talk. Maharashtra State Sarp Mitra Sammelan & Sarp Vignyan Parishad. 27th January 2018. Mahad, Maharashtra.

  • The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs). 8 May, 2017. Mohali, India.

  • The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs). 2 May, 2017. Trivendram, India.

  • The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs). 21 November, 2016. Pune, India.

  • The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). 18 November, 2016. Hyderabad, India.

 

  • Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES). 17 November, 2016. Hyderabad, India.

 

  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISC). 10 November, 2016. Bangalore, India.

 

  • National Centre for Biological Sciences. 7 November, 2016. Bangalore, India.

 

  • Short course in Herpetology. Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Sciences. November 1-6, 2016. Bangalore. India

 

  • National Centre for Biological Sciences. 3 December, 2015. Bangalore, India.
    Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Sciences. 2 December, 2015. Bangalore, India.

 

  • Oxford style debate at the Sheldonian theatre during the 18th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology. September 25-30, 2015. University of Oxford. UK.
    The Post Doctoral and International Students Mini Symposium. Faculty of Science. May, 2015. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel.

 

  • Evolutionary developmental research conference. 2014. The University of Haifa. Haifa, Israel.

 

  • Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. February, 2014. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel.

 

  • Faculty of Science. October, 2011. University of Porto, Portugal.

 

  • 5th School of Herpetology. 2 March, 2012. North Orissa University. Orissa, India.

 

  • Wildlife Institute of India. 23 March, 2012. Dehradun. India.

 

  • Andaman and Nicobar Environment Team (ANET). 15 May, 2012. Andaman, India.