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Arindam Naha, Ph.D

Arindam Naha, Ph.D

Biography

Arindam completed his Ph.D. from the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (ICMR-NICED) in 2017. Post his Ph.D., he joined Indian Institute of Science as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Arindam joined the Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UTHealth in February 2022 as a Research associate and worked on the genetics of bacterial coaggregation. Based on his long-lasting interest in bacterial cell biology, Arindam subsequently moved to Prof. William Margolin’s lab to work on bacterial cell division proteins. Apart from research, Arindam is a sports enthusiast. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/arindam-naha-6aa62337)

Education

Previous Postdoc Positions: Indian Institute of Science, Dept. of Microbiology & Cell Biology (2018-2020); Dept. of Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (July 2021-November 2021)

PhD, University of Calcutta, 2018

MSc, Microbiology, Bangalore University, 2004

Advisor

William Margolin, PhD

Research Description

Bacterial antibiotic resistance is now a widespread threat to human health. Consequently, new antibiotic targets are needed. One very promising target is the bacterial divisome, a largely conserved protein complex required for bacterial cells to divide. The divisome's keystone is FtsZ, a homolog of eukaryotic tubulin that assembles into dynamic GTP­ dependent polymers to form a "Z ring" at the site of cell division. We seek to understand small bacteriophage-encoded peptides inhibit E. coli cell division by targeting both FtsZ and other cell division associated proteins.

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