Rupam Paul

Doctoral Student

I am a doctoral student at the Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata. I completed my Masters in Biotechnology from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata (2013-18).

I am currently working at the "Copper Metabolism and Membrane Trafficking Lab" under the supervision of Dr Arnab Gupta where I study the role of copper in host-parasite interaction.

Apart from copper metabolism, I am also keen in its preceding step (EATING). Food has taken me to a few places here and there. So now I call myself a traveler (GALLERY contains insufficient data).

Currently I am trying to understand the role of copper in host-parasite interaction using the well-established macrophage- Leishmania system.

Despite of the hostile microenvironment, Leishmania is known to thrive inside the phagosomes of macrophages. Copper, being a potent antimicrobial agent, has been effective against several intracellular pathogens.

The study is aimed at revealing whether Leishmania faces copper stress during infection and if so, how do they evade such stress.

Role of copper regulators present on both host and pathogen during infection is being studied including characterization of a novel copper transporter in the pathogen (Paul et al., JBC 2021).(

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