Amirul Islam Mallick

Assistant Professor
Dept: Biological Sciences (DBS)
E-mail: amallick [at] iiserkol.ac.in
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Research Interest:

    Dr. Amirul Mallick’s research interest is primarily focused on “Understanding the mechanism of molecular components involved in host-pathogen interaction” as an important step in developing safe and effective control measures against emerging pathogens. Currently, his research involves developing a safe and efficacious mucosal vaccine strategy against avian influenza virus (AIV). In India, currently there is no approved vaccine available against AIV which has tremendous economic and social impacts. Although a few vaccines available at different parts of the world, unfortunately, majority of those vaccines against AIV suffer from poor immunogenicity, insufficient sero-conversion rate, lack of cross-protection and inability to induce balanced cell-mediated immune responses. The major objective of his research is developing a vaccine candidate against AIV that would 1.Offer a balanced type immune response 2.Reduce the virus shedding to prevent the risk of inter- or intra-species virus transmission 3.Able to protect infection from divergent AIV subtypes.


Academic Background:
  1. BVSc and A.H. (Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry), F/O Veterinary and Animal Scs. (West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Scs,Kol), 2001
  2. MVSc (Microbiology and Immunology), Mathura Veterinary College (CSA University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur), 2003
  3. PhD (Biotechnology), Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit (Aligarh Muslim University), 2008, Specialization in Molecular Immunology


Positions:
  1. Post Doctoral Fellow, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada (2008 - 2010)
  2. Post Doctoral Fellow, Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto, ON, Canada (2010 - 2014)
  3. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )


Awards and Honors:
  1. National Merit Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (1996)
  2. Post Graduate merit scholarship from CSA University of Agrl. and Technol, Kapur (2001)
  3. Senior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi (2006)
  4. ICI - CSI International Travel Award from International Congress of Immunology (ICI) and Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) (2010)
  5. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship from Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (2012)
  6. Early Career Research Award from SCIENCE & ENGINEERING RESEARCH BOARD (SERB), India (2016)


Selected Publications:
  1. Wahid, Aws Abdul; Huang, Eric HB; Mallick, Amirul Islam and Gariepy, Jean. 2012. "A focused immune response targeting the homotypic binding domain of the carcinoembryonic antigen blocks the establishment of tumour foci in vivo. ." International Journal of Cancer , 131, 2839-2845
  2. Mallick, Amirul Islam; Paul, Michael St; Nagy, Eva and Sharif, Shayan. 2012. "Vaccination with CpG-adjuvanted avian influenza virosomes promotes antiviral immune responses and reduces virus shedding in chickens." Viral Immunology, 25, 226-231
  3. Mallick, Amirul Islam; Parvizi, Payvand; Read, L R; Behboudi, S; Behboudi, S and Sharif, Shayan. 2011. "Enhancement of immunogenicity of a virosome-based avian influenza vaccine in chickens by incorporating CpG-ODN.." Vaccine, 29, 1657-1665