Prof. Tapas Kumar Kundu

Academic and Professional Career:

    2015-2016; Silver Jubillee Professor, JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-64. INDIA

    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)

    Adjunct Professor of the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2014-2019).

    The elected Vice President of The Society of Biological Chemists (India) (2015-2016)

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.

    Silver Jubilee Professorship of JNCASR for the academic year 2015-2016, Awarded by the C.N.R. Rao Education Foundation


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