Sasmita Nayak

Associate Professor

Dr. Sasmita Nayak was awarded with M.B.B.S degree in the year 1995 and completed her internship in the year 1996 from S.C.B Medical College Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India. After moving to USA for higher studies, she was E.C.F.M.G certified in the year 1999. She worked as a visiting physician at the Department of Paediatrics, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY, USA (2000-2003) and at the Department of Neurology, Albany Medical Centre, Albany, NY, USA (2004-2005). Her research career began as a research assistant at the Centre for Immunology and Microbial Diseases, Albany medical Centre, Albany, NY, USA (2006-2008). She earned her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA in the year 2012. Currently she is working as Assistant Professor at KIIT School of Biotechnology and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences(KIMS), KIIT Deemed to be University(KIIT-DU), Bhubaneswar.

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Educational Qualification
M.B.B.S, PhD

On-going International and Industrial Projects
  1. Use of probiotics to manage drug-resistant infections-A broad spectrum therapeutic approach, Funded by DD Innovation Inc. (2023-2025)
  2. Development of innovative and robust process of antimicrobial coating on Aluminium substrates, Funded by NALCO Ltd. (2021-2023)
  3. Food grade and antifungal testing of coated materials, Funded by Tata Steel Jamshedpur (2022-2023)
Finished Projects
  1. Indo-US Joint Center on Nanostructure Genomics: Designing Functionality of 2-Dimensional Nanostructures and Nano-Bio Interfaces, Funded by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) (2014-2017)
  2. Testing antibacterial activities of graphene on various surfaces (steel, iron, nickel, zinc), Funded by Tata Steel Jamshedpur (2014-2017)
  3. Testing and understanding of antimicrobial activity of graphene oxide containing composite substrates, Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur (2019-2021)
  4. Elemental Mapping and its use in regulation of mycobacterial SufB splicing by metals and its possible use as metal sensor. UGC-DAE CSR (2015-2018, extended 2019-2022)

Administrative Responsibility
  1. Program Head: M.Sc. Biotechnology/ M.Sc. Applied Microbiology (2022 and 2023 admitted batch)
  2. Coordinator (Academic), Final semester, M.Sc. Applied Microbiology, KSBT Member, R&D Cell, KSBT
  3. Faculty Mentor , IMTH 9th semester, KSBT
  4. Member, School level mentor counselling committee
  5. Member, Institute Biosafety Committee

Awards & Honours
  • Top 10 Best Women Leaders in Energy 2023 (April 2023, Women entrepreneur India Magazine)

Journals/Conferences :
1. Panda, S., Nanda, A., Nasker, S. S., Mehra, A., Ojha, D. K., Mohanty, P. S., & Nayak, S. (2023). Metal regulation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis SufB intein splicing at the host- pathogen crossroad. Clinical Science. DOI: 10.1042/CS20230307

2. Nasker, S. S., Ajayan, P. M., & Nayak, S. (2023). Emerging Trends and Future Direction of Graphene Family of Materials as Potential Antimicrobials: A Critical Review. ACS Materials Letters, 5(3), 673-693. DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.2c01116

3. Arega, A. M., Dhal, A. K., Nayak, S., & Mahapatra, R. K. (2022). In silico and in vitro study of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv uncharacterized protein (RipD): an insight on tuberculosis therapeutics. Journal of Molecular Modeling, 28(6), 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s00894-022-05148-1

4. Panda, S., Nanda, A., Sahu, N., Ojha, D. K., Pradhan, B., Rai, A., Suryawanshi, A., Banavali, N., & Nayak, S., (2022). SufB intein splicing in Mycobacterium tuberculosis is influenced by two remote conserved N-extein histidines. Bioscience reports, 42(3), BSR20212207. DOI: BSR20212207

5. Nanda, A., Nasker, S.S., Kushwaha, A.K., Ojha, D.K., Dearden, A.K., Nayak, S.K. and Nayak, S., (2021). Gold nanoparticles augment N-terminal cleavage and splicing reactions in Mycobacterium tuberculosis SufB. Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology, p.1213. DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2021.773303

6. Nasker, S. S., Nanda, A., Ramadass, B., & Nayak, S. (2021). Epidemiological Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Dynamics in the State of Odisha, India: A Yearlong Exploratory Data Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), p.11203. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182111203

7. Panda, S., Nanda, A., Nasker, S.S., Sen, D., Mehra, A. and Nayak, S., (2021). Metal effect on intein splicing: A review. Biochimie, 185, pp.53-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.biochi.2021.03.006

8. Arega, A.M., Pattanaik, K.P., Nayak, S. and Mahapatra, R.K., (2021). Computational discovery and ex-vivo validation study of novel antigenic vaccine candidates against tuberculosis. Acta Tropica, 217, p.105870. DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2021.105870

9. Nanda, A., Nasker, S.S., Mehra, A., Panda, S. and Nayak, S., (2020). Inteins in Science: Evolution to Application. Microorganisms, 8(12), p.2004. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms81220042

10. Panda, S., Rout, T.K., Prusty, A.D., Ajayan, P.M. and Nayak, S., (2018). Electron transfer directed antibacterial properties of graphene oxide on metals. Advanced Materials, 30(7), p.1702149. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702149

11. Topilina, N.I., Green, C.M., Jayachandran, P., Kelley, D.S., Stanger, M.J., Piazza, C.L., Nayak, S. and Belfort, M., (2015). SufB intein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a sensor for oxidative and nitrosative stresses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(33), pp.10348-10353. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1512777112

12. Huang, Y. M., Nayak, S., & Bystroff, C. (2011). Quantitative in vivo solubility and reconstitution of truncated circular permutants of green fluorescent protein. Protein Science, 20(11), 1775-1780. DOI: 10.1002/pro.735

Patents :
1. S. Nayak, Deepak K. Ojha, Sourya Subhra Nasker, Bikash K. Jena, Balram Polai, Binuta Patra; Indian Patent Application No. 202331026014, filed on 06.04.2023 entitled “A process for preparation of Bacteria-resisting graphene-oxide and graphene coated aluminium using electrochemical deposition” in the name of National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) and KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.

2. S. Nayak, S. Panda, and T. Rout filed an Indian Patent on “Process for the preparation of bacteria-resisting graphene-oxide steel, zinc, nickel, and tin composites”. Application No. 201931006349 A (Publication Date: 26/04/2019)