Dr Sudipta Das Bhowmik

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Chief Investigator

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (Plant Biotechnology) (North Eastern Hill University (NEHU))

Dr. Sudipta Das Bhowmik is a committed mid-career Research Fellow and holds a Ph.D. (Plant Biotechnology) from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong India  (2009). Dr. Sudipta has 11 years of research experience in the genetic modification of legume pulses and the conservation of rare and endangered species. He is also a recipient of the Advance Queensland Research Fellowship 2017 and is currently the investigator of several other Industry projects at QUT. Previously Dr. Sudipta worked on the Department of Biotechnology, India-funded project "High-throughput genetic transformation system in Seabuckthorn for functional genomic studies” at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India during 2010 - 2012.

He has improvised the genetic transformation system in several pulses including chickpea, mung bean, grass pea, and cowpea. He is skilled in cutting-edge technology such as plant genetic modification, genome editing, plant tissue culture, cryopreservation, molecular techniques and published many high-impact research articles. During the tropical pulses of the Queensland Project, Dr. Sudipta has developed climate-smart GM chickpea varieties for drought and salinity tolerance which under field trial performed exceptionally well compared to non-GM varieties. Dr. Sudipta networked with elite research teams from the Indian Institute of Technology, CSIRO Australia, Elo Life Systems Australia, John Innes Centre UK, and provided research expertise and guidance in conducting complicated research. Dr. Sudipta is also experienced in giving guest lectures to undergrad students at QUT. He has completed the supervision of two  Ph.D. students and one  Master's student at QUT and currently supervising  few more students

Projects (Chief investigator)

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RESEARCH GRANTS

  • Project Code 81461081, Project title: Climate-Smart Chickpea Varieties, Total Project Value: $900,000, Project fund: Elo Life Systems Australia, 20/08/2020 – 01/01/2023
  • Project code 78644488, Project title: Tropical Pulses for Queensland-SDB, Total Project Value: $750,000, Project fund: Advance Queensland - Mid Career Fellowship, 01/08/2017 – 31/07/2021

Positions

  • Advance Queensland Research Fellow 2017, Centre for  Agriculture and Bioeconomy, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • DBT Post-Doctoral Research Associate II 2010 “High-throughput genetic transformation system in Seabuckthorn for functional genomic studies”. (2nd August 2010 – 30th June 2012)
  • Research Associate I in DBT project entitled “Molecular cloning and functional characterization of heavy metal stress-specific phytochelatin synthase gene from Eichhornia crassipes” at Department of  Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati (2nd March 2010- July 2010)
  • 2009 –  2010
  • Research Associate in Department of  Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of  India project “Establishment of DBT’s Rural Bioresource Center in North East India”, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany (CAS), NEHU, Shillong, India (Nov 
  • Research Associate (Trainee) in TERI, Guwahati
  • 2003 – 2005
  • Junior Research Fellow in Department of  Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of  India project “Species recovery programme for Nepenthes khasiana, Mantisia spathulata, Nymphaea tetragona” in Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany (CAS), NEHU, Shillong, India
  • Co-Supervising Ph.D student of CTCB, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (ongoing)