Dr. Anup Palit is Deputy Director (Scientist "E") of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata. Mr. Palit graduated from the University of Burdwan in 1979, gained his Masters in Zoology in 1981 from Burdwan University, W.B. and did his Ph. D. from Kalyani University, W.B. He joined the Department of Vector Biology and Control in Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, a constituent Institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research in 1986 and worked there till April,2001 and later relocated to Division of Microbiology, National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, under Indian Council of Medical Research and a WHO collaborating centre for research and training on Diarrhoeal Diseases in May 2001.Presently he heads the Division of Training and Extension of the Institute.
His field of specialization has been parasitology and environmental microbiology with special emphasis on environmental microbes. He has published more than 40 research papers His present research is focused on population and molecular analyses of environmental isolates of Vibrio cholerae and Escherichia coli, to gain insights into the interplay between environmental and human disease reservoirs, and genetic factors that make certain lineages of this organism highly virulent to humans.She is actively involved in research, training and teaching of the microbiological aspect of enteric diseases including diarrhea, enteric fever, water bacteriology. She has interests in exploring antimicrobial resistance of enteric pathogens, mechanism of drug resistance and antibacterial activity of bioactive molecules derived from herbal products. She has worked as principal investigator in a number of intramural and extramural funded projects. She supported the microbiology component of the studies pertaining to other divisions like epidemiology and clinical as a co-investigator and responsible for timely feedback of results to the concerned divisions. She took part in the vaccine trial of Typhoid vaccine (Vi polysaccharide vaccine), disease burden study of typhoid, randomized control clinical trials on usefulness of probiotics in acute diarrhea, role of vit A, micronutrients in acute watery diarrhoea. She acted as an expert in the UNICEF funded project on "Drinking water quality monitoring by H2S KIT" and participated as the nodal person in the multi-centric study on evaluation and operational research of the kit. On ICMR request, she was also involved in the evaluation of solar disinfection method of drinking water in rural household (SODIS).
His professional affiliations include Life member & fellowship of Indian Society of Malaria and other Communicable Diseases, Delhi, Life member of Indian Science Congress, Kolkata, Indian Society for Parasitology, Lucknow and Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Dehradun respectively and he is a member of Society of Biological Chemists, India, Calcutta Chapter.
Dr. Palit had been a JICA trainee and guest researcher on Molecular Microbiology at International Medical Centre of Japan, Tokyo, Japan under JICA-NICED C/P training programme (Feb-April'2007) on Molecular Microbiology of diarrhoeal enteric pathogen, has been trained on "Remote sensing and GIS" at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (ISRO), Dehradun in 1997 and at RRSSC (ISRO), Kharagpur, W.B. in 1999. He has underwent training in Molecular epidemiology of Leishmaniasis at CJIL, Agra in 2000 and on Confocal Microscopy at IOP, New Delhi in 2001.
He has been a Question paper setter for Post Graduate examination of Pondicherry University, Pondicherry and is a reviewer of Indian Journal of Medical Research. He has been awarded "Fellowship" in Indian Society for Malaria and other communicable Diseases (F.I.S.C.D.).
Awarded C/P training Molecular Microbiology at International Medical Centre of Japan, Tokyo, Japan under JICA-NICED C/P training programme (Feb-April'2007) on Molecular Microbiology of diarrhoeal enteric pathogens.
Trained in "Remote sensing and GIS" at IIRS (ISRO), Dehradun, 1997 and RRSSC (ISRO), Kharagpur, W.B.,1999.
Trained in Molecular epidemiology of Leishmaniasis at CJIL, Agra, 2000.
Nominated Member, Drinking Water sectional Committee, FAD25, Ministry of Consumer affairs, Food and Public distribution, GOI.
Consultant, WHO assisted project "Impact of Climate Change on Diarrhoeal Diseases in India - Phase I Study
Field of specialization has been parasitology and environmental microbiology with special emphasis on environmental microbes. He has published more than 40 research papers His present research is focused on population and molecular analyses of environmental isolates of Vibrio cholera and Escherichia coli to gain insights into the interplay between environmental and human disease reservoirs, and genetic factors that make certain lineages of this organism highly virulent to humans.