Lab Story

Salmonella: Beware of the underdog

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.