According to Dr. Dipshikha Chakravortty, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science. “What makes this organism intriguing is its ability to sense and signal in any kind of environment. To top it all, their strategies and evasion mechanisms are extremely intelligent.” Salmonella can form a niche almost anywhere in the body and affect the region; it is even suspected to be an indirect cause of gall stones and abortions, says Chakravortty. The repercussions that follow even after treatment, like general weakness, depression etc., can continue throughout a patient's life. Chakravortty's research group has been committed to studying this group of microorganisms for the last eleven years.
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
- Arthur Conan Doyle
Our most simple actions like picking up a mug of coffee, or even the involuntary task of breathing, require the co-ordinated, controlled activities of many proteins. Proteins form the functional units of our body and carry out many varied functions; alteration in the synthesis or function of any part or parts of a protein has been the known cause of various diseases.