Dr. Susweta Das
Dr. Susweta Das is working as an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology in the School of Basic and Applied Sciences. She has done her post-graduation from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) and completed her PhD from Assam University. She has carried out her PhD research activities in Bacteriology 2 Lab, ICAR-NIVEDI (formerly PD_ADMAS), Bangalore and part of her doctoral work in Transcription and Disease Lab, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, JNCASR, Bangalore with Research Associate fellowship in World Bank funded NAIP project.
Her major research focus was on delineating host pathogen interaction by understanding the pathogen biology and underpinning the associated host immune response in context to Bovine Mastitis with the aim to uncover avenues for alternative therapeutic strategies to combat the disease.
In her doctoral research work, the molecular characterization of Staphylococcus aureus from bovine mastitis and unraveling the molecular events in S. aureus intramammary infection in mice model allowed unprecedented insights of disease manifestation. It was indicative through her study that epigenetic modifications can emerge as potential therapeutic target for mastitis and/or other bacterial disease. Next Generation Sequencing was the key component in her research work along with Real Time PCR, Microarray, Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis, DNA sequence-Genetic analyzer, Flow Cytometer, Cloning, Western blotting, etc. Further her post-doctoral research span on gaining frontier insights of mechanisms underlying bacterial resistance to antibiotics and their dissemination potential by delineating the resistome, mobilome and genomic plasticity of multi drug resistant bacteria isolates at Whole Genome level.
She was awarded State merit prize for getting first position in the state in her UG, Gold medal (MSc), Young Scientist- Dr M. N. Kulkarni memorial award -IAVMI 2012 for best research paper presentation and 9 best poster paper presentation award in different conferences. She has 6 research publications in peer-reviewed international journals with a cumulative impact factor of 17.