Prof. Tapas Kumar Kundu

Academic and Professional Career:


• 1987-1989: M.Sc. (Biochemistry) from, Department of Biochemistry, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore (Gold medalist).

• 1990-1995: Ph.D. (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology) from Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore (Best Thesis Awardee).

Positions held (In chronological order):


• 1995-1996: Visiting Foreign Research Associate in Department of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan

• 1996-1999: Post Doctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, New-York, USA.

• 1999-2004: Faculty Fellow (Assistant Professor) in Transcription & Disease Laboratory, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

• 2004-2009: Associate Professor in Transcription & Disease Laboratory, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

• 2009-Present: Professor in Transcription & Disease Laboratory, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

• 2015-2016: Silver Jubilee Professor of JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

Memberships of Academies, Scientific Societies and Professional Bodies.


i. The life member of Society of Biological Chemists, India.
ii. The member of Society of Biological Chemists, India, Executive Committee, (2007 onwards)
iii. The nominated member of American Chemical Society (2001)
iv. Fellow of the UICC (International Union Against Cancer) (2001 onwards)
v. The Nominated member of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) (2003 onwards)
vi. The elected member of Guha Research Conference (GRC).
vii. The elected Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), India (2005)
viii. The member of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
ix. The elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc), 2008
x. Invited (by Editor-in-Chief) member of “Nature” reader panel, 2009
xi. The elected Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA), 2009
xii. Visiting Professor at ENS De Lyon, France, between 2009-2012.
xiii. Editorial board member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from June 2011-September 2016.
xiv. The founder member of the Chemical Biology Society, India (2013 onwards).
xv. Secretary of the Chemical Biology Society, India (2013 onwards).
xvi. Adjunct Faculty in the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2015-2020)
xvii. Member of the Indian Society of Cell Biology.
xviii. The elected Vice President of The Society of Biological Chemists (India) (2015-2016).
xix. Visiting Professor , Department of Biological Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata , 2015
xx. Distinguished Visiting Professor, Sri Devaraj URS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Karnataka, 2015.
xxi. Scientific Advisory Board Member, BIONIVID (A Genome IT Company) (2015-2017)
xxii. Steering Committee Member of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Drug from Sea Program.
xxiii. Advisory board member of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, Acharya and B. M. Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bangalore (2015)
xxiv. Lifetime Distinguished Professor, conferred by University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka.( 2016 onwards)
xxv. President, Chemical Biology Society, India (2017- )

Awards won:

• 1990, Gold Medal for securing first position in M.Sc., G.K.V.K, Bangalore, India
• 1993, International Council of Scientific Union Award, India: Travel fellowship to deliver a talk in Asagiri Symposium on Transcription Regulation, in Japan. The award was based on part of Ph. D. thesis work.
• 1995, GIRI MEMORIAL AWARD for best thesis in Biochemistry, IISc. India.
• 1996, COE Visiting Scientist fellowship from MONBUSHO, Government of Japan
• 2001, International Union against Cancer, Fellowship, Switzerland: Based on project proposal, the fellowship was used to perform collaborative research work at Cancer Research, London. UK.
• 2001, Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Fellowship, France : Based on project proposal, to perform collaborative research.
• 2005, International Union against Cancer, Fellowship, Switzerland: Based on project proposal, the fellowship was used to perform collaborative research work at Kyoto University, Japan.
• National Bioscience award for career development, DBT, Govt. of India, 2004-05: As per the citation, “National Bioscience Award for career development was conferred on outstanding contribution towards understanding the regulation of eukaryotic (human) transcription from chromatin template”
• Swarup Bhatnagar prize from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.Govt. of India: 2004-05.
As per the citation, “The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2005 in Biological Sciences has been awarded to Dr. Tapas Kumar Kundu of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. Dr. Kundu has done outstanding research in the area of chromatin transcription. He has identified PC4 as a functional component of chromatin and as a unique activator of p53. He has established the role of acetylation in chromatin transcription and histone chaperone activity, besides using this process for identifying new drug candidates”
• India-France ARCUS-INDIA grant for collaborative research Fellowship (2005-08).
• National Academy of Science, India- Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award, 2008, has been awarded for the outstanding contribution in the area of regulation of human gene expression (transcription) and its link to disease and therapeutics
• Tohoku Medical Society, Tohoku University, Japan, Lecture Medal, 2010.
• Sir J C Bose National Fellowship, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, 2010.
• GD Birla award for Scientific Research for 2011.Citation: “Kundu's contributions are outstanding in the area of regulation of human gene expression (transcription) and its link to disease and therapeutics which is also being used to design new generation cancer diagnostics, as well as therapeutics for cancer, AIDS and diabetes. Kundu has also identified PC4 as a functional component of chromatin and as a unique activator of p53.
• Ranbaxy Research Award for the year 2011 in the field of "Medical Sciences – Basic Research. Citation:” His research work has made significant contribution in the area of epigenetic and gene regulation with special emphasis on disease. His work for the first time established the causal relationship of histone and non-histone protein hyperacetylation in the manifestation of oral cancer and Bovine mastitis. He has also developed a nano device to induce acetylation of histones in the mice brain which could be highly useful for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.”
• First place in the India Innovation Award 2012 given by Merck Millipore, Awarded to Prof Tapas K Kundu and team, based on their US patent on Site -specific HMTase inhibitors. Citation: Tapas K Kundu, and three of his previous group members, Selvi Ruthrotha Bharatha Vikru (PhD student), Hari Kishore Annavarapu (R&D assistant), Mantelingu Kempegowda (Research Associate) of Transcription and Disease Laboratory, MBGU, JNCASR, have received the first prize of India Innovation Award given by Merck Millipore company on 29th October 2012, based on one of their US patents, entitled, “Site-Specific Inhibitors of Histone Methyltransferase (Hmtase) and Process of Preparation Thereof”
• JB Prize for 2013 instituted by The Japanese Biochemical Society.Citation “His publication Vasudevarao M D et al; J.Biochem 2012; 152(5):453 were chosen as the winning paper among all the papers published in the Journal of Biochemistry in the year 2012”
• Silver Jubilee Professorship of JNCASR for the academic year 2015-2016, Awarded by the C.N.R. Rao Education FoundationSilver Jubilee Professorship of JNCASR for the academic year 2015-2016, Awarded by the C.N.R. Rao Education Foundation
• Dr. Nitya Anand endowment lecture award by Indian National Science Academy, 2015.
• JB Prize for 2015 instituted by The Japanese Biochemical Society. Citation “His publication Shandilya J et al; J Biochem. 2014 ;156(4):221-7 was chosen as the winning paper among all the papers published in the Journal of Biochemistry in the year 2014”
• siting Professor , Department of Biological Science, Indian Institute of Science Education
• G.P. Chatterjee Memorial Award for 2015-2016, awarded by the Indian Science Congress Association, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Presented at the 103rd Indian Science Congress, January 2016.
• BangaRatnaSanman Award, 2018, from Govt. Of West Bengal, India.


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