Dr Rajesh Sharma is working as a Scientist in Antigen production team at The Biovac Institute. Dr Sharma obtained his Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering in 2021 from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to joining UCT in 2014, he worked in India and has more than 10 years of industrial experience in upstream process development for the production of biologicals. Currently he is working as a Scientist in Antigen production team at The Biovac Institute. He is currently involved in the development, optimization and scale up of bacterial vaccine and mRNA based vaccine. His research area covers microbial and mammalian cell culture, bioreactor designing, biotherapeutic protein, and vaccines. He volunteered to support African vaccine manufacturing Initiative (AVMI) as a secretariat member.