Avijit Banik

Avijit Banik

Associate Professor, Biotechnology, GSS , VSP

Ph. D.
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Dr. Avijit Banik is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with specialization in the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Dr. Avijit obtained his Ph.D. from PGIMER, Chandigarh in 2014 and then went on to receive his post-doctoral trainings, from National University of Singapore and Emory University, Atlanta for 6.5 years.

The key research question Dr. Avijit is addressing on how neuroinflammatory pathways influence the AD pathology and whether targeting one of those can reduce the associated pathophysiological burden of the disease. Worth mentioning, his preliminary findings in animal studies have led to the approval of a NIH funded pre-clinical trials for his supervisor at Emory to test one of the candidate drugs targeting Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy in larger animals. Dr. Avijit is well versed with molecular genetics, cellular, biochemical and pharmacological assays associated with drug discovery program, and is an expert in behavioural neuroscience.

Dr. Avijit has always been an inspirational trainer and team leader for his fellow colleagues and junior students in the lab. His postdoctoral employer at Department of Pharmacology at Emory University nominated him as a “COVID-19 Lab Hero” for sustaining essential research works during pandemic. He has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications on his name and is a fine blogger addressing different science and social causes. One of his articles was recently recognized as a top 50 ideas for Ideathon - 'Vision 2040' an initiative by the Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020) Secretariat jointly with the Science Policy Forum and Office of PSA to the Govt of India. He was also actively involved in the formulation of current STIP2020 being an active Leadership Team member of an US based non-profit organization, Science and Research Opportunities in India (www.sciroi.net) enabling Indian STEM diaspora to transition back to India.


Degree NameInstitute & College nameYear of Graduation/Award
M.Sc.Dayananda Sagar Institute2005
B.Sc.East West College2003


DesignationOrganizationFrom DateTo Date
PostDoctoral FellowEmory University School of Medicine Atlanta GA USA28-08-201731-12-2021
Post Doctoral FellowNational University of Singapore Singapore02-11-201531-07-2017
Senior DemonstratorPGIMER Chandigarh04-08-201408-10-2015
Senior Research FellowPGIMER Chandigarh15-09-200731-12-2008
Research OfficerSri Raghavendra Biotechnologies P. Ltd. Bangalore01-08-200512-09-2007


Award nameAward OrganizationAwarded year
Ideathon Vision 2040Science Technology and Innovation Policy STIP Secretariat. Office of PSA. Govt of India2021
COVID19 Lab HeroDept. of Pharmacology. School of Medecine. Emory University. Atlanta. USA2020
Best Poster AwardCenter for Neuroscience Initiative Retreat. Auburn University. USA2020
Best Logo AwardDept. of Pharmacology. School of Medicine. Emory University. Atlanta. USA2019
Internship AwardOffice of Technology Transfer. Emory Universit. Atlanta. USA2019
Travel Award for International Society for Neurochemistry ISN Meeting. Cairns Aus.traliaICMR Delhi2015
Travel Award for 9th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience Rio de Janeiro Brazil.International Brain Research Organization2015
Quality Control of India QCI Award to our Team at NRL. PGIMER ChandigarhQuality Control of India. Delhi2014
Travel Award for Society for Neuroscience conference at San Diego USA.DBT Delhi2013
Senior Research FellowshipICMR Delhi2010