Following Ph.D., Dr. Biswajit Maiti continued his research career at the College of Fisheries, Mangaluru. Later, he joined NUCSER as Assistant Professor in 2013. He has also worked as a visiting researcher in Food Microbiology at Obihiro University, Japan, during 2015 -2016. From the past decade, he has been working on the development of cutting-edge diagnostic methods for rapid detection microbial pathogens, deciphering outer membrane proteins based-antibiotic resistance of bacterial pathogens, and development of novel vaccines using biotechnological approaches. He has numbers of publications in scientific journals of repute, and book chapters to his credit, received research funds from various external agencies, and guiding students for their Ph.D., and postgraduate research dissertation.
Doctor of Philosophy (Bioscience), Mangalore University, 2012
Master of Science (Microbiology), Jiwaji University, 2006
Associate professor - Grade I, Nitte University Centre for science education and research, Mangaluru (2018- till date)
Assistant Professor, Nitte University Centre for science education and research, Mangaluru (2013- 2018)
Post-doctoral fellow (Food Microbiology), Obihiro University, Hokkaido, Japan (2015 - 2016)
Post-doctoral research associate, College of Fisheries, Mangaluru (2012 - 2013)
Development of diagnostic methods for the pathogenic bacteria.
Pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance mechanisms of bacteria.
Membrane proteins of Gram-negative bacteria.
Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology.
Dr. (Mrs.) Gouri Ganguly Memorial Award for Young Scientist, Indian Science Congress, 2018.
Visiting researcher at Obihiro University, Japan, 2015
WFCC-MIRCEN-WDCM meeting on Microbial Resources Management and Utilization, IMCAS, Beijing, China, 2014
Young scientist award, Association of microbiologist of India, 2012
Short-term research fellowship, Nofima AS, Tromsø, Norway, 2010
TCDC Expert (laboratory management), FAO-UN, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010
Dr. Praveen Rai did PhD (Molecular Virology) from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar. He joined NUCSER in 2014. He has 36 research publications in highly rated journals of international standard, mostly related to molecular characterization of microbial pathogens. Currently, his research focuses on molecular characterization of Dengue and Rotaviruses, development of point of care diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2, Dengue virus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Malaria Parasite and Leptospira, Screening of antiviral compounds, Host-Pathogen Interaction, RNA Interference and Phage based biocontrol technologies. His research work is supported by various agencies such as SERB, DST, DBT, ICMR and Nitte (DU).
Dr. Deekshit completed his PhD (Microbiology) from Manipal University and had been worked as a research associate at UNESCO MIRCEN for Marine Biotechnology (KVAFSU), Mangalore. He did his short-term post-doc at University College Dublin, Ireland in the year 2018. His research focus includes molecular characterization of nontyphoidal Salmonella with special consideration to their antibiotic resistance mechanism which led to the detection of class 1 integrons in Salmonella Weltevreden and silent antibiotic resistance genes in some non-typhoidal isolates of Salmonella. Further, he developed a PCR for the simultaneous detection of Salmonella Pathogenicity Island 2 and its antibiotic resistance genes. He has also developed a Miss Match mutation PCR assay for the detection of QRDR mutation in fluoroquinolone resistant E. coli. His research interest includes identifying the characteristics of multidrug resistant gut pathogens in simulated gut condition as well as determining the anticancer ability non-typhoidal Salmonella in vitro.
Dr. Krishna Kumar Ballamoole is a molecular microbiologist, obtained Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Manipal University. His research focuses on understanding and characterizing the genomic patterns that drives the evolution and infection capabilities of microbial pathogens of humans and animals. His work combines classical microbiological methods, molecular biology tool and next-generation sequencing strategies as fundamental tools to shed light on evolution, virulence capabilities and antibiotic resistance mechanisms in clinically relevant human and animal pathogens. In addition to pursuing the main research interest, the he is also involved in developing monoclonal antibody and nucleic acid based rapid diagnostics for the detection of pathogens.
Dr. Ramya Harsha is an Assistant Professor at NUCSER. She has obtained her Ph.D. degree from Department of Microbiology, University of Mysore in the year 2012. She joined NUCSER in 2013. Her research interests include virulence in bacterial pathogens, quorum sensing and isolation of anti-quorum sensing molecules from phytal sources and attenuation of quorum sensing in bacteria. She has secured second rank in MSc Microbiology from University of Mysore.
My research focuses on zoonotic pathogens, the use of antisense technologies to combat multi-drug resistant bacteria and the development of biocontrol strategies for bovine mastitis. My current research focuses on developing diagnostic assays for rabies virus.
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Conference publications- 7
In the current scenario where antibiotics no longer work, the need for alternative strategies have looked at phage therapy and I have been actively involved in research on phage-based therapeutics not only for human therapeutic use but also biocontrol in foods for more than 10 years.
Phage therapy and phage biology