Samit Chattopadhyay

Senior Professor

Epigenetics, Gene regulation in metastatic cancers and proliferative immune cells, chromatin remodeling
Shri B.K. Birla and Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professorship
About the Faculty

30 years of research experience in wide fields of research including:

Currently he is holding prestigious Senior Professor & Shri B K Birla & Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professor position at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus.  In recent past, he was the Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Jadavpur, Kolkata. Founding Director of advanced research at CSIR-IICB-TRUE (Translation Research Unit of Excellence), Salt Lake, Kolkata.  Served as the Director, CSIR-NEIST (North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, Assam (additional charges). Setting up ambience for doing best research on disease and diagnostics. Bringing large number of mission mode projects and FTPs (Fast Track Projects) for immediate translatable products for India. Achievement towards developing application oriented research between Biology and Chemistry. Advanced knowledge in developing target based drugs taking challenges from basic science knowledge. Understanding molecular basis of gene regulation and epigenetics in cancer and other diseases; Molecular biology work on HIV transcription and latency; Immune responses upon Mycobacterial infection; Role  of  Nuclear  matrix proteins in DNA damage repair, Splicing etc.; Structure function relation of MAR binding proteins; Role of miRNA   in   cancer   and   other   diseases.   Plant   genetics, plant molecular   biology; Chromosome Techniques, Karyotyping   and Cytogentics,, Handling   Cholera   Bacteriophages   and  their  physical mapping; Role of RNA-protein interaction in Viral transcription; Immuno-biology and T helper Cell Differentiation. He is a reviewer of many important journals. Trained more than 100 project students and guided for Ph D to more than 40 students most of whom are now faculties of many renowned institute in India and abroad. Strong teaching experience (30 years) in India and abroad.
Members/ Fellow of Academies:
  • Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), 2015
  • Sir J C Bose National Fellow, DST, 2013 to 2023
  • Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Delhi, 2013
  • Fellow of Academy of Science (FASc), Bangalore, 2011
  • Fellow of National Academy of Science (FNASc), Allahabad, 2006
  • Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Sciences-WAST (FAScT), 2016
  • Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Science (FMASc), 2000

Trained/ guided more than 100 students:

  • Guided more than 40 Ph D students of which 25 received Ph D degree from his lab
  • Teaching molecular biology for ACSIR at CSIR-IICB
  • Taught courses at NCCS, Pune University, Calcutta University, Vidyasagar University, IISER
  • Trained university students and students from Indian Academy of science (IAS).
  • Given lectures in more than 200 conferences in India and abroad
  • Arranged symposiums in Developmental Biology and Transcription, convenor GRC, 2014
  • Guided students from many Institutes and Universities as a part of collaborative work
Publications: Published more than 100 high impact papers in international journals with about 3000 citations; H-index: 31; i-index: 72; Published more than 15 book chapters, news and reports.

Published papers in world class premier journals like Immunity, Cell Press; EMBO Journal, Mucosal Immunology, NPG; Scientific Reports, NPG; Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS); Since Signaling (AAA); Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Nucleic Acids Research (NAR), Journal of Immunology (JI), Journal of Biochemistry (JBC); Journal of Molecular Biology (JMB), International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (IJBCB); Virology, PLoS One, BBRC, BBA Acta Review, International Journal of Nanomedicine; Nanoscale; Chemical Communications, PloS One etc.

Patents: There are several patents under his credit of which some of them are international patents.

Reviewer of several specialized journals like:
Virology, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Cell Biology International, Elsevier, International Journal of Cancer, Journal Bioscience, International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, FEBS Journal, PLoS journals, Scientific Reports etc.

Administrative role:

Dr. Chattopadhyay has recently joined as the Senior Professor & Shri B K Birla & Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professor position at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus. Here he will be looking after the overall improvement of the departments and focus on better visibility of the institute in Indian science by mentoring an advising the students and faculties in general. Try to generate extramural funds from different finding agencies and integrate the upcoming science and technologies of the institute with academia and industries.

Earlier, he served as the Director at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, CSIR-IICB, Kolkata from August, 2015 and Founder Director of Translation Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE), Salt Lake, Kolkata, 2016. He has taken the charges as additional Director at The North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat, Assam (Additional Charges during 2017-18). Ex-Associate Dean of NCCS; Teaching several courses; Introduction of new model of course work for the Ph D students at IICB, Kolkata. For a long time he was an active member and expert for the Ph D committee at Calcutta University; Served as the council member of DY Patil Medical College, Pune; Chairman and member of various selection committees at NCCS and other Institutes and Universities; Task Force member of Cancer Research, DBT; Animal Science and Biotechnology, CSIR; Task Force Member DST-PAC; Member of Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), National Institute of Chemical Biology, New Delhi; Expert consultant scientist of Pharmaceuticals like Piramal Life Sceince, Mumbai; Amrita Therapeutics, Gujarat. He was the Convener, Guha Research Conference, Khajuraho, 2014. Sacientific Advisory Committee member of NII, New Delhi; Expert member of institutional recruitments of CDFD, Hyderabad; IICT, Hyderabad; Convener of sectional committee of Indian Academy of Science Fellows (INSA), 2017.

Recent activities:

Currently he is holding prestigious Senior Professor & Shri B K Birla & Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professor position at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus. Earlier after joining as Direcotr of CSIR-IICB, he started a new campus at Salt Lake as the centre of Translational Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) that was inaugurated on February 8th, 2016 by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harsha Vardhan. A number of new laboratories with excellent facility are already started in between in the same campus. Now it is one of the best laboratories in Bioinformatics and Proteomics with most modern facilities in West Bengal. This center in future will help making Infrastructure development for the spin-off companies and making bridge between the various medical centers at Kolkata. He has contributed in connecting the institute with Mayo Clinic, USA. IITs, Medical centers like TMC, Kolkata.

Short History of Life and Future Goals of Prof. Samit Chattopadhyay: A short interview by Rajyasabha TV, September, 2016 (