Santonu Kumar Sanyal



Santonu Kumar Sanyal

(M.Sc., B.Sc.)

PhD Student

The University of Adelaide

School of Biological Sciences

Waite Laboratories, c/o CSIRO Land and Water

Waite Road, Gate 4, Taylor Building

Urrbrae, South Australia 5064, Australia


Mobile: +61415796209


Santonu Kumar Sanyal is a PhD Student in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Adelaide. His PhD Project is “Bacteria from gold grains – diversity, functions and applications”. His research interest aims to unveil complex relationship of Microbes with Metal’s biogeochemical Cycle.  Mr. Sanyal received the prestigious Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) for pursuing his PhD.  He obtained his B.S (Hon’s) with Deans Award (2012) and M.S (2014) in Microbiology from The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously He worked on Arsenic Microbiome analysis and bioremediation project as a MS thesis student

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013 M.Sc. in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thesis Topic: Diversity of Arsenite Oxidase Gene and Arsenotrophic Bacteria From Arsenic Contaminated Soils of Faridpur, Bangladesh
  • 2012 B.Sc. in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Academic Appointments

  • 2016 (July) – Present: Lecturer (On Study Leave) Department of Microbiology, Jagannath University, Dhaka-1100, Bangladesh
  • 2015(May) –  2016 (July): Lecturer Department of Microbiology, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Jessore-7408, Bangladesh

 Awards & Achievements

  • Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) for PhD (Cellular and Molecular Biology) at The University of Adelaide. (2016)
  • Outstanding performance Award for MS Exam (Department of Microbiology, DU)  (2014)
  • Deans Award (Faculty of Bioscience , University of Dhaka)  (2013)
  • National Science and Technology Fellowship ( NST fellowship for thesis) (2013-2014)
  • Outstanding performance Award for BS (Hons). (Department of Microbiology, DU) (2013)
  • Duke of  Edinburgh bronze award for young people.(2010)
  • Nippon Foundation & Bangladesh scholarship council’s scholar award (2010)
  • Bangladesh Govt. board  merit Scholarship (2006-2013)

Professional Memberships

  • Bangladesh Society of Microbiologist  (since 2015)

Research Interests and Expertise

Santonu’s research interest to isolate and molecular analysis of heavy metal/metalloid associated microbes. Microbial diversity analysis by using culture independent and dependent molecular biological techniques to unveil the role complex microbial community structure on various samples (environmental and clinical) is one of his research interest. Designing, development and validation of various enrichment culture medium for isolation of environmental bacteria (stressed, starved and under tremendous toxic environment) is one of his goal.

Microbiological and Molecular Biology skills: DNA and RNA extraction, plasmid DNA preparation, restriction enzyme digestion, Rapid amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD), PCR,  real time PCR, Molecular Cloning, DGGE, agarose gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, cell fractionation by differential centrifugation, preparation of cells for cryopreservation.

Bioinformatical skills: DNA Sequence Analysis, Molecular Phylogeny analysis, Primer designing, Protein Modeling, Dendrogram and Cluster analysis and use of various Bioinformatical tools.



  1. Sanyal, S. K., Mou, T. J., Chakrabarty, R. P., Hoque, S., Hossain, M. A., & Sultana, M. (2016). Diversity of arsenite oxidase gene and arsenotrophic bacteria in arsenic affected Bangladesh soils. AMB Express6(1), 1.
  2.   Sultana, M., Sanyal, S. K., & Hossain, M. A. (2015). Arsenic Pollution in the Environment: Role of Microbes in Its Bioremediation. In S. Singh, & K. Srivastava (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Uncovering New Methods for Ecosystem Management through Bioremediation(pp. 92-119). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8682-3.ch005
  3.  Sanyal, S. K., Karmaker, M., Sultana, M., & Hossain, M. A. (2015). Association of Bacillus circulans with non-diabetic foot infection in Bangladeshi patient. Indian journal of medical microbiology33(4), 606. DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.167346
  4. Karmaker M, Sanyal SK, Sultana M, Hossain MA. (2015) Association of bacteria in diabetic and non-diabetic foot infection – An investigation in patients from Bangladesh.Journal of Infection and Public Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jiph.2015.10.011
  5. Hossain, A., Nandi, S. P., Siddique, M. A., Sanyal, S. K., Sultana, M., & Hossain, M. A. (2015). Prevalence and distribution of White Spot Syndrome Virus in cultured shrimp. Letters in applied microbiology60(2), 128-134. DOI: 10.1111/lam.1235
  6. Sanyal, S. K., Chakrabarty, R. P., Hossain, M. A and Sultana M. (2014).Characterization of Arsenite Resistant Escherichia coli Isolated from Tubewell Water of Singair, Manikganj, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Microbiology., 31 (1&2)
  7. Hossain, A., Sanyal, S. K., Siddique, M. A., Biswas R.K., Sultana, M., & Hossain, M. A. (2014). Envelope Protein Gene VP466-a Target for PCR Detection of White Spot Syndrome Virus in Shrimp. Bangladesh Journal of Microbiology, 31 (1&2)