Sharmila S. Mande, a distinguished chief scientist at TCS Research, has 35 years of research experience in Life Sciences domain. She received her Ph.D. degree in the year 1991 in Physics from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She had her postdoctoral training at University of Groningen, The Netherlands and University of Washington, Seattle, USA. After returning to India, she continued her research at Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTech) and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, before joining TCS in 2001 to start TCS’ Life Sciences R&D activities. She has published several papers in international journals and holds a number of patented algorithms and software solutions that address challenges faced by researchers in analyzing large-scale biological data.