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Dr Sanjib Bhakta is a world-leading TB-expert and academic head of the ISMB-Mycobacteria Research Laboratory at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/biology/our-staff/academic/sanjib-bhakta). His continued research interest in global infectious diseases (funded by Wellcome Trust, Research Council-UK, EU and International Newton Fund) is focussed on developing novel therapeutics as well as repurposing existing drugs to tackle antimicrobial resistance and persistence in TB. He has published around 100 original research articles for a number of internationally acclaimed journals viz. J. Exp. Med., J. Biol. Chem., Tuberculosis, Biochemical Journal, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, FEBS J, Molecular Microbiology, British Medical Journal, British Medical Bulletin, PLOS and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. As a UK-STEM ambassador and BSAC-Antibiotic Action Champion, Dr Bhakta has volunteered on the Wellcome Trust/Research Council-UK funded programme “Researchers in Residence” at local schools in London and has contributed to British Museum science programme “News & Views”.
Repurposing common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could potentially reverse intrinsic antimicrobial resistance in TB