Mr Biswajit Podder




I’m a doctoral candidate in the lab of Prof Martin Leverkus at Heidelberg University. I was born and raised in small-town Bangladesh before completing my B.Sc. To train myself, I spent about one year at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Dhaka. Then, I moved to South Korea to pursue my MS and achieved my MS degree from Soonchunhyang University. My favorite quote is “Everybody is special and nothing is impossible”

I am a MEL-PLEX PhD candidate broadly interested in melanoma cancer. For my doctoral thesis, I am working to understand the impact of necroptosis inhibitors on cell death resistance of malignant melanoma. I am using melanoma cell cultures, western blots, QPCR, and immunohistochemistry techniques to look for any effects of different inhibitors on the different melanoma cell types. I will be using a combined experimental and systems biological approach to understand necroptosis signalling in melanoma. To do my collaborative work, I will work for six months at RCSI, Ireland and three months at ProtATonce, Greece.


  • Best Research Award, June 2012; Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology.
  • Excellent Poster Award, October, 2013; International conference of the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Why are you doing a PhD?

 During my undergrad studies, I was very much motivated to be an academic as a professional. I recognize that there is a correspondent ruthlessness within academia – the demands of maintaining real research, vigorous experience in teaching, and of competing with other highly intelligent peers. I therefore have decided to pursue my doctoral degree where I can acquire more knowledge and expertise to make my dream come true.

Other interests?

 After the rigors of research, I refresh my mind through photography. I love to catch human activities through my lenses. I also enjoy cooking, reading and hanging out with friends.

  1.  Biswajit Podder, Yong-Sik Kim, Tamanna Zerin and Ho-Yeon Song. Antioxidant effect of silymarin on paraquat-induced human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell line. Food Chem Toxicol. 2012 Sep; 50(9):3206-14. doi: 10.1016/j.fct. 2012.06.007. Epub 2012 Jun 16.2.
  2. Biswajit Podder, Kyoung Seob Song, Ho-Yeon Song and Yong-Sik Kim. Cytoprotective effect of Kaempferol on Paraquat-exposed BEAS-2B cells via modulating expression of MUC5AC. Biol Pharm Bull. 2014;37(9):1486-94. 2.
  3. Biswajit Podder, Yong-Sik Kim and Ho-Yeon Song. Bioactive Sea buckthorn extract protects lung epithelial A549 cells against Paraquat-induced toxicity by induction of antioxidant related genes; Mol Med Rep. 2013 Dec; 8(6):1852-60. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2013.1736. Epub 2013 Oct 16.
  4.  Yong-Sik Kim, Biswajit Podder and Ho-Yeon Song. Cytoprotective effect of alpha-lipoic acid on paraquat- exposed human bronchial epithelial cells via activation of nuclear factor erythroid related factor-2 pathway; Biol Pharm Bull. 2013;36(5):802-11.
  5. Ha-Na Jung, Tamanna Zerin, Biswajit Podder, Ho-Yeon Song and Yong-Sik Kim. Cytotoxicity and gene expression profiling of polyhexamethylene guanidine hydrochloride in human alveolar A549 cells; Toxicol in vitro. 2014 Feb 25.
  6. Biswajit Podder, Ho-Yeon Song and Yong-Sik Kim. Naringenin exerts cytoprotective effect against Paraquat- induced toxicity in Human Bronchial Epithelial BEAS-2B cells through NRF2 activation. J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2014 Feb 25.
  7. Biswajit Podder, Woong Sik Jang, Kung-Woo Nam, Byung-Eui Lee and Ho-Yeon Song. Ursolic Acid activates intracellular killing Effect of Macrophage in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection; J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2014 Nov 19.
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One thought on “Mr Biswajit Podder

  1. atasi says:

    Awesome guy and a great cook. Never miss his Bangladedhi cuisine.
    Kind and helpful person. Nice photographer and overall, my youngest brother

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