Bioinformatics Centre
A.J.C. Bose Centenary Building,
P-1/12, CIT Scheme - VII M,
Kolkata - 700 054, India



Associate Professor

Center of Excellence in Bionformatics


Tel:+91-33-2569 3332

Fax:+91-33-2355 3886

[BIC Profile]



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Area of Research: Computational biophysics and physical chemistry, biomolecular modelling and dynamics simulation, ligand design

The atoms and molecules in a cell are always jiggling, dancing and bumping into each other and occasionally carrying out a specific reaction or a process. This forms the lifeline of all organisms. Hence it is important to understand how exactly this is choreographed. The most sophisticated experimental technology is only just beginning to give us a glimpse of this intricate dance but at a very coarse level. Computer simulations of this dance are increasingly providing much needed atomistic details. The general interest of our group is to gain novel insight into biology from the computer simulations of such events. Such methods can be used to both understand the dances and what happens when things go wrong that lead to a disease such as cancer. Using those information one can start designing drugs in a rational manner. Right now the p53-pathway and Bcl2 family are two primary areas of focus, where both are promising areas of cancer therapeutics. We work in a truly interdisciplinary manner and so students/postdocs coming from various disciplines e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Computer Science etc. can contribute to our laboratory with their own domain of expertise and can expand knowledge in other areas.

Ph.D. position available: MSc in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biophysics and CSIR/UGC NET qualified candidates can send CV by email.

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Selected Publications:

Maity A, Sinha S, Ganguly D, Ghosh Dastidar S.C-terminal tail insertion of Bcl-xL in membrane occurs via partial unfolding and refolding cycle associating microsolvation. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2016; 18(34):24095-105.

Majumdar S, Maiti S, Ghosh Dastidar S. Dynamic and Static Water Molecules Complement the TN16 Conformational Heterogeneity inside the Tubulin Cavity. Biochemistry. 2016; 55, 335-47.

Sinha A, Ray A, Ganguly S, Ghosh Dastidar S, Sarkar S. Variation in the ribosome interacting loop of the Sec61? from Giardia lamblia. Biol Direct. 2015;10(1):56.

Bhar, K et al., Phosphorylation of Leghemoglobin at S45 is most effective to disrupt the molecular environment of its oxygen binding pocket, The Protein Journal 2015;34(2):158-67

Priya P, Maity A, Majumdar S, Ghosh Dastidar S, J Mol Graph Model (2015) Mar 6;59:1-13. Interactions between Bcl-xl and its inhibitors: Insights into ligand design from molecular dynamics simulation.

Maity A, Majumdar S, Priya P, De P, Saha S, Dastidar SG, Adaptability in protein structures: Structural dynamics and implications in ligand design (Review), J Bio Mol Struc Dyn (2015)33(2):298-321 .

Maity A, Yadav S, Verma CS, Dastidar SG, Dynamics of Bcl-xl in Water and Membrane: Molecular Simulations PLoS One (2013) 8, e76837.

Sengupta A, Sarkar A, Priya P, Dastidar SG, Das S, New Insight to Structure-Function Relationship of GalNAc Mediated Primary Interaction between Insecticidal Cry1Ac Toxin and HaALP Receptor of Helicoverpa armigeraí. PLoS One (2013) 8, e78249.

Chakraborti S, Chakravarty D, Gupta S, Chatterji BP, Dhar G, Poddar A, Panda D, Chakrabarti P, Dastidar SG(*) and Bhattacharyya B (*),Discrimination of Ligands with Different Flexibilities Resulting from the Plasticity of the Binding Site in Tubulin, Biochemistry (2012) 51, 7138-48.

Dastidar SG, Lane DP, Verma CS. Why is F19Ap53 unable to bind MDM2? Simulations suggest crack propagation modulates binding, Cell Cycle (2012); 11: 2239-47.

Dastidar SG (*), Raghunathan D, Nicholson J, Hupp TR, Lane DP, Verma CS (*). Chemical States of the N-terminal “lid” of MDM2 regulate p53 binding. Cell Cycle (2011); 10: 82-89.

Dastidar SG, Madhumalar A, Fuentes G, Lane DP, Verma CS. Forces mediating protein-protein interactions: a computational study of p53 "approaching" MDM2. Theor Chem Acc (2010); 125: 621.

Dastidar SG, Lane DP and Verma CS. Multiple conformation give rise to similar binding affinities: Molecular simulation of p53-MDM2. J Am Chem Soc (2008); 130: 13514
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