Dr.Vishal Acharya

Professional Experience

Senior Scientist & Assistant Professor,

Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)

CSIR - IHBT, Palampur

Academic Background

Scientist Fellow , CSIR - IHBT, Palampur (Oct 2011-Aug 2014)

Ph.D. (Computational Biology/Bioinformatics) CDFD Hyderabad (2005 - 2011)

(Supervisor: Dr. H.A. Nagarajaram)

M.Sc (Biotechnology) Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (2003-2005)

Academic Achievements

All India Combined Examination for ICAR’s JRF, 2003-2004.

Department of Biotechnology Fellow (DBT-Fellow) (2003) for M.Sc. through All India JNU Entrance Exam conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University -2003

Junior Research Fellow (2005) for Ph.D. granted by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

Travel fellowship awarded by European Science Foundation, Dresden,Germany,14th-17th April 2010.

Received Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)Young Scientist Award -2014 (New Biology) from Vice-President of India, in the 101st Indian Science Congress held at University of Jammu during 3 -7 Feb ,2014.

Received Young Scientist Award for Best Paper Presentation by Society of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, New Delhi at National Conference on " The Science of Omics for Agricultural Productivity: Future Perspectives" held at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 4-6 March, 2014

Bagged BIRD-Award 2016 with certificate of appreciation for outstanding contribution in the field of Bioinformatics and Functional genomics under the age of 35. This award is given by BIOCLUES Organisation, an affiliate of International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (Award News Link)


  • Selected as Joint Secretary/ Co-Chair of Bioclues organization (an affiliate of International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB)) for the year 2017-2018.
  • Invited speaker & Chairperson for the "International Conference on Bioinformatics" held at Hans Raj Mahavidalaya (HMV), Jalandhar, 2019.

  • Selected as Review Editor for Frontiers in Genetics (IF=3.517), 2018 onwards
  • Selected as Review Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science (IF=4.106), 2018 onwards
  • Selected as Review Editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (IF=5.122), 2019 onwards
  • As a Co-co-ordinator for “Establishment of Bioinformatics infrastructure for biology through bioinformatics (BTBI) under BTISnet”, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
  • AI-based software “Hansa” has been selected and highlighted in annual virtual issue of Human Mutation entitled "Evaluating Mutation Pathogenicity" for the year 2012 with the [link]
  • The National Genetics Reference Laboratory (NGRL), Manchester, UK, on analyzing popular missense prediction tools advised usage of “Hansa” as one of the three tools, thus emphasizing the importance of this software that will be highly beneficial to the interested biological community with the [link]
  • Oral Talks Invited

    Invited and presented the oral talk “Prediction of Deleterious Human Membrane Transporter Polymorphisms” at HUGO’s 13th Human Genome, Meeting “Genomics and the Future of Medicine” on 27th-30th September, 2008, Hyderabad, India.

    Invited and presented the oral talk “Hansa: An automated method for discriminating disease and neutral human nsSNPs” at Indo-French Bioinformatics Meetings on 23rd -25th March, 2011, Hyderabad, India.

    Invited and presented the talk regarding "The Science of Omics for Agricultural Productivity: Future Perspectives" at G. B. Pant Agriculture University, Pantnagar on March 4-6, 2014.

    Invited and presented talk to the scientists attending compulsory training programme conducted by ICAR on "Functional Analysis of Pathogenicity genes of Plant Pathogens" at IARI, New Delhi, on 6 January, 2016.

    Invited and presented talk on Biosciences Study Circle (BSC) seminar on “Quandary in the distribution of defense signalling regulators in the genome of early green plants" to faculty and PG students at Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala, on 27th April, 2016.

    Invited and delivered a lecture on “Bioinformatics: History, Present and Future Prospective: National Challenges Ahead”, National Science Day on 28th Feb, 2017 at Abhilakshi University, Mandi.

    Professional Membership

    Life Member of The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)