Sarbani Bhattacharya

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MS in Patent Law, University of Notre Dame du Lac, May 2015 (expected).

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany, June 2009.

Biographical Information

Sarbani Bhattacharya has extensive experience in a variety of life science fields with specialization in biochemistry, structural biology and infection research.  Sarbani studied Biology and Chemistry during her Bachelors and obtained her Master’s degree in Biology. She did her Ph.D. at MDC-Berlin, Germany where she solved the X-ray crystal structure of human GADD45gamma, a stress-responsive protein involved in DNA damage response and tumor suppression.

After completing her Ph.D., Sarbani continued as a research fellow studying posttranslational regulation of zebrafish proteins using pulsed SILAC mass spectrometry. Sarbani then came to the University of Notre Dame as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011. As a postdoc, she elucidated the key structural and functional elements of group A Streptococcus virulence factor involved in infection.

Outside bench research, she had served as co-editor of MDC PhD newsletter in 2010. She was also a key team member on McCloskey Business Plan Competition Round 2 team in 2014.

During her time at Notre Dame, Sarbani has taken an active interest in intellectual property development and technology commercialization.  She hopes to utilize her Patent Law education to help inventors develop and protect their inventions from conception to commercialization.  Sarbani hopes to work for a company or firm as a patent agent in the biotechnology, biomedical, pharmaceutical, health care space.


Sarbani Bhattacharya, Zhong Liang, Adam J. Quek, Victoria A. Ploplis, Ruby Law, and Castellino FJ. Dimerization is not a determining factor for functional high-affinity human plasminogen binding by the Group A Streptococcal virulence factor PAM and is mediated by specific residues within the PAM a1a2-domain. J Biol Chem 2014;289(31):21684-93

Sarbani Bhattacharya, Victoria Ploplis, and Francis J. Castellino. Bacterial plasminogen receptors utilize host plasminogen system for effective invasion and dissemination. J Biomed Biotechnol2012; 2012:482096.

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