L S Shashidhara is a Professor at Ashoka University and at IISER Pune. He specializes in Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolutionary biology. His group has identified key mechanisms that specify organ development and regulate growth control in Drosophila. They have also expanded their study to examine the status of these evolutionarily conserved mechanisms in epithelial cancers in human.
LS Shashidhara has served as Vice President of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in the past and is currently Secretary General of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and is steering an international project on Climate Change Education. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and an Associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
LS Shashidhara has served/is serving as Chair/co-chair/member of various apex committees of Government of India and S&T organizations, particularly those dealing with education, basic/applied/translational research funding, policy, international relations and outreach.