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Dr Somenath Bakshi


Somenath Bakshi

University Assistant Professor

Academic Division: Information Engineering

Research group: Control

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32753


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Research interests

  • Design and optimization of synthetic genetic circuits
  • Analyzing antibiotic resistance and persistence
  • Dissecting microbial interaction at single-cell level
  • Developing quantitative biophysical methods: High-throughput time-lapse microscopy, Single molecule imaging, Image analysis, and Microfluidic methods

Strategic themes


Developing Microfluidic and Microscopic methodologies for analysis of gene-expression in microbes, and microbial eco-systems. 


Somenath Bakshi is a new University Lecturer interested in systems and synthetic biology. He is a single molecule biophysicist by training. He did his PhD in University of Wisconsin Madison under Professor James Weisshaar – developing super-resolution imaging technologies to study central cellular processes in microbes. After finishing his PhD, he moved to Harvard University for his postdoc with Professor Johan Paulsson. During his postdoc Somenath developed high-throughput timelapse imaging technologies of single microbes in controlled complex growth-conditions. Though most of his work has focused on developing methods and approaches to synthetic biology, he remains interested in quantifying the dynamics and control of natural circuits. 

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