Profile of Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay
About Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay
Ph.D., 1995, Visva-Bharati University, India
M.Sc., 1990, University of Calcutta, India
Brief Professional Profile including research interest:
Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay was awarded Ph.D in 1995 from the Department of Zoology (School of Life Sciences), Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, in the areas of termite ecology and biology. She also worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the fields of Environmental Toxicology at Visva-Bharati. After completion of Ph.D she executed her postdoctoral research at Hormone Research Center, Chonnam National University, South Korea (1995-1998) where she studied the signal transduction pathways for progesterone-induced oocyte maturation in the amphibian model Rana. Her second postdoctoral experience at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST), South Korea (1998-2001) was focused mainly on the characterization of calcium-binding protein homologues in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). She joined Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (Kolkata) as a CSIR Senior Research Associate (CSIR Scientist’s Pool Scheme) from 2001-2002. Dr. Bandyopadhyay joined the West Bengal University of Technology as a Lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology in 2002. She was awarded the Visiting Scholar to GIST under the Brain Pool Scheme funded by the Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies (KOFST) for 1 year (2007-2008) where she worked on the neurogenetic studies on the animal behavior using C. elegans as a model. Dr. Bandyopadhyay with her team of Ph.D students, post graduate Masters students, and post-doctoral fellows are currently pursuing research in the fields of molecular aging and stress-induced neurodegeneration using both invertebrate (worm system) and mammalian systems, respectively. She has successfully set up the worm (Caenorhabditis elegans) laboratory and modest facilities in the Department of Biotechnology, MAKAUT,WB to pursue research in the fields of Molecular Aging and Development using C. elegans as the model organism. She is also studying the interaction properties of DNA with various nanotubes and their impacts on C. elegans, and investigating the antibacterial activity of Graphene based nanomaterials and its impact on C. elegans. Dr. Bandyopadhyay is further exploring the molecular mechanism of metal / chemical induced neurotoxicity with a view to search natural products as promising drug candidates using mammalian cell systems.
i. Research Experience
a) Post doc 1, 1995-1998, Hormone Research Center, Chonnam National University, South Korea. Two and half years postdoctoral research work in cell signaling using frog as the model system
b) Post doc 2, 1998-2001, Kwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Kwangju, South Korea. Two and half years postdoctoral research experience in developmental genetics using C. elegans as the model system.
c) Post doc 3, 2001-2002, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology IICB, Kolkata. Working as a CSIR Senior Research Associate (Scientists’ Pool Scheme) in the area of Molecular Physiology and Endocrinology on the mechanism of thyroid induced cardiac hypertrophy and molecular genetics of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
d) Awarded the Brain Pool Project-2007 funded by The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies and worked as a Visiting Scholar for 1 year (April 2007~ March 2008) in GIST, Korea.
ii. Fellow / Member:
Life Member of the Society for Biological Chemists (India)
Member of the Genetics Society of America
Member of the Editorial Board of “Animal Cells and Systems” Journal; Publisher Taylor and Francis.
iii. Invited Talk / Key note Address / Chairing Sessions:
a) C. elegans and Biogerontology: A Genetic Dissection to the Mechanism of Aging. Refresher Course in Life Sciences (Thrust area: Challenges and options in Life Science Research in the developing world today) for college and university teachers during Dec. .23, 2016 - Jan.13, 2017.
b) Analysing C. elegans behaviour as a parameter for treated water quality
Testing: Advanced Workshop on Microbial Technology for Clean Environment. Jointly Organized by COEETM, MAKAUT, WB and Tripura University, 18th to 21st September, 2017
c) Chaired the session at ‘Second Indian C. elegans meeting, 2018’ at NII, New Delhi during 23rd – 26th February, 2018 on Neuronal Trafficking and Protein Aggregation.
d) Participation as plenary speaker – First International Conference and Exhibition of Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). Conference Date: 3-6 June, 2013; Venue: Elf Lecture Theater, Main Campus, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Title of the paper: Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism to study sterol transport and metabolism in development: Implications for Peptidyl prolyl cis-trans isomerase 1 (Pin-1) as a negative modulator.
e) Scope of Biotechnology in Food Processing and Food Safety: Recent Advances and the West Bengal Scenario. Seminar on PROMOTION OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES IN WEST BENGAL; Focus on Planning, New Technologies, Marketing Strategies; Sponsored by ICC & Department of Food Processing Industries &Horticulture, Government of West Bengal; 17th October 2012, Royal Bengal Room, City Center 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata
f) Nramp-like Metal Transporters in C. elegans: a model for studying Mn-mediated innate immunity. J Bandyopadhyay*, J Ahnn, and JH Cho. 2010. 1st International Conference on Model Hosts, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Sep 05-Sep 10, 2010.
g) Role of Calcium Binding Proteins in Multiple Aspects of Behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans. Jaya Bandyopadhyay* and Joohong Ahnn. “The 7th International Symposium on Developmental Biotechnology, October 26-27, 2007, Jeju University, Jeju, South Korea.”
h) Cloning and Characterization of cDNA Encoding Rana P34CDC2 kinase, A component of the Maturation Promoting Factor. Jaya Bandyopadhyay*, Arun Bandyopadhyay, Hae-Mook Kang, Heung-Sik Choi and Hyuk Bang Kwon. 1998. The Third International Symposium for Asia and Oceania Society for Comparative Endocrinology Kwangju, Republic of Korea, September 22-25 (1998).
Research Grants (As Principal Supervisor)
Completed Research Projects
1. Molecular Mechanism of Thyroid hormone-induced Oxidative stress and Hypoxia in neuroblastomas: Identification of Differentially Expressed Genes by cDNA Array Analysis; Funded by UGC-Major (2012-2015) : Rs. 10.938 lakhs
2. A Functional Study On Peptidyl Prolyl Cis/Trans Isomerase Pin1 Homologue In Caenorhabditis elegan; Funded by CSIR (2011-2014): Rs. 19.5 lakhs
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