ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases

आई सी एम आर - राष्ट्रीय कॉलरा और आंत्र रोग संस्थान

Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान विभाग, स्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार
WHO Collaborating Centre For Research and Training On Diarrhoeal Diseases

NICED : Scientists

Dr. Agniva Majumdar

Dr. Agniva Majumdar

Graduated from Medical College, Kolkata, under the West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS), in March 2011. Completed post-graduation (MD Microbiology) from Department of Microbiology, M.K.C.G. Medical College, Berhampur, under Berhampur University, Odisha, in July 2017. Specialization in Medical Microbiology with experience in all its fields - bacteriology, virology, serology, mycology, and parasitology along with their recent advances. Three years of undergraduate teaching experience during post-graduation (Jul 2014 - Jul 2017). Two years and eight months of research experience at Regional Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL), ICMR-NICED, under the DHR/ICMR scheme entitled "Establishment of a Network of Laboratories for Managing Epidemics and Natural Calamities" as Research Scientist - I (Medical) (Aug 2017 - Sep 2018) and Research Scientist - II (Medical) (Sep 2018 - Apr 2020) before joining ICMR-NICED as Scientist - C.

General Information
Name Dr. Agniva Majumdar
Designation Scientist C (Medical)
Date of joining ICMR 20 April 2020
Date of joining present post 20 April 2020
Discipline Clinical Microbiology
Division Regional Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL)
Email : agniva05@outlook.com, agniva.m@icmr.gov.in
Academic Qualification:  
Graduation MBBS, The West Bengal University of Health Sciences, 2011
Post Graduation MD Microbiology, Berhampur University, 2017


Professional Experience

Key person of the Regional Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) with responsibility for management and supervision of its daily activities. Starting with diagnosis of only four viruses at the time of joining, the laboratory currently boasts of serological and molecular diagnostic capability of thirty viruses, their subtypes and other agents of public health importance. Responsible for the laboratory to receive NABL accreditation on June 2018. Involved in surveillance on Zika, Dengue, Influenza, Scrub Typhus and Leptospirosis. Organised and acted as the resource person for different training workshops during this period. Acted as the nodal person in preparing the bacteriology division achieve WHO pre-qualification of diagnostics for testing of Vibrio cholerae antigens in June 2019. Has been in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning coordinating its diagnostics, training, quality control, kit validation, biorepository, and multicentre collaborative research activities.

Research Interests

Research interest revolves round the concept of One Health and looking into the interplay of its various components - focussing primarily on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and other health threats. Aspires to finding solutions to common health problems through translational research.

Fellowship or Award Received

  1. First Prize in Scientific Paper titled : 'A Study on Microbial Profile of Lower Respiratory Tract Infections in HIV Seropositive Cases' at 10th Annual Conference, Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (Odisha Chapter), conducted by AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar (2016)
  2. Pan Memorial Award for Anatomy Dissection, Medical College, Kolkata (2006)
  3. Basak Memorial Award for Anatomy Dissection, Medical College, Kolkata (2006)
  4. National Talent Search Examination Scholar, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi (2003)


  1. Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) - Life Member


  1. Serological Assessment for COVID-19 among Healthcare workers and Vaccine Preparedness (SACH-VP) - JHU
  2. An event-driven, phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study to evaluate the efficacy, safety, immunogenicity and lot-to-lot consistency of BBV152, a whole-virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in adults ≥ 18 years of age - BBIL/ICMR
  3. Establishment of a network of ICMR-COVID-19 biorepositories in India - ICMR
  4. Impact of improved diagnostic tools, practices, training and communication on acute fever case management and antibiotic prescriptions for children and adolescents presenting at outpatient facilities in the Community Clinics of ICMR-NICED, India - FIND
  5. Congenital Rubella Syndrome Surveillance in India - UNDP
  6. Establishment of a Network of Laboratories for Managing Epidemics and Natural Calamities (VRDL) - DHR/ICMR



  1. Mitra S, Nayak MK, Majumdar A, Sinha A, Chatterjee S, Deb A, Chawla-Sarkar M, Dutta S. Development and evaluation of a multiplex conventional reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay for detection of common viral pathogens causing acute gastroenteritis. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2020 Aug;97(4):115061. PMID: 32585545
  2. Maitra A, Sarkar MC, Raheja H, Biswas NK, Chakraborti S, Singh AK, Ghosh S, Sarkar S, Patra S, Mondal RK, Ghosh T, Chatterjee A, Banu H, Majumdar A, Chinnaswamy S, Srinivasan N, Dutta S, Das S. Mutations in SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA identified in Eastern India: Possible implications for the ongoing outbreak in India and impact on viral structure and host susceptibility. J Biosci. 2020;45(1):76. PMID: 32515358
  3. Saha P, Biswas M, Gupta R, Majumdar A, Mitra S, Banerjee A, Mukherjee A, Dutta S, Chawla-Sarkar M. Molecular characterization of Influenza A pandemic H1N1 viruses circulating in eastern India during 2017-19: Antigenic diversity in comparison to the vaccine strains. Infect Genet Evol. 2020 Jul;81:104270. PMID: 32142936.


  1. Tripathy S, Panda P, Rath S, Majumdar A. HIV Infection and AIDS: Basic Understandings. AIDS: Where the Pendulum Swings; June 2016, 5-15.