It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple-Georg C. Lichtenberg

Dr. Avinash Sonawane



Discipline of Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore)

Madhya Pradesh, India


Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Professor 

Research Centre Borstel

Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences, Borstel,        Germany




                         +91-7324-306 745

Welcome to the Disease Biology and Cellular Immunology research group at Indian Institute of Technology Indore. Our research is broadly focussed on understanding the molecular mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis in bone marrow stem cells and lung macrophages, host immune evasion mechanisms, development of active small drug compounds and antimicrobial peptides, and targeted drug delivery systems to improve tuberculosis therapy. In addition to this we are also developing novel asparaginase enzyme based therapy for the treatment of primary and relapsed acute lymphatic leukemia (ALL).



  • Ph.D. in Human Medicine, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany (2004)

  • M.Sc. in Microbiology, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India


  • Professor (2019-Present)Biosciences & Biomedical Engineering, IIT Indore, India.

  • Associate Professor (2018-2019), Biosciences & Biomedical Engineering, IIT Indore, India.

  • Professor (2015-2018), School of Biotechnology, KIIT University,Bhubaneswar, India.

  • Associate Professor (2010-2014), School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India.

  • Assistant Professor (2009-2010), School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India.

  • Post Doctoral Fellow (2007-2008), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Post Doctoral Fellow (2006 - 2007), Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany.

  • Post Doctoral Associate (2004-2006), Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases,University of Florida, Florida, USA.

  • Dean (2016-2018), School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar

  • Associate Dean (2012-2016), School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar


  • Editorial Board Member, Nature Scientific Reports

  • Educational Leadership award, Odisha for contribution in promoting education in Odisha state (2017)

  • P. A. Kurup Endowment Award in Biological Sciences by Society of Biological Chemistry of India, India (2016)

  • Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey award in Biomedical Sciences by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government of India (2015)

  • Best staff award of the year by KIIT University (2014)

  • Elected as a member of New Biology Section, Indian Science Congress (2012-13)

  • Selected as a Sectional Secretary of New Biology Section, Indian Science Congress (2012)

  • Young Scientist award by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India under Fast Track Scheme (2010)

  • Young Investigator by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India under Rapid Grant for Young Investigators Scheme (2010)

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Global Health award (2009 and 2010) 

  • Corporate Grant award by American Society of Microbiology, USA (2003)


  • Humboldt Fellow (Experienced Researcher): Research Center Borstel, Germany (2017)

  • Swiss National Science Fellow:  University of Zurich, Switzerland (2014)

  • EMBO Fellow: University of Ulm, Germany (2012)

  • Swedish Institute Fellow: University of Lund, Sweden (2010)

  • JSPS Fellow: NARA Institute for Science and Technology, Japan (2006)

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