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Saumitra Das (born 20 January 1962) is an Indian microbiologist and a professor at the Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology of the Indian Institute of Science. Known for his studies in the fields of molecular virology and molecular biology, Das is an elected fellow of all the three major Indian science academies namely, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, India and the Indian National Science Academy. The Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India awarded him the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards, for his contributions to biosciences in 2005.[1]

Saumitra Das
Born (1962-01-20) 20 January 1962 (age 57)
ResidenceBengaluru, Karnataka, India
NationalityIndian
Alma mater
Known forStudies on Hepatitis C virus and Coxsackievirus B3 RNA
Awards
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions

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BiographyEdit

 
IISc Bangalore

Saumitra Das, born on 20 January 1962[2] in the Indian state of West Bengal, did his doctoral studies on the host-pathogen interaction of Leishmania donovani, an intracellular parasite which causes leishmaniasis, at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology which earned him a PhD from the University of Calcutta in 1992.[3] He continued his research on host-virus interactions during his post-doctoral days at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and after completion of the work, he joined the university in 1994 as an assistant research virologist. On his return to India in 1998, he joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) where he later became an associate professor[4] and serves as a professor at the Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology.[5] He also coordinates the functioning of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Hepatitis C virus, a research arm of the Department of Biotechnology housed in IISc campus.[6]

Das resides in the New Housing Colony of the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, Karnataka.[7]

LegacyEdit

 
Hepatitis C virus - electron micrograph.

The microbiological research of Saumitra Das covered the fields of molecular virology and molecular biology.[8] During his post-doctoral days at UCLA, Das identified I-RNA, a small RNA molecule isolated from the yeast species of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and demonstrated its antiviral activity against viruses that cause polio and hepatitis C.[3] Later, at IISc, he focused on the translation of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and has done in vivo and in vitro experiments on the characterization of La, a cellular trans-acting factor.[9] The team of scientists led by Das concentrates on the regulation of transcription and translation, especially hepatitis C virus and Coxsackievirus B3 RNA.[10] The research conducted by Das, along with Anjali Anoop Karande (his colleague from the biochemistry department of IISc) and their teams were successful in the development of a vaccine for hepatitis C; the vaccine, a mixture of virus-like particles, worked by enveloping the HCV proteins.[11] His studies have been documented by way of a number of articles[12][13][note 1] and ResearchGate, an online repository of scientific articles has listed 111 of them.[14] He and his colleagues hold several patents for the processes they have developed.[15] He is also a member of the American Society of Virology and the American Society for Microbiology.[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

The Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India awarded him the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards in 2005.[1] The Indian Academy of Sciences elected him as a fellow in 2009,[16] the same year as received the elected fellowship of National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).[17] The NASI honored him again a year later with the 2010 NASI-Raliance Platinum Jubilee Award.[18] The Ranbaxy Science Foundation chose him for the Ranbaxy Research Award for medical research in 2012[19] and he received the elected fellowship of the Indian National Science Academy the same year.[20] He was selected for the J. C. Bose National Fellowship of the Science and Engineering Research Board of the Department of Science and Technology in 2014.[3]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Balakrishnan, Sreenath; Suma, M.s.; Raju, Shilpa R.; Bhargav, Santosh D.B.; Arunima, S.; Das, Saumitra; Ananthasuresh, G.k. (5 August 2015). "A Scalable Perfusion Culture System with Miniature Peristaltic Pumps for Live-Cell Imaging Assays with Provision for Microfabricated Scaffolds". BioResearch Open Access. 4 (1): 343–357. doi:10.1089/biores.2015.0024.
  • Mansouri, Alireza; Karamchandani, Jason; Das, Sunit (2017). De Vleeschouwer, Steven (ed.). "Molecular Genetics of Secondary Glioblastoma". Brisbane (AU): Codon Publications. ISBN 9780994438126. PMID 29251857.
  • Nath, Sayantan; Das, Sambuddha; Bhowmik, Aditi; Ghosh, Sankar Kumar; Choudhury, Yashmin (31 December 1969). "The GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotypes increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes mellitus and the subsequent development of diabetic complications: A meta-analysis". Current Diabetes Reviews. 14. doi:10.2174/1573399814666171215120228.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Please see Selected bibliography section

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Awardees of National Bioscience Awards for Career Development" (PDF). Department of Biotechnology. 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Fellow profile-S Das". Indian Academy of Sciences. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Laboratory of Dr. Saumitra Das". mcbl.iisc.ac.in. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Saumitra Das - Division of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science". bio.iisc.ac.in. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Laboratory of Dr. Saumitra Das - research intro". mcbl.iisc.ac.in. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Centres of excellence – Salient Achievements". www.dbtindia.nic.in. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  7. ^ "NASI fellows". National Academy of Sciences, India. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Indian fellow - S Das". Indian National Science Academy. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Laboratory of Dr. Saumitra Das - translation". mcbl.iisc.ac.in. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  10. ^ D. P. Burma; Maharani Chakravorty (2011). From Physiology and Chemistry to Biochemistry. Pearson Education India. pp. 430–. ISBN 978-81-317-3220-5.
  11. ^ "A novel vaccine against Hepatitis C Virus customized for the Indian population". Elsevier. 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  12. ^ "On Google Scholar". Google Scholar. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Browse by Fellow". Indian Academy of Sciences. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  14. ^ "On ResearchGate". On ResearchGate. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Saumitra Das Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search". patents.justia.com. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Fellowship - Indian Academy of Sciences". www.ias.ac.in. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  17. ^ "NASI Year Book 2015" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences, India. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  18. ^ "NASI-Raliance Platinum Jubilee Award". www.nasi.org.in. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Ranbaxy Declares Research Awards 2012 "honours Five Outstanding Scientists & Five Young Science Scholars"". www.evaluategroup.com. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  20. ^ "INSA Year Book 2016" (PDF). Indian National Science Academy. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.

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