UK Scientist, Dr. Sanjib Bhakta interacts with the Department


Dr SanjibBhakta, a well-known microbiologist presently Head, Institute of Molecular and Structural Biology, Birkbeck, University of London visited the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBBT), Tezpur University on 25th of July, 2013. He is one of the leading scientists of the world involved in drug discovery research to cure tuberculosis (TB).  He was invited by Prof Alak K Buragohain, Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and presently the Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Assam, for interaction with the research students of the Department engaged in drug discovery research against TB. During his visit he delivered a talk “Tackling Drug Resistance and Persistence in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Integrative approach in novel therapeutic intervention” in the department. Research students and the faculty members of the department as well as from the department of Chemical Sciences and Food Engineering and Technology attended the talk. During his talk, Dr Bhakta presented an illuminating account of the drug discovery research emphasising the necessity of multidisciplinary strategies to tackle the scourge of tuberculosis. He elaborated his innovative technique of “Whole cell assay”. Using this technique, potential of the phytomolecules as candidate drug molecules against Mycobacterium tuberculosis can be screened within a short period of time. He also highlighted some of the ongoing research in his laboratory in understanding the ligand-protein interaction to elucidate the mechanism of antimycobacterial activity of the putative molecules and the synthetic analogues. The intensive discussions of Dr Bhakta with the research students concluded with the decision to explore for furthering the present research work on antimycobacterial drugs through collaboration with Birkbeck College, University of London.  Dr Bhakta also had a discussion on possible research collaboration between Tezpur University and the University of London with Professor Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, FNA, FNASc, the Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University.