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Nivedita Lahiri

Scientist with a passion for life-saving research, writing and teaching

Work experience

Jan 2014Present

Adjunct Lecturer

Dept. of Biology

Responsible for General Biology core courses teaching for freshmen and sophomores at the ungergraduate level, I mentor groups of students on their independent projects.

I am in the process of developing a new curriculum on " Introduction to potential Immuno-Prognosis and Immunotherapeutics against incurable diseases of the modern era". This course deals with  detailed information and current active laboratory/industrial research and clinical trials going on against HIV, Cancers, Drug resistant tuberculosis and Ebola virus.

Jun 2013Present

Technical Editor

Vedic Research International Inc.

Reviewing, editing and proof reading manuscripts from research laboratories around the world. 

Active contributor of reviews and book chapters based on current health problems.


Jan 2009Mar 2012

Post doctoral fellow (medicine)

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Project development from scratch:

System: HPLC ESI QTOF Agilent 6520 series

Without any background study or evidence, our team of researchers successfully demonstrated the biochemical remodeling of the cell wall of rifampin resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and global lipidomic changes by unbiased software mediated analysis;

TB Biomarker research from patients' body fluids:

Actively worked on identifying TB specific biomarkers from urine and plasma of TB patients. Lipid extraction from urine and plasma and running LC-MS, finally going through the known lipid database.

Proficiency in Bio-analytical software: Mass Hunter (Agilent B.03), XCMS by R, Mass Profiler Professional (Agilent), Genepattern.

A manuscript submitted.

Feb 2002Dec 2002


Dept. of Physiology

I served as a lecturer in the dept. of Physiology and Microbiology of bachelor's courses in St. Paul's Cathedral Mission college. Conducted lectures in PHYSIOLOGY and MICROBIOLOGY  and practical classes. 

I received a great repute within the students and applaud from the HOD, who offered me a full-time position from the next year.

However, I left the job in Dec 2002, after I qualified NET and got the opportunity to pursue my PhD program.



Presidency College

Minors: Chemistry, Zoology


University College of Science and Technology

Specialization: Immunology and Microbiology

Apr 2008


Bose Institute

Role of cytokines and chemokines in Mycobacterial Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) treated murine
* The role of Arabinosylated LAM isolated from non-pathogenic mycobacteria in the
restoration of the impaired cell mediated immune response in a murine model of
* Ara-LAM mediated protection against mycobacterial pathogenesis: Involvement of TLR-2 signaling.
* role of chemokines on the impaired PKC signaling and cytokine balance in Visceral Leishmaniasis.
* Altered cell signaling and the role of atypical PKC and ceramide in Leishmaniasis.


A patent on the original immunotheraeutic work on the protective role of Ara-LAM in TB and VL (2010)

Sir Nilratan Sircar award (2007) for significance of doctoral thesis project and publications

Junior and senior research fellowships from CSIR, Govt. of India (the top funding institutions for research in India).


A little, humble showcase of my earned honors, certificates, publications, and patent..


Scientific writing
Currently working for VRI Press, a publishing company. Active contributor of articles per year.
Enzymatic assays (Serine threonine and tyrosine kinase assays, endogenous phosphorylation, phosphatases, caspase activity, Protein kinase C, NADPH oxidase), Protein quantitation: UV-Vis spectroscopy and colorimetric assays
Special software
Adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, Graph Pad prism, SAS 9.2, Blackboard
General software
MS Office (word, excel, powerpoint, outlook)
Infectious diseases
Tuberculosis, Visceral Leishmaniasis
TB biomarkers from lipids extracted (human urine, plasma)
Lipid extraction
From Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains, human urine and plasma
Bioanalytical software
Mass Hunter, XCMS by R, Mass profiler Professional, Genepattern, Chemdraw
Lipid biochemistry and lipidomic profiling
Profiling of different types of extracted lipids using different columns (C18, diol), analyzing peaks
HPLC- ESI QTOF (agilent 6520) series
Molecular Biology Techniques
Isolation and quantification of DNA and RNA, Agarose Gel electrophoresis, RT-PCR, qPCR, EMSA, siRNA transfection
Cell culture
Mammalian (PBMC, neutrophils, macrophages), bacterial (M. tuberculosis, M. smegmatis), protozoan (Leishmania donovani)
Western Blot
Characterization of different proteins
Cell isolation
Murine peritoneal, splenic, alveolar, bone marrow derived macrophages, human PBMC, neutrophils from blood
Animal handling
Mainly murine. Administration of IP (intra peritoneal), IV (intra venous- via tail vein), IC (intra cardial) and SC (sub cutaneous) injections.
Cell based assays
ELISA, RIA, T cell proliferation
Cell Signaling
Study of cytokine and chemokine signaling in infectious diseases, cancer signaling.

PUBLICATIONS (First authorships listed only)

  • Lahiri N, Lahiri S.K. Lipids as prognostic and therapeutic molecules in brain cancers. Manuscript under preparation, 2014.
  • Lahiri N., Shah Rupal R. Murray Megan B., Fortune Sarah M. and Moody D. Branch, Unbiased Lipidomics of Rifampin Monoresistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis Strains Identifies Downregulated Siderophore Production. Submitted 2014..
  • Lahiri N, Lahiri S.K. Envisioning the reversal of oncogenesis. Review. . VRI Cell Signaling 1: 34-48 doi:, 2013
  • Majumder Lahiri N, Das S, Bhattacharjee S, Gupta G, Bhattacharyya (Majumdar) S, Majumdar S. TLR-2 Signaling as a target for Ara-LAM mediated protection in Man-LAM induced pathogenesis. J. Biomed. Sci, 2 (2:3): 1-9, doi: 10.3823/1018, 2013
  •  Majumder N, Bhattacharjee S, Dey R, Bhattacharyya (Majumdar) S, Pal NK, Majumdar S, Arabinosylated Lipoarabinomannan Modulates The Impaired Cell Mediated Immune Response In Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv Infected C57BL/6 Mice. Microbes Infect 10 (4): 349-357, 2008
  • Majumder N, Bhattacharjee S, Bhattacharyya (Majumdar) S, Dey R, Guha P, Pal NK, Majumdar S. Restoration Of Impaired Free Radical Generation And Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines by MCP-1 in Mycobacterial Pathogenesis. Scand J Immunol 67: 329-339, 2008
  • Majumder N, Dey R, Mathur RK, Datta S, Maitra M, Ghosh S, Saha B, Majumdar S. An Unusual Pro-inflammatory Role of Interleukin-10 Induced by Arabinosylated Lipoarabinomannan In Murine Peritoneal Macrophages. Glycoconj J. 23(9): 675-686, 2006


·         Majumder N, Majumder S. A process for preparing pure arabinosylated                 lipoarabinomannan effective against tuberculosis and leishmaniasis. 2010. Patent application No.772/KOL/2005, Govt. of India. Patent no. 237901


  • Sir Nilratan Sircar Memorial Prize (2007): This award is given to a PhD student for academic proficiency, importance of his/her project and number of publications for a calender year.
  • Top 20% of NET awardees in Life Sciences: Nominated for SPM (Shyama Prasad Mukherjee) fellowhip, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India
  • Senior and Junior Research Fellowships: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India

  •  Invited reviewer/editorial positions

    Editorial Advisory member ---- 05/2014 to present
    Signpost Open Access e-Journal of Pathobiology and Toxicology

    Editorial board member ----- 05/2014 to present
    Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, Nepal

    Technical Editor ----- 06/2013 to present
    Vedic Research International Press, Inc, NY, USA

Presentations (conferences and symposia)

  • Poster Presentation: Unbiased Lipidomics of Rifampin Monoresistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Strains Identifies Downregulated Siderophore Production. Fifth New England TB Symposium, Cambridge MA, June 23, 2011
  • Poster presentation and invited oral Presentation: “MCP-1 confers protection against Mycobacterial pathogenesis by the restoration of both free radical generation and pro-inflammatory cytokines”. 33rd Indian Immunology Conference, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, from Jan 28-31, 2007
  • Poster presentation: “Arabinosylated Lipoarabinomannan modulates the impaired cell mediated immune response in Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv infected C57BL/6 mice”. International Conference on Frontier Researches in Integrative Physiology (ICFRIP), Kolkata, from Jan 8-10, 2007

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