Bhaskar Gupta M.Tech, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences (Biotechnology),
Presidency University, 86/1 College Street,
Kolkata-700073, West Bengal, INDIA
Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology (2009): Research carried out in Bose Institute, Kolkata, INDIA; registered from Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Thesis title ‘Molecular analysis of ABRE-DNA binding protein in rice cultivars’. Advisor: Prof. Dibyendu N. Sengupta, Senior Professor at Bose Institute, Division of Plant Biology, Kolkata. Master of Technology in Biotechnology (2002), 1st Class (Plant Biotechnology Special paper), Jadavpur University, Kolkata. M.Tech dissertation on ‘Systematic study of 16S rDNA sequences by single strand conformation polymorphism of thermophilic bacteria present in Bakreswar hot spring’. Advisor: Prof. Subrata Pal, Dept. Of Life Sc. & Biotechnology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Master of Science in Zoology (1999), 1st Class (Cell Biology Special paper), Burdwan University, Burdwan. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Zoology (1997), 1st Class, Hooghly Mohsin College (Chinsurah), Burdwan University.
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Invitation as Visiting Scientist in Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca (USA). Visited BTI (lab of Dr. Sorina Popescu) for collaborative research program. Duration: 7 months ( 1st Jan-30th July 2014) Awarded DBT-RGYI Grant (Major Research Project) for young investigators 2012. Qualified the prestigious National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lecturer-ship and Junior Research Fellowship (NET-LS, 2001 & CSIR NET-JRF, 2002), conducted by Council for Scientific & Industrial Research and University Grants Commission (CSIR & UGC), New Delhi, INDIA. Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE-1999) with subjects Chemistry, Microbiology, and Biotechnology; conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, INDIA.
SELECTED SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
Teaching: M.Sc Biotechnology Sem I Molecular Biology theory and lab sessions, Sem II Genetics theory and lab sessions, Sem III-Recombinant DNA Tech. theory and lab sessions, Sem IV Molecular Ecology theory and lab sessions. Outreach: Invited Paper-Setter, Examiner, Moderator, External evaluator of M.Sc curriculum in various College/Universities (Presidency University, Burdwan Univ., Vidyasagar Univ., Bethune College, Maulana Azad College etc.); Participating in National Service Scheme (NSS), Govt. of India [delivered lectures and seminars to College/University students]. Centre-in-Charge: M.Sc Biotechnology Examinations 2012-2013 Convenor: Post-Graduate Board of Studies in Biotechnology 2010-2012. Joint Convenor: DBT-Star College program for Hands-on-Training (Molecular Biology Techniques) to Undergraduate students in erstwhile Presidency College, Kolkata (2010). Invited Peer Reviewer: International Journals like Physiologia Plantarum, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, Plant Growth and Regulation, Journal of Plant Physiology, Frontiers in Genetics, Journal of Plant Growth & Regulation etc. Member of Professional Societies: Life member of ‘Society for Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology’ located at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi- 110 012. Orientation Program (OP) & Refresher Course (RC): Achieved Grade ‘A’ in both OP (2009) and RC (2012) conducted by UGC Academic Staff College (ASC), Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
RESEARCH GRANT AND EXTRAMURAL SUPPORT:
• Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator in a multi-institutional major research project (3 years; Funded by DBT(RGYI), Govt. of India) entitled “Molecular dissection of polyamine mediated hyper-osmotic stress tolerance in cultivars of indica rice” [2013-2016] Amount- Rs. 17 Lakhs approx.: 1 JRF • Principal Investigator in the Major Research Project (3 years; Funded by West Bengal Biodiversity Board, Govt. of West Bengal) entitled “Culture dependent and independent analyses of prokaryotic communities from the burrows, casts, and guts of earthworms from in and around Kolkata” [2012-2015: Rs. 14,98,000/- only]: 1JRF • Principal Investigator in West Bengal Dept. of Science & Technology Major Research Project (3 years) [2013-2016]. Co-PI: Dr. Kamala Gupta, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Presidency University. (Rs. 25 Lakhs approx) • Co-Investigator of CSIR (Govt. of India) funded MRP, ‘Identification and phylogenetic characterization of genes regulating unique flowering behavior in tree bamboo’, PI: Dr. Malay Das, 2014-2017, Rs 20 Lakhs • Principal Investigator of University Grants Commission (UGC) New Delhi, funded project entitled, “Some Molecular Biological Studies on Chronic Arsenic toxicity in a Murine model” UGC-MRP No. F. PSW-071
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