Purnima Bandyopadhyay

Purnima Bandyopadhyay

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Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

  • PhD, Molecular Parasitology, University of Calcutta

Biography

Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a molecular and environmental microbiologist. She studied the immunobiology of the protozoan parasite Leishmania spp., the causative agents of a wide variety of diseases ranging from the innocuous oriental sore to the fatal kala-azar. Her research in this field focused on the changes occurring in Leishmania donovani and Leishmania major during metacyclogenesis. She then investigated some of the virulence factors of the pneumonia causing bacteria Legionella. Dr. Bandyopadhyay demonstrated that under natural conditions, Legionella pneumophila Lvh type IVA secretion system plays a role in its virulence in free-living amoebae and macrophages. Amoebae and macrophages are both the natural hosts of Legionella pneumophila. She is currently working on the role of free-living amoeba as a reservoir of pathogenic bacteria and as a natural sampler of bloom-causing cyanobacteria. She is also exploring cellular and behavioral similarities between amoeba and macrophages.