Professor Emeritus of Microbiology
Professional Accomplishments at Miami University:
Emertius Professor, Dr. J.K. Bhattacharjee has received many awards and recognitions for his outstanding research, successful teaching and dedicated service to Miami University and the Oxford community.
Dr. Bhattacharjee and his many B.S., M.S., Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows have published numerous research papers and reviews on the novel lysine biosynthesis in yeast, regulation of glucose metabolism in yeast and the effects of dietary amino acids malnutrition on the immune response in mice. He is known internationally as a pioneer and authority on the unique biochemical pathway for the synthesis of lysine in yeast and other fungi. He investigated the seven biochemical steps, enzymes and molecular properties of the genes responsible for the biosynthesis of lysine. He and his students presented many research papers at the regional, national and international scientific meetings. He and his colleagues have published several articles on the importance of evolution and false alarms for smallpox and swine flu pandemics. He has received several U.S. patents and many grants from the NSF, NIH and Eli Lilly company. He has received the Sigma Xi Research Scientist Award from Miami University and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology for his outstanding research contribution.
Dr. Bhattacharjee loves teaching and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in microbiology including the large multiple sections of the popular non-major course Microorganisms and Human Disease. He directed the popular NSF funded summer DNA workshop for High School biology teachers for many years. He is a co-founder of the very successful MAT program in biology for science teachers. He has served as a science fair judge for many years. He continues to teach the ILR classes for Lifelong Learning. He has received multiple teaching awards of the associated student government and awards from the Sigma Xi society and Junior Sciences Academy for encouraging and promoting math-science education in the region and the tri-state schools.
Dr. Bhattacharjee has served on many departmental as well as college and university committees including the University Graduate Council, University Senate, the University Awards and Recognition Committee, the University Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee and theAdvisory Council on Diversity to several presidents. He has mentored many minority and Asian American students. He has received the Musgrave and Wilkins Mentor Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Helping Hand Award and the Powell Community Builders Award.
He has been very much inspired by the American values of community service and philanthropy. He has served as President of the Oxford Kiwanis Service Club and as Board of Director and President of the Oxford Community Foundation local philanthropic organizations. He has received the Kiwanis Hixon Award for outstanding service, outstanding Circle K. Advisor of Ohio, the Mayor's proclamation and Oxford's Citizen of the Year among other awards.
Dr. and Mrs. Bhattacharjee (MA alumna of MU) have established a Microbiology Scholarship Endowed Fund at Miami University and the Children's Education Endowed Fund at the Oxford Community Foundation among other philanthropic projects.
- Guo S, Bhattacharjee JK (2006) Novel lysine biosynthetic gene sequences (LYS1 and LYS5) used as PCR targets for the detection of the pathogenic Candida yeast. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 72:416-420
- Guo S, Garrad RC, Bhattacharjee JK (2006) Functional analysis through site-directed mutations and phylogeny of the Candida albicans LYS1-encoded saccharopine dehydrogenase. Mol Genet Genomics (MGG) 275:74-80
- Bhattacharjee JK, Suvarna K, Bhattacherjee V (2002) Reagents and kits for detecting fungal pathogens in biological sample. U.S. Patent No. 6455248 B1
- Bhattacharjee JK, Strassmen M (1967) Accumulation of tricarboxylic acids related to lysine biosynthesis in a yeast mutant. J Biol Chem 242:2542-2546
- J.K. Bhattacharjee and G. Lindegren (1964) Gene control of pigmentation associated with specific lysine requirement in Saccharomyces. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 17: 554-558