• Pooja Gupta


    Pooja Gupta, PhD (29th November, Allahabad, India)

    Post-Doctoral Researcher

    2014-              Independent researcher (‘Dahlem International Network PostDoc’) in the work group of Dr. Max von Kleist & Prof. Dr Christof Schütte, Dept. of Mathematics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    2013–14        Member of the research group Computational Systems Biology at Konrad-Zuse Institute

    2013               Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Mathematics and Informatics

    2009–13        Member of the Bicomputing group/Medical Bioinformatics Group, Dept. of Mathematics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    2009–12        Scientific Staff at the Länderinstitut für Bienenkunde Hohen Neuendorf e.V., Germany

    2008–09       One semester of M.Phil. in Translational Health Sciences, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, India

    2008              Master of Science in Biochemistry, University of Allahabad, India

    2006              Bachelor of Science in Botany, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Allahabad, India

    2002              School Education, Girls’ High School and College, Allahabad, India

    Research Interests

    My main research focus is in mathematical modeling & simulation of biochemical networks, including parameter identification and data analysis using machine learning algorithms. I have previously applied my expertise for studying the population genetics in honey bees, specifically for marker-assisted selection of Varroa-tolerant honey bees.

    Currently, I am focussing on modeling & simulation of the BMP signaling pathway (SysBMP), which is believed to play an important role in e.g. the development of osteoarthritis. Furthermore I am focussing on  predictive toxicology within the project SysTox.


    1. Bienefeld K, Zautke F and Gupta P. A novel method for undisturbed long-term observation of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) behaviour – illustrated by the hygienic behaviour towards Varroa destructor infestation. Journal of Apicultural Research (Accepted).
    2. Spötter A, Gupta P, Schauser L and Bienefeld K. Genome-wide association study of a varroa specific defense behavior in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Journal of Heredity 2016, doi: 10.1093/jhered/esw005.
    3. Gupta P, Reinsch N, Spötter A, Conrad T and Bienefeld K. Accuracy of the unified approach in composite traits – illustrated by a simulation study in the honey bee (Apis mellifera). BMC Genetics 2013, 14:36.
    4. Gupta P, Conrad T, Spötter A, Reinsch N and Bienefeld K. Simulating a base population in honey bee for molecular genetic studies. Genetics Selection and Evolution, 2012, 44:14.
    5. Spötter A, Gupta P, Nürnberg G, Reinsch N and Bienefeld K. Development of a 44K SNP assay focussing on the analysis of a varroa-specific defence behaviour in honey bees (Apis mellifera carnica). Molecular Ecology Resources, 2012, 12:323-332.

    Conference Articles

    1. Spötter A, Gupta P, Reinsch N, Zautke F, Bienefeld K. Development of a SNP-Assay for varroa tolerance in the honey bee. Apidologie, 2010, 41(6):685.