About the Meet

The front desk on the 'International Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis and New Frontiers' at the reception area of the main building of CSIR-IMTECH will be available to registered participants and invited speakers from 12:00 Noon  of March 23, 2019

Despite availability of various generations of antimicrobials, infectious diseases are ranked among the top ten causes of deaths throughout the world due to the emergence of drug resistant pathogens. Mortality and morbidity due to Infectious diseases are of particular concern in developing countries like India. WHO has recently released a list of priority pathogens and India has also identified pathogens of national importance. Understanding the basic biology of these infections holds the key for development of novel diagnostic tools for improved surveillance, better vaccines and innovative therapeutics. The conference will bring together experts on infectious diseases to discuss recent developments in the field and will provide guidance for the way forward. The global experts will share their results and research experience describing new mechanisms, new pathways and novel insights into microbial pathogenesis.

The participants will have a grand opportunity to interact with experts and learn about state-of-the-art methods which will contribute in shaping up future R&D endeavors on microbial pathogenesis. The complex nature of diverse pathogens and the multidisciplinary research on their pathobiology (involving chemistry, microbiology, structural biology, cell biology etcetera) demands concerted collaborative efforts with complementary expertise. Thus, the conference participants will function as a ‘seed’ community to come up with a platform that will foster further discussions, provide options to follow up on research teams (that is expected to emerge from the conference) and share resources to achieve scientific excellence in the field. Overall this conference will be a stepping stone towards identifying a newer dimension of research that could provide future directions in managing infectious diseases and addressing the scourge of antimicrobial resistance. .



Speakers who have confirmed their participation for Microbial Pathogenesis : 


Gulam Hussain Syed

 Institute of Life Sciences, India


Sandhya Visweswariah

  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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Rupinder Kaur

  Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad


Dr.Sanjib Bhakta

The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology Birkbeck, University of London and UCL, UK

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Tom Blundell

University of Cambridge, UK

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Anirban Banerjee

IIT Bombay

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Jeffrey Withey

Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry, Wayne State University

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Linda J. Kenney

National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Adrie J.C. Steyn

The University of Alabama, Alabama, USA

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Simon Croft

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

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Timothy James Foster

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Valakunja Nagaraja

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

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Saman Habib

Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow


Sudha Bhattacharya

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


Chittur V Srikanth

Regional Centre for Biotechnology, India


Suman Kumar Dhar

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India


Vinay K. Nandicoori

National Institute of Immunology, India


Sharon Ahmad

Journal of Cell Sciences, UK


Debashis Mitra

Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, India


Subhadeep Chatterjee

Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, India


Vikash Singh

University of Cambridge, UK

Program Schedule

23rd March 2019

Session I: Inaugural Session 

1430-1435 Assembly
1435-1440 Lighting of the Lamp
1440-1450 Conference Outline and Objectives by Conference Coordinators
1450-1500 Welcome Address by Dr. Anil Koul, Director CSIR-IMTech
1500-1545 Keynote - Sir Prof. Tom Blundell
Title of Talk: “Genomics, Structural Biology and Drug Discovery for Mycobacterial Infections: Combating the Emergence of Resistance in Tuberculosis and Leprosy
1545-1600 Tea Break

Session II: Microbial Pathogenesis – Challenges & Strategies

1600-1640 Special Lecture I - Simon Croft
Title of Talk: “Challenges and disease models in the development of new treatments for visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis
1440-1710 Sudha Bhattacharya
Title of Talk: “Potential role of the Entamoeba histolytica RNA surveillance machinery as a stress sensor
1710-1740 Saman Habib
Title of Talk: “Exploring Fe-S cluster assembly and ribosome biogenesis in malaria parasite organelles as putative targets

Session III: Networking among researchers

1745-1845  Cultural Event
1900 - onwards Dinner



24th March 2019

Session IV: Microbial Pathogenesis – Mycobacterial Pathogenesis

Session Chair : Prof. Linda Kenney

0900-0940 Special Lecture II - Adrie J Steyn
Title of Talk: “Drugs, bugs and the tuberculosis granuloma
0940-1010 Valakunja Nagaraja
Title of Talk: “

Toplogy perturbation: probing genome-wide topology -

transcription nexus by topoisomerase Achilles’s heel 
1010-1040 Sanjib Bhakta
Title of Talk: “Cell-wall peptidoglycan metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Achilles’ heel for the TB-causing pathogen
1040-1110 Sandhya Visweswariah
Title of Talk: “Cyclic AMP in Mycobacteria: the second messenger comes first
1110-1140 Vinay Nandicoori
Title of Talk: “Exploitation of host DNA damage response pathway by Mycobacterium tuberculosis for its survival 
1140-1200 Tea Break
1200-1230 Special Lecture III - Sharon Ahmad
Title of Talk: “A ‘behind the scenes’ look at scientific publishing

Session V: Host-Pathogen Interactions in Microbial Pathogenesis - I

Session Chair : Prof. Valakunja Nagaraja

1230-1300 Suman K. Dhar
Title of Talk: “DNA replication in human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum: unique characteristics and possible interventions
1300-1330 Subhadeep Chatterjee
Title of Talk: “Coordination of self and community sensing: Interplay of quorum and environmental sensing in bacteria
1330-1350 Early Career Talks  Chittur V. Srikanth
Title of Talk: “Tracking the unanticipated routes of Salmonella typhimurium infection
1400-1445  Lunch Break

Session VI: Poster Presentations & Tea

1300-1700 Poster Presentations
1700-1720 Tea Break

Session VII: Molecular Basis of pathogenesis

Session Chair : Jean C Lee

1720-1800 Special Lecture V - Linda J Kenney 
Title of Talk: “Super-resolution Imaging of Salmonella Infections
1800-1830 Jeffery Withey
Title of Talk: “Probiotic E. coli inhibits V. cholerae colonization of a natural host
Debashis Mitra
Title of Talk: “Understanding multiple facets of Candida glabrata pathobiology 
1900 Dinner



25th March 2019

Session VIII: Host-pathogen interactions in microbial pathogenesis-II

0830-0910 Special Lecture  - Timothy Foster  
Title of Talk: “Surface proteins of Staphylococcus aureus. Structure, functions and roles in colonization and pathogenesis
0910-0940 Talk by early career researchers Gulam H Syed
Title of Talk: “Flaviviral infection and Mitochondrial homeostasis: Significance in viralpersistence and disease pathogenesis
0940-1010 Anirban Banerjee
Title of Talk: “Why make enemies if we can be friends
1010-1040 Rupinder Kaur
Title of Talk: “Global analysis of Candida glabrata-macrophage interactions
1010-1040 Vikas Singh
Title of Talk: “Pathogens target p-21 activated Kinases (PAK) to establish infection
1100-1120 Tea Break

Session IX: Host-Pathogen Interactions in Microbial Pathogenesis - III

Session Chair: Anil Koul

1120-1200 Special Lecture VI - Jean C Lee 
Title of Talk: “Staphylococcus aureus extracellular vesicles:  host-pathogen interactions influence the design of a novel vaccine candidate


Session X: Concluding and Award Distribution

1200-1230 Presentations by Conference Sponsors
1230-1240  Announcement of Best Poster Awards
1240-1300 Concluding Remarks by Conference Organizers
1300 Lunch Break
1400 onwards Tour of the Institute & Trip to Chandigarh






Registrations are invited from:

  • Ph.D. Scholars (4th and 5th year) and Post Docs are required (mandatory) to submit their abstract. When submitting an abstract you may register without filling-in the fee and transaction details. Upon acceptance of your abstract you will be intimated by e-mail regarding fee submission.  
  • Faculties with or without abstract submission
  • Industry People


Registrations are Closed.

Fee Details

Registration Fees

Category *Fees
Student   4000/-
Academic/Govt.   7000/-
Industry   10000/-

Bank Details

Account Number   60320610244
Account Name   Microbial Pathogenesis and New Frontiers
Bank Name   Bank of Maharashtra
Branch Address  S.C.O 307, Sector 38-D, Chandigarh
Account Type  Savings Account
MICR Code   160014005
IFSC Code    MAHB0001359

(*Fees are inclusive of GST)


Note: Registrations and Fees once confirmed are non-transferable & non-refundable. You are required to remit the conference registration fee before filling registration form. Failed transactions / Wrong transaction details will lead to cancellation of registration.

The registration fee includes conference kit,  tea/coffee during breaks, lunch and dinner during conference days



Regarding accommodation to the conference venue, the options available are as follows (participants are requested to directly contact the guest house or hotel for their booking; ). Accommodation charges or other dues have to be borne by the participants only:

1. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Sector 67, Phase 10, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab 160062

Contact Details:

E-mail: guesthouse@niper.ac.in , director@niper.ac.in

2. National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTER), Near Institute For Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, 160019

Contact Details: 

Mr. Krishan (Guest House IC), 
Mobile: 9888055261 (O) 0172-2759604 9888145788 (O) 01722759512, 0172-2759670
E-mail: guesthouse@nitttrchd.ac.in , director@nitttrchd.ac.in

3. Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Block C, Sector 30, Chandigarh, 160030

Contact Details:

Rajender Singh Shounda 
Phone: 0172-2672, 5030172, 2657190 
E-mail: gh@csio.res.in director@csio.res.in

4. Punjab University, Chandigarh, Sector 14, Chandigarh, 160014

Contact Details:

Mr. Gupta, (M) 9914014225, (O) 0172-2541945 
E-mail: vc@pu.ac.in , darpu@pu.ac.in

5. JW, Marriott, Chandigarh (Special rates for ImTechCon 2017 participants) Sector 35B Dakshin Marg, Chandigarh , Pin -160035, India

Contact details:

Payal Grewal, Associate Director Of Sales , JW Marriott Chandigarh
Mobile: +91 9888850508 | M: +91 9872078608 
D: +91 172 3955627 | F: +91 172 3958888 | T: +91 172 3955555

Email: payal.grewal@marriott.com
URL: jwmarriottchandigarh.com

5. CSIR - Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh 160036

Contact Details:

Davinder Singh
E-mail: davinders@imtech.res.in , director@imtech.res.in


CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology,
Sec 39A, Chandigarh - 160036


For Any Query:

Dr Dibyendu Sarkar: +91 - 172- 6665291

Email : dibyendu {AT} imtech.res.in