Pradip Kumar Tarafdar

Assistant Professor
Dept: Chemical Sciences (DCS)
E-mail: tarafdar [at]
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Research Interest:
  • Synthesis of Lipids, Organic Methodology and Drug-delivery
  • Viral and Bacterial Infection
  • Membrane Trafficking

Academic Background:
  1. Ph.D. (Bioorganic and Biophysical Chemistry), University of Hyderabad, India, 2010.
  2. M.Sc. (Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Specialization), University of Calcutta, India, 2004.
  3. B.Sc. (Chemistry Honors), Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur, University of Calcutta, India, 2002.

  1. NIH Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (2010-2012).
  2. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany (2013-2014).
  3. DST-Inspire Faculty, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (2014-15).
  4. Assistant Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara (2015).
  5. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (2015 - ).

Awards and Honors:
  1. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
  2. Max-Planck Fellowship
  3. DST-Inspire Faculty Award

Selected Publications:
  1. Effect of Hofmeister Series Anions on the Thermotropic Phase Behavior of Bioactive O-Acylcholines. (2013). P. K. Tarafdar, S. T. Reddy & M. J. Swamy*. J. Phys. Chem. B 117, 9900-9909.
  2. Wild-Type and Mutant Hemagglutinin Fusion Peptides Alter Bilayer Structure as Well as Kinetics and Activation Thermodynamics of Stalk and Pore Formation Differently: Mechanistic Implications (2013). H. Chakraborty, P. K. Tarafdar, D. G. Klapper & B. R. Lentz*. Biophysical Journal 105, 2495-2506.
  3. Phosphatidylserine Inhibits and Calcium Promotes Model Membrane Fusion. (2012). P. K. Tarafdar, H. Chakraborty, S. M. Dennison & B. R. Lentz*. Biophysical Journal 103, 1880-1889.
  4. Biophysical Investigations on the Aggregation and Thermal Unfolding of HarpinPss and Identification of Leucine-Zipper-Like Motifs in Harpins. (2009). P. K. Tarafdar, V. L. Vasudev, A. Kondreddy, A. R. Podile & M. J. Swamy*. Biochim. Biophys. Acta-Proteins and Proteomics 1794, 1684-1692. IF-3.19, ISSN- 1570-9639.