- PhD candidate
- Supervisor: Dr. Vikram Misra, Veterinary Microbiology
- Home community and country: Kolkata, India
- MSc, Virology
- BSc, Microbiology and Biochemistry
For my Master's project I characterized the Large T antigen of the Myotis polyomavirus. Similar proteins in other polyomaviruses play a critical role in virus replication and immune evasion. For my PhD project I will characterize the antiviral responses of the little brown bat and how they are deployed against the Myotis polyoma and coronaviruses. I will then compare these findings with how human cells respond to the same viruses. It would be interesting to see if the degree of innate immune response varies between bats and other mammals. If it does, it would explain how bats maintain deadly viruses such as SARS and Ebola without being killed, whereas other mammals (non-human primates and humans) succumb to such viruses.