Prof. Tapas Kumar Kundu

Academic and Professional Career:

    2009-present; Professor: Transcription & Disease Laboratory, MBGU, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

    2004-2009; Associate Professor: Transcription & Disease Laboratory, MBGU, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

    1999-2004; Faculty Fellow (Assistant Professor): Transcription & Disease Laboratory, MBGU, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

    1996-1999; Post-Doctoral Position: Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, New-York, USA.

    1995-1996; Visiting Foreign Research Associate: Department of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, JAPAN

    1990-1995; Ph.D: Dept. of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12

    1987-89; MSc: Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Agricultural Sciences (U.A.S.) G.K.V.K., Bangalore 64

Membership of Professional Bodies:


    Member of the Society of Biological Chemists, India.

    Member of the Society of Biological Chemists Executive Commitee, (2007 onwards)

    Nominated member of the American Chemical Society (2001 onwards)

    Fellow of the UICC (International Union Against Cancer) (2001 onwards)

    Nominated member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) (2003onwards)

    Elected member of the Guha Research Conference (GRC).

    Elected fellow of The National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), India (2005)

    Member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

    Elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc), 2008

    Invited (by Editor-in-Chief) member of “Nature” reader panel, 2009

    Elected Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA), 2009

    Editorial board member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from June 2011-September 2016

    The Founder member of the Chemical Biology Society, India (2013 onwards).

    Secretary of the Chemical Biology Society, India (2013 onwards)

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 Programme 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”.

    Shanti 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 2011-2012

    First place in the India Innovation Award 2012 given by Merck Millipore

    Ranbaxy Research Award for the year 2011 in the field of "Medical Sciences – Basic Research

    JB Prize for 2013 instituted by The Japanese Biochemical Society. His publication Vasudevarao M D et al ; J.Biochem 2012; 152(5):453 was chosen as the winning paper among all the papers published in the Journal of Biochemistry in the year 2012.

Meetings/Conferences organized:-


    Indo-Japan Workshop on “Chromatin Structure Function”, held from January 20-23, 2005 at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
          Organized by: Tapas K. Kundu (JNCASR, Bangalore, India)

    Asian First meeting of Forum of Chromosome and Chromatin Biology on “Nuclear Architecture Chromosome-Chromatin Dynamics”, held from December 11-13, 2006 at JNCASR, Bangalore, India
          Organized by: Tapas K. Kundu and Rakesh K. Mishra (CCMB, Hyderabad, India)

    Tenth Asian Conference on transcription (ACT X), held from 13th – 16th January 2008, at Indian Institute of Science, JNCASR and National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
    Organized by: Dipankar Chatterjee, Tapas K. Kundu, G.V. Shivashankar, Parag Sadhale, Valakunja Nagaraja, Umesh Varshney

    Satellite meeting to 2nd Asian forum of Chromosome and Chromatin Biology meeting held on November 25th, 2008 at JNCASR, Bangalore, India.
        Organized by: Tapas K. Kundu, Parag P. Sadhale (IISc, Bangalore, India) and G.V. Shivashankar (NCBS, Bangalore, India) 

    International Symposium on Nuclear Archirtecture and Chromatin Dynamics & 2nd Meeting of the Asian Forum of Chromosome and Chromatin Biology, held from November 26-29,2008 at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India
        Organized by: Tapas K. Kundu and Rakesh K. Mishra (CCMB, Hyderabad, India)

    Asian Academic Seminars on “Genome Regulation: From Nanobiology to Pathogenesis”, held at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research from 26th-30th December, 2008.
    Organized by:Akira Ishihama (Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan), Tapas K. Kundu (JNCASR, Bangalore, India), Ikuro Kawagishi (Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan) Akihiro Ishijima (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan), Dipankar Chatterji (IISc, Bangalore, India) and G.V. Shivashankar (NCBS, Bangalore, India)

    I2CAM School on “Emergence in genomic matter-An Interdisciplinary approach to understand the human genome organization”, held at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research from 9th-15th February, 2009.
    Organized by: Swapan K. Pati, Chandrabhas Narayana and Tapas K. Kundu

    International symposium on Chromosome/ Chromatin Dynamics: Epigenetics and Disease and 3rd Meeting of the Asian Forum of Chromosome and Chromatin Biology held at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research from 4th-6th December, 2010.

    The 17th Transcription Assembly Meeting: Held at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research from March 17-18th, 2014. Organizers: Tapas K Kundu, Dipankar Chatterji (IISc), V Nagaraja (IISc)


Workshops Organized for School children:


    Workshop on “Cancer: Epigenetics, Cause and remedy”, from 18th-20th December, 2006 at Rabindra Bhaban, Balurghat, Dist: Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India

    Workshop on “Cancer and Diabetes: Cause and Remedy” from December 27-28th, 2007 at Rabindra Bhaban, Balurghat, Dist: Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India

    Workshop on “Our genes and Cancer: Implications and therapy”, on 12th December, 2008 at Malda College Auditorium, Malda, West Bengal, India

    Workshop on “Our genes and Cancer: Implications and therapy”, on 6th January, 2010 at Malda College Auditorium, Malda, West Bengal, India

    Workshop on “Our Genes Cells and Cancer”, on 26th April, 2011 at Malda College Auditorium, Malda, West Bengal, India

    Workshop on “Our Genes to cells”, on 6th May, 2012 at Malda College Auditorium, Malda, West Bengal, India

    A Workshop on “Cancer and Diabetes” in Malda, West Bengal, September 2013.

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