Dr. Moumita Moitra
Date of Birth: 28/06/1982
PhD (Microbiology) currently working in pharmaceutical/biotech projects, interested in working in related field involving coordination and interaction with people at various levels
Ability to effectively plan and organize activities and prioritize task completion to meet schedules and deadlines.
Ability to present as well as understand scientific ideas clearly.
Excellent written and communication skills in English, Bengali and Hindi.
Skills inclusive of documentation, presentation, coordination, analytical thinking, scientific approach, trouble shooting and quick learning
2015 Advance Diploma in Drug Regulatory Affairs, NCK Pharma Solution Pvt. Ltd. 2012 PhD, Aquatic Microbiology, Kent State University, Ohio, USA Dissertation title: Role of dissolved organic carbon in determining bacterial community structure and function in aquatic ecosystems. Advisor: Dr. Laura G. Leff. Courses taken (GPA: 3.7 out of 4)
Biochemistry Biostatistics Populations, communities, ecosystems Molecular Biology Microbial Ecology Eukaryotic cell biology Microbial Physiology Aquatic Ecology
2005 MSc, Biotechnology, Bangalore University, India (first class) Courses taken
Molecular biology Biophysics
Cell Biology Biostatistics
2003 BSc, Microbiology, Bangalore University, India (first class) Subjects studied
Currently working in Parsan Overseas Pvt. Ltd. (Pharmaceutical and Biotech consultancy) as Senior Project Officer. (2012-Present)
Execution of turnkey pharmaceutical projects as per cGMP norms
Conducting Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) and protocol preparation
Preparation of project reports
Validation (including sterile facility): documentation and execution as per cGMP norms
Coordination among various parties involved
Sourcing of materials related to pharmaceuticals, inclusive of APIs, machinery, and man Projects involved in:
Turnkey project (2011- 2013): the project was undertaken on a turnkey basis by Parsan Overseas, prior to my joining and I have been actively involved ever since my induction into the company. The aim of the project was the set up of a biotech facility for the client, for manufacturing sterile injectables, in the form of vials and pre-filled syringes. The company’s scope of work broadly included site management during construction, preparation of URS for equipments and utilities (mainly water and AHU), vendor selection, procurement assistance, factory inspection of equipments, shipment coordination of these equipments and supervision of their installation and commissioning at site.
Validation project (2013): the project was conducted for a newly constructed sterile production facility and was completed in a span of approximately 6 months. The product is sterile injectables packaged in ampoules. The project started with initial environmental monitoring followed by validation of manufacturing facility, major utilities, equipments, aseptic simulation and cleaning validation. I was involved with both the documentation and execution. The project was concluded with a short training conducted by me for the microbiology department.
Validation Project (2014): the project was conducted for a newly constructed sterile manufacturing facility, for which the turnkey project was executed by me and my team members (as mentioned above) and was completed in a span of approximately 8 months. The product is sterile injectables packaged in vials and pre-filled injections. The project started with initial environmental monitoring followed by validation of manufacturing facility, major utilities, equipments, aseptic simulation and cleaning validation. I was involved with both the documentation and execution.
Teaching assistant at Kent State University, Ohio (2007-2012). Courses taught
Research and development officer at Career Point, Kolkata. Involved in course design as well as teaching classes (2007).
Internship at All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata (2006). Presentation at international conferences
2008 S.Ghosh, M.Moitra, C.J Woolverton and L. G. Leff. ‘Microbial Assemblages of a Lower Order Acid Impacted Stream’. American Society for Microbiology, Boston, MA. 2010 M.Moitra, D. L. Bade, S.Ghosh, R.T. Heath, L.G.Leff. ‘Composition and nutrient dynamics of bacterial communities associated with Microcystis blooms in Lake Erie’. Ecological Society of America, Pittsburg, PA.
2011 M.Moitra, S.Ghosh, L.T. Johnson, T.V. Royer, L.G. Leff. ‘Effect of quality and diversity of dissolved organic carbon on community structure and denitrification potential of stream bacteria’. Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX. Grants/ Fellowships
2008 Travel grant, Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University 2009 Research grant, Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University 2009 Lake Erie Protection Fund: collaborative research with Ohio State University 2010 National Science Foundation: collaborative research with Indiana State University 2011 Travel grant, Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University 2011 Rick Bowers fellowship, Kent State University Techniques learnt
Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE)
Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)
Terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP)
Nutrient analysis using LAchat
Bacterial culture techniques
Lababidi S. L., M. Pelts, M.Moitra, L. G. Leff, and M. A. Model. 2011.Measurement of bacterial volume by transmission-through-dye imaging. Journal of Microbiological Methods. Ghosh, S., Moitra,M., Woolverton,C.J., and L.G Leff. 2012. Effects of remediation on the bacterial community of an acid mine drainage impacted stream. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. Moitra,M., and L. G. Leff. 2014. Bacterial community composition and function along a river to reservoir transition. Hydrobiologia.
Memberships and affiliations (past and present)
American Society for Microbiology
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Traveller
International Association of Great Lakes Research
Ecological Society of America
Hobbies and activities
Nature treks and other outdoor activities
Indian classical dance
INR 3.6 Lakhs/ annum
INR 4.8 Lakhs/ annum