Anwesha, Das

Anwesha has studied B.Sc. in Genetics, Microbiology and Chemistry at Garden City College, Bangalore University in India. During B.Sc. apart from regular studies, she was involved in many short research projects and also participated in many national conferences in India, where she presented several papers and posters related to the research project. The poster titled “Study of antimicrobial action of medicinal plants over pathogenic bacterial flora of upper respiratory tract of Humana Beings” won 1st prize in a conference arranged by Association of Microbiologist of India. On final year of B.Sc., she got chance work and did short cancer research on Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma (EAC) tumour cell gangliosides, at “Chittaranjan National Cancer Centre (CNCI), Kolkata India. After completing B.Sc., she joined Newcastle University where she learnt molecular biology techniques – cloning, RAPD genotyping, 2D Proteomics, Restriction enzyme digestion and ligation. She then completed her M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the same institution, i.e. Garden City College, Bangalore University. Her research work on “different variety of rice water effect upon diarrhoea and dandruff-causing microbes” won first prize in a conference held by Indian Holistic Medicine Academy and also published in Journal of Phytology. On the final year, she received a CREAM Award from Garden City College for academic and research achievement.

After her M.Sc. she worked for Bill Gates foundation in India, to motivate village and girls’ education. After one year of service, she relocated to the UK to obtain Master of Research (MRes) in Molecular Cell Biology and researched DEF6 gene and DEF6 mutants. The techniques she widely used Cell culture, Western Blotting, Cloning, PCR and Microbiological techniques. As soon as she finished MRes, she got an opportunity to work for Ayurvedic Holistic Centre, which is herbal medicinal product developer in Birmingham. She joined as a product consultant and developer and worked closely with Eczema and Allergy R&D Team.

The PhD in chemistry she started at DeMontfort University, where she learnt about Nuclear Magnetic resonance (NMR) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR). She also contributed a chapter in the book titled “Computational Techniques in Analytical Chemistry and Bioanalysis”.

She currently transferred her PhD to Nottingham Trent University in the group of Professor Philippe B. Wilson. Her objective is to Development of novel techniques for the assessment of gut health in poultry.