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Faculty

Richa Karmakar

Richa Karmakar

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Assistant Professor

rkarmakar@iitm.ac.in

Office : Block 1,BT 501

+91-44-2257-4145

Research Interests

  • Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic chemotaxis
  • Microfluidics based lab-on-chiptechnologies
  • Biophysical aspect of cell-cell and cell-materialinteraction

Background

  • Assistant ProfessorIndian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (May 2022-Present).

  • DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career FellowIndian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

  • Assistant Project Scientist Physics University of California San Diego, CA, USA (April 2021-December 2021).

  • Post-DoctoralFellow Physics University of California San Diego, CA, USA (April 2016-April 2021).

  • Ph.D.Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India.

  • M.Tech Food Technology & Biochemical EngineeringJadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

  • B. Tech Biotechnology Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India.

Awards & Recognitions

  1. DBT/Wellcome Trust (UK) India Alliance Early Career Fellowship, 2021.

  2. Full scholarship for Scientific Teaching Short Course 2020 given by PoorvuCenter for Teaching and Learning, Yale University, CT, USA.

  3. Excellence in thesis work award for the best Ph.D. thesis in IIT Bombay for the year 2014-2016.

  4. R. G. Manudhane Ph.D. excellence award for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay for the year 2015-2016.

  5. International Travel Grant (2015) from the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

  6. International Travel Grant from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India(2015).

  7. Foreign travel fellowship (2014) from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to present research work at the 58th Annual Meeting of Biophysical Society, 2014, San Francisco, California, USA.

  8. Travel Grant in 2013 and 2014, from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Okinawa, Japan to attend workshops.

  9. Best Poster award at the Eighth National Symposium on Complex Fluids (CompFlu-2014), JNCASR, Bangalore, India.

Selected publications A complete list of publications can be found on Google Scholar:

Selected publication A complete list of publications can be found on Orcid:

Publications

  • Karmakar R*, Tyree T*, Gomer R H, Rappel W J. (2021). Cell dispersal by localized degradation of a chemoattractant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 118(6): e2008126118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2008126118.

  • Karmakar R*, Tang M*, Yue H, Lombardo D, Karanam A, Camley B A, Groisman A, Rappel W J. (2021) Cellular memory in eukaryotic chemotaxis depends on the background chemoattractant concentration. Physical Review E.103, 012402. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.103.012402.

  • Karmakar R. (2021) Stateoftheart of bacterial chemotaxis. Journal of Basic Microbiology. 61(5):366-379(Corresponding author). https://doi.org/10.1002/jobm.202000661.

  • Karanam A R, He D, Hsu P K, Schulze S, Dubeaux G, Karmakar R, Schroeder J, Rappel W J. (2021) Boolink: a graphical interface for open access boolean network simulations and use in guard cell CO2signaling. Plant Physiology.kiab344. https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiab344

  • Karmakar R, Schich C, Kamprad N, Scheller V, Gutierrez E, Groisman A, Rappel W J, Tarantola M. (2020). Novel micropatterning technique reveals dependence of cell-substrate adhesion and migration of social amoebas on parental strain, development, and fluorescent markers. PLoS ONE. 15(7): e0236171. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236171.

  • Cao Y*, Karmakar R*,Ghabache E, Gutierrez E, Zhao Y, Groisman A, Levine H, Camley B A, Rappel W J. (2019) Cell motility dependence on adhesive wetting. Soft Matter. 15:2043-2050 (*Co-first author). DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01832D.

  • Karmakar R*, Naaz F*, Tirumkudulu M S, Venkatesh K V. (2016) Escherichia coli modulates its motor speed on sensing an attractant. Archives of Microbiology; 198(8):827-33. DOI: 10.1007/s00203-016-1255-z.

  • Karmakar R*, Uday Bhaskar R V S*, Jesudasan R E, Tirumkudulu M S, Venkatesh K V. (2016) Enhancement in swimming speed leads to a more efficient chemotactic response to repellent. Applied and Environmental Microbiology; 82(4), 1205-1214. DOI:10.1128/AEM.03397-15.

  • Uday Bhaskar R V S*, Karmakar R*, Deepika D, Tirumkudulu M S, Venkatesh K V. (2015) Variation of swimming speed enhances the chemotactic migration of Escherichia coli. Systems and Synthetic Biology; 9(3), 8595. (*Co-first author). DOI: 10.1007/s11693-015-9174-x.

  • Deepika D*, Karmakar R*, Tirumkudulu M S, Venkatesh K V. (2015) Variation in swimming speed of Escherichia coli in response to attractant. Archives of Microbiology; 197(2), 211-222. (*Co-first author). DOI: 10.1007/s00203-014-1044-5.

  • Karmakar R, Gulvady R, Tirumkudulu M S, Venkatesh K V. (2014) Motor characteristics determine the rheological behavior of a suspension of microswimmers. Physics of Fluids; 26, 071905. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4890005

  • Malakar P, Singh V, Karmakar R, Venkatesh K V. (2014) Effect on beta-galactosidase synthesis and burden on growth of osmotic stress in Escherichia coli. SpringerPlus, 3, 748. DOI:10.1186/2193-1801-3-748.