Academic Department University Of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1998

History of the department :  The S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences was founded in 1998 in the University College of Medicine, University of Calcutta with the donation from Dr. Sachindra Nath Pradhan, a renowned medical Scientist of USA. The Centre has three chaired Professor posts - (1) S. N. Pradhan Professor of Neuroscience, (2) Sikta Pradhan Professor of Neuroscience and (3) Nagendranath Das Professor of Neurophysiology. The Nagendranath Das Professor post was created with the donation from Dr. Ashis K. Mandal and Mrs. Mina R. MandaI of California. In August 2000, the Centre was formally inaugurated by the Governor of West Bengal. In 2006, the 150th Anniversary Year of Calcutta University, Dr. S. N. Pradhan donated again 75,000 US dollar for the construction of a new floor for S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences covering 17,000 sq. ft at the Ballygunge Science College campus (5th Floor). Two Ramanujan fellows have joined at the Centre (2015 & 2016). One of the Ramanujan Fellow, Dr. Arnab Gupta, has received the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship (Rs. 3.60 Crore; 2016-2021). This is a very prestigious fellowship. Dr. Gupta is the 1st in this University and 5th in West Bengal, who received this fellowship. The Centre offers M. Sc. Neuroscience a 2 year degree course from the year 2007. This is the only Institution in the entire eastern India who offers M. Sc. degree course in Neuroscience. The Centre has received fund from UGC Innovative Programme under emerging area for teaching and research in Neuroscience for five years (2007-2012) and two posts, reader and lecturer. The Centre has a total of 6 posts – 3 chaired Professor posts, one Assistant Professor, two posts [one reader & one lecturer] awarded by UGC-Innovative Programme. The Centre also offers Ph. D. degree in Neuroscience since 2008. Subhajit Giri, one of the PhD research scholar, has received Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship provided by United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) for the academic session 2015-2016. With this fellowship he has been working in the University of Tennessee Health Science Centre, USA for part fulfillment of PhD work. Besides research scholars of this Centre present their work in National and International meetings.

Since 2008 the Centre also conducts Kolkata Regional Brain Bee – a Neuroscience quiz for XIth grade school students for awareness in Neuroscience at the school level. In 2016 the Centre conducted National Brain Bee, where students from 15 different States of India attended the programme. The National champion will participate in the International quiz contest The Centre train summer students of other University/Institute to give exposure in Neuroscience.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body :  The Centre has received fund from UGC- Innovative Programme under emerging area for teaching and research in Neuroscience for five years (2007-2012) and two posts, reader and lecturer.


Faculty Members
Name Designation Area of Specialisation Email/Phone number
Nilkanta Chakrabarti
Director (Additional Charge)
[Professor, Department of Physiology]
Brain & Cognitive Physiology; Neuro-endocrinology; Reproductive Physiology
Dr. Ashima Bhattacharjee
Ramanujan Fellow Faculty (Temporary) Redox biology, mechanism of neurodegenerative disorder

Visiting faculty members : Guest teachers from various Institute and Hospitals of Kolkata teaches our M. Sc. Neuroscience course. A few names are mentioned below

Name Institute attached with Period of appointment
Dr. Sumantra Das IICB Year wise
Dr. Subrata Banerjee SINP do
Dr. Malay Ghosal Calcutta Medical College do
Dr. Avijit Hazra IPGMER, Kolkata do
Dr. Tapan Kr Biswas Ex-RG Kar Medical College do
Dr. Satyabrata Dasgupta Ex- Medical College do
Dr. Utpala Chatterjee Ex-CNCI do
Dr. Biswapati Mukherjee Ex-Neuroscience, CU do
Dr. Debjani Guha Ex-Neuroscience, CU do

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M. Sc. Postgraduate B. Sc., MBBS, B Tech. 11
Ph D Postgraduate M. Sc., M. Tech  


Research scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the Supervisor Date of registration
Dr. Arindam Biswas Role of Genetic factors in Dementia Prof. Jharna Ray DST-Post-doctoral fellow
Dr. Subhadip Chakraborty Molecular Mechanism and Neuroprotection Study of Parkinson’s disease Prof. Jharna Ray UGC-Post-doctoral fellow
Arunima Bhaduri Studies on molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease to understand the role of potential genetic and environmental factors Prof. Jharna Ray 7271/Ph.D. (Sc.)Proceed/2015,
Date : 7th December 2015
Rishi Das Cognitive enhancing function of medicinal plants – an electrophysiological, behavioural and biochemical study Prof. Jharna Ray 0599/Ph.D.(Sc.)Proceed/2016,
Date : 22nd January 2016
Santanu Das Regulation of ATP7B, Wilson disease protein Arnab Gupta To be registered
Arunibha Ghosh Molecular study of dopaminergic pathway genes in pathogenesis of parkinson’s disease among patients of eastern India Prof. Jharna Ray 4819/Ph. D. (Sc) Proceed/2014;
Date: 15th July, 2014
Subhajit Giri Molecular basis of pathogenesis of dystonia among Indian patients Prof. Jharna Ray 2542/Ph.D.(Sc.)Proceed/ Date: May 10, 2013
Prosenjit Pal PD Pathogenesis: Factors involved in Dopaminergic Neuronal Transmission and Mitochondrial Integrity Prof. Jharna Ray 4821/Ph.D.(Sc.)Proceed/2014; Date: 15th July, 2014
Shubhrajit Roy Studies on molecular basis of Wilson disease Prof. Jharna Ray & Prof. Kunal Ray 3482/Ph.D.(Sc) Proceed/2015, Date: 25th May 2015
Dipanwita Sadhukhan Studies on molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease by genetic and     functional approaches Prof. Jharna Ray 4140 Ph.D. (Sc) Proceed / 13,
Date: 11-07-2013
Projects :
Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Molecular Mechanism and Neuroprotection Study of Parkinson’s disease D. S. Kothari  postdoctoral  fellowship, UGC, GOI Subhadip Chakraborty 2013-2016 Rs.21 lakh
Role of Genetic factors in Dementia Post-doctoral Fellowship, DST, GOI Arindam Biswas 01.10.2015 – 30.09.2017 Rs. 1892000.00
Novel regulatory mechanisms of human copper transporters DST-Ramanujan fellowship Arnab Gupta 2015-20 89,00,000
Mechanistic studies on trafficking of human copper ATPase ATP7B DST-Early Career Award Arnab Gupta 2016-19 39,00,000
Mechanism & Consequences of Disruption of Cellular Copper Homeostasis DST-Ramanujan fellowship Ashima Bhattacharjee 2016-2021 89,00,000
“Risk factors and molecular genetic studies of dementia among eastern Indian patients” Dementia Project, DBT, GOI Jharna Ray Under consideration 59343480.00
Collaborations :
Title of the programme Principle collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme
Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia and Dementia Prof. Jharna Ray Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata Dr. S K Das Since 2003
Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease and Dystonia Prof. Jharna Ray Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai Dr. Charulata Sankhla Since 2008
Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia and Dementia Prof. Jharna Ray Railway Hospital, Kolkata Dr. Bhaskar Roy Since 2008
Trafficking of copper transporters  Arnab Gupta and
Ashima Bhattacharjee
Charles and Margaret Dyson Professor of Ophthalmology Research Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Cornell University, Well Cornell Medical College
New York
Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan Since 2016
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic centre :
  • Teaching Thrust areas : Offer M. Sc. Neuroscience, a 2 year, 4 Semester degree course since 2007
  • Research thrust areas: Genetics and molecular mechanism of Parkinson’s disease, Wilson disease, Menkes disease, Dystonia, Dementia; Bheviour and Neuroprotection; redox biology, trafficking of membrane proteins in neurons
  • Offer Ph D in Neuroscience since 2008
Teaching support :
  • Power point presentation
  • Hand on training in both dry (computer) and wet lab experiments
Research support :
Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
PCR machine Genetics and Mol Biol work CSIR, UGC-Innovative Programme
Gel-doc, BioRad DNA, RNA, Protein studies UGC-Innovative Programme
Spectrophotometer, Jasco Absorbance measurement UGC-XI Plan
Fluroscence Spectrophotometer, Jasco Fluorometric analysis MoES, GOI
Laminar Flow Biocontainment [Klenzaids Model] For Cell culture study MoES, GOI
Clean Air Work Station [Klenzaids Model] For Bacterial study MoES, GOI
Trinocular Microscope Cell biology/ histological work MoES, GOI
Eyela Low Temperature Incubator shaker Microbial /recombinant DNA work MoES, GOI
Transblot SD Semi-Dry Electrophoretic Transfer Cell [BioRad] Proteomics /immunological work MoES, GOI
Inverted tissue culture trinocular microscope with digital camera [Leica] Cell biology MoES, GOI
iMark Microplate Absorbance Reader with software [BioRad] Proteomics/immunological work MoES, GOI
Milli Q water All kind of wet lab experiments UGC XI Plan
ANY Maze soft ware, 8-Arm Maze, Morris water Behaviour study DST-PURSE
Sterotaxic instrument Brain injection in mapped location UGC-Innovative Programme
EEG machine Electrophysiology UGC-Innovative Programme
Plethysmometer Inflammation study DST-PURSE
Tissue culture facility For Cell culture study DST-PURSE
HPLC Proteomics study MoES, GOI
Cold Centifuge DNA, RNA, Protein studies MoES, GOI
CO2 Incubator For Cell culture study
Major activities :
  • Offer M. Sc. 2 year degree course
  • Offer Ph D in Neuroscience
  • Conduct Kolkata-Regional Brain Bee – a Neuroscience Quiz to promote Neuroscience at the school level
  • Conduct Seminars, conference
  • Train M. Sc. students to provide research experience & oral presentation
Additional information :
  • Host M. Sc students and MBBS students for research training
  • Old Syllabus is already in the Website. New syllabus will be ready soon and will be posted when ready


Campus : Taraknath Palit Siksha Prangan (Ballygange Campus)

Address for communication : S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences (5th Floor), University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata - 700019, West Bengal, India