New Knights in the Realm

The department of Life Science has added five adroit professionals to its family this year. Prof B B Sahu worked at the Iowa State University, USA before joining NITR and Prof M Saleem was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Munster, Germany. Prof Rohan Dhiman earned his PhD from Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh while Prof Vidya Devi hails from Indian Institute of Science, Banglore. Prof Monalisa Mishra specializes in cell and developmental biology. 

Prof B B Sahu’s area of research is plant immunity and he is currently working on non-host resistance during plant-pathogen interaction in rice plants. He is studying the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana which is resistant to a particular rice plant pathogen. The research involves identifying the gene that provides resistance to Arabidopsis thaliana and incorporating that gene in the rice plant to increase rice harvest.

Prof Rohan Dhiman has been awarded the coveted INSPIRE fellowship. His research interests comprise host-pathogen interaction in M. tuberculosis infection, Autophagy, Microbial Immunology and Innate and adaptive immunity in tuberculosis.

Prof M Saleem has also bagged the INSPIRE fellowship and his domain of research includes membrane-protein interactions, Endocytosis, Membrane Mechanics, Reconstitution Biology and Biophysics.

Prof Vidya Devi has received a FAST Track grant from DST for her research project. She is pursuing her research in infection biology and immunological modulation by infection during pregnancy and neonatal development.

Another stalwart of the new perspicacious pool of scientists, Prof Monalisa Mishra has been awarded a grant by DST and is currently conducting developmental research on house flies.

Team MM wishes the professors success in all their endeavors and hopes that they enjoy their stay at NITR.