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605-670-9128 adh03@hotmail.com


Solutions-focused, multidisciplinary professional seeking to contribute molecular biology, antimicrobial research, and microbiology expertise toward supporting a progressive organization in optimizing performance. Calm demeanor in the face of difficulties; ability to manage multiple projects while working under pressure in fast-paced environments. Highly versatile; adept at quickly mastering new roles and responsibilities. Reputation for integrity, perseverance, and work ethic. Continuously pursues opportunities to learn and takes on challenges for further professional growth.


Grant Writing & Manuscript Writing

• Outside-of-the-Box Problem Solving

Student Mentoring & Motivation

Molecular Biologist & Microbiologist

Presentations & Publications Laboratory Management • Collaborative Teamwork

Biochemistry & Protein Sciences Nanosciences

Research & Analysis • Relationship Building • Team Leadership


The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (2005-Present) Assistant Professor, Basic Biomedical Sciences Teach, train, mentor, and supervise summer trainees, undergraduates, graduates, research and postdoctoral associates in the laboratory and classroom to achieve academic success by effectively evaluating their abilities, interests, and talents as well as successfully conduct all facets of research related to develop therapeutic agents against Staphylococcus and/or multiple pathogens and vaccine against S. aureus. Develop a strong comprehension in the field of molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, structural genetics, protein purification, antibodies production, host-pathogen interaction (cell culture and small animal models), and nanosciences. Authored and submitted manuscripts and grants, as well as analyzing manuscripts for professional journals. Served in various committees related to service, professional, and academic in support of University’s goals and objectives.

academic in support of University’s goals and objectives. Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH (2001-2005) Research
academic in support of University’s goals and objectives. Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH (2001-2005) Research
academic in support of University’s goals and objectives. Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH (2001-2005) Research

Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH (2001-2005) Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor Mentored and motivated associates and technicians, playing a key role in their development, performance, and proficiency in microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and structural genetics. Successfully researched, authored, and published research related to staphylococcal research. Maintained full accountability for handling all aspects of day-to-day activities in support of organizational goals and objectives. Applied strategic planning, prioritization, and management skills toward consistently achieving critical deadlines while maintaining high quality standards.

critical deadlines while maintaining high quality standards. Central Drug Research Institute, India (1999-2001) Scientist
critical deadlines while maintaining high quality standards. Central Drug Research Institute, India (1999-2001) Scientist

Central Drug Research Institute, India (1999-2001) Scientist E I Developed a strong understanding of Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Host-pathogen interaction. Demonstrated expertise in matters involving cloning and characterization of potential new drug targets in fillaria and malaria parasites.

Career Note: Additional experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate for The Rockefeller University, Research Associate for Duke University Medical Center, and Junior and Senior Research Fellow for Jawaharlal Nehru University.


Ph. D., Molecular Biology - Jawaharlal Nehru University, India M. Phil., Molecular Biology - Jawaharlal Nehru University, India M. Sc., Biotechnology - Jawaharlal Nehru University, India B. Sc., Physics (Honors) - University of Calcutta, India Conferences & Seminars: Attended 16 in the Last 5 Years


Dean’s Team Award - South Dakota State University Junior/Senior Research Fellowship for Post Graduate Studies - Govt. of India GATE Engineering Scholarship for Post Graduate Studies - Govt. of India Scholarship, Master Degree Program in Biotechnology - Govt. of India National Scholarships - Govt. of India


Member - American Society for Microbiology, 2001-Present Member - American Association of Advancement of Science, 2001-Present Member - Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2007-Present


(*Corresponding Author; Selected 4 out of 37; Additional details provided upon request)

1. Krishna R Raghupati, Ranjit T. Koodali*, and A. C. Manna*. 2011. Size dependent bacterial growth inhibition and antibacterial mechanism of zinc oxide nanoparticles. Langmuir 27:4020-4028.

2. Ballal, A. and A. C. Manna*. 2010. Control of thioredoxin reductase (trxB) transcription by SarA in

Staphylococcus aureus.

J. Bacteriol 192: 336-345.

3. Manna$, A.C., Liu$, Y., C-H., Pan$, Kriksunov, I. A., Thiel, D. J., A. L. Cheung, and G. Zhang. 2006. Structural and Functional analyses of the global regulatory protein SarA from Staphylococcus aureus. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 103 :2392-2397 ( $ equal authors).

4. Manna, A. C., K.S. Pai, D. E. Bussiere, C. Davis, S. W. White and D. Bastia. 1996. Helicase- contra-helicase interaction and the mechanism of termination of DNA replication. Cell 87: 881-891.


Undergraduate & Graduate students mentored: 9 SD-BRIN Summer students Mentored: 6 Master & Ph. D. dissertation/thesis committee served/serving: 8


Editorial Board: Journal of Microbiology Research; The Scientific World Journal Reviewer: Journal of Bacteriology, 2007-Present; Archives Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2008-Present; Infection and Immunity, 2003-Present; Tubercule, 2008-Present; Plasmid, 2009-Present; BMC Microbiology, 2009-Present; Environ. Science & Technology, 2010-Present; Applied & Environ. Microbiology, 2009-Present; Scand. Journal of Infectious Disease, 2009-Present; Microbiology, 2009-Present; FEMS Microbiology Letters, 2010-Present; PLOS One, 2009-Present; Langmuir, 2009-Present; Acta Biomaterilia, 2011-Present; African J Microbiology Research, 2010-Present; Environ. Pollution, 2010-Present; Annals Microbiology, 2011-Present; Medical Sci Monitor, 2011- Present; ACS Applies Materials & Interfaces, 2011-Present


(Select List; Additional details provided upon request)

Extramural Grants

1. National Institutes of Health, approx. $358,750. Role: PI. Type: R21.

Intramural Grants

1. Sanford Research grant, University of South Dakota, $5,000. Role PI.

2. USD-INBRE Pilot Research Grant Program, $50,000.

3. Mid-West Gram-Positive Consortium. May 2006. Funded: $15,000.