For Dr Birendranath Banerjee, his students are the ambassadors of his abilities. A molecular oncologist and an expert in the field of cancer genetics research, Dr Banerjee hopes to mould future geneticists much like his alma mater, Sri Ramachandra University, where he pursued his Master’s in Human Genetics.
The 39-year-old researcher, who is currently an associate professor in the School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, has been involved in teaching and research for the last 15 years. He completed his PhD in cancer genetics from Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru and received his training at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas before deciding to take up teaching full-time.
Apart from teaching, he is currently working on the molecular profiling of cancer in Odisha and his research is supported by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India). He has also established eastern India’s first DNA-based diagnostics platform, a venture called inDNA Life Sciences that is currently incubated in KIIT, Bhubaneswar and has co-founded inDNA Global in London.