Dr. Gita Satpathy
Professor & Head, Deptt. of Microbiology , AIIMS
Prof.Gita Satpathy is the Professor & Head of the Deptt. of Microbiology , AIIMS from 2015. She is the Prof. Incharge.of Ocular Microbiology, Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences from 1988. Dr.Satpathy completed her MBBS from SCB MedicalCollege, Cuttack, Orissa in 1977 and MD (Microbiology) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1981. She worked as Post Doctoral Research scholar in Immunology at INSERM , France in 1983-84 and in Chlamydial infections in Institute of Ophthalmology, London, UK in 1990 and 1994.
She joined as Faculty In Charge, Ocular Microbiology, Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences in 1988 and . Her research for last 30 years has primarily concentrated on human Chlamydial infections involving eye, reproductive and cardio vascular systems. She has worked on different aspects of infections by different agents especially in eye particularly on Pneumococcus, Acanthamoeba, HSV eye infections & viral epidemic conjunctivitis. She has co developed a DNA chip for simultaneous detection of 15 different pathogens under a collaborative project. The chip has been patented in India and other countries for eye and CNS infections. si RNAs for conjunctivitis causing viruses have been developed. She has expertise in both standard laboratory technology as well as in advanced molecular biology used for research and diagnosis of infectious agents.She has worked on Acanthomoeba spp. CNS and eye infections including proteomic and genomic analysis of the infecting isolates. She was awarded the YS Narayan Rao Oration Award in Microbiology for the year 1996 from Indian Council of Medical Research and Mosellio Schiller Distinguished service award(honorable mention) for the year 2010 byAmerican Society for Microbiology. She is a fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.
She has 120 publications in indexed International and National journals. She has till now undertaken 15 extramural research projects from National and International agencies as Principal Investigator and 4 funded projects from AIIMS. She has guided 7 PhD students and was Guide/ Co guide to 40 MD students,