Systems Medicine

of Infectious Diseases

Research Group

Niharika Sharma

Postdoctoral Fellow



Short Bio

Niharika was born in Delhi, India. After her B.Sc in Biotechnology from India, she started her M.Sc in Immunology at King’s College, London. She then moved to Germany in 2012 to pursue her doctoral degree at the Hannover Medical School while working at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig.


After receiving her PhD in 2017, she joined the Systems Medicine of Infectious Diseases research group. She continued her experimental work on the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research to tailor novel immune therapies for bacterial-viral co-infections using an in vivo murine model.


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Publication List


  • S. Duvigneau, N. Sharma-Chawla, A. Boianelli, S. Stegemann-Koniszewski, V. K. Nguyen, D. Bruder, and E.A. Hernandez-Vargas, Hierarchical effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on the post-influenza susceptibility to pneumococcal coinfection. Scientific Reports. Vol. 6(37045):1-11, 2016 [PDF]
  • N. Sharma-Chawla, V. Sender, O. Kershaw, A.D. Gruber, J. Volckmar, B. Henriques-Normark, S. Stegemann-Koniszewski, D. Bruder, Influenza A virus infection predisposes hosts to secondary infection with different Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes with similar outcome but serotype-specific manifestation. Infection and Immunity, 2016 [PDF]
  • A. Boianelli, N. Sharma-Chawla, D. Bruder, and E. A. Hernandez-Vargas, Oseltamivir PK/PD Modeling and Simulation to Evaluate Treatment Strategies against Influenza-Pneumococcus Coinfection. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbioly. Vol. 6(60):1-11, 2016 [PDF]
  • P. Sakthivel, N. Sharma, P. Klahn, M. Gereke, and D. Bruder, Abscisic acid: a phytohormone and mammalian cytokine as novel pharmacon with potential for future development into clinical applications. Current medicinal chemistry, 2016 [PDF]
  • A. Boianelli, K. Nguyen, T. Ebensen, K. Schulze, E. Wilk, N. Sharma, S. Stegemann-Koniszewski, D. Bruder, F. Toapanta, C. A. Guzman, M. Meyer-Hermann, and E. A. Hernandez-Vargas, Modeling Influenza Virus Infection: A Roadmap for Influenza Research. Viruses. 7:5274-5304, 2015. [PDF]



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