Dr. Shanta Dutta MD, Ph.D., Scientist G, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, is a clinical microbiologist and a medical research scientist. After graduated in Medicine from Calcutta National Medical College under the University of Calcutta in 1986, she completed postgraduation in Medical Microbiology from the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Mangalore University in 1992. She has joined NICED, a constituent Institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Enteric Diseases, in August 1994 and presently holding the post of Scientist F (Sr. Gr. Deputy Director) in the Division of Bacteriology.She was awarded with RONPAKU fellowship of JSPS (Japanese Society for Promotion of Science) during 2001-2005 by Dept. of Science and Technology, M/O Science and Technology, Govt. of India (Indian counterpart) and was conferred with Ph.D. Degree from Kyushu University, Japan in 2006 under this program. During this fellowship she gained experience of working on virulence, antimicrobial resistance and molecular epidemiology of enteric bacterial pathogens in the Department of Bacteriology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. She was selected to participate in the Advanced WHO course on "Immunology, Vaccinology, Biotechnology and Biosafety applied to Infectious Diseases", held in Lausanne, Switzerland during Sept. - Oct., 1996. She has participated in the International course of laboratory diagnosis of Diarrhoeal Diseases, at ICDDR,B Dacca, Bangladesh during August 2002.She has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) (MAMS) in the year 2013 In recognition of significant contribution for the advancement of medical Sciences.
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).
She has published a number (>65) of original research articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals in the area of Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of enteric pathogens, water bacteriology including book chapters. She attended various national and international conferences and presented papers on her research studies. She served as an invited reviewer of a number of national and international reputed journals like Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Diagnostic Microbiology Infectious Diseases, Journal of Medical Microbiology, PloS One, BMC infectious Diseases, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, WHO Guidelines. She has been invited to become editorial international board member of various publishing agencies.
Basically she is a medical microbiologist and a research scientist with research experience on bacterial enteric pathogens for fourteen years. After graduation from Calcutta National Medical College, under the University of calcutta in 1986, she did her M.D. in Medical Microbiology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal under Mangalore University in 1992. After post-graduation she joined W.B.H.S. in the capacity of Medical Officer and served Primary Health Centers in West Bengal from 1991 to 1994. She has served another Govt. organization, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, as a microbiologist during 1994 and imparted teaching and training to postgraduate students of various diploma and degree courses. She has been working at NICED since August 1994 till date and joined the present post in 2009 as scientist (Scientist F).At NICED she is involved in research work, teaching and training of graduate and post-graduate students, research fellows, guiding for Ph.D. She also acts as examiner for Ph.D. students in different national universities.
She was awarded with RONPAKU Fellowship (for Ph.D. dissertation) of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2001 and enjoyed the fellowship from 2001-2005. During this fellowship she visited Japan once in every year from 2001 to 2005 to accomplish the dissertation work of Ph.D. degree. She was awarded with Ph.D. degree in Medical Science form Kyushu University, Japan in March 2006. She has been selected to participate in the advanced WHO course on "Immunology, Vaccinology, Biotechnology and Biosafety applied to infectious diseases" held in Laussane, Geneva, Switzerland and in Annecy, France during Sept and Oct in 1996. She has participated in the International course on "The laboratory diagnosis of common diarrhoeal disease agents" held at ICDDR, B Dakha Bangladesh from 12-19 August 2001.
She was one of the Expert Committee members for evaluation of "H2S strip test kit" for drinking water analysis jointly sponsored by UNICEF and Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM) Govt. of India and selected as the nodal person for carrying out Unicef funded multicentric project entitled "Studies to improve the H2S strip test for drinking water analysis". She has successfully completed the project (phase I and II) during 1999-2001. On request from ICMR, New Delhi, she has also participated in the evaluationof the SODIS method of dis-infection of drinking water and she completed the study successfully. As part of public health services, she was involved in testing microbiological quality of drinking water collected from various water sources (tap, tubewell, pond) in diarrhoeal disease outbreak situation. She became one of the team members of NICED outbreak investigation team and participated in a number of outbreak investigations of diarrhoeal diseases and avian flu. She acted as PI and co-investigator in a number of service related projects funded by both National and International funding agency.
She has acted as a reviewer for a number of reputed national and international journals like Indian J Medical Research, J Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, J Medical Microbiology, J Health Population and Nutrition, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Journal of Medical Microbiology, PloS One, BMC infectious Diseases, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, WHO Guidelines and and web based journals like Scientific Research and Essays (SRE), J of Infections of Developing Countries (JIDC). She has been invited to become editorial international board member of various publishing agencies. She has attended a number of national and international conferences and presented papers, participated in workshops and training programmes as a faculty and trainee. She has published research articles in reputed national and international journals.
Her field of research interest includes microbiological and epidemiological aspects of diarrhoeal diseases and enteric bacterial pathogens, their genetic characterization, virulence, antibiotic resistance and subtyping by various phenotypic and molecular methods. She has interests indevelopment of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and has performed studies on evaluation of various molecular diagnostics and immunodiagnostics for shigellosis and enteric fever. She is interested in exploring mechanism of antimicrobial resistance in various multidrug resistant enteric bacterial pathogens. She is also involved in determination of antibacterial (especially antityphoid and antidiarrheal) activity of various herbal products and other biological substances against diarrheal pathogens.