Dr. Amir Sarkar

Dr. Sarkar is an academician whose passion lies in undergraduate as well as post graduate teaching and research. He has completed his B. Sc & M.Sc in Life sciences from Visva Bharati University, West Bengal and started his research career as a doctoral fellow from the Department of Microbiology, Bose Institute, Kolkata. Dr. Sarkar, a CSIR senior research fellowship recipient was awarded Ph.D degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He conducted 6 years of post-doctoral research from Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of allergy and infectious diseases (NIAID), National Institute of health (NIH), USA with a USA federal government visiting research fellowship. Apart from several peer reviewed publications in the international journals, he has also presented his work in different international conferences in USA. He has contributed as an author in a book: “Epidemiological and Molecular Aspects on Cholera” published from Springer.

He is currently in the process of developing research program involving characterization of the virulence genes of marine non cholera pathogenic Vibrios.

Dr. Sarkar currently actively engaged in teaching and mentoring students of integrated M.Sc course of Biotechnology at The Neotia University. Additionally, he also leads the academic activities and looks after the administrative affairs of this new discipline.


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Research expertise

During doctoral research Dr. Sarkar focused on molecular characterization of Non-Cholera Vibrios to gain better insights towards their genetic differences as compared to their epidemic causing counterparts. His postdoctoral research primarily focused on understanding the host pathogen interaction and identification of novel virulence genes of Lyme disease causing bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi. His research programme primarily focuses on molecular genetics of pathogenic bacteria and their interactions with hosts.

Research Publications:

  1. B. M. Hayes, Daniel P. Dulebohn, Amit Sarkar, Kit Tilly, Aaron Bestor, Xavier Beth Ambroggio and Patricia A. Rosa (2014). Regulatory Protein BBD18 of the Lyme Disease Spirochete: Essential Role during Tick Acquisition? mBio. 5(2):e01017-14
  2. Stewart PE, Carroll JA, Dorward DW, Stone HH, Amit Sarkar, Picardeau M, Rosa PA. (2012). Characterization of the Bat proteins in the oxidative stress response of Leptospira biflexa. BMC Microbiol. Vol 13;12:290
  3. Amit Sarkar, Hayes BM, Dulebohn DP, Rosa PA. (2011). Regulation of the virulence determinant OspC by bbd18 on linear plasmid lp17 of Borrelia burgdorferi. Journal of Bacteriology. Vol. 193 (19), Page. 5365-5373.
  4. Jewett MW, Jain S, Linowski AK, Amit Sarkar, Rosa PA. (2011). Molecular characterization of the Borrelia burgdorferi in vivo-essential protein PncA. Microbiology. Vol. 157(part10). Page. 2831-2840.
  5. Aaron Bestor, PhilipE. Stewart, Mollie W. Jewett, Amit Sarkar, Kit Tilly and Patricia A. Rosa. (2010). Use of the Cre-lox recombination system to investigate lp54 gene requirement in the infectious cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi. Infection and Immunity. Vol.78(6), Page.2397-2407.
  6. Amit Sarkar, Kit Tilly, Philip Stewart, Aaron Bestor, James M. Battisati and Patricia A. Rosa (2009). Borrelia burgdorferi resistance to a major skin antimicrobial peptide is independent of outer surface lipoprotein content. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Vol. 53(10), Page. 4490-4494.
  7. Bisweswar Nandi, Ranjan K. Nandy, Amit Sarkar and Asoke C. Ghose (2005). Structural features, properties and regulation of the outer membrane protein W (OmpW) of Vibrio cholerae. Microbiology. Vol. 151(part 9), Page. 2975-2986.
  8. Amit Sarkar, Ranjan K. Nandy, G. Balakrish Nair, and Asoke C. Ghose (2002). VibrioPathogenicity Island and Cholera Toxin Genetic Element-Associated Virulence Genes and Their Expression in Non O1 Non-O139 Strains of Vibrio cholerae; Infection and immunity, Vol. 70(8), Page. 4735-4742.


Book Chapter:

Amit Sarkar, Ranjan K, Nandy And Asoke C. Ghose. Pathogenic potential of Non 01-non 0139 Vibrio cholerae. In. Epidemiological and Molecular Aspects on Cholera [Ramamurthy, T.; Bhattacharya, S.K. (Eds.)] Springer, 2011. P. 123

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