Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharya, born and brought up in Kolkata, did his basic medical training from the North Bengal Medical College near Siliguri in West Bengal. His interest in basic science led him to do his post-graduation in Medical Microbiology from JIPMER hospital in Pondicherry. In the field of medical research he has worked on the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus, antiviral resistance in hepatitis B virus, and had surveyed HIV viral load blips in patients on antiretroviral therapy, and compared diagnostic techniques in Influenza viruses.
Dr. Bhattacharya received his training in Clinical Microbiology from the University Hospitals of Leicester, Coventry and Warwickshire and City Hospital Birmingham. He has worked and trained in Clinical Virology at HPA West Midlands Public Health Laboratory and the University Hospitals Birmingham in the UK. He has subsequently worked as a locum consultant microbiologist at the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.
His areas of medical interest include molecular methods in the diagnosis of Infectious Diseases, medical education and teaching, closer integration of laboratory medicine with clinical sciences, and the application of clinical microbiology and virology in the Indian context. He has published several papers in Indian and international medical journals and is in the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology and has received awards from Pondicherry University, University of North Bengal and other professional bodies (such as the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, and West Midlands Microbiology Group, England).
Currently, he is working as an associate consultant at the Department of Microbiology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata.