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Dr. Shanta Dutta
M.D., Ph.D.
Designation : Scientist F
Division : Bacteriology

Date Of Birth: November 26, 1962
Date of Joining:
August 3, 1994

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Dr. Shanta Dutta MD, Ph.D., Scientist E, National institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, is a clinical microbiologist and a medical research scientist. After graduated in medicine from Calcutta National Medical College under Kolkata University in 1985, she has done post graduation in Medical Microbiology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Mangalore University in 1990. She has joined NICED, a constituent Institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research and a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Diarrhoeal Diseases, in August 1994 and presently holding the post of Scientist E (Deputy Director) in Microbiology Division.

She was awarded with RONPAKU fellowship of JSPS (Japanese Society for Promotion of Science) during 2001-2005 by Dept. of Science and Technology, M/O Science and Technology, Govt. of India and was conferred with Ph.D. Degree from Kyushu University, Japan in 2006 under this program. During this fellowship she gained experience of working on virulence profile, antimicrobial resistance profile and molecular subtyping of Shigella isolates of Kolkata in the bacteriology dept of Kyushu university, Fukuoka, Japan. She was selected to participate in the Advanced WHO course on “Immunology, Vaccinology, Biotechnology and Biosafety applied to Infectious Diseases”, held in Lausanne, Switzerland during Sept – Oct., 1996. She has participated in the International course of laboratory diagnosis of Diarrhoeal Diseases, at ICDDR,B Dacca, Bangladesh during August 2002.

She is involved in all time research, training and teaching with respect to microbiological aspect of diarrhoeal disease caused especially by Shigella, enteroaggregative Escherichia coli and Salmonella Typhi and water bacteriology. She has interests in antimicrobial resistance of enteric pathogens, mechanism of drug resistance and antibacterial activity of bioactive products. She became principal investigator in a number of institutional projects and one ICMR funded project. She supported the microbiology part of a number of projects pertaining to other divisions (epidemiology, clinical) as a co-investigator and feed back the result to the concerned division. She took part in the clinical trial study of Typhoid vaccine (Vi polysaccharide vaccine). She was one of the expert committee members of UNICEF funded project on “Evaluation of H2S strip test used for drinking water quality monitoring” and participated as one of the nodal persons in the multi-centric study on the same subject. On ICMR request, she was involved in the evaluation of solar disinfection method of drinking water (SODIS).

She has published a number (about 40 in no.) of original research articles in national and peer-reviewed international journals in the area of Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of enteric bacterial pathogens like Shigella, Salmonella and Escherichia coli including two book chapters. She attended various national and international conferences and presented paper on her research interest. She served as a reviewer of a number of international journals like Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Diagnostic Microbiology Infectious Diseases, Journal of Medical Microbiology and JIDC (e-based journal).


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