1. Introduction

Abhirupa Kar
M. Sc. in Environmental Science
+91 8334822874/ 33 6605 7091

2. Research experience

As a DST Inspire Fellow I worked on evaluating international microbial source tracking tools in surface water systems of West Bengal for identifying fecal contamination using molecular biology techniques. I also have worked towards isolation and identification of fungal strains instrumental in degrading PMMA/cellulose composites.
My PhD research focused on identifying the role of natural microbial population in surface water arsenic contamination as well as remediation.
With more than 8 years of experience in basic science research, I started working on Cancer Biology from January 2019 onwards under project SyMeC at Tata Medical Center . I managed Cervical Cancer based gynaecological bio-banking which constituted semi-automated bio-repository processing for over 3000 samples, highest in Eastern India. I was also responsible for HPV testing with Hybrid Capture Technology, HPV genotyping and mRNA expression profiling.

3. Research interest

My current research interest includes development of efficient Biobanking Technologies for facilitating effective translational research on clinical samples thereby moving towards better understanding of Cancer prevention, therapeutics and precision oncology.

4. Previous working experience

Tata Medical Center, Biobank Technologist, SyMeC Project (January 2019 – July 2020)


  1. Kar, A., Banerjee, S., Mukherjee, S., Bhattacharya, S., Mukhopadhyay, A and Mukhopadhyay, U. K., “Development and Applications of Microbial Water Quality indicators in pollution source tracking and pathogen management”. Proceedings of Vth World Aqua Congress 2011, New Delhi. Vol. I, p: 33-43
  2. Kar, A., Ghose, R., and Chaudhuri, P., “Sustainable utilization of waste water: a novel systemic approach in East Kolkata Wetlands”. Proceedings of National Seminar on Biodiversity, Water Resource and Climate Change issues (BWC- 2010), Department of Environmental Science, University of Kalyani.
  3. Sain, S., Sengupta, S., Ray, D., Kar, A., & Mukhopadhyay, A. (2013). Cellulose Nanofiber Reinforced Ecofriendly Green PMMA Nanocomposites. In Advanced Materials Research(Vol. 747, pp. 387-390). Trans Tech Publications.
  4. Sain, S., Sengupta, S., Kar, A., Mukhopadhyay, A., Sengupta, S., Kar, T., & Ray, D. (2014). Effect of modified cellulose fibres on the biodegradation behaviour of in-situ formed PMMA/cellulose composites in soil environment: Isolation and identification of the composite degrading fungus. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 99, 156-165.
  5. Dey, T. K., Banerjee, P., Bakshi, M., Kar, A., & Ghosh, S. (2014). Groundwater arsenic contamination in West Bengal: current scenario, effects and probable ways of mitigation. International Letters of Natural Sciences, 8(1).
  6. Kar, A., Sarkar, S., Mukhopadhyay, A and Mukhopadhyay, U. K., Microbial mediated mechanism of release of arsenic from soil to surface water in lower gangetic plain. Proceedings of International Conference on Water: From Pollution to Purification, 2016, Kottayam, Kerala. Vol. I, p: 41-42