Aufau International Award 2016 | Young Scientist Award | Biological Sciences

Dr. Aniruddha Mitra


College for Life Sciences

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin




I am a biologist, interested in neuroethology, chemical ecology and insect behavior. I started my formal research career during my PhD (IISc Bangalore, with Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar), working on behavioral and chemical ecology of a social wasp (Ropalidia marginata). I showed how the queen prevents reproduction by workers, through chemical communication by a pheromone from the Dufour’s gland. I completed the work with multiple international peer reviewed publications, and presented my work at various national and international conferences, receiving the best poster presentation prize at the 79th Annual Conference of the Society of Biological Chemists (India). I was awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy-Young Scientist Award for my PhD work. Subsequently, I did post-doctoral work on Drosophila neuroethology and physiology at Washington University in St Louis, USA, looking at how Manganese modulates behavior through neurotransmitters like Dopamine and Octopamine. I was awarded a prestigious and highly competitive fellowship by the Research and Executive Agency, European Commission, European Union, and worked as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at CNRS, Gif sur Yvette, France, on the electrophysiology and behavior of chemosensation of Drosophila. Presently I am working as a Fellow of the College for Life Sciences, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Germany, looking at chemosensation in different organisms and practical applications of chemosensory mechanisms to build artificial chemosensory detectors.