Uttara has been a faculty member at the School of Arts and Sciences since 2018. Her current interests
lie in the interface of Chemistry and Biology, and Science Education.
Prior to joining APU, she taught Chemistry at Rishi Valley School and Lovely Professional University
(Physical Chemistry). She has experience teaching at Bachelors and Masters levels; and in middle
and high school. During her time at Rishi Valley School, she became interested in the teaching of
She finished her doctoral studies from Johns Hopkins University in Chemistry, during which she
worked on the mechanism of ribosome assembly, studying the binding of two rRNA-binding proteins
to a small, functionally important, fragment of the ribosome. She has postdoctoral experience in
investigating the biochemistry of cell division, viruses and using mass spectrometry to identify
bacteria. Her current research interests focus on strain level identification in
Uttara completed her Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry from Delhi University (Miranda House)
and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
- PhD (Johns Hopkins University)
- MSc Chemistry (IIT, Bombay)
- BSc Chemistry (Miranda House, Delhi University)
Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Areas of Interest
Biophysical Chemistry, Microbiology, Teaching methodologies in Chemistry
Using mass spectrometry for bacterial Identification, Protein-ligand Interactions, Macromolecules
Publications and Writings
- SenGupta, U., Kishore, U., Al-Mozaini, M. A., eds. (2018). Macromolecular Structure Underlying
Recognition in Innate Immunity. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88945-527-0
- Kamaljeet Aulia, Saurabh Bansal and Uttara SenGupta. ‘A study of the Interaction of bovine
Hemoglobin with Synthetic dyes using Spectroscopic techniques and Molecular docking’. Front.
Chem., 10 January 2017
- Fatima Smagulova, Kevin Brick, Yongmei Pu, Uttara Sengupta, R. Daniel Camerini-Otero and Galina V
Petukhova. ‘Suppression of genetic recombination in the pseudoautosomal region and at
subtelomeres in mice with a hypomorphic Spo11 Allele’; BMC Genomics 2013, 14:493
- Talekar A, Pessi A, Glickman F, Sengupta U, Briese T, Whitt MA, Mathieu C, Horvat B, Moscona A,
Porotto M. ‘Rapid screening for entry inhibitors of highly pathogenic viruses under low-level
biocontainment’. PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e30538.