Uttara Sengupta

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Biophysical and Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Innate Immunity
  • Bacterial Identification
  • Teaching in Chemistry


Uttara Sengupta is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Her current interests lie in the interface of Chemistry and Biology, and Science Education.

Prior to joining Azim Premji University, 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 chemistry.

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.

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÷9782889455270
  • 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.