Yogesh Shouche

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Microbial Ecology and Taxonomy
  • Microbiome
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Microbial life beyond Earth / Extraterrestrial microbial life


Yogesh was a research scientist at National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune, an autonomous institute under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, for over thirty years. 

His major area of interest is microbial communities in unique ecosystems and how they interact with each other and their surroundings. In the last few years, his group has worked extensively on human microbiome of the Indian population and how it is affected by lifestyle and genetics. They have also tried to understand microbiome alteration in diseases like diabetes, obesity, Celiac disease with the aim of developing microbe-based therapeutic solutions. 

At NCCS, he also developed a microbial culture collection that harbours microbes from different ecosystems, specialised microbes (cyanobacteria, anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria, anaerobes and antibiotic-resistant microbes). This is the largest culture collection globally under one roof and is also International Depositary Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty and Designated Repository under the Biological Diversity Act 2002 of India. 

The other microbial ecosystems that he worked on are effluent treatment plants, impact of mass bathing event (Kumbh Mela) on the river ecosystem and stratosphere besides microbial resistance to antimicrobials and antibiotics.

He has keen interest in science popularisation and has written several articles in English as well as Marathi newspapers and magazines, besides giving talks on radio, at schools, colleges and public events. 



Journal Articles

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