M R Varshith


Varshith MR


Cotutelle Research scholar,

Manipal Academy of Higher education

Email: varshith.mr@learner.manipal.edu   






Network Associate


Research keywords: Neuromelioidosis, forward genomics, translational biology, aging and neurodegenerative diseases



I am a Cotutelle research scholar under Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal – Deakin University, Australia Joint PhD fellowship program in the Centre for Molecular Neurosciences, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. My current focus is Neuromelioidosis, sporadic neurodegeneration, Machine learning, AI (Artificial Intelligence), computation biology and translation biology. As resourceful microbiologist with a strong background in molecular and cell biology and is passionate towards research. I have previously completed his Post graduation (MSc.) from the Jain (deemed-to-be) University at Bengaluru in the specialty of Microbiology and has post-graduate research training from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.  I have been extensively trained on genomic in the Dastidar lab and is keenly learning Machine learning-AI algorithms with a focus towards computational biology. I work with cell lines and bacterial isolates with an emphasis on host-pathogen interaction, intracellular complex molecular mechanisms that drives bacterial pathogenesis and host immune response. 

My current area of interest is towards neuroinfection and neuroinflammation. I am extensively working in the field of Neuromelioidosis and have developed interest in interdisciplinary research with a goal focusing on translational research and vaccine development.


Key Publications:

  • Venkata Surya1*, Varshith M R1, Shrilaxmi M S1, Ranita Ghosh Dastidar2, Somasish Ghosh Dastidar1* Brain and spinal cord biobank, Bio Banking for Affordable Healthcare Practices and Research, Manipal Universal Press, Manipal. Chapter 11, ISBN-10:  8195573029, ISBN-13 :   978-8195573028
  • Varshith MR*1, 2, Dastidar RG*2, 3, Shrilaxmi MS * 1, 2, Choudhary, S2, 4, Bhattacharya R6, Earny V 2, 4, Jha S 2,4, Biswas SR6, Damerla RR5, Smith CM7, Sundaramoorthy V7, Carvalho RA8, Herai RH9, Lal PB2, 4, Mukhopadhyay C2, 4, Dastidar SG1, 2 *#, Virulome and phylogenomic profiling of Burkholderia pseudomallei, an India clinical isolate