Shruti Sharma is a senior research analyst with the Technology and Society Program at Carnegie India, where she is currently working on exploring the challenges and opportunities in leveraging biotechnology to improve public health capacity in India.
Liaising closely with stakeholders from across the scientific and academic community and representatives from the private sector and the government, Sharma is working on a paper that discusses the challenges each of these communities faced during the pandemic and the role of government and private sector in establishing a robust and sustainable research ecosystem.
Prior to this, Sharma was working on Indian perspectives on biotech security risks. As part of this, she examined India's vulnerability to naturally occurring diseases, infections occurring due to accidental mishaps, and deliberate weaponization of technology to develop biological weapons. She explored India’s strategies to deal with these risks and recommended measures to strengthen the country’s infrastructure to better tackle biological threats. During the project, she organized multiple public and closed-door events to engage with stakeholders from across the government, industry, academia, and scientific community to understand their perspectives on India’s vulnerability to different biological threats.
In addition to her research, her administrative role entails convening Carnegie India’s annual flagship event called the “Global Technology Summit” which brings together world leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, and academics from around the globe to discuss issues of technology policy, such as tech diplomacy, data privacy and protection, digital finance, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.
She holds a Master’s degree in biotechnology from Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Noida.