Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Bioinformatics)

Dr Priyank Shukla

School of Medicine

School of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University, C-TRIC Building, Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Glenshane Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT47 6SB,

Biomedical Sciences Research

Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Bioinformatics)

Dr Priyank Shukla


Overview

Dr Priyank Shukla earned a First Class BSc in Biotechnology (2001-2004) from Bareilly College, MJPR University, Bareilly, India, followed by a First Class MSc in Bioinformatics (2004-2006) from University Institute of Engineering & Technology, CSJM University, Kanpur, India. Thereupon, he joined Laboratory of Genomics at Department of Histology, Embryology and Applied Biology, University of Bologna, Italy for 3-months as a Visiting Researcher to co-work on a Bioinformatics project aimed at full parsing of Genbank database, where he was awarded ‘DIEBA Prize for a Young Researcher working in Bioinformatics applied to Functional Genomics’.

Subsequently, he was awarded ‘Brains-in PhD Residential Scholarship’ (2007-2009) by the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bologna, Italy, and ‘100-Young Indian Researcher Scholarship’ (2009-2010) by Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Government of Italy, to pursue a PhD in Computer Science (area of research: Machine Learning and Bioinformatics) at Bologna Biocomputing Group under the supervision of Professor Rita Casadio, where he developed Machine Learning based computational methods for prediction of disulphide bonding states of cysteine residues in proteins.

He then undertook a Postdoctoral Scientist (Bioinformatics) position at Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria (2010-2016), where he was responsible for consulting, data analysis and data management of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) based projects of Jak-Stat Signalling Consortium. His research then focused on applying NGS approaches to understand Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) and Jak-Stat Signalling – linking infection, inflammation and cancer. During his Postdoc stint he received travel grants from EMBO Germany, Virginia Tech USA and OIST Japan for presenting his research work.

He was appointed to his current post of Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Bioinformatics) at Ulster University in July 2016 and Associate Course Director of MSc Personalised Medicine program in August 2021. His current research interests are in the fields of Personalised Medicine, Bioinformatics and Positive Pedagogy in Higher Education. As a PI/Co-PI, he has been successful in securing research funding from Innovate UK, UKRI, Invest NI, NIHR, DfE, HSC R&D, Novo Nordisk, Wellcome Trust, BSA, BAICE and Advance HE. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK, Fellow of Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice UK, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advance Studies Italy, and was awarded twice (back-to-back) Ulster University’s ‘Distinguished Education Excellence Award’; first time under ‘Professional Practice Innovation’ category in 2018, and a second time under ‘Early Career Educator Category’ in 2019.

Research Interests

Scientific Research

Dr Shukla aims in developing Machine Learning (ML) / Artificial Intelligence (AI) based computational methods for in silico biomarker discovery and patients’ stratification in inflammatory diseases, cancer and multimorbidity via exploiting high-throughput omics, clinical and healthcare data.

Pedagogic Research

Dr Shukla aims in developing Positive Pedagogy based learning & teaching (L&T) methods for cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary subjects taught in a multi-disciplinary course environment in higher education (HE) sector.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Teaching

  • BIO132: Biocomputing & Programming (Module Coordinator)
  • BIO352: Biomedical Informatics (Module Coordinator)
  • BIO548: Applied Bioinformatics

Postgraduate Teaching

  • BIO704: Coding Skills for Biologist (Module Coordinator)

Administrative Roles

  • Associate Course Director – MSc Personalised Medicine