Objective: To study life in extreme environment.

Personal Detail

Name: Soumya Biswas
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 10th July 1983
Nationality: Indian
Place of Birth: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

Address (Residence)
Mr. Soumya Biswas
C/O- Prof. Prabir Kr. Biswas
Simantapalli (North)
West Bengal
PIN- 731235


• Ph.D., 2010-till date, in Geobiology, Thesis title: Biodiversity and Physiological Adaptations of Prokaryotes in Extreme pH Environment, Geomicrobiology and Deep Biosphere Laboratory, CRC Geobiology, Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Goldschmidtstr. 3., 37077 Gottingen, Germany

• M.Sc, 2005-2007, (Master of Science) degree in Botany with specialization in Mycology and Plant Pathology in 2007. First class securing rank 7th, from Visva-Bharati (A Central University, directly administered by Government of India), Santiniketan-731235, West Bengal, India.

• B.Sc Honours, 2002-2005, (Bachelor of Science) degree in Botany (Life Science) in 2005 with Chemistry and Physics as subsidiary subjects. First class(with distinction in Subsidiary Subjects) securing rank 5th, from Visva-Bharati University.

• Summer School on PCR Applications (2010), organized by UGC-Networking Resource Centre in Biological Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai-625021, India.
• Practical Summer Training Course on Molecular Biology Techniques (2009). Organized by School of Biotechnology, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, VIT University, Vellore-632014 Tamil Nadu, India.
• Fourth All India Summer Research Training Programme On Molecular Techniques, (2006). Sponsored by NCSTC, New Delhi; Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai and Sengunthar Educational Trust, India
• “Snow-ice Acclimatization Training” at Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Camp, Auli, and in Himalayas Mountain Ranges of extreme north on Uttarakhand, India.
• Basic training on “Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention” and “Personal Survival Techniques” at M/s Sea Scan Marine Services Pvt. Ltd., Panaji, Goa, India.

Workshop & Seminar:
• National Workshop on Assessment of Research Programmes of 26th Indian Antarctic Expedition and Planning of 27th Indian Antarctic Expedition. Organized by National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, Goa 403 804.
• Workshop on Industrial Biotechnology - taking Ideas from the laboratory to the market place, (2007). Sponsored by DBT and organized by IIT Madras, India
• Workshop on Recombinant DNA Technology, (2006). Central Facility for Biotechnology Teaching and Research, Madurai 21, Tamil Nadu, India.
• Participated in the Seminar on Microbial Resources, November 05, 2006. Jointly organized by Department of Botany, Visva-Bharati & Association of Microbiologists Of India (AMI).
• Participeted and delivered poster presentation in Seminer on Cryptogamic Botany, November 19, 2006. Jointly organised by Department of Botany, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan and Probir Chatterjee Research Foundation.
• Delivered a seminar titled “Antarctica: A Paradise for Science” on 23rd August 2008 at the Department of Botany, Siksha-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University.


• Project Fellow (Since 7th June 2009 to August 2010) University Grant Commission (UGC) Major Project entitled “Exploitation of free living phosphate solubilizing rhizobia for improvement of soil fertility and promotion of plant growth” at the Visva-Bharati University, India.
• 27th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica, Principal Investigator of a project (under student participation scheme), Assessment of Microbial Biodiversity of Antarctic Soil for future application, proposed by myself to the Director National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR), Headland Sada, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403804, India. Organized jointly by NCAOR and Ministry of Earth Science, Govt. of India. (December, 2007- December, 2008.)
• Extreemophilic microbiology, specifically, study of UV induced DNA damage in some Arctic and Antarctic isolates under Mars Simulation & effect of osmotic stress on growth of a psychrophilic bacteria isolated from Antarctic cold dry habitat, University of Aarhus, Denmark, as a Guest Researcher with Associate Professor Kai W. Finster, Department of Biological Sciences, Section for Microbiology, University of Aarhus (September, 2008-November, 2008.)
• Microbial Bioconversion of Starch to Dextrose using Local Microflora of Santiniketan. Under the Guidance of Dr. Narayan C. Mandal, Dept. of Botany, Visva-Bharati University. (During M.Sc).
• The Study of Air Mycoflora of Pous Mela Prangan. Under the guidance of Dr. Narayan C. Mandal, Dept. of Botany, Visva-Bharati University(During B.Sc).

Technical Skills

• Basic Microbiological & Molecular Techniques:
Handling and Maintaining of Microbial Culture, Mutagenesis, Isolation of one step and multi step antibiotic resistant mutant, Transformation of plasmid, Cultivation of viruses in an embryonated egg, Plaque Assay, Chloroplast DNA isolation, Isolation of protoplast, Primer designing, PCR & cleanup of PCR product, qRT-PCR, Restriction digestion, DNA ligation, Submarine gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, Electrophoresis of human serum proteins using cellulose acetate paper, Rocket electrophoresis, Counter immuno electrophoresis, DNA fingerprinting RFLP, Western blotting, Southern hybridization, Dot-blot, Endonuclease sensitive site (ESS) assay, Preservation of immuno precipitates, Silver staining of proteins, Plant isozyme analysis, Sandwich ELISA
• Bioinformatics and Other related Applications:
NCBI BLAST, Geneious Pro 4.0.2, NetPrimer, CodonCode Aligner, The Sequence Manipulation Suite (SMS2), BioEdit Sequence Alignment Editor, Quantity One 4.6.6, Graph 4.3 etc.
• Photography:
Proficient in using any type of Range finder, SLR and Digital SLR camera, also comfortable in developing photographs manually (Black and White).

Professional Membership

• Life Member of Association of Microbiologists Of India (AMI).
• Member of International Society for Extremophiles (ISE).


S.Biswas. Assessment of Microbial Biodiversity of Antarctic Soil for future application (Proposal) . National Workshop on Assessment of Research Programmes of 26th Indian Antarctic Expedition and Planning of 27th Indian Antarctic Expedition. Organized by National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.
S.Biswas & N.C.Mandal. 2009. Properties and Prospect of Psychrophilic Enzymes: A Brief Review. Indian Journal of Polar Science. Inaugural Issue.
S.Biswas and N.C. Mandal. 2010. Reporting Aerobic Culturable Microbial Load of Soil Core Samples from Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica. Journal of Hill Research. Communicated.

Extra-Curricular Activities
Photography, Theatre, Social service (National Service Scheme,Govt.
Of India) and International Member of Amnesty International.