Prof. Arindam Mitra

Present Position: Professor

Department of Biological Sciences, School of Life Science and Biotechnology



  • Ph.D, Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • M.Tech. in Biotechnology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
  • B.Pharm, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Research Key Areas:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Vaccine Development
  • Biofilms
  • Quorum Sensing
  • Antimicrobial Resistance

Research Highlights:

  • Identified virulence attributes of a two-component regulatory system in Escherichia coli. His work identified the role of a transcriptional regulator, uvrY in mediating adhesion in avian and uropathogenic Escherichia coli.
  • Developed a poultry model to test live attenuated Salmonella vaccines and identified several vaccine candidates against fowl typhoid, a poultry disease.
  • Dr Mitra’s current research interests are biofilms, bacterial pathogenesis and vaccine development.


  • Professor, Department of Microbiology, School of Life Science and Biotechnology, Adamas University, India, 2020 – Present
  • Associate Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, School of Life Science and Biotechnology, Adamas University, India, 2018-2020
  • Assistant Professor (Sr. Grade) & Head, Department of Microbiology, Adamas University, India, 2015-2017
  • Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, SASTRA University 2012-14
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for Vaccinology, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, 2008-12
  • Graduate Research Assistant, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, MD, USA, 2003-2008
  • Lecturer, Biotechnology, Burdwan Institute of Management and Computer Science, Burdwan, 2002-2003

Research Publication (s):

  • Number of research papers published in International refereed journals: 15
  • Number of invited book chapters: 7
  • Number of edited books: 1
  • Number of book reviews: 6

For details:

Publications (Edited book)

  1. Mitra A (2020). Microbial Biofilms: Current Research and Practical Implications. Caister Academic Press, UK. ISBN: 978-1-912530-32-8 DOI:

Publications (Book chapters)

  1. Mitra A (2022). Stem cell clinical trials and stem cell market in Stem Cell Production: Processes, Practices and Regulations. Springer ISBN-13: 978-9811675881 DOI: 10.1007/978-981-16-7589-8_11 Link:
  2. Mitra A (2021). Reverse Vaccinology Approaches for Rapid Vaccine Design against Emerging Infectious Diseases in Frontiers in anti-infective agents, Volume 6, pp 1-18, Bentham Science. ISBN: 978-981-4998-43-7 DOI: 10.2174/9789814998420121060003
  3. Kavanagh R., Mitra A. and Basu P. (2021). Biofilms in Healthcare in Practical Handbook of Microbiology, 4th Ed, NY, CRC Press. ISBN 9781003099277 pp. 873-77 DOI:
  4. Mitra A and Mitra A*. (2020) Applications of biofilms in generation of electricity, wastewater treatment and bioremediation” in Microbial Biofilms: Current Research and Practical Implications, pp – 217-36, Caister Academic Press, UK Link:
  5. Mitra A, N Chakraborti and S Mukhopadhyay. (2008) Escherichia coli stress response as a tool for detection of toxicity in Toxicogenomics: A powerful tool for toxicity assessment, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. pp. 199-210. Link:


Publications (Peer-reviewed articles)

  1. Mitra A* and Mukhopadhyay S (2022). Regulation of biofilm formation by non-coding RNA in prokaryotes. Current Research in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, 2022:100151 doi:
  2. Yaovi BA, Sessou P, Tonouhewa A, Hounmanou G, Thomson D, Pelle R, Farougou S and Mitra A (2022). Prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among dogs in Africa: a meta-analysis review Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 89(1)doi:
  3. Basu P*, Choudhury S, Shridhar V, Huilgol P, Roychoudhury S, Nandi I, Chaudhuri A and Mitra A* (2022). Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in open water sewage canals contaminated with untreated wastewater in resource-constrained regions (*corresponding author) Access Microbiol 4: 000318 doi: 10.1099/acmi.0.000318 Link:
  4. Banerjee G, Shokeen K, Chakraborty N, Agarwal S, Mitra A*, Kumar S* and Banerjee P* (2021) Modulation of Immune Response in Ebola Virus Disease. (* corresponding author) Curr Opin Pharmacol. 60:158-167. doi: 10.1016/j.coph.2021.07.004. Link:
  5. Dahiya R, Dahiya S, Kumar P, Kumar RV, Dahiya S, Kumar S, Saharan R, Basu P, Mitra A, Sharma A, Kashaw SK and Patel JK (2021) Structural and biological aspects of natural bridged macrobicyclic peptides from marine resources. Archiv der Pharmazie:e2100034. doi:10.1002/ardp.202100034 Link:
  6. Pillai AB, Nagarajan U, Mitra A, Krishnan U, Rajendran S, Hoti SL and Mishra RK. (2017) RNA interference in mosquito: understanding immune responses, dsRNA delivery systems and potential applications in vector control. Insect Molecular Biology 26(2): p 127-139 (Royal Society of Entomology publication) Link:
  7. Mitra A, Herren CD, Patel IR, Coleman A and Mukhopadhyay S. (2016) Integration of AI-2 based cell-cell signaling with metabolic cues in Escherichia coli. PLOS ONE 11(6): e0157532. Link:
  8. Mitra A* and Mukhopadhyay S. (2016) Biofilm mediated decontamination of pollutants from the environment. AIMS Bioengineering 3(1): 44-59 Link:
  9. Mitra A, Łaniewski P, Curtiss III R and Roland KL. (2015) A live oral fowl typhoid vaccine with reversible O-antigen production. Avian Diseases 59(1): p. 52-56. Link:
  10. Łaniewski P, Mitra A, Karaca K, Khan A, Curtiss III R and Roland KL. (2014) Evaluation of protective efficacy of live attenuated S. Gallinarum vaccine strains against fowl typhoid in chickens. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 21: p. 1267-1276. Link:
  11. Mitra A, Palaniyandi S, Herren CD, Zhu X and Mukhopadhyay S. (2013) Pleiotropic roles of uvrY on biofilm formation, motility and virulence in uropathogenic Escherichia coli CFT073.PLOS ONE 8(2): e55492. Link:
  12. Palaniyandi S, Mitra A, Herren CD, Zhu X and Mukhopadhyay S. (2013) LuxS contributes to virulence in avian pathogenic Escherichia coli O78:K80:H9. Veterinary Microbiology 166 (3): p. 567–575 Link:
  13. Mitra A, Loh A, Gonzales A, Laniweski P, Willingham C, Curtiss III R and Roland KL. (2013) Safety and protective efficacy of live attenuated Salmonella Gallinarum mutants in Rhode Island Red chickens. Vaccine 31(7): p. 1094- 1099. Link:
  14. Luo Y, Kong Q, Yang J, Mitra A, Golden G, Wanda SY, Roland KL, Jensen RV, Ernst PB and Curtiss III R. (2012) Comparative genomic analysis of the high pathogenicity Salmonella Typhimurium strain UK-1. PLOS ONE 7(7): e40645. Link:
  15. Palaniyandi S, Mitra A, Herren CD, Lockatell CV, Johnson DE, Zhu X and Mukhopadhyay S. (2012) BarA-UvrY two-component system regulates virulence of Uropathogenic E. coli CFT073. PLOS ONE 7(2): e31348. Link:
  16. Santander J, Mitra A and Curtiss III R. (2011) Phenotype, virulence and immunogenicity of Edwardsiella ictaluri cyclic adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate receptor protein (Crp) mutants in catfish host. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 31(6): p. 1142-1153. Link:
  17. Herren CD*, Mitra A*, Palaniyandi S*, A Coleman, S Elankumaran and Mukhopadhyay S. (2006) The BarA-UvrY two-component system regulates virulence in Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli O78:K80:H9. Infection and Immunity 74(8): p. 4900-4909. (* equal author contributions) Link:

Book Reviews

  1. Mitra A, review of book Legionellosis Diagnosis and Control in the Genomic Era by Jacob Moran-Gilad and Rachel E. Gibbs, Caister Academic Press (2020) in Microbiology Today, October 2021 Link:
  2. Mitra A, review of book Leeuwenhoek’s Legatees and Beijerinck’s Beneficiaries: A History of Medical Virology in The Netherlands by Gerard van Doornum, Ton van Helvoort and Neeraja Sankaran, Amsterdam University Press (2020) in Microbiology Today, May 2021 Link:
  3. Mitra A, review of book Cyanobacteria: Signaling and Regulation Systems, written by Dmitry A. Los, Caister Academic Press, (2018) in Microbiology Today, May 2020 Link:
  4. Mitra A, review of book Climate Change and Microbial Ecology: Current Research and Future Trends, edited by Jürgen Marxsen, Caister Academic Press (2016) in Microbiology Today, February 2019 Link:
  5. Mitra A, review of book Vaccines and Autoimmunity edited by Y. Shoenfeld, N. Agmon-Levin & L. Tomlijenovic, Wiley-Blackwell (2015) in Microbiology Today, November 2018 Link:
  6. Mitra A, review of book Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, water quality and wastewater management edited by AM Romani, H Guasch & D. Balaguer, Caister Academic Press (2016) in Microbiology Today, November 2017 Link:

Research Projects:

  1. Awarded TRR Grant from SASTRA University Tamil Nadu, India in 2014. (Rs. 1 lakh)
  2. Received Research and Modernization Grant from SASTRA University, Tamil Nadu, India in 2013. (Rs. 10 lakhs)
  3. Awarded Microbiology Society Supported Conference grant for conference on “Biofilms in nature, industry and environment: Impact and Implications” at Adamas University on January 14, 2020
  4. Quality Assurance member, Erasmus plus RISHI (Resources for Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions in India) grant in collaboration with Deusto University, Spain

Research Patents:

  1. Live Salmonella vaccine and methods to prevent fowl typhoid: Roland K, R Curtiss III, P Laniweski and A Mitra. US patent application number 61/987,820 (filed May 2017)

Research Advisor / Supervisor:

  • Doctoral Thesis Advisor / Supervisor : 1 (Under progress)
  • Post Graduate Thesis Advisor : 12 (Awarded)

Award/ Academic Recognition/ Major Professional Activity:

  • Reviewer for research proposal under UGC research schemes in the year 2022-23, including Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dr.S. Kothari Research Grant for Newly Recruited Faculty Members, and Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty Members
  • Editor, Microbiology Today (flagship magazine of Microbiology Society, UK) Editorial board link: (2022 – Present)
  • Academic Editor, Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, Hindawi (2022 – Present) Link:
  • Academic Editor, PLOS One (2022 – Present)
  • Editor, PeerJ Life and Environment (2022- Present)               Link:
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Microbiology (2022 – Present)
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  • Guest Editor for a Research Topic “Gene expression in clinical biofilms” with Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (JIF>5) in collaboration with researchers from the University of Hull, UK and University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Research Topic
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  • Editor, Access Microbiology (2019 – 22)
  • Reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed scientific research journals such as Food Research International, Access Microbiology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Scientific Data, Frontiers in Immunology, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Veterinary Research, Vaccine, Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology, Recent Patents on Biotechnology, etc.
  • Grant Reviewer for Microbiology Society’s Harry Smith Vacation Studentship, 2019
  • Convenor, Bionext 2022, an international hybrid conference organized by the School of Life Science and Biotechnology, September 21-23, 2022
  • Organizer, Agar Art Contest, supported by Microbiology Society, UK on September 19, 2022
  • Speaker, Champions Day at Microbiology Society, UK on July 20, 2022
  • Convener, “Champions Talk” in association with Microbiology Society, UK. (A series of periodic talks by Microbiology Society Champions) organized by Adamas University over Zoom. Funded by Microbiology Society, UK (Talks were held on September 17, 2021, October 30, 2021, November 20, 2021, January 07, 2022, February 25, 2022, and March 23, 2022.)
  • Chair, Technical Session V – Public health and Medicine in the “International e-conference on environment and health: Frontiers ahead” organized by Adamas University on February 25-25, 2022
  • Speaker on The role of philanthropy in developing biotechnology sector in India.” A talk was presented at the National Seminar “Vigyan se Vikas: Showcasing potential journey and impact of biotechnology on Society” at the Adamas University in collaboration with the Biotechnology Industry Research Assisted Council (BIRAC) on February 27, 2022.
  • Speaker onStorytelling on Successful Entrepreneurship”. A talk presented in the DST funded Faculty Development Program on Entrepreneurship Development at Adamas University on February 11, 2021
  • Scientific Committee member and chairman of best paper evaluation committee of Bionext, 2021, an international e-conference on “Frontiers in Human Biology” organized by the School of Life Science and Biotechnology, April 22-24, 2021
  • Awarded financial assistance via a grant jointly funded by the EMBL Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO to attend EMBO I EMBL Virtual Symposium “New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology” held during July 6-8, 2021
  • Awarded financial aid to attend Keystone Symposia’s eSymposia on “Harnessing the Microbiome for Disease Prevention and Therapy” held during January 18-20, 2021
  • Received Stem Ed fellowship from Stem Ed Innovators in 2021
  • Convenor of “Champions talk”, a talk with Microbiology Society Champions with support from Microbiology Society, UK on International Microorganism Day on September 17, 2021
  • Actively took part in the 2021 Annual Conference of the Microbiology Society, UK
  • Actively collaborated for creating assessments in the BioMolViz workshop organised by the University of Texas at Austin, USA on June 15, 17 and 22 , 2021
  • Completed the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) certification series 2021 from Clarivate.
  • Actively took part in several HHMI workshops: Best Practices in Writing Selected-Response Assessment Items on August 06 and 20, 2021; The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology on July 17, 2021; Crack Open the CRISPR-Cas9 Molecular Toolbox with HHMI BioInteractive Resources on August 04, 2021; Student-Driven Inquiry: Using Science Practices to Explore Selection in Finches on August 28, 2021; Using BioInteractive Resources To Explore The World of Viruses on August 03, 2021; Using HHMI Biointeractiv’s Data Explorer to Examine Impacts of Poaching on Elephants Populations on June 21, 2021
  • Book Editor, Microbial Biofilms: Current Research and Practical Implications, Caister Academic Press, February 2020
  • Invited to attend the first editorial board meeting of Access Microbiology in London on November 22, 2019
  • Invited to attend the annual Microbiology Society Conference in Scotland, 2020
  • Grant Reviewer for Microbiology Society’s Harry Smith Vacation Studentship, 2019
  • Reviewer for Microbiology Society journals including Access Microbiology, Microbiology and Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • Organized National Seminar on “Interface of Microbiology and Medicine” at Adamas University with funding from Microbiology Society, UK on July 23, 2019
  • Organized Workshop on “Impact of microbes on environment and society” at Adamas University, April 13, 2018 with funding from Microbiology Society, UK.
  • Organizing Committee member of “Industry Academia meet on Waste Management” at Adamas University on February 4-5, 2020
  • Panellist of session “Waste Management and Sustainable Development” in “Industry Academia meet on Waste Management” at Adamas University on February 5, 2020
  • Organizing member and proceedings editor in international conference on Biotechnology: A paradigm shift in health and agriculture held at Adamas University on April 09, 2018
  • Organizing Committee Member, Vaccines 2018 held in Dubai, June 2018
  • Selected as Outstanding Editor for “Food Research International”, a journal of Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (Elsevier). November 2017
  • Member, University student grievance committee at Adamas University
  • Member and Coordinator, School of Life Science and Biotechnology in the International Relations Department at Adamas University
  • Member, Scrutiny committee, Department of Microbiology, School of Life Science and Biotechnology at Adamas University
  • Member, Academic Council, Adamas University
  • Member, Department Council, Adamas University
  • Member, Institutional Biosafety committee, Adamas University
  • Member, Rate Contract Committee, Adamas University
  • Indo Global Education Excellence Award recipient, awarded by the International Benevolent Research Foundation in 2017
  • Funding received from Microbiology Society, UK (proposal based) to conduct Workshop “Influence of Microbiology on Human Health” at Adamas University in April of 2017.
  • Mentor, STEM Scholar Program, The New York Academy of Sciences, USA October 2017
  • Featured in the Membership Q and A section of Microbiology Today, UK, August 2017
  • Reviewer of several international journals including Vaccine, Veterinary Research, Food Research International and Recent Patents on Biotechnology in 2017
  • Distinguished Faculty Award recipient, awarded at Venus International Faculty Awards in 2016.
  • Academic Award for Vaccine Development, India awarded at International Life Sciences Awards in 2016
  • Academic Coordinator from 2015-2016.
  • American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellowship recipient in 2015.
  • Spearheaded the development of bioscience laboratories at Adamas University.
  • Chief Editor, Adamas University Times, a quarterly magazine of Adamas University
  • Member, Career Development Cell, Adamas University