Assistant Professor & Head, Dept. of Zoology

Email – poojaswargiary19@gmail.com
Phone – 7578037988

Research Interest:

Cancer biology, Cancer epigenetics, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology.

Education Qualifications :

DegreeBoard/UniversityPercentage (%)/CGPAYearof Passing
Ph.D.North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong5.25 cgpa2022
M.Sc.JawaharlalNehru University, Delhi70.60 %2016
B.Sc.GauhatiUniversity, Guwahati69 %2014
10+2CBSE83.8 %2010
10CBSE87.2 %2008

Awards and Fellowship :

  • Recipient of M.Sc. fellowship under DBT-Builder Program
  • Awarded LS (NET) for Joint CSIR-UGC Test, December 2015, Rank- 99
  • Awarded NET-JRF for Joint CSIR-UGC Test, June 2016, Rank- 146
  • Awarded NET-JRF for Joint CSIR-UGC Test, December 2016, Rank- 156

Faculty Development Programmes :

  • Attended a 4-Week Faculty Induction Programme from 2nd to 31st December, 2023 organised by Ramanujan College, University of Delhi under Ministry of Education, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching.
  • Attended Induction Training Programme for Newly Appointed Assistant Professors of Higher Education Institutions of Assam, on 21st and 22nd January, 2024, organised by UGC-MMTTC at Bodoland University, Kokrajhar.

Research Experience :

  • One-year research experience for M.Sc. dissertation on the topic “Cloning of neuronal t-SNARE SNAP-25 from rat neuroendocrine cell line for expression in immune cells”.
  • Worked as a JRF for one year in the project entitled “To investigate how apoptosis and splicing associated protein complex interface with splicing and connects exon junction complex” from 1-11-2016 to 31-10-1017 under Dr. Kusum Kumari Singh, Dept. of BSBE, IIT Guwahati.
  • Four year’s research experience as a Ph.D. research scholar on the topic “Understanding the epigenetic diversity of human oral and esophageal cancers in North-East India”.

Workshops and Training :

  • Hands on training and workshop on “Isolation and functional characterisation of microRNAs” from Nov 13-16, 2018 conducted by Centre for Advanced Studies, Dept. of Botany, NEHU, Shillong.
  • 4th Advanced Research Training Workshop on Understanding Human Disease and Improving Human Health Using Genomics-Driven Approaches held from 15th to 23rd October, 2019 at National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani.
  • Webinar and Workshop on “Protein Purification, Crystallization & Structure Determination” held on 6th August, 2021 organized by Tata Memorial Centre ACTREC, Mumbai and Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Srinagar.

Conferences :

  • Attended National conference on “Recent Advances in Applied Biological sciences”, (4th and 5th May 2018). Conducted by Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • Poster Presentation at National Seminar on “Contemporary Research in Biotechnology” (25th March, 2021). Conducted by Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • Oral Presentation at Online International Conference on “Recent Research in Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Stem cells, Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (BECBAB-2021)” (8th August, 2021). Conducted by Krishi Sanskriti Publications, New Delhi.

Technical Skills :

  • Well versed in molecular biology techniques like DNA, RNA, miRNA isolation, Cloning and Transfection
  • Protein work such as protein isolation, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting and Immunohistochemistry
  • qRT-PCR, FACS, Fluorescence microscopy
  • Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and ChIP-PCR
  • Mammalian cell culture techniques such as media preparation, maintenance of cell lines, cryopreservation
  • Animal handling (mice)
  • Lymphocyte culture, Cytogenic techniques (Metaphase plate preparation, Chromosomal aberration studies)
  • Bioinformatics tools, statistical software (Graph Pad Prism, Origin 8, SPSS)
  • Basic computer skills (MS Word, MS Power point, MS Excel)

Publications :

  • Swargiary, P., Boruah, N., Singh, C. S., & Chatterjee, A. (2022). Genome-wide analysis of DNaseI hypersensitivity unveils open chromatin associated with histone H3 modifications after areca nut with lime exposure. Mutagenesis, 37(3-4), 182-190.
  • Singh, C. S., Banerjee A., Boruah, N., Swargiary, P., Chatterjee, A., et al. (2022) The Emerging Potential of Securin Upregulation, Premature Anaphase Separation: Sister Chromatid Exchanges as Intermediate End-points to Monitor Oral and Esophageal Carcinogenesis. Biomark J Vol. 8, No.1: 109.
  • Boruah, N., Singh, C. S., Swargiary, P., Dkhar, H., & Chatterjee, A. (2022). Securin overexpression correlates with the activated Rb/E2F1 pathway and histone H3 epigenetic modifications in raw areca nut-induced carcinogenesis in mice. Cancer cell international, 22(1), 1-14.
  • Singh, C. S., Boruah, N., Banerjee A., Kurkalang, S., Swargiary, P., Dkhar, H., & Chatterjee, A. (2024). Differential expression of Mad2 gene is consequential to the patterns of histone H3 post-translational modifications in its promoter region in human esophageal cancer samples. Oncotarget, 2024, Vol. 15, 76-89.

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