Chandan Pal is a computational biologist working in a broad area of genomics and metagenomics at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Auckland, New Zealand. In January 2017, he completed a PhD in medical Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously, he obtained a master degree in post-genomic science from University of Liverpool, UK in 2012 and a bachelor degree in microbiology/molecular biology from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand in 2011.
As part of his doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg, he investigated how biocides (e.g. antiseptics, disinfectants) and metals (e.g. copper, silver) can contribute to the selection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria using mainly genomic and metagenomic approaches. His research activities are largely dominated by analyzing large-scale sequencing data of metagenomes and bacterial genomes. He has a deep interest in metagenomics, antibiotic, biocide and metal resistances, microbial ecology, human microbiome, pest and diseases, developing and maintaining biological databases, new bioinformatics tools and designing websites.