Bhumika Sharma received her B.Sc. from University of Rajasthan, India (2005), with a major in Microbiology and minors in Zoology and Chemistry. She earned a Master of Science in Microbiology (2007) from University of Rajasthan, India. She has successfully passed the qualifying examination of Graduate Aptitude test in Engineering (GATE), in 2010, for admission to the Ph.D. program, with 87.9 percentile.
Bhumika Sharma is currently working as a Veterinary Teaching Associate in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiology, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies. She joined SGU as a volunteer researcher in April 2014. Her teaching duties involve providing one-on-one teaching of molecular techniques to students and researchers requiring such training. She is also involved in lecture and laboratory sessions of elective graduate course VSGP844: Advanced Molecular Techniques. She is a part of the diagnostic services offered to SGUSVM affiliated veterinary clinics, where she performs diagnostic PCR’s for the detection of Ehrlichia canis, Anaplasma platys and heartworm microfilariae in the received samples.
Bhumika Sharma is currently pursuing her PhD in Bacteriology and her area of research interest involves study of intracellular bacteria belonging to the genera Ehrlichia and Anaplasma infecting dogs. As a part of her PhD, she is developing a 5- 7 plex assay for tick borne pathogens that can be used to test multiple species in a more efficient manner than traditional PCR. She has experience in various molecular techniques including DNA and RNA extraction from multiple starting materials, determining DNA concentration using NANODROP spectrophotometer, PCR, gel electrophoresis, PCR product purification, Reverse line blotting, and multiplex bead-based assay (xMAP technology).