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Dr. Pijush Basak,  Ph.D.
Department Of Biochemistry
Calcutta University
35 Ballygung Circular Road, Kolkata-700019, India


Biography: Dr. Pijush Basak completed his PhD thesis in the field of Protein Biochemistry, with a research experience in structure-function analysis of protein leghemoglobin under the guidance of Prof. Maitree Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Calcutta, Kolkata , India. Apart from my PhD and during Research Associate , I have also investigate microbial community profile (metagenomics study) according to spatial and seasonal variations in the Sundarbans mangrove sediments using Next-generation sequencing (NGS) platforms, simultaneous cataloguing of microbial diversity in International indexing systems to preserve the in formations in public .

I have thirteen international peer reviewed scientific publications . I have got SERB Young scientist , DST Fast-track grant for Young Scientist award and presenting as a Principal Investigator of the project titled "Metagenomics of Sundarbans estuarine ecosystem using deep Sequencing : A valuable tool for exploration of novel genes and bioactive compounds".


Research Interest: Area : Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial population dynamics study using Metagenomics
  • Metagenomics exploration of novel genes and bioactive of using deep sequencing

Area : Protein structure and function

  • Investigate the protein ligand interactions
  • Investigation of structural and functional insight of stress protein
Awards: Received Young scientist Award 2015, by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology.
Important Publications : Structural Biology

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 . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.02.105

2)Turban Kar, Pijush Basak, Rittik Kumar Ghosh, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Analysis of Curcumin interaction with Human Serum Albumin using spectroscopic studies with molecular Simulation, Frontiers in Biology, 2017 (Accepted).

3) 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

4) 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

5) Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak & Maitree Bhattacharyya; Transition Metal Induced Conformational Change of Heme Proteins; Spectroscopy Letters (Impact Factor: 0.85). 05/2015; 48(5). DOI: 10.1080/00387010.2014.881380

6) 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

7) Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak, Sudip Nag and Maitree Bhattacharyya: pH induced conformational isomerism (change) of Leghemoglobin isolated from Arachis hypogae, Biochemistry (Moscow) (2014), 79(11), 1255-1261. DOI 10.1134/S0006297914110133

8) Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak and Maitree Bhattacharyya: Transition metal induced conformational change of heme proteins, Spectroscopy letters (2014) (Journal ISSN:0038-7010 (Print), ISSN: 1532-2289 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00387010.2014.881380

9) 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)

Microbial Ecology

1) Pijush Basak, Niladri Majumdar, Sudip Nag, Anish Bhattacharyya, Debojyoti Roy, Arpita Chakrabarty, Sohan Sengupta, Arunava Roy, Arghya Mukherjee, Rudradip Pattonayak, Abhrajyoti Ghosh, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Spatiotemporal analysis of bacterial diversity in sediments of Sundarbans using parallel 16S rRNA gene tag sequencing , Microbial Ecology , Volume 69(3) , 500-511 , 2015

2) Arpita Chakrabarty; Amit Bera; Arghya Mukherjee; Pijush Basak; Arindam Mondal ; Imroze Khan; Arunava Roy; Anish Bhattacharyya; Debojyoti Roy; Sudip Nag; Abhrajyoti Ghosh; Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay; Maitree Bhattacharyya Changing bacterial profile of Sundarbans, the World heritage mangrove: Impact of anthropogenic interventions-,World J Microbio Biotech, 2015 ,31:593–610 (DOI 10.1007/s11274-015-1814-5)

3) Pijush Basak, Arnab Pramanik, Ranita Roy, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Maitree Bhattacharyya , Cataloguing the bacterial diversity of the Sundarbans mangrove, India in the light of metagenomics, Genomics Data ,2015 , 4: 90–92

4) 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 , Genomics Data , 2015, 4: 112–114.

5) Anish Bhattacharyya, Niladri Majumder, Pijush Basak, Debojyoti Roy, Sudip Nag, Anwesha Haldar, Shayantan Mukherjee , Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Suparna Mitra, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Abhrajyoti Ghosh , Diversity and distribution of archaea in the mangrove sediment of Sundarbans , Archaea , Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 968582, 14 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/968582

6) 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

7) 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.

Book Chapter

1. Arnab Pramanik , Pijush Basak , , Sohan Sengupta , Maitree Bhattacharyya, Marine Microbial Diversity: Potential Functions to Degrade Xenobiotics , 2015 , Environmental Sci. & Eng. Vol. 8: Biodegradation and Bioremediation .

Corresponding Author

1. Rittik Kumar Ghosh ,Turban Kar , Pijush Basak* and Maitree Bhattachayya* . Hydrophobic profiling of heated and unheated Leghemoglobin, Myoglobin, Cytochrome c and Hemoglobin proteins in differential pH conditions. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, 6(9) , 2016.

2. Niloy Kundu, Rittik Kumar Ghosh, Turban Kar, Maitree Bhattacharyya*, and Pijush Basak* , Illustration of fluorescence quenching mechanism of heme proteins using stern volmer quenching system with determination of positioning of tryptophan residues . Journal of Global Biosciences , 2016, 5 : 4579-4584

Ongoing research projects:

“Metagenomics of Sundarbans estuarine ecosystem using deep Sequencing : A valuable tool for exploration of novel genes and bioactive compounds,’ sanctioned under the SERC Fast-Track Proposals for Young Scientists Scheme, Department of Science and Technology. (amount 35.30 lakh).


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