Prof. (Dr.) Prasanta Kumar Mitra: Editor - SMU Medical Journal
Prof. (Dr.) Prasanta Kumar Mitra is a very senior medical teacher and researcher. He has completed more than thirty seven years in medical teaching and about forty years in research. Presently, as Professor of Biochemistry & Biotechnology he is heading the department of Medical Biotechnology of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences at 5th mile, Tadong, Gangtok under the Sikkim Manipal University.
After completing Masters in Biochemistry from the Calcutta University in 1974, Prasanta Kumar Mitra entered in research field. He did his first Ph.D. from the Calcutta University in Biochemistry in 1979. After completing Post doctoral work from Institute of Medical Sciences of the Banaras Hindu University he joined in teaching post of Demonstrator in the department of Biochemistry of North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri where he started independent research work and bagged second Ph.D. degree in Life Science from the North Bengal University in 1988. From the same University he got his third Ph.D. in Chemistry in the year 2000 and the fourth Ph.D. degree he received in Medical Biochemistry from the Sikkim Manipal University in the year 2010.
Dr. Mitra’s research area is ‘Medicinal plants of India’. He has published one hundred five research papers in national and international journals. Fifteen students did their Ph.D. work under his guidance. He was co-supervisor of the research projects of five MD students also.
On behalf on Govt. of West Bengal, Prof. Mitra worked as Coordinator of the World Bank and GTZ projects for Health Sector Development in North Bengal.
Prof. Mitra was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Biotechnology and Biosciences. On behalf of the Sikkim Manipal University as editor he has started SMU Medical Journal, the first research journal of its kind in Sikkim. He is also associated with many national and international research journals as Editor, Associate Editor and Member of Editorial Board.
Over and above, Prof. Mitra is a well known science writer and science popularizer. He has written fifteen hundred eighty seven popular science articles in different newspapers / magazines. In fact, weekly science feature page of Uttarbanga Sambad, a leading Bengali daily newspaper of North Bengal, is being published under his editorship for last more than three decades.
Prof. Mitra is the recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award for his academic excellence and outstanding contribution in the field of popularization of science in society.