Inspired in 7th Grade (VVHS), graduating in 1990 (SSMRV), post-graduating in 1993 to be a microbiologist (KMC), I worked for 3.5 years as clinical microbiologist (KIMS) and completed doctoral studies in Microbiology in 2000 (GUG), and went abroad to pursue Post-doctoral studies in pathogenesis of infectious diseases from Umea University (Sweden), Johns Hopkins Medical School (USA) & from CBER-US FDA (USA). Finally I co-invented the antimicrobial compound Enmetazobactam (OCID5090) at Orchid Pharma (Chennai) that has completed Phase-3 clinical trials.

The beginning: I was in grade 7 (1982) and my teacher Priscilla was teaching the lesson on Louis Pasteur at Vijaya…


The topic may sound a bit weird when we use the term “psychology” for microbes, so let us understand why I refer to this as such.

Let us roll back a bit and understand that our human body is made up of nearly 80% of microbes by numbers, while by size the human cells are larger. In recent times, the word microbiome has become common housel-hold term due to the probiotics market, and the world of microbes became aware to the common-man due to the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. The ‘universities of social media” are one more reason to this, but the…


This is a Perspective review paper that we wrote to highlight a particular aspect of risk linked to AMR that involves the complex area of migrant health care. This idea too evolved from the same PHED international conference co-hosted by Lund and Malmö Universities, Sweden in October 2019 (My lecture Topic: “AMR and Migrants – an analysis and potential solutions”).

Infectious diseases compounded by AMR are a major concern as the microbes evolve their mechanisms of resistance for their survival. …


This is yet another collaborative publication with 22 co-authors and 38 acknowledged contributors (that is Sixty collaborators) spread across the world. Just imagine how much of coordination is required to take everyone’s point of view yet not hurt the relationship. Hatsoff to Shamshul and Maarten who as the primary author and coordinator respectively did an amazing job! I contributed to the AMR and the microbiome sections of the paper. Read on the full text available for free to see this global perspective!

This research discussion was executed after I joined Acharya Institutes as the Campus Director of the Acharya group…


I was invited to Malmö, Sweden to speak on the topic “AMR and Migrants — an analysis and potential solutions”, at the PHED an international conference co-hosted by Lund and Malmö Universities in October 2019. One of the outcomes is a discussion on this subject is this publication where both Elisabeth and Michael are experts on the topic while I brought in the expertise from the scientific / infection point of view. It is at this meeting where we initiated a collaboration that grew into a very large consortium that finally led to the Horizon 2020 grant application for 14.3…


The SARS-CoV2 pandemic is the first pandemic I am going through though it is the third I have witnessed in my life so far the other two being MERS & SARS. Gautam brought together a small group of us initially to brainstorm the need for such a consortium, and then here we are with 23 collaborators spread across the continents, who contributed significantly to the discussions we had every Tuesday evening. The learning & sharing has been so useful in dealing with the pandemic which is what we have documented here as a publication. …


This work was a collaborative work with KSPC and the initiative from Sunitha when Renier was visiting India on this issue. We discussed with Dr. Shivananda at KSPC and made a presentation to the KSPC Board members and initiated this activity. Since that time we have conducted several studies with Karuna Trust and JSS Medical College, along with the University of Florida. We even started the first AMR-Stewardship cell at Acharya Institutes after this activity.

This research was executed after I joined Acharya Institutes as the Director — Research & Management from 2018.

Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas, Maneesh Paul Satyaseela, Samson…


One day Dr. Sathyakrishna, the surgeon at St. Martha’s came to my office with this unusual case he had encountered and wanted to publish this case study. But he had not published previously, while I was encouraging everyone to publish; so that is how this publication came to be. I drafted this paper taking the data from the patient’s file, arranging patient’s consent etc. I had not included myself as a co-author, but Dr. …


After moving to St. Martha’s hospital in Bengaluru as the Chief Scientific Officer to facilitate research for the post-graduate students pursuing their DNB, there was a proposal from Wound Consulting led by Thomas Wild to study the incidence of wound pilot study. I engaged a surgery resident Dr. Altaf Hussain to evaluate the impact of socioeconomic status on the wound-patients in their wound management approach. Based on the outcome, future strategies to individualize counseling and treatment choices and hence improve wound management will have to be adopted.

This clinical research was conducted at St. …


Hariharan pursued his doctoral studies at Orchid Pharma and registered with Dr. Gnanamani at Microbiology Division, CSIR-CLRI, Chennai. He is an amazing scientist whom I have met in my career who is very sharp, diligent and passionate researcher. He took ownership of work (without time restrictions) and work hard to meet Orchid’s demands and his thesis demands. This publication is part our first exercise to write a book chapter, and we succeeded in this with Hariharan taking the lead.

This review work was conducted at Orchid Pharma in the Division of Anti-infective New Drug Discovery in collaboration with Microbiology Division…

Maneesh Paul-Satyaseela

Co-inventor of Enmetazobactam. A microbiologist, techno-commercial enabler, intrapreneur, & new-drug-discovery scientist https://revive.gardp.org/maneesh-paul

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