Shampa M. Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shampa M. Ghosh is an evolutionary biologist and her research focus is experimental evolution and evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-devo). She uses fruit flies for her research, and built up the first Drosophila research laboratory of Bhubaneswar at KIIT. She did her PhD in Evolutionary and Organsimal Biology from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) Bangalore India (with Prof. Amitabh Joshi), and worked as a postdoctoral scientist at Michigan State University USA (with Prof. Alexander Shingleton) focusing on development, genetics, and plasticity. She has been a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER, Jatni, Odisha) from 2016 to 2018. Dr. Ghosh has also worked briefly for Bionivid Technology Pvt. Limited. She worked as a DST Women Scientist A at KIIT focusing on experimental evolution from 2017 to 2020. Her current research focuses on plasticity and evolution in Drosophila.

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Educational Qualification

As PI: Experimental evolution of thermal plasticity of body and organ size in Drosophila melanogaster, under Women Scientist Scheme A (WOS-A) scheme, DST, Govt. of India, 2017-2020

Administrative Responsibility
Academic coordinator

Awards & Honours
DST Women Scientist A Fellowship

  1. Genetics Society of America
  2. Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists Evolutionary

Outreach Activity
Apart from my research, I love reaching out to the general audience and write popular science articles about Evolution and my research. Here are two invited popular science articles about my work. The third one is a coverage of one of my papers.
  1. Ghosh SM. 2020. Witnessing Evolution as It Happens.
  2. Ghosh SM 2013. Phenotypic Plasticity & Evolution.
  3. Stead, Nicola. 2013. ""How Big is Big Enough? O2's Role in Sensing Body Size."" The Journal of Experimental Biology 216.23 (2013): ii-ii.

Journals/Conferences :
1. Ghosh, S. M.*, Satish, K. M., Jayaram, M., & Joshi, A. (2019). Does Long-Term Selection for Development Time Result in Canalization: A Test Using Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7.
* co-corresponding author
2. McDonald, J. M. C.^, Ghosh, S. M. ^, Gascoigne, S. J. L., & Shingleton, A. W. (2018). Plasticity Through Canalization: The Contrasting Effect of Temperature on Trait Size and Growth in Drosophila. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 6. ^joint first author
3. Callier, V., Shingleton, A. W., Brent, C. S., Ghosh, S. M., Kim, J., & Harrison, J. F. (2013). The role of reduced oxygen in the developmental physiology of growth and metamorphosis initiation in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(23), 4334–4340.
4. Ghosh, S. M. *, Testa, N. D., & Shingleton, A. W. (2013). Temperature-size rule is mediated by thermal plasticity of critical size in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1760), 20130174–20130174. *corresponding author
5. Testa, N. D., Ghosh, S. M., & Shingleton, A. W. (2013). Sex-Specific Weight Loss Mediates Sexual Size Dimorphism in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58936.
6. Ghosh, S. M. *, & Joshi, A. (2012). Evolution of reproductive isolation as a by-product of divergent life-history evolution in laboratory populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology and Evolution, 2(12), 3214–3226. * corresponding author
7. Ghosh, S. M., Satish, K. M., Mohan, J., Dey, S., Raghavendra, N., Shakarad, M., & Joshi, A. (2009). A possible tradeoff between developmental rate and pathogen resistance in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Genetics, 88(2), 253–256.
8. Ghosh, S., & Bharathi, N. S. (2004). Immunocompetence in Drosophila: Linking genetic to phenotypic variation. Journal of Genetics, 83(1), 7–8.