TECH EXPERT
Dr Shubha Vij

Dr Shubha Vij

Senior Lecturer

Republic Polytechnic

EXPERTISE:
Life Sciences - Product Design & Development, Test & Verification/Clinical Trials
LOCATION:
Singapore

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Shubha Vij is a plant and animal geneticist with over 20 years of experience in genomics (comparative genomics, phylogenetics and gene family analyses), evolution, developmental biology, species barcoding, transgenics and functional characterisation of genes responsive to abiotic stress. Currently, one of her key research interests is in the identification of green leafy vegetable varieties suited for indoor farming conditions, including the determination of seed batches / seed varieties that could perform better under indoor farming conditions, and selection of seed sources that could achieve high yield and maintain quality of the vegetables.

Prior to joining Republic Polytechnic, Shubha was Research Fellow at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR. Some of her key achievements in the field of genomics include involvement in sequencing and assembling the gold standard version of the rice genome; and transgenics of rice and tobacco species using biolistics and agrobacterium mediated approach. In addition, Shubha played a key role in assembling and publishing one of the first, chromosomal-level assembly of a fish genome. She was also involved in a project that helps in characterisation of few genes implicated in ciliopathies using zebrafish as a model organism.

She has published more than 30 research papers (citations: 3290; h-index: 20) and has 2 patents covering the use of novel zinc-finger transcription factor genes in conferring abiotic stress tolerance in rice.

Shubha holds a PhD in Plant Genomics from University of Delhi, India.

PORTFOLIO

Chromosomal Level Genome Assembly of Asian Seabass
  • Collaborated with Pacific Biosciences, USA and several other labs locally and overseas to produce one of the first chromosomal level assemblies of a fish genome

  • Provided expertise in genomics and genetics – comparative genomics, phylogenetics and gene family analyses

  • Genomic platforms developed to aid in production of elite fish varieties


Expertise Provided
  • Life Sciences - Product Design & Development, Test & Verification/Clinical Trials
Plant Genomics and Genetics Analyses
  • As part of the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (IRGSP), produced the gold standard version of the rice genome
  • Filed two patents covering the use of novel zinc-finger transcription factor genes in conferring abiotic stress tolerance in rice

Expertise Provided
  • Life Sciences - Product Design & Development, Test & Verification/Clinical Trials
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