I was born and brought up in Burdwan, West Bengal. During my early school days, I was fascinated with biology and opted for B. Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Microbiology from The University of Burdwan. There after I did my Ph.D. from ICAR- National Rice Research Institute (Odisha, India) on Nitrogen fixing endophytic and epiphytic bacteria community of different cultivated and wild rice genotypes. During my post-doctoral work at University of California, Davis (California, USA), I have worked in the field of microbial interactions in different wild rice genotypes. Apart from that, I have worked around two years as an Assistant Professor at RK University (Gujarat) where I have explored the microorganism and their interaction with groundnut to combat salinity and metal stress. My research mainly focused on different aspects of plant-microbe interactions through metabolomics, phenotyping and different molecular biological techniques.
B. Sc. in Microbiology (Hons.) (The University of Burdwan, 2009)
M.Sc. in Microbiology (The University of Burdwan, 2011)
Ph.D. in Microbiology (ICAR- National Rice Reserach Institute, The University of Burdwan, 2016)
Research area: Plant-microbe interaction
Research / Administrative Experience+
My research mainly focused on different aspects of plant-microbe interactions through metabolomics, phenotyping, bio-imaging and different molecular biological techniques. I would love to supervise enthusiastic postgraduate students to decode different interactions between microbes with Rice/ Groundnut/ Tea ecologies.
Teaching / Other Experience+
1. Awarded AMI- YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD in Agricultural Microbiology by the Association of Microbiologists of India for the year 2019.
2. Awarded Best Young Researcher National by IRDP AWARDS, (October, 2018), Chennai, India, for Teaching, Research and Publications.
3. Awarded outstanding contribution in reviewing by Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier: ISSN: 0048-9697), Applied Soil Ecology (Elsevier: ISSN: 0929-1393) and European Journal of Soil Biology (Elsevier: ISSN: 1164-5563)
Reviewer/ Editorial Panel of Following Journals
Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier: ISSN: 0048-9697), Plant Science (Elsevier: ISSN: 0168-9452), EC Microbiology (Editorial Panel), Applied Soil Ecology (Elsevier: ISSN: 0929-1393), European Journal of Soil Biology (Elsevier: ISSN: 1164-5563), Journal of Plant Growth Regulation (Springer: ISSN: 0721-7595), Journal of King Saud University – Science (Elsevier: ISSN: 1018-3647), CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water (Wiley; ISSN:1863-0669), International Journal of Phytoremediation (Taylor & Francis; ISSN:1522-6514), Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Plant Soil Science (Taylor & Francis; ISSN:0906-4710), Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Springer: ISSN: 0718-9508), International Journal of Environmental Research (Springer: ISSN: 2008-2304), Journal of Crop Research (Sci Technol: ISSN: 2454-1761), The Open Microbiology Journal (Bentham Open: ISSN: 1874-2858)
Post Graduate Supervision+
Current Registered Ph.D. Student:
1. Chandrashekhar PS (Registration at RK University, Gujarat)
Past M.Sc. Dissertation Students:
1. Pooja Pandya (at Department of Microbiology, RK University, 2016-2017)
2. Maya Dangar (at Department of Microbiology, RK University, 2016-2017)
3. Rutvika Tholiya (at Department of Microbiology, RK University, 2016-2017)
- Life member of THE ASSOCIATION OF MICROBIOLOGISTS OF INDIA(AMI)
- Life member of The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)&
1. Banik, A., Chattopadhyay, A., Ganguly, S., Mukhopadhyay, S.K. (2019). Characterization of a tea pest specific Bacillus thuringiensis and identification of its toxin by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Industrial Crops & Products, 132, 549-556.
2. Banik, A., Dash, G. K., Swain, P., Kumar, U., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., & Dangar, T. K. (2019). Application of rice (Oryza sativa L.) root endophytic diazotrophic Azotobacter sp. strain Avi2 (MCC 3432) can increase rice yield under green house and field condition. Microbiological Research, 219, 56-65. (Co-corresponding Author)
3. Mondal, S., Chakraborty, M., Mondal, A., Pakhira, B., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Banik, A., Sengupta, S., Chattopadhyay, S. K (2019). Crystal structure, spectroscopic, DNA binding studies and DFT calculations of a Zn (II) complex. New Journal of Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ05646C.
4. Banik, A., Pandya, P., Patel, B., Rathod, C., & Dangar, M. (2018) Characterization of halotolerant, pigmented, plant growth promoting bacteria of groundnut rhizosphere and its in-vitro evaluation of plant-microbe protocooperation to withstand salinity and metal stress. Science of the Total Environment, 630, 231-242. (Corresponding Author)
5. Kumar, U., Panneerselvam, P., Banik, A., Annapurna, K. (2018). Lower Frequency and Diversity of Antibiotic-Producing Fluorescent Pseudomonads in Rhizosphere of Indian Rapeseed–Mustard (Brassica juncea L. Czern.). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences, 88: 579-586.
6. Kapadiya, K. M., Jadeja, Y. S., Banik, A., & Khunt, R. C. (2018). In silico and in vitro studies of fluorinated chroman-2-carboxilic acid derivatives as an anti-tubercular agent. Folia Medica, DOI: 10.2478/folmed-2018-0034
7. Banik, A., Kumar, U., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., & Dangar, T. K. (2017). Dynamics of endophytic and epiphytic bacterial communities of Indian cultivated and wild rice (Oryza spp.) genotypes. Ecological Genetics and Genomics, 3-5, 7-17. (Co-corresponding Author)
8. Kumar, U., Panneerselvam, P., Govindasamy, V., Vithalkumar, L., Senthilkumar, M., Banik, A., Annapurna, K. (2017). Long-term aromatic rice cultivation effect on frequency and diversity of diazotrophs in its rhizosphere. Ecological Engineering, 101, 227-236.
9. Banik, A., Mukhopadhaya, S. K., & Dangar, T. K. (2016). Characterization of N2-fixing plant growth promoting endophytic and epiphytic bacterial community of Indian cultivated and wild rice (Oryza spp.) genotypes. Planta, 243, 799-812. (Recommended in F1000Prime)
10. Banik, A., Mukhopadhaya, S. K., Sahana, A., Das, D., & Dangar, T. K. (2016). Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) based technique for tracking of endophytic bacteria in rice roots. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 52, 277- 282.
11. Ghosh, A., Adhikari, S., Ta, S., Banik, A., Dangar, T. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Jesús, S.M., Brandão, P., Vítor, F., Das, D. (2016) Tuning of azine derivatives for selective recognition of Ag+ with in-vitro tracking of endophytic bacteria in rice root tissue. Dalton Transactions, 45, 19491-19499.
12. Ghosh, A., Ta, S., Ghosh, M., Karmakar, S., Banik, A., Dangar, T. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Das, D. (2016). Dual mode ratiometric recognition of zinc acetate: nano-molar detection with in-vitro tracking of endophytic bacteria in rice root tissue. Dalton Transactions, 45, 599-606.
13. Naskar, B., Modak, R., Sikdar, Y., Maiti, D. K., Banik, A., Dangar, T. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Mandal, D., Goswami, S. (2016). A simple Schiff base molecular logic gate for detection of Zn2+ in water and its bio-imaging application in plant system. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 321, 99-109.
14. Karak, D., Banik, A., Sarkar, A., Chatterje, S., Matalobos, J. S., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Das, D. (2014). 9-Acridone-4-carboxylic acid: Crystal structure, immune-fluorescence detection of viral antigen and cell imaging studies. Journal of The Indian Chemical Society, 91, 245-251.
15. Banik, A., Ganguly, S., Mukhopadhyay, B. B., & Mukhopadhyay, S. K. (2014). A new report on rapid, cheap and easily extractable mass spore production of Beauveria bassiana using recyclable polyurethane foams as support medium. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology Research 4 (1): 1-6
16. Sarkar, A., Banik, A., Pathak, B. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Chatterjee, S. (2013). Envelope protein gene based molecular characterization of Japanese encephalitis virus clinical isolates from West Bengal, India: a comparative approach with respect to SA14-14-2 live attenuated vaccine strain; BMC Infectious Diseases 13, 368-381.
17. Sahana, A., Banerjee, A., Lohar, S., Banik, A., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Safin, D. A., Babashkina, M, G., Bolte., M., Garcia, Y., Das., D., (2013) FRET based tri-color emissive rhodamine-pyrene conjugate as Al3+ selective colorimetric and fluorescence sensor for living cell imaging, Dalton Transactions, 42, 13311-13314.
18. Mahapatra, A. K., Manna, S. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Banik, A. (2013). First Rhodhamine-Based “Off-On” Chemosensor with High Selectivity and Sensitivity for Zr4+ and Its Imaging in Living Cell, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 183, 350-355.
19. Mahapatra, A. K., Roy, J., Sahoo, P., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Banik, A., Mandal, D. (2013). Carbazole phenylthiosemicarbazone-based ensemble of Hg2+ as selective fluorescence turn-on sensor toward cysteine in water, Tetrahedron letters 54, 2946-2951.
20. Lohar, S., Sahana, A., Banerjee, A., Banik, A., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Sanmarti?n Matalobos, J., Das, D. (2013). Antipyrine Based Arsenate Selective Fluorescent Probe for Living Cell Imaging. Analytical chemistry 85 (3), 1778– 1783.
21. Lohar, S., Banerjee, A., Sahana, A., Banik, A., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Das, D. (2013) A rhodamine–naphthalene conjugate as a FRET based sensor for Cr3+ and Fe3+ with cell staining application. Analytical Methods, 5, 442-445.
22. Mahapatra, A. K., Maji, R., Sahoo, P., Nandi, P. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Banik, A. (2012). A new colorimetric chemodosimeter for mercury ion via specific thioacetalde protection in aqueous solution and living cells, Tetrahedron Letters, 53, 7031–7035.
23. Mahapatra, A. K., Roy, J., Manna, S. K., Kundu, S., Sahoo, P., Mukhopadhyay, S. K., Banik, A., Hg2+ Selective “turn-on” fluorescent chemodosimeter derived from glycine and living cell imaging; Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 240, 26–32.
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