Dr. Avijit Kumar Das

Current professional background

I am an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow currently working on an independent research project at the University of Siegen. Before I did my post-doctorate at the Osaka University in Japan. Originally I am from India.

Field of research

Synthesis of small fluorescent molecules, DNA binding, Intercalator-receptor conjugates, light-up probes and development of dual-mode chemosensors.

Purpose of your last research visit

After my PhD in India, I went out for my first post-doctorate to Osaka University in Japan to continue my post PhD research. I then got the prestigious Humboldt Fellowship award from Germany for my postdoctoral research stay at University of Siegen for 2 years under Prof. Dr. Ihmels.

Relation to the University of Siegen and the local host

Based on my doctoral research background on different chemosensors development and the application of the sensors for sensing of different analytes and being inspired by Prof. Dr. Ihmels, I decided to apply for an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship in Germany. After my successful application, I was selected for this fellowship in 2016 under Prof. Dr. Ihmels and I came here in May, 2017 to continue my Humboldt postdoctoral project. This project is based on an extension of my previous research expertise by the development of the dual-mode chemosensors for the simultaneous detection of nucleic acids and biologically relevant small molecules. 

Future projects and Activities

I hope to receive some EU funding to continue my research here or possibly at another European university.

Impressions of Siegen

Siegen is a very nice city, close to nature and beauty, during winter snowfall it looks like heaven. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to the nice people of Siegen, especially my post doc supervisor Prof. Dr. Ihmels and my lab colleagues for their help and support as well as all the staff of the different sections of the University of Siegen, who make new students feel welcome through their kind behaviour. I am also grateful for those who create a friendly environment for us by building up a network between the international students and researchers.