Members of Lab
Dr Supriyo Choudhury, MBBS, MD
Supriyo is interested in exploring neurophysiological hallmarks in patients with movement problems. He has made his contribution in early diagnosis and monitoring of patients with Parkinson's Disease through various clinical studies. So far, the majority of his research was intended to discover some clinically useful novel diagnostic or therapeutic tools which might help the neurologists in their routine clinical practice. In addition to understanding the pathophysiology, he is also curious about the safety and mechanisms of clinically useful neurotropic drugs. He believes that application of cutting-edge technologies in routine clinical practice might improve the outcome in certain neurological conditions. He is approaching his goal of making clinical practice more reliable through multiple translational researches. He works in close collaboration with Prof. Stuart Baker and Dr Mark Baker from Newcastle University, UK.
Dr. Purba Basu, MBBS, M.Phil
Purba is working as Associate Neurology Clinical and Senior Research Fellow. She has worked with patients having movement disorder, their clinical spectrum and management. She has worked thoroughly in area of deep brain stimulation, Apomorphine infusion, botulinum toxin injection and interested in genetics of movement disorders. She is involved in the project aiming to explore characterisation and staging of spinocerebellar ataxia along with genetic heterogenesity and spectrum of incomplete penetrance; also want to understand anatomical preponderance other than cerebellum contributing in the disease process.
Dr. Rebecca Banerjee, PhD
Rebecca is a post doctoral senior research fellow currently working on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related inflammation. Inflammation seems to be one of the leading factors resulting in PD. We predict targeting specific mediators like inflammation can be further developed as an effective treatment. We hypothesize the association of certain inflammatory markers with disease severity might be further explored as diagnostic markers or targets for therapy in future. We are focusing on the level of alpha–synuclein and its different form in PD and its relation with neuro-inflammation.
Banashree Mondal, M.Sc
Banashree is pursuing PhD where she is looking into the gait disorders, especially freezing of gait in Parkinson’s Disease, using an electronic walkway, GAITRite for the analysis of gait parameters on 2-D dimensional spatio-temporal axis. She is exploring non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator to observe its effect on gait parameters in freezing of gait in PD patients. This might help in improving gait in these patients which otherwise is difficult to treat. She is also investigating different gait patterns in various neurodegenerative disorders which can be beneficial in improving the diagnosis as well as quality of life.
Koustav Chatterjee, M.Sc
Koustav obtained postgraduate master’s degree in Neuroscience from University of Calcutta. In 2015, he joined Movement Disorders Laboratory at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata in a collaborative project with Newcastle University, UK. This study investigated the efficacy of newer antiepileptic drugs in brain tumor related epilepsy by recording extracellular field potential ex vivo. Parallelly, he started working on various other projects focused on the study of brain functions and clinical correlates in patients with Parkinson’s Disease and different atypical Parkinsonism. Currently, he is pursuing PhD and his work aims to characterize and explore the relationship of gait and cognition in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Vascular Parkinsonism. He is also experienced in conducting regulatory clinical trials. Besides, he is passionate about playing games and sports.
Akash Roy, M.Sc
Newton Bhabha Fellow 2020-21, University College London, UK
Akash earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and did his Master’s in Human Physiology (Gold Medalist) from University of Calcutta. He is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow (DST-INSPIRE) at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK) in collaboration with the Department of Physiology, University of Calcutta. His PhD is supervised by Dr. Hrishikesh Kumar and Prof. Sanjit Dey, which focuses on molecular and neuro-immunological aspects of Parkinson’s disease. During PhD, he is working on alpha-synuclein mediated inflammatory-oxidative pathways and their association with disease progression in Parkinson’s disease. He received the prestigious “Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Award 2021” to work as a Short-term visiting PhD student at University College London, UK under the supervision of Prof. Michael Duchen to explore the impaired mitophagy in Parkinson’s disease and the role of repurposed drugs in this process. Outside the lab, he likes watching football and travelling.
Swagata Sarkar, M.Sc
Swagata has done masters in Human Physiology from University of Calcutta. She has worked previously at IICB-Kolkata and NIBMG-Kalyani as a research fellow. She is currently working at I-NK as a Ph.D. scholar (SRF). She is looking into the unresolved pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies involved in abnormal involuntary movements in Movement Disorders. Neurogenetics, neuroinflammation and electrophysiology are the major areas of her interest. Gene polymorphisms, non-invasive nerve and brain stimulations in movement disorders, Clinical trial on Stroke and Epidemiological study in Parkinson’s disease are the few projects she is critically involved in. Swagata’s hobbies include singing and listening to songs, physical activities, watching scientific, travel and food vlogs.
Sabbir Ansari, M.Sc
Sabbir has finished the Ph.D. thesis work from ICMR NICED Virus Laboratory and is likely to be awarded the degree soon. His doctoral work includes molecular detection of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and its genotyping. He has research experience in the field of epidemiological, clinical, and molecular Virology (CMV, HIV-1 and Rubella). He is instrumental in cell culture experiments in this institute. Currently, he is looking into the mechanistic insights of the Spinocerebellar ataxia type-12 (SAC-12)and Parkinson's disease (PD) at the cellular and molecular level. Additionally, he is involved in the screening of novel compounds and drug repurposing against PD-based cell models in vitro. He is also associated with a Genome-wide association study to decipher the genetic architecture of the Indian population. Apart from the research, he is passionate and loves to play different kinds of games and sports i.e. Volleyball, Badminton, and Table tennis.
Sattwika Banerjee, M.Sc
Sattwika is a junior research fellow in Dr. Kumar’s lab. She has completed her masters in Human-Physiology with a specialization in Neurophysiology from University of Calcutta. She initially started working on epidemiological and behavioural studies on Parkinson's Disease. Eventually she developed interest in application of electrophysiological paradigms in the diagnosis and monitoring of drug-induced movement disorders. She is also exploring the therapeutic effects of various Non-Invasive Brain stimulations in psychogenic movement disorders. Beside academics, Sattwika is well known for her cultural skills and is helping a social organisation as a science communicator.
Suchismita Majumdar, M.Sc
Suchismita has completed her masters in Biotechnology from Presidency College, C.U, and a diploma in software engineering. Her field of experience varies from genetics and molecular biology to coding and robotics. At present, her focus is response inhibition paradigm and currently working on developing related application for mobile phones that can be used as a bedside tool for patients with various movement disorders. Having a keen interest in electrophysiology, she also aims to explore effect of non- invasive stimulations on patients with neurodegenerative disorders for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. She is passionate about teaching and popularising science.
Asit Baran Bayen, M.Sc
Asit has completed his Master’s degree in Human Physiology from University of Calcutta. His primary study objective is to understand the longitudinal changes in Neuroplasticity in various neurological disorders including Stroke and Parkinson’s disease. He is using non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques like, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate neuroplasticity at systems level. He is trying to find the neurobiological basis of improvement-window in upper limb function after an acute ischemic stroke insult.
Jyoti Rungta, M.Sc
Jyoti has a Master degree in Physiology from University of Kalyani. She is a gold medalist in B.Sc as well as M.Sc. Currently she is working here as a Junior Research Fellow in collaboration with the Department of Physiology, University of Calcutta. Her interest lies in cellular, molecular and therapeutic aspects of neurodegenerative diseases. She is investigating the clinical and pathophysiological aspects of Spinocerebellar ataxia type-12. SCA12 is a rare monogenic disorder occurring mostly in Agarwal community. She aims to study the underlying disease mechanisms in cell based models. Her creative list of hobbies include travelling, teaching, art and craft, photography and cooking.
Purnendu Guha, M.Sc
Purnendu has completed his Master Degree in Medical Biotechnology from School of Tropical Medicine Kolkata under The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS). Currently he is working as Clinical Research Coordinator at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata in various regulatory clinical trials on patients with Alzheimer’s disease. He is also involved in adverse drug reaction monitoring at various departments. He has experience in various analytical techniques used in clinical-biochemistry laboratories.
Snehasree Neogy, M.Phil
She has completed her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology and bears a keen interest in neuropsychology. She is interested in the cognitive dysfunctions in neurological disorders and its psychotherapeutic management. Apart from being involved in the memory clinic for the management of Dementia patients in Kolkata her works revolve around the various neurocognitive aspects of Dementia. She is currently involved in a clinical trial with the same disorder.