Dr. Saumitra Das. Ph.D. FNA, FASc, FNASc
Sir J.C. Bose National Fellow
National Institute of Biomedical Genomics
P.O.: N.S.S., Kalyani 741251,
West Bengal, INDIA
Our Institute is in its infancy, started just a decade ago and moved to this campus recently, which is formally inaugurated a couple of months back by the Honourable Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan
NIBMG is an autonomous Institute of the Government of India, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology. Our ‘Vision and Mission’ is ‘Accelerating Genomics for Health, Research, Training, Translation & Service’. The mandate is to create a massive physical infrastructure for principles and practice of Biomedical Genomics. The new campus is already equipped with ultrafast DNA and RNA sequencing facility. The major thrust is on Genomic underpinnings of oral and cervical cancers, chronic and infectious disease: promoting the concept of Systems Medicine. All these are the vision and creation of a real visionary Prof. Partha Pratim Majumder and an equally enthusiastic group of young scientists.
NIBMG is continuing to help the scientists of other institutions in India by providing access to its high-end, high-throughput technology platforms through its Core Technologies Research Initiative (CoTeRI).
To complement our efforts in generating sequence data and finding leads associated with human diseases, our future mandate is to study the functional aspects and understand the molecular basis of pathogenesis towards finding a solution and serve the society. In a bid to achieve future goals, we are in the process setting up a State of the Art Zebrafish facility, which will explore as well as utilize existing expertise within our institution in disease modeling, bioinformatics, Zebrafish assay development, and mechanistic studies. These studies will set the stage for investigating gene networks elemental in prevailing human disease phenotypes at a functional level, and create high-throughput biology in the zebrafish as a platform to complement genome-wide association studies (GWAS) across a wide spectrum of traits. Additionally, we are also in the process of setting up facilities to work with infectious pathogens (BSLII) and animal models for functional studies of genomic findings.
Finally, in a different note, it’s a learning experience for me since I joined in September this year with the experience of working at the Indian Institute of Science for 20 years. I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my predecessors Prof. Partha Pratim Majumder and Prof. Sharmila Sengupta for successfully steering NIBMG to this destination with the unique identity. Now it’s a big challenge for me to sustain it, contribute more to effective research and lead the Institute to a newer height!