ALOK K. CHAKRABARTI
SCIENTIST D

  ALOK K. CHAKRABARTI

Publications

Date of Joining Present Post: 01-09-2015

Address (Off):

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF VIROLOGY
20-A, DR.AMBEDKAR ROAD P.B. NO.11
PUNE - 411001 .
Telephone (off): 091-20-26006311/390
Email : aloke8@yahoo.com, chakrabartiak@icmr.org
Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, WB.

Discipline:
MICROBIOLOGY



Awards:
  • Prof. A.K. Mukherjee Memorial Medal, 1993.
  • Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Medical Research
  • Senior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Medical Research

Professional Experience
2008 – till date:  Scientist B and Group Leader, Microarray Division, National Institute of Virology, Pune, India
2006 – 08:    Scientist B, Molecular Virology unit, Avian Influenza Division, National Institute of Virology, Pune, India 
2003 – 06:  Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,  UTMB School of Medicine, Galveston, TX 77550, USA.
2001 – 03:  Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Responsibilities


Research and Teaching

Major Achievements:   

  • Identification and molecular characterization of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses from 2006 , 2007 and 2008 outbreaks in India revealed 
    • A third introduction of highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses in India with a possible endemicity
    • A focal outbreak in Manipur, India by a unique H5N1 virus 
    • Unique Eurasian-American genetic reassortment in H11N1 influenza virus. 
  • Generation of reverse genetics modified pre pandemic vaccine strain against highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses. 
  • Subtle differences in the ability to induce specific host responses like apoptotic mechanism and immune responses make the highly pathogenic viruses (H5N1) more virulent. 
  • Rapid spread and pathogenicity of pandemic (2009) H1N1 virus was found to be due to more efficient suppression of host innate immune responses compared to seasonal influenza H1N1 virus.
Foreign Visits:
  1. TO AVAIL TRAINING ON AVIAN INFLUENZA & OPTION FOR THE CONTROL OF INFLUENZA VI CONFERENCE. TO U.S.A.
    FROM 2007-04-14 TO 2007-06-15


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