Dr. Mamta Chawla-Sarkar the Deputy Director, Division of Virology, National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata, India. She gained her Master’s in Zoology in 1992 from Calcutta University and acquired the degree of Ph.D from Bose Institute-Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 1999. She did her Post-doctoral research work as Research Associate for six years in the Center for drug discovery & development, Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland. The research project was on analysis of the genes involved in antitumor effects of interferons and the mechanisms underlying IFN resistance in tumors of different histopathologies. After joining Division of Virology at NICED, Dr Chawla-Sarkar has been involved in studying influenza virus and rotavirus. Her research focus involves strain surveillance, virus-host interaction and identifying cellular proteins involved in viral pathogenesis for developing potential antiviral targets. As a scientist -in-charge for influenza surveillance in NICED, Dr Chawla-Sarkar was responsible for providing laboratory support for states in Eastern India during A/H1N1 pandemic in 2009. In 2013, she was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Science in India (NASI). She was honored with “National Women Bioscientist Award” by Department of Biotechnology in 2013. She is currently working on four projects: Multisite monitoring of Influenza Virus strains in India. Analysis of the Rotavirus-host cell interaction: Study of role of Rotavirus encoded proteins and host cellular proteins during virus infection. Analysis of the Rotavirus-host cell interaction: Study of role of Rotavirus encoded proteins and host cellular proteins during virus infection. National Rotavirus Surveillance Network. Dr. Chawla-Sarkar has trained number of students and project staff in various aspects of virus research. She is the author of more than 65 research papers in the peer-reviewed international journals and two Book chapters in the area of Molecular biotechnology, Immunology, Biological Chemistry.