Jamia Millia Islamia alumnus Dr Amit Dutt from Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, has been awarded with Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Medicine 2017. A Jamia official has termed it a moment of pride.
Dr Dutt is a Principal Investigator (Scientist F) at ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre since Oct 2010.
Dr Dutt is a recipient of two PhD degrees: One from Switzerland and another from Department of Bioscienes, Jamia.
After completing his doctoral studies in Plant Genetics from ICGEB/ JMI, Delhi (mentor/s Dr Vanga Siva Reddy/ Dr Arif Ali), he pursued second PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
He is a recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship award (2005); the Ramalingaswami Fellowship Award (2010) and the Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship (2012).
He was recently nominated as Faculty Member in Medical Genetics- F1000 Prime (2015); serves on the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE; BMC Genomics; and, on the advisory Board of several start-up companies in India.
The focus of his laboratory at ACTREC is to use genomic approaches to uncover the causes of human disease particularly head and neck, lung, and gallbladder cancer using advanced sequencing and functional genomics approaches; to develop novel computational approaches to analyze high throughput cancer genome dataset; and, study the pathogens associated with human cancer. Dr Dutt’s laboratory in collaboration with Dr Kumar Prabhash has pioneered EGFR and KRAS mutation profiling in lung cancer patients of Indian origin; developed computational tools like “HPVDetector”, “TMC-SNPdb” and experimental tools like “CRE” with application in clinical diagnostics at the TMH.