Dr. Aniruddha Mitra

Aniruddha

Aniruddha Mitra

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor
Department of Zoology

EMAIL

aniruddha@sncwgs.ac.in

Orcid

0000-0003-3435-2461

Scopus

35746402800

Biography

I am working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology, Sarojini Naidu College for Women since December 2019. Prior to this I worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan (Himachal Pradesh) from 2016-2019. Before that I have worked from 2011 to 2016 as a post-doctoral researcher at Washington University (St Louis, USA), CNRS (Gif sur Yvette, France – as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow), and the Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin, Germany).

My PhD was from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), supported by CSIR SRF and CSIR NET JRF fellowships – 2004 to 2010, and I was awarded the INSA Young Scientist Medal in 2013 for my PhD work. My MSc was from the Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University (2004) and my BSc was from Presidency College, University of Calcutta (2002).

Research

Ongoing Work:

  • Chemosensation in Drosophila 1
  • Ecology of soil fauna and insects 2
  • Biodiversity of insects and birds 3

Areas of experience/specialization: Animal Behavior, Ecology, Entomology, Neuroethology, Insect Physiology, Evolutionary Biology

Teaching

I am teaching the following courses in the ongoing semesters:

  1. Cell Biology 1

  2. Immunology 2

  3. Physiology 3

  4. Evolutionary Biology 4



Courses taught in other semesters:

  1. Ecology 1

  2. Chordates 2

  3. Genetics 3

  4. Animal Behavior 4

Research Guidance Provided

  • Dissertations completed: MPhil – 2, MSc – 27, BSc – 8 1
  • Currently guiding: PhD – 1, MPhil – 1 2
  • Mentored summer research fellows: 2 3

Research Papers

  1. Chakraborty R, Thakur TS, Chauhan R, Manzar Z, Das G, Mitra A (2021) Exploring the neural mechanisms of aversion to bitter gourd phytochemicals in insects using Drosophila. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. doi: 10.1016/j.aspen.2021.06.009 1
  2. Manzar Z, Dutta T, Koner AL, Mitra A (2021) Cucurbit[7]uril nanoencapsulation reduces the unpalatability of bitter phytochemicals. ACS Agricultural Science & Technology 1: 117-123. 2
  3. Yanagawa A, Couto A, Sandoz J-C, Hata T, Mitra A, Ali Agha M, Marion-Poll F (2019) LPS perception through taste-induced reflex in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology 112: 39-47. 3
  4. Saha P, Nandi AK, Unnikrishnan S, Shilpa MC, Shukla SP, Mandal S, Mitra A, Gadagkar R (2018) A route to direct fitness: natural and experimentally induced queen succession in the tropical primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata. Journal of Insect Behavior 31: 54-65. 4
  5. Couto A, Mitra A, Thiery D, Marion-Poll F, Sandoz J-C (2017) Hornets have it: a conserved olfactory subsystem for social recognition in Hymenoptera? Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 11:48. 5
  6. Mitra A, Palavalli Nettimi R, Ramachandran A, Saha P, Gadagkar R (2015) Males and females of the social wasp Ropalidia marginata do not differ in their cuticular hydrocarbon profiles and do not seem to use any long distance volatile mate attraction cues. Insectes Sociaux 62: 281-289. 6
  7. French AS, Sellier M-J, Ali Agha M, Guigue A, Chabaud M-A, Reeb PD, Mitra A, Grau Y, Soustelle L, Marion-Poll F (2015) Dual mechanism for bitter avoidance in Drosophila. The Journal of Neuroscience 35: 3990-4004. 7
  8. Mitra A, Ramachandran A, Gadagkar R (2014) Nestmate discrimination in the social wasp Ropalidia marginata: chemical cues and chemosensory mechanism. Animal Behaviour 88: 113-124. 8
  9. Mitra A, Gadagkar R (2014) Dufour’s gland and cuticle in the social wasp Ropalidia marginata contain the same hydrocarbons in similar proportions. Journal of Insect Science 14: 9. 9
  10. Mitra A, Gadagkar R (2012) Road to royalty – transition of potential queen to queen in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata. Ethology 118: 694-702. 10
  11. Mitra A, Gadagkar R (2012) Queen signal should be honest to be involved in maintenance of eusociality: chemical correlates of fertility in Ropalidia marginata. Insectes Sociaux 59: 251-255. 11
  12. Mitra A, Gadagkar R (2012) Queens and workers of the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata do not differ in their Dufour’s gland morphology. Sociobiology 59: 875-884. 12
  13. Mitra A, Saha P, Chaoulideer ME, Bhadra A, Gadagkar R (2011) Chemical communication in Ropalidia marginata: Dufour’s gland contains queen signal that is perceived across colonies and does not contain colony signal. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 280-284. 13
  14. Mitra A, Gadagkar R (2011) Can Dufour’s gland compounds honestly signal fertility in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata? Naturwissenschaften 98: 157-161. 14
  15. Bhadra A, Mitra A, Deshpande SA, Chandrasekhar K, Naik DG, Hefetz A, Gadagkar R (2010) Regulation of reproduction in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata: on the trail of the queen pheromone. Journal of Chemical Ecology 36: 424 -431. 15

Review Articles

  1. French A, Ali Agha M, Mitra A, Yanagawa A, Sellier M-J, Marion-Poll F (2015) Drosophila bitter taste(s). Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 9: 58. 1
  2. Mitra A (2014) Queen pheromone and monopoly of reproduction by the queen in the social wasp Ropalidia marginata. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy 80: 1025-1044. 2
  3. Mitra A (2013) Function of the Dufour’s gland in solitary and social Hymenoptera. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 35: 33-58. 3
  4. Mitra A (2013) Cinderella’s new shoes – how and why insects change their bodies between life stages. Current Science 104: 1028-1036. 4

Patent Applications

  1. Sharma K, Mitra A (2019) A process for production of biofuel from larvae of rice moth Corcyra cephalonica and biofuel thereof. Patent Application No. 201911037067, Patent Office, New Delhi. 1
  2. Chaudhary Verma N, Mitra A (2019) A process for production of biofuel from the cockroach Periplaneta americana and biofuel thereof. Patent Application No. 201911407886, Patent Office, New Delhi. 2

Invited Talks

  1. 24th December, 2020 – PhD coursework of Department of Zoology, WBSU. 1
  2. 23rd March, 2018 – Capacity Building Workshop on Long Term Monitoring of Himalayan Biodiversity, ZSI, Solan. 2
  3. 13th March, 2018 – Division of Biological Sciences, IISER Mohali. 3
  4. 30th April, 2013 – Department of Zoology, BHU, Varanasi. 4

International Conferences

  • Oral Presentations 1
    1. Mitra A, Singh Thakur T, Manzar Z, Dhiman A, Chauhan R. Bitter gourd extract – an environment friendly pest control agent for repelling fruit flies. Science: Emerging Scenarios and Future Challenges, organized by Him Science Congress Association, held at NIT Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, September 8–9, 2018. 1
    2. Mitra A, Marion-Poll F. Volatile odorants activate taste neurons on the proboscis of Drosophila. 14th European Symposium for Insect Taste and Olfaction, held at Villasimius, Italy, September 20–25, 2015. 2
    3. Mitra A, Saha P, Chaoulideer ME, Bhadra A, Gadagkar R. Dufour’s gland in Ropalidia marginata: can caste and colony signals be expressed through the same set of chemicals? 16th International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, held at Copenhagen, Denmark, August 8–14, 2010. 3
  • Poster Presentations 2
    1. Mitra A, Thakur TS, Chakraborty R, Chauhan R, Das G. Using Drosophila to understand the antifeedant and aversive effect of bitter gourd. 5th Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference & 4th Indian Drosophila Research Conference, held at Pune, January 6–10, 2020. 1
    2. Mitra A. Hymenoptera of Solan district, Himachal Pradesh. International Conference in Zoological Sciences, held at Punjabi University, Patiala, October 26–28, 2017. 2
    3. Mitra A, Marion-Poll F. Breaking the dichotomy between taste and smell: Drosophila melanogaster detects volatiles through taste organ. 11th Ecology and Behaviour Meeting, held at Toulouse, France, May 18–21, 2015. 3
    4. Mitra A, Søvik E, Barron A, Duncan J, Ben-Shahar Y. Manganese affects behavior of Drosophila melanogaster by altering biogenic amine levels in brain. 10th International Congress of Neuroethology of the International Society of Neuroethology, held at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, August 5–10, 2012. 4
    5. Mitra A, Gadagkar R. Aggression and ovaries: a passage to queenship in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata. 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, held at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, August 9–15, 2008. 5

National Conferences

  • Oral Presentations 1
    1. Mitra A, Sharma K, Chaudhary N. Biofuel from cockroach and rice moth larva. 1st National Conference on Biotechnology & Agriculture Based Technological Interventions Towards Sustainable Rural Development, held at Brainware University, Barasat, March 14–15, 2020. 1
    2. Mitra A, Thakur TS, Chakraborty R, Chauhan R, Das G. Antifeedant effect of bitter gourd extract on the vinegar fly. National Seminar on Diversity in the Era of Globalization: Challenges and Management, held at Bidhannagar College, Kolkata, 22–23 February, 2020. 2
    3. Mitra A. Investigating the origin of bitter taste. Understanding Behaviour, held at IISER Kolkata, January 11–13, 2019. 3
    4. Mitra A, Marion-Poll F. Taste of smell: Drosophila melanogaster detects volatiles through taste organ. 16th French Conference on Invertebrate Neurobiology, held at CNRS, Gif sur Yvette, France, June 11–12, 2015. 4
    5. Mitra A, Søvik E, Barron A, Duncan J, Ben-Shahar Y. Manganese affects behavior of Drosophila melanogaster by altering biogenic amine levels in brain. Being Social – an interdisciplinary dialogue on social behaviour, held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, June 26–28, 2013. 5
    6. Mitra A, Bhadra A, Deshpande S A, Chandrasekhar K, Naik D G, Hefetz A, Gadagkar R. Communication of fertility status in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata – role of the Dufour’s gland. 79th Annual Conference of the Society of Biological Chemists (India), held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, December 13–15, 2010. 6
    7. Mitra A, Gadagkar R. Investigating the honesty of the queen pheromone: Dufour’s gland compounds and ovaries of solitary foundresses in Ropalidia marginata. Young Ecologists Talk and Interact, held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, October 5–7, 2010. 7
    8. Mitra A, Bhadra A, Deshpande S A, Chandrasekhar K, Naik D G, Hefetz A, Gadagkar R. Regulation of reproduction in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata: on the trail of the queen pheromone. Centre for Ecological Sciences Silver Jubilee Symposium, held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, October 22–24, 2009. 8
    9. Mitra A, Naik D G, Gadagkar R. Chemical difference between Dufour’s glands of queens and workers in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata. Student Meet on Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Science, held at National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, August 20–21, 2008. 9
    10. Mitra A, Gadagkar R. Transition of an aggressive potential queen to a docile queen in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata. 31st Annual Conference of the Ethological Society of India, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, April 10–12, 2007. 10
  • Poster Presentations 2
    1. Mitra A, Manzar Z. Understanding the origin of bitter taste. 1st Conference of the Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists: Celebrating Ecology and Evolution in India, held at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, October 24–25, 2019. 1
    2. Mitra A, Bhadra A, Deshpande S A, Chandrasekhar K, Naik D G, Hefetz A, Gadagkar R. Communication of fertility status in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata – role of the Dufour’s gland. 79th Annual Conference of the Society of Biological Chemists (India), held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, December 13–15, 2010. 2
    3. Mitra A, Bhadra A, Deshpande S A, Chandrasekhar K, Naik D G, Hefetz A, Gadagkar R. Regulation of reproduction in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata: on the trail of the queen pheromone. Darwinism – a sesquicentennial celebration, held at Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka, September 14–17, 2009. 3
  1. “Returning Taxus to the Forests and the People: a study in Shimla and Kullu Districts of the Indian Himalayan Region”. National Mission on Himalayan Studies, 2019-2022, Rs 47 lakhs. 1
  2. “Understanding the evolution of bitter taste”. DST-SERB, Teachers Associateship for Research Excellence, 2018-2021, Rs 18 lakhs 30 thousand. 2
  3. “TASTEVOL – The taste of volatiles: perception of odors through taste organs in Drosophila melanogaster”. Grant Agreement PIIF-GA-2012-330101, REA, EC, European Union, 2013-2015, Euros 202,405.80 3
  1. Best oral presentation – 1st National Conference on Biotechnology & Agriculture Based Technological Interventions Towards Sustainable Rural Development (Brainware University) – 2020 1
  2. Best oral presentation – International Conference on Science: Emerging Scenario and Future Challenges (Him Science Congress Association) – 2018 2
  3. Fellowship, College for Life Sciences, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin – 2015 3
  4. INSA Medal for Young Scientists (Indian National Science Academy) – 2013 4
  5. Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (REA, EC, European Union) – 2012 5
  6. Fyssen Fellowship for postdoctoral research (Fondation Fyssen, Paris) – 2011 and 2012 6
  7. Best poster presentation – 79thAnnual Conference of the Society of Biological Chemists (India) – 2010 7
  8. CSIR Senior Research Fellowship – 2006 8
  9. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (Life Sciences) – 2004 9
  10. CSIR Junior Research Fellowship – NET (Life Sciences) – 2003 10

Membership of Professional Societies

  • International Society for Behavioral Ecology: 2008-2009 and 2020 onward 1
  • Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists: 2018 onward 2
  • The Science Advisory Board: 2016 onward 3
  • International Society for Neuroethology: 2012-2013 4
  • Genetics Society of America: 2011-2012 5
  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects: 2010-2011 6

Reviewed Papers for Journals

  • PNAS 1
  • PloS One 2
  • Journal of Chemical Ecology 3
  • Insectes Sociaux 4
  • Frontiers in Zoology 5
  • Ecological Entomology 6
  • European Journal of Entomology 7
  • Sociobiology 8
  • Biodiversity Data Journal 9
  • Journal of Threatened Taxa 10
  • Current Science 11
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 12
  • Resonance 13
  • Agricultural Science Research Journal 14
  • Interdisciplinary Sciences – Computational Life Sciences 15
  • Journal of Medical and Biological Research 16
  • Peertechz Journal of Biological Research and Development 17

Synergistic Activities

  • Organizing an International Webinar on Understanding the Evolution of COVID-19: Origin, Ecology and Zoonoses, at Sarojini Naidu College for Women, Kolkata, 6th July, 2021. 1
  • Organizing a National Conference on Environment and Natural Resource Management, at Shoolini University, Solan, 23rd to 24th February, 2017. 2
  • Voluntary lecture at West Bengal State University, September 2013. 3
  • Volunteered as a judge at the 17th Annual Graduate Research Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, 18th February 2012. 4
  • Voluntary training and teaching to summer fellows and interns at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, Bangalore, 2004-2011. 5
  • Organizing the Annual Symposia of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, Bangalore, January 2008. 6
  • Voluntary lecture at Presidency College, University of Calcutta, January 2007. 7