Dr Saumya BhaduriDr Saumya Bhaduri received his Master of Science in Biochemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Calcutta, India. He immigrated to the United States as an NIH Fellow at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. Dr. Bhaduri worked as a faculty member for 6 years at the Institute of Molecular Virology in St. Louis, MO. He later served as a faculty member at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, MO. After 5 years in the Pathology Department, Dr. Bhaduri joined the USDA/ARS as a Senior Scientist in the Eastern Regional Research Centre (ERRC) in Philadelphia, PA.

During his time at the USDA/ARS, Dr. Bhaduri created and established the first molecular biology laboratory at ERRC. He received a year-long sabbatical fellowship in order to further his exploration of DNA sequencing of food borne pathogens at the University of Reading, England. Over the course of his extensive experience at various institutions, Dr. Bhaduri’s major research areas focused on initiation of protein synthesis and genetic code, molecular virology, mapping of the histidine operon, and detection and isolation of foodborne pathogens.

In the early 1980’s, Dr. Bhaduri developed a novel protein extraction method that increased the biosafety of the environment by allowing for proteins to be extracted without exposure to the dangerous aerosol. This method was researched, developed, and published by Dr. Bhaduri in the Applied Environmental Microbiology journal. The USDA patented and licensed the method; consequently it has been valued and utilized by the global scientific community since then.

Dr. Bhaduri also developed a novel method to detect food borne pathogens using phenotypic expression. This method was researched, developed, and published by Dr. Bhaduri in the Clinical Microbiology journal. The USDA patented and licensed the method. Dr. Bhaduri trained USDA personnel in using this technique to increase the detection rates of pathogens in USDA facilities. The method was used by the FDA in California during a Yersinia outbreak in 1992.

He later developed a swab PCR technique which the USDA used for detection of pathogens. The method was published by the Molecular and Cellular Probe Journal.

Dr. Bhaduri’s work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals. Notable amongst his 87 publications are articles in Nature, Journal of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry Biophysics Research Communication, Gene, and Journal of Biological Chemistry. He has contributed chapters to various food microbiology books including Advances in Yersinia Research (published during the 10th International Symposium on Yersinia Research in 2010).

In addition to his publications and research work, Dr. Bhaduri has been invited to speak at many symposiums and conferences throughout his career as a molecular biologist such as the UCLA Symposium, the Gordon Research Conference, and the International Yersenia Symposium.

After 34 years of service, Dr. Bhaduri retired when he became legally blind. He continues to stay connected to the field of molecular biology as an independent scholar.