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Prof. (Dr.) Maitree Bhattacharyya
Director, JBNSTS


Biography: Prof. (Dr.) Maitree Bhattacharyya graduated from Presidency College with Honours in Physics and obtained M.Sc degree from Calcutta University. Started research career in Department of Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Calcutta University with a PhD degree in 1991.She pursued research with Research associateship from CSIR and joined Calcutta University as an Assistant Professor in 1994 to start with independent research laboratory. Later on, she was awarded DBT Overseas fellowship and worked as Visiting Scientist in UCSD, USA .Now she is the Professor, Department of Biochemistry and University of Calcutta (On lien).

Prof. (Dr.) Maitree Bhattacharyya joined as Director at Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search from 15th January, 2015.

Ten students have already been awarded PhD degree under her supervision and now she is leading a group of ten research scholars which comprises of PhD and post doctoral students. She has published several research articles and chapters in books of International repute.

Research Interest:

Study of microbial diversity in coastal and estuarine water and soil sediment in the world heritage site, Sundarbans. Exploration of dynamic correlations among physical, chemical and biological domains of this estuarine ecosystem. Inventorisation of microbial diversity along Indian coast.


Identification of risk factors and biomarkers in the disease dynamics of diabetes associated cardiovascular disease and dyslipidemia.

Application of green chemistry in bioremediation and biotransformation of heavy metal toxicity in industrial effluent, green synthesis of nanoparticles.

Protein structure- function and interactions with special interest to heme proteins, bio molecular interaction.

Apart from academic research and teaching, she aims,

To develop Scientific and Technological sphere of India especially the human resource to the level of highest possible International Standard.


To develop Science and Technology of modern India so as to make India self-reliant to the extent possible in all spheres including Agriculture, Industry and Medicine.


To inculcate scientific and rational temper within the younger section of the population towards developing a modern India based on logical foundation, objective and realistic state of mind and against all kinds of superstition, obscurantism and illogical thinking and actions.

Research Article Published :
1. Turban Kar, Pijush Basak, Rittik Kumar Ghosh, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Protective effects of curcumin against gamma ray induced conformational change of Human Serum Albumin, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2017 (Accepted).  . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.02.105

Rudrdip Pattanayak , Pijush Basak , Srikanta Sen and Maitree Bhattacharyya, An insight to the binding of Ellagic acid with Human serum albumin using spectroscopic and isothermal calorimetry studies, Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports 2017 (Accepted) , http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrep.2017.03.001.


Manas Guria, Medha Majumdar, Maitree Bhattacharyya. Green synthesis of protein capped nano-gold particle: An excellent recyclable nano-catalyst for the reduction of nitro-aromatic pollutants at higher concentration, Journal of Molecular Liquids,222, 549, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2016.07.087.

4. Satabdi Banerjee, Arnab Pramanik, Sanghamitra Sengupta, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Maitree Bhattacharyya* .Distribution and source identification of heavy metal concentration in Chilika Lake, India: An assessment over salinity gradient . Current science, 112, 87, 2016. 10.18520/cs/v112/i01/87-94.
5. Subarna Dutta , Maitree Bhattacharyya and Kaushik Sengupta, Implications and Assessment of the Elastic Behavior of Lamins in Laminopathies Cells 2016, 5(4), 37; doi:10.3390/cells5040037.

Paulami Mandal, Maitree Bhattacharya* and Joydeep Chowdhuryb-Targeting G-quadruplex DNA and B-DNA with a natural alkaloid: a comparative spectroscopic study RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 109846–109856.


Rudrdip Pattanayak , Pijush Basak , Srikanta Sen and Maitree Bhattacharyya, Interaction of KRAS G-quadruplex with natural polyphenols: A spectroscopic analysis with molecular modeling , International Journal of Biological Macromolecules , 2016 , 89 , 228–237 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.04.074.

8. Kakali Ghoshal, Sangita Das, Krishnendu Aich, Shyamaprosad Goswami, Subhankar Chowdhury, Maitree Bhattacharyya, A novel sensor to estimate the prevalence of hypochlorous (HOCl) toxicity in individuals with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia,. Clinica Chimica Acta, 2016, 458 ,144–153 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cca.2016.05.006.
9. Pijush Basak , Arnab Pramanik , Sohan Sengupta , Sudip Nag , Anish Bhattacharyya , Debojyoti Roy ,Rudradip Pattanayak , Abhrajyoti Ghosh, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay , Maitree Bhattacharyya, Bacterial diversity assessment of pristine mangrove microbial community from Dhulibhashani, Sundarbans using 16S rRNA gene tag sequencing , Genomics Data , 2016 , 7: 76–78 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gdata.2015.11.030.
10. Arnab Pramanik , Pijush Basak , Satabdi Banerjee , Sanghamitra Sengupta , Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay , Maitree Bhattacharyya , Metagenomic exploration of the bacterial community structure at Paradip Port, Odisha, India, Genomics Data , 2016 , 7: 94–96 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gdata.2015.12.005
11. Sohan Sengupta, Arnab Pramanik, , Abhrajyoti Ghosh, Maitree Bhattacharyya ; Antimicrobial activities of actinomycetes isolated from unexplored regions of Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem; BMC Microbiology (2015) 15:170, DOI 10.1186/s12866-015-0495-4
12. Anish Bhattacharyya, Niladri Shekhar Majumder, Pijush Basak, Shayantan Mukherji, Debojyoti Roy, Sudip Nag, Anwesha Haldar, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Suparna Mitra, Maitree Bhattacharyya, and Abhrajyoti Ghosh; Diversity and Distribution of Archaea in the Mangrove Sediment of Sundarbans; Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Archaea,Volume 2015, Article ID 968582; doi.org/10.1155/2015/968582
13. Sangita Das, Shyamaprosad Goswami, Krishnendu Aich, Kakali Ghoshal, Ching Kheng Quah, Maitree Bhattacharyya; ESIPT and CHEF based highly sensitive and selective ratiometric sensor for Al3+ with imaging in human blood cell; New Journal of Chemistry (Impact Factor: 3.09). 08/2015; DOI: 10.1039/C5NJ01468A
14. Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak & Maitree Bhattacharyya; Transition Metal Induced Conformational Change of Heme Proteins; Spectroscopy Letters. 05/2015; 48(5). DOI: 10.1080/00387010.2014.881380
15. Suranjana Ray Haldar, Arpita Chakrabarty, Subhankar Chowdhury, Atish Haldar, Sanghamitra Sengupta, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Oxidative Stress-Related Genes in Type 2 Diabetes: Association Analysis and Their Clinical Impact; Biochem Genet 53:93–119, 2015, Springer Science+Business Media. 10.1007/s10528-015-9675-z
16. Arpita Chakraborty, Arindam Chakraborty, Subhankar Chowdhury, SanghamitraSengupta, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Association of MTHFR 677C>T genetic polymorphism with hyperhomocysteinemia in type 2 diabetes patients; Cogent Medicine (2015), 2: 1017973; doi.org/10.1080/2331205X.2015.1017973
17. Pijush Basak, Arnab Pramanik , Ranita Roy, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Cataloguing the bacterial diversity of the Sundarbans mangrove, India in the light of metagenomics; Genomic data , 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gdata.2015.03.014
18. Arnab Pramanik, Pijush Basak, Satabdi Banerjee, Sanghamitra Sengupta, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Pyrosequencing based profiling of the bacterial community in the Chilika lake, the largest lagoon of India; Genomic data , 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gdata.2015.04.003
19. Kakali Ghoshal, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Adiponectin: Probe of the molecular paradigm associating and obesity; World Journal of Diabetes; 2015 February 15; 6(1): 151-166; ISSN 1948-9358 (online); DOI: 10.4239/wjd.v6.i1.151
20. Arpita Chakraborty, Amit Bera, Arghya Mukherjee, Pijush Basak, Imroze Khan, Arindam Mondal, Arunava Roy, Anish Bhattacharyya, Sohan SenGupta, Debojyoti Roy, Sudip Nag, Abhrajyoti Ghosh, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Changing bacterial profile of Sundarbans, the world heritage mangrove: Impact of anthropogenic interventions; World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology; February 2015; Date: 06 Feb 2015; DOI: 10.1007/s11274-015-1814-5
21. Pijush Basak, Niloy Kundu, Rudradip Pattanayak, Maitree Bhattacharyya; Denaturation Properties and Folding Transition Statesof Leghemoglobin and Other Heme Proteins; ISSN 0006_2979, Biochemistry (Moscow), 2015, Vol. 80, No. 4, pp. 463-472; DOI: 10.1134/S0006297915040100
22. Shyamaprosad Goswami, Sangita Das, Krishnendu Aich,Prasanta Kumar Nandi, Kakali Ghoshal, Ching Kheng Quah, Maitree Bhattacharyya,Hoong-Kun Fun and Hatem A. Abdel-Aziz: A rhodamine–quinoline based chemodosimetercapable of recognising endogenous OCl_ in human blood cell , RSC Adv ( 2014), 4, 24881 DOI: 10.1039/C4RA03200D
23. Suranjana Ray Haldar and Maitree Bhattacharyya: Oxidative Stress: Lipid peroxidation Products as Predictors in Disease Progression, Journal of experimental and Integrative Medicine (2014), 4(3), 151-164. 10.5455/jeim.210414.rw.007
24. Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak, Sudip Nag and Maitree Bhattacharyya: pH induced conformational isomerism of Leghemoglobin isolated from Arachis hypogae, Biochemistry (Moscow) (2014), 79(11), 1255-1261. DOI 10.1134/S0006297914110133
25. Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak and Maitree Bhattacharyya: Transition metal induced conformational change of heme protens, Spectroscopy letters (2014) (Journal ISSN:0038-7010 (Print), ISSN: 1532-2289 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00387010.2014.881380
26. Tanusri Karmakar , Sanjaya K Mallick, Arpita Chakraborty, Animesh Maiti, Subhankar Chowdhury and Maitree Bhattacharyya: Platelets indices: signature biomarkers in Diabetes Mellitus and associated Cardiovascular Diseases, Clinical hemorheology and microcirculation (2014) 59(1) 67-81 (Journal ISSN: 1386-0291) DOI 10.3233/CH-141818
27. Kakali Ghoshal and Maitree Bhattacharyya : Overview of platelet physiology: Its hemostatic and non hemostatic role in disease pathogenesis, The Scientific World Journal (2013) (Journal ISSN: 2356-6140 (Print), ISSN: 1537-744X (Online))( doi:10.1155/8086)
28. M. K. Guria, A.K. Guha and M. Bhattacharyya (2014) A green chemical approach for biotransformation of Cr(VI) to Cr(III), utilizing Fusarium sp. MMT1 and consequent structural alteration of cell morphology. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 2:424-433 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2014.01.016
29. Pijush Basak and Maitree Bhattacharyya : “Intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence and related energy transfer in Leghemoglobin isolated from Arachis Hypogea”, Turkish Journal of Biochemistry, December, 2013, 38 (1), 9-13 (Journal ISSN: 0250-4685) (doi:10.5505/tjb.2013)
30. Kaberi Chaudhuri, Suman Manna, Kakoli Sen Sarma, Pankaj Naskar, Somenath Bhattacharyya and Maitree Bhattacharyya : Physicochemical and biological factors controlling water column metabolism in Sundarbans estuary, India, Aquatic Biosystems 2012, 8:26 ( doi:10.1186/2046-9063-8-26)
31. Arpita Chakrabarty and Maitree Bhattacharyya, Diabetes, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease—An unsolved enigma, A chapter in Phytotherapy in the Management of Diabetes and Hypertension (DOI: 0.2174/97816080501471120101 ,eISBN: 978-1-60805-014-7, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-60805-567-8), 2012 , P 97-130 Editor: Mohamed Eddouks
32. Arpita Chakraborty, Tanusri Karmakar, Subhankar Chowdhury, Maitree Bhattacharyya: Effect of Metformin on pathological indices related to cardiovascular disease in diabetes, American Journal of Bio-pharmacology Biochemistry and Life Sciences 2012, 01: 53-64 [Online ISSN: 2166-126X ].
33. Manna S, Chaudhuri K, Sen Sharma K, Naskar P, Bhattacharyya S and Bhattacharyya M: Interplay of physical, chemical and biological components in estuarine ecosystem with special reference to Sundarbans, India ---a chapter in Ecological Water Quality-water treatment and reuse ,Edited by Kostas Voudouris and Dimitra Voutsa Published by InTech.2012 Chapter . 10 : 205-238 (ISBN 979-953-307-638-5).
34. Mandal B, Mukherjee D,Bhattacharyya M.Structure function alteration of hemoglobin in Arsenocosis patients : A probable pathway to exert toxicity . J. Appl. Toxicol. 2012, 32: 581–589 (Online ISSN: 1099-1263) DOI 10.1002/jat.1656
35. Chakraborty A ,Chowdhury S,Bhattacharyya M. Effect of metformin on oxidative stress, nitrosative stress and inflammatory biomarkers in type 2 diabetes patients. Diabetes research and clinical practice. (Available online 13 December 2010.)Awarded as highly cited article DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2010.11.030
36. Roychowdhry S, Chakraborty A, Bahttacharyya M. Cervical Cancer Induced Structural Disorganization of Human Erythrocyte Membrane. IJBPS. December, 2010. p 27-31 ISSN: 1752-3788.
37. Manna S, Chaudhuri K, Bhattacharyya S, Bhattacharyya M. Dynamics of Sundarban estuarine ecosystem:eutrophication induced threat to mangroves. Saline Systems, 2010, 6:8. DOI: 10.1186/1746-1448-6-8
38. Adak S, Sengupta S , Chowdhury S and Bhattacharyya M. Co-existence of risk and protective haplotypes of Calpain 10 gene to type 2 diabetes in the eastern Indian population. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. 2010; 7; 63 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1479164109351370
39. Adak S, Chowdhury S and Bhattacharyya M. Dynamic and electrokinetic behavior of erythrocyte membrane in diabetes mellitus and diabetic cardiovascular disease Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects. (2008) Biochimica et Biophysica Acta ,1780, 108-115 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbagen.2007.10.013
40. Arindam Saha, Sangeeta Adak, Subhankar Chowdhury, Maitree Bhattacharyya (2005), Enhanced Oxygen releasing capacity and Oxidative stress in Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes Mellitus Associated Cardiovascular Disease: A comparative study, Clinica Chimica Acta,( Elsevier) 361,141-149 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cccn.2005.05.018
41. Atanu K. Khatua & Maitree Bhattacharyya (2001), NADPH-induced oxidative damage of rat liver microsomes: Protective role of chlorpromazine and trifluoperazine, Polish Journal of Pharmacology, 53(6): 629-634. PMID: 11985337 .
42 Dibyendu Chakraborty & Maitree Bhattacharyya (2001), Antioxidant defence status of Red Blood cell in B-thalassemia patient, Clinica Cheimica Acta (Elsevier), 305,123-129 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0009-8981(00)00428-9
43. Dibyendu Chakraborty & Maitree Bhattacharyya (2000), Deferiprone (LI) induced conformation change of Hemoglobin: A fluorescence and CD spectroscopic study, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 204. 17-20. DOI: 10.1021/jp9062115
44. J. Bhattacharyya, M. Bhattacharyya, A. S. Chakrabarty, U. Chaudhuri & R.K. Poddar (1998), Structural organisation of hemoglobin and myoglobin influence their binding behaviour with phenothiazines, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (Elsevier), 23, 11-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0141-8130(98)00006-3
45. J. Bhattacharyya, M. Bhattacharyya, A.S. Chakrabarty, U. Chaudhuri & R. K. Poddar (1996), Trifluoperazine is more effective than Chlorpromazine in releasing Oxygen :trom hemoglobin and myoglobin, Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology. 965-967. 10.1111/j.20427158.1996.tb06013.x
46. Maitree Bhattacharyya, J. Bhattacharyya, A. S. Chakraborty, U. Chaudhuri and R. K. Poddar (1994), Binding of chlorpromazine with hemoglobin and myoglobin: A comparative study -Biochemical Pharmacology (pergamon Press), 11, 2049-2053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0006-2952(94)90080-9
47. Maitree Bhattacharyya, A. N. Ghosh, R. K. Poddar and U. Chaudhuri (1992), Chlorpromazine induced filamentation of haemoglobin: Electron Microscopic evidence, Biophysical Chemistry (Elsevier Publishers), 44, 209-217. PMID: 1420950.
48. Maitree Bhattacharyya, U. Chaudhuri and R. K. Poddar (1990), Evidence for cooperative binding of chlorpromazine with haemoglobin : Equilibrium dialysis, fluorescence, quenching and oxygen release study, Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, (Academic Press), 167, 1146-1153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0006-291X(90)90643-2
49. Maitree Bhattacharyya, U. Chaudhuri and R.K.Poddar (1990), Studies on the interaction of chlorpromazine with haemoglobin, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, (Butterworths) 12, 297-301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0141-8130(90)90017-5
50. Maitree Bhattacharyya, U. Chaudhuri and R.K.Poddar (1990), Interaction of chlorpromazine with haemoglobin, Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 27, 240-244. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0141-8130(90)90017-5
51. Maitree Bhattacharyya, U. Chaudhuri and R.K. Poddar (1989), Cooperative binding of chlorpromazine with haemoglobin , Biochemistry International (Academic Press),12, 1363-1372. PMID: 2635866 . NLM ID: 8100311.
52. Maitree Bhattacharyya, U. Chaudhuri and R. K. Poddar (1989), Viscometric studies on the effect of near UV light irradiation on DNA in presence of chlorpromazine, Current Science, (India) 58, 710- 712. PMID: 2635866 .
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