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Bhaswati Manish

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD in Molecular Neuroscience - Indian Institute of Chemical Biology under Jadavpur University (INDIA)
MS in Zoology - Burdwan University (INDIA)
BS in Zoology - Calcutta University (INDIA)

Post-Doctoral Research Experience:
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York City, New York)
Research Fellow - The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Research Fellow - UNMC (Omaha, Nebraska)
Research Fellow - Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)

General Background

I was in the scientific research arena for almost two decades before joining the teaching profession in 2012. After completing my PhD. In Molecular Neuroscience from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, I came to United States to get post-doctoral research experience. Working towards that goal, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow and senior researcher under different Health care and University systems. In these research labs, I worked on projects linked with Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson Disease, Autism, Brain Tumor, and Pancreatic Cancer. For all these projects I had to work on animal models and then collaborate several times with the personnel linked with the clinical sides. All my research works, publications, presentations, award, and honors are linked and can be searched with my maiden name Bhaswati Bandyopadhyay/Banerjee.

As an adjunct instructor, I had designed and taught advance level courses such as Biochemistry (lecture and lab), Developmental Biology (lecture), Microbiology (lecture and lab), Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology and Genetics to Premed, Nursing and Bio major students in different liberal art colleges and Universities in Omaha and nearby Nebraska cities (such as Midland University, College of Saint Mary, Bellevue University, Metropolitan Community College, and Central Community College). I have also taught BIO and CHEM 101 to freshman and non-major students from both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. Additionally I had advised, guided and mentored students in selecting summer research projects at different healthcare and research institutes in the area. These projects were based on a wide range of topics from several Life science disciplines including those of Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Cancer biology, Virology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Pharmacology.

I joined Nebraska Methodist College as a full time faculty in 2019 January. At NMC I have taught Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Nutrition. My teaching philosophy is that an instructor or teacher is someone who has a big influence on their students and that is a responsibility I take very seriously. Today’s students are tomorrow’s decision-makers. Instilling them with the values of ethics, moral responsibility, respect, integrity and qualities such as being confident, motivated and innovative in applying their knowledge gained from education is as important as their education itself.

Notable Publications

  • Giza J, Urbanski MJ, Prestori F, Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Yam A, Friedrich V, Kelley K, D'Angelo E, Goldfarb M. (2010) Behavioral and cerebellar transmission deficits in mice lacking the autism-linked gene islet brain-2. The Journal of Neuroscience 2010 Nov 3;30(44):14805-16.
  • Chang E., Honson N.S., Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Funk K.E., Jensen J. R., Kim S., Naphade S. and Kuret J.(2009) Modulation and detection of tau aggregation with small-molecule ligands. Review. Current Alzheimer Research 6: 5; 409-414.
  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Li G., Yin H. and Kuret J. (2007) Tau aggregation and toxicity in a cell culture model of tauopathy. The Journal Biological Chemistry 282: 22; 16454-16464
  • Banerjee, Bhaswati and Chaudhury S. (2002) Thyroidal regulation of different types of NaKATPase in the primary cultures of neurons derived from fetal rat brain. Life Sciences 71:14; 1643-1654
  • Banerjee, Bhaswati and Chaudhury S. (2001) Thyroidal regulation of different types of NaKATPase in glial cells of developing rat brain. Life Sciences 69:20; 2409-2417
Oral Presentations
  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati (2009) Aberrant brain cell death in Alzheimer's disease: Molecular mechanism, diagnosis and preventive measures. Biology of Aging class, Guest Speaker. Midland University, Swanson Hall, 900 N. Clarkson St. Fremont, NE 68025
  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati (2008) Understanding human diseases from the cell mortality perspective: Aberrant brain cell death in Alzheimer's disease and abnormal cell proliferation and metastasis in Cancer. MLC Science Division Seminar, Guest Speaker.
    Midland University, Swanson Hall, 900 N. Clarkson St. Fremont, NE 68025
  • Banerjee, Bhaswati, and Chaudhury S. (2002) Thyroidal Regulation of different types of NaKATPase in the primary cultures of neurons derived from fetal rat brain. International Symposium on Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection and XIX Annual Meeting of the Indian Academy of Neuroscience.

Poster Presentations

  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Mohr A., Caffrey T., Chaika N.V., Singh P.K., Hollingsworth M.A., Wheelock M.J. and Johnson Keith R. (2010) c-Jun-N terminal Kinase (JNK) Inhibitor as Potential Drug Candidate for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment. 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in Philadelphia, PA, December 11- 15, 2010.
  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Shintani Y., Johnson K.R. and Wheelock M.J. (2009).Testing Therapeutic Applications of JNK and DDR1 Inhibitors in N-Cadherin Dependent Pancreatic Cancer. University of Nebraska Medical Center Pancreatic SPORE Retreat Nebraska City, Nebraska March 16-17, 2009.
  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Kuret J., Naphade S., Chang E. and Honson N. (2008). A Neuronal model of tau aggregation and neurotoxicity. Keystone Symposium Alzheimer's Disease (C7), Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado March 24 - March 29, 2008.
  • Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati, Yin H., Naphade S. and Kuret J. (2007). Tau aggregation and toxicity in a cell culture model of taupathy. 37th Annual Meeting of the Society For Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA, Nov 5th 2007.
  • Banerjee, Bhaswati and Chaudhury S. (2000). Thyroidal Regulation of different types of Na-KATPase in glial cells of developing rat brain. XXIV All India Cell Biology Conference (Indian Society of Cell Biology, India) – School of Life Sciences, Special Center for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • Banerjee, Bhaswati and Chaudhury S. (1999). Developmental pattern of expression of different isoforms of Na-K-ATPase in isolated neurons from rat brain. Colloquium on “BRAIN RESEARCH” (organized by National Brain Research Centre) – Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.
Notable Awards and Honors:
  • In 2008 Qualified for the Research Travel award to attend and present at the prestigious Keystone Symposium on Alzheimer's Disease (C7), Mar 24-29, 2008, at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado. Poster presented was selected as one of the 5 best posters.
  • In 1997 qualified the highly competitive and prestigious National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF - CSIR) - 1997, coordinated jointly by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) India and University Grant Commission (UGC), India. Promoted to Senior Research Fellow in Ph.D. program in 2000 on the basis of assessment and publication report.

Professional Affiliations and Other Activities:

  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
  • Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS)
  • Member and sponsor of Children International, ASHA for Education
  • Certified from and participated in Dale Carnegie Training programs (2005, 2010)
  • Volunteered at cultural and social fundraising events (Cultural coordinator of Cricket Association of Nebraska India Night 2010 fundraiser
  • dinner, ASHA fundraising for 2004 tsunami)
  • Served in the Postdoc Event Planning Committee, The Ohio State University
  • Served as Invited Panel Member on Expand Your Horizons conference and workshop held at Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • In the past have also remain affiliated with:
  • The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • New York Academy of Science (NYAS)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • Indian Academy of Neuroscience (IAN)
  • Society of Biological Chemists, India (SBC)