Sandeep Sharma Khatiwada (Sandeep Sharma)

Sandeep joined the EVADE team as a Postdoctoral Associate in April 2018. Sandeep is originally from Nepal and completed his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. During his PhD, Sandeep worked with fungal pathogens of corn and soybean, and developed next generation sequencing tools to accelerate functional genomics research in filamentous fungi. Using these tools he made significant improvements in the understanding of the genetic regulation of cercosporin (a phytotoxin) production in Cercospora zeae-maydis, a foliar pathogen of corn. The findings from this research will enable us to devise novel strategies to mitigate the production of cercosporin and other harmful secondary metabolites from different filamentous fungi.

Sandeep was also involved in projects to identify genes regulating pathogenicity and virulence in Phomopsis longicolla, Fusarium verticillioides, and other Cercospora species. His long-term goals are to gain in-depth understanding of the regulation of secondary metabolites in filamentous fungi.

Beside the lab and work, Sandeep loves the outdoors and enjoy hiking and exploring.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Cell and Molecular Biology), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2018).
  • Master of Science in Agriculture (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), Assam Agricultural University, Assam, India (2007).

Email:; Twitter: sandeepskh


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