Formerly Professor/Scientist H, Advanced Centre for Training, Research & Education in (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India.
Expertise: Viral vector development/modifications and its applications; improved production of therapeutically important recombinant reagents (mammalian system); bioassay development, VLP technology, start-up biotech program audit.
Major achievements: i] First commercially successful DBT sponsored biotech project: HIV-1 & 2 Sero-diagnostic Western Blot (licensee-J Mitra & Co, New Delhi); ii] First complete sequence of HIV-2 from India/Asia; iii] Development of only indigenous lentivirus vector system for gene transfer derived from the Indian HIV-2 isolate.
Awards/Recognitions: i] Science in Society’ inaugural year award of the Indian National Science Congress, 2004; ii] All India Biotech Association award, 2000-2001; Iii] VASVIK award in Biological Sciences & Technology, 1998; iv] Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (FNASc); v] Member, Guha Res Conference (GRC)
Prof. Mukhopadhyaya's current professional associations include:
Technical expert: Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council-Dept of Biotechnology (BIRAC-DBT), Govt. of India; Member: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC): i] Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (DBT), Trivandrum; ii] National AIDS Research Institute (ICMR), Pune; DBT TEC on i] Chronic Disease Biology (2018-2020), ii] NER Medical Biotechnology-I (2019-2021); DBT JRF examination & BCIL BITP examination committee; Chairman: Wockhardt Hospital Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research (WH-ICSCR), Mumbai.
Prof. Mukhopadhyaya was formerly associated with:
Member: SAC i] ICMR Virology Unit, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata, ii] National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai (2013-2016); DST PAC in Medical Biology 1993-1995, Life Sciences committee CSIR-NET,1996-2010; DBT task force on Infectious Diseases, 2009-2013; (Hony) subject expert: Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO, West Zone), Govt. of India.