Levitating Global Stairs

The department of biotechnology and medical engineering has recently added another feather to the crown of NITR by witnessing the visit of two exalted personalities: Jane Carlton, professor of Genomics from department of biology and Dr. Samuel C.Wassmer from department of microbiology& division of parasitology, both from New York University School of Medicine, USA.

Jane M. Carlton, a biologist at New York University whose research centers on the genomics of two groups of single-celled parasites: those which cause malaria (the genus Plasmodium), and a group known as trichomonads, which include the common sexually transmitted parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. Malaria today is primarily a disease of the developing world, including India, the world’s second most populous nation. Dr. Carlton collaborates with scientists at India’s National Institute for Malaria Research to develop new research paths and control strategies for the disease there. As Program Director of a seven-year NIH International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research based jointly in New Delhi and NYU, she heads the first pan-Indian genomic survey of malaria parasite strains, along with an in-depth epidemiological study of how the malaria is transmitted and manifests itself in different ecologies and societies in India. Carlton received her Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has worked at several scientific institutions in the U.S., including the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health and the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). She received the American Society of Parasitologists’ Stoll-Stunkard Memorial Award in 2010, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, and has published more than 90 research articles and reviews.

They paid their visit to the department on 26th and 28th of September’2014.In presence of our venerate director, they dropped around the laboratories of BT/BM department and were highly impressed to see that the department is well equipped with highly sophisticated and advanced instruments. This was chased by a discussion on future collaboration between NYU School of Medicine and NIT, Rourkela and signing of an MOU.


Team MM wishes the department all the luck in soaring greater heights.