• Brief Profile


    Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharya, born and brought up in Kolkata, did his basic medical training from the North Bengal Medical College near Siliguri in West Bengal. His interest in basic science led him to do his post-graduation in Medical Microbiology from JIPMER hospital in Pondicherry. In the field of medical research he has worked on the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus, antiviral resistance in hepatitis B virus, and had surveyed HIV viral load blips in patients on antiretroviral therapy, and compared diagnostic techniques in Influenza viruses. Dr. Bhattacharya received his training in Clinical Microbiology from the University Hospitals of Leicester, Coventry and Warwickshire and City Hospital Birmingham. He has worked and trained in Clinical Virology at HPA West Midlands Public Health Laboratory and the University Hospitals Birmingham in the UK. He has subsequently worked as a locum consultant microbiologist at the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust. His areas of medical interest include molecular methods in the diagnosis of Infectious Diseases, medical education and teaching, closer integration of laboratory medicine with clinical sciences, and the application of clinical microbiology and virology in the Indian context. He has published several papers in Indian and international medical journals and is in the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology and has received awards from Pondicherry University, University of North Bengal and other professional bodies (such as the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, and West Midlands Microbiology Group, England). Currently, he is working as an associate consultant at the Department of Microbiology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata.

Questions Answered by me

Serological tests such as ELISA (IgG, IgM or IgA) have very little value in the diagnosis of tuberculosis.
In a systematic review it was...

Answered on : 24 Jun 2011

The minimum duration of treatment in a case of cervical lymph node tuberculosis is 6 months. Nonspecific problems such as body ache are not...

Answered on : 13 May 2011

There could be a number of reasons why the lymph node enlargement has taken place after an initial episode of improvement (reduction of size)....

Answered on : 16 Mar 2011

ATT (anti-tuberculous therapy) should be started or stopped only after detailed consultation with a physician experienced in the management of TB...

Answered on : 13 Mar 2011

Atypical TB is caused by a group of bacteria which belong to Mycobacteria species other than tuberculosis (hence also known as MOTT or non-...

Answered on : 09 Mar 2011

Both Mantoux test and IgG ELISA measures previous exposure to the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Mantoux test measures the cell...

Answered on : 02 Mar 2011

The diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), like any other clinical condition, is reliant on a number of clinical, epidemiological, and investigation...

Answered on : 28 Feb 2011

Mantoux test detects previous exposure to tuberculosis. A positive Mantoux test cannot be used to diagnose active tuberculosis. Anti-tuberculous...

Answered on : 07 Feb 2011

Pericardial cavity is the potential space, which exists between the parietal and the visceral layer of the pericardium (a layer of tissue which...

Answered on : 04 Feb 2011

It appears from the Toxoplasma, Rubella and Cytomegalovirus serological reports that you had previous exposure to these infections. The exact time...

Answered on : 16 Jan 2011
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