Sambit Dash

Senior Grade Lecturer

Department of Biochemistry

CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    Sambit Dash teaches MBBS, BDS and Allied Heath students.

    He:

    • Prepares educational material, student brochure and audio-visual aids for students.
    • Sets question paper.
    • Conducts practical in Biochemistry for students and viva-voce examination.
    • Is Internal Examiner for first year MBBS university examination.
    • Is involved in exam coordination and invigilation along with periodic departmental meetings for review of curriculum.
    • Guides second year MBBS students in research projects.

SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING

Subject Semester / Year
Biochemistry First year MBBS and First year BDS of MMMC (Manipal Campus) First year of School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS)
Professional and Personal Development (PPD) First year MBBS and First year BDS

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Introduction to Ethics Ethics Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) 2011
Certificate course in Biostatistics Biostatistics Department of Statistics, MU 2009
MSc (Masters in Science) Medical Biochemistry Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2008
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Public Policy The Takshashila Institution 2014

Experience

Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, Kasturba Medical College International Centre (KMCIC) Lecturer January 2009 - December 2012

AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH

Area of Interest

Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Medical Education, Personality Development, Writing, Copyediting, e-learning & ICT in Higher Education

Area of Expertise

Teaching Innovation, Gold Nanoparticles Synthesis, ICT Skills

Area of Research

Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Medical Education, Basic biochemistry, e-learning

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life Member at Society for Biological Sciences (SBS), 2013.
     

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
Chief Advisor at Oral Cancer Organisation Oral Cancer Organisation is a Jaipur based NGO which deals with awareness, screening and fund raising activities for oral cancer.

Determination of urinary peptides in patients with proteinuria

2008-01-10 Renal biochemistry M Prakash J K Shetty Sambit Dash Bijay Kumar Barik A Sarkar R Prabhu

Indian Journal of Nephrology, October 2008 / Vol 18/Issue 4, 150-154. Although considered useful in the diagnosis and prognosis of renal diseases, proteinuria can only be detected after significant renal paranchymal changes. There is considerable interest in the estimation of urinary peptides as an early marker of renal disease. In the current study, we have estimated urinary peptides in patients with different grades of proteinuria.This study aimed at early detection of proteinuria before it is expressed full- fledged.

Urinary protein thiols in different grades of proteinuria

2008-01-10 Mungli Prakash Jeevan K Shetty Sambit Dash Bijay K Barik Abhirup Sarkar Sharanabasappa M Awanti Ravindra Prabhu

Total thiol status of plasma, especially thiol groups over protein contributes maximum to the plasma antioxidant status of the body. Serum protein thiols were found to be decreased in various disease conditions including chronic renal failure patients. Only few studies determined the levels of urinary protein thiols in disease conditions. The current study was designed to know the levels of urinary protein thiols in patients with different grades of proteinuria. The study was conducted on urine of 40 healthy controls and 61 cases with proteinuria.

Copper and ceruloplasmin levels in relation to total thiols and GST in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients

2010-01-01 A Sarkar Sambit Dash BK Barik Manjunatha S Muttigi V Kedage JK Shetty M Prakash

Presence of oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is well proved. Current study was undertaken to know the relation between fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and copper along with antioxidants like total thiols and ceruloplasmin, and antioxidant enzyme glutathione S transferase (GST). The study group consisted of a total of 201 subjects which included nondiabetic healthy control subjects (n = 78) and diabetic patients (n = 123). Plasma total thiols, GST, copper and ceruloplasmin levels were measured all the subjects using spectrophotometric methods and FPG levels were determined in clinical chemistry analyzer Hitachi 912. There was significant increase in FPG (P<0.001) and copper (P<0.001) and decrease in ceruloplasmin (P<0.001) and protein thiols (P<0.001) in type 2 DM cases compared to healthy controls.

Is there an association between self-reported sleep duration, body mass index and waist-hip ratio in young adults? A cross-sectional pilot Study

2014-01-09 Sleep physiology, medical education M Ganesh Kamath Jay Prakash Sambit Dash Sudipta Chowdhury Zuhilmi Bin Ahmed Muhammad Zaim Zharif Bin Mohd Yusof

Sleep is vital for mental and physical health of an individual. Duration of sleep influences the metabolism and regulates body weight. Objective was to assess the cross-sectional association of sleep duration with body mass index (BMI) and waist-hip ratio in Malaysian students.

A comparison of the bleaching effectiveness of chlorine dioxide and hydrogen peroxide on dental composite

2014-01-12 dental material, dentistry Anirudha Agnihotry Karanjot S Gill Deepak Singhal Zbys Fedorowicz Sambit Dash Vinicius Pedrazzi

This study was carried out to verify if composites could be bleached using chlorine dioxide as compared with hydrogen peroxide. 3M ESPE Filtek Z350 Universal Restorative discs were prepared (n=40), with dimensions 5 mm diameter x 2 mm thickness. The discs were divided into 4 groups of 10 discs each. Color assessment was performed by CIEDE2000. The discs were stained with coffee, tea, wine and distilled water (control) solutions for 14 days, 5 hours daily. Color assessment was repeated on stained discs and followed by bleaching of 5 discs from each group using chlorine dioxide and hydrogen peroxide in-office systems. Finally, a last color assessment was performed and compared statistically. DE2000 after bleaching was very close to baseline for both the bleaching agents, although chlorine dioxide showed better results than hydrogen peroxide.

Pathophysiology and diagnosis of Guillain–Barré syndrome–challenges and needs

2015-03-04 Guillain Barre Syndrome, neurology, autoimmune Sambit Dash Aparna R Pai Ullas Kamath Pragna Rao

Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune polyneuropathy which presents with acute onset and rapid progression of flaccid, hyporeflexi quadriparesis. Both sensory and autonomic nerve involvement is seen. GBS has various subtypes that vary in their pathophysiology. The pathogenesis involves an immune response triggered by a preceding event which may be an infection, immunisation or surgical procedure. Clinical diagnosis has been largely the primary diagnosing criterion for GBS along with electrodiagnosis, which has several pitfalls and is supported by ancillary testing of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis and Nerve Conduction Studies. Measurement of anti-ganglioside antibodies is also an effective tool in its diagnosis.

Guillain Barre Syndrome and Matrix Metalloproteinases

2015-29-05 Guillain Barre Syndrome, neurology, autoimmune Sambit Dash Ullas Kamath Aparna Pai Pragna Rao

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune inflammatory neuropathy. It affects all age group of both sexes and can lead to morbidity if untreated. It is usually preceded by an infection and has a fast progression. There are two treatment modalities practiced primarily, plasmapheresis and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. Matrix metalloproteinases have been indicated to play a role in pathogenesis of GBS by mediating inflammation and disrupting blood nerve barrier. Greater focus needs to be put on these MMP’s as marker enzymes for early detection and/or diagnosis and as targets for therapy.

Audio–visual aid in teaching “fatty liver”

2016-05-06 Sambit Dash Ullas Kamath Guruprasad Rao Jay Prakash Snigdha Mishra

Use of audio visual tools to aid in medical education is ever on a rise. Our study intends to find the efficacy of a video prepared on “fatty liver,” a topic that is often a challenge for pre‐clinical teachers, in enhancing cognitive processing and ultimately learning. We prepared a video presentation of 11: 36 min, incorporating various concepts of the topic, while keeping in view Mayer's and Ellaway guidelines for multimedia presentation. A pre–post test study on subject knowledge was conducted for 100 students with the video shown as intervention. A retrospective pre study was conducted as a survey which inquired about students understanding of the key concepts of the topic and a feedback on our video was taken. Students performed significantly better in the post test (mean score 8.52 vs. 5.45 in pre‐test), positively responded in the retrospective pre‐test and gave a positive feedback for our video presentation.

Whatever NEXT? Exit exam in medical education

2017-30-12 MBBS, Medical Education, Public Policy Sambit Dash Anant Bhan

The proposal of a National Exit Test as an exit examination for MBBS graduates to ensure a minimum quality standard is desirable in a country with large gaps in healthcare. However, in its current form it could be reduced to just another examination that can be gamed and one that does not ensure basic skills. Sound designing, increased investment in testing infrastructure, and phased planning and implementation are needed to ensure that NEXT serves as a panacea to the lack of standardised medical graduate output in the country.

India’s nutrition policy needs a cholesterol check

2018-01-12 Nutrition, Public Policy, Cholesterol Sambit Dash

More than a quarter of all deaths in India in 2015 were caused by cardiovascular diseases (CVD), accounting for more than 2.1 million lives. That makes for more than a fifth of global CVD mortality and contributes majorly to the world’s burden of 17.7 million deaths due to non-communicable diseases every year. CVDs develop a decade earlier in India as compared to high-income countries. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals call for one-third reduction of mortality and morbidity from CVDs by 2030.

Perceived psychological stress among second year medical undergraduates, of three different medical programs, in a medical school in South India- a cross sectional study

2011-05-09 Anand Sewak

Semester 5, 2011. The student of these three institutions is primarily from different nationalities. The project aimed to study the perceived stress level and its causes among this student population and compare them.

    Does Odisha need a legislative council?

    2018-03-09

    https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/gKtjPq5Nx1KF5NP6p2KSmN/Opinion--Does-Odisha-need-a-legislative-council.html?type=list

    A bridge course will not legitimize quackery

    2018-21-06

    https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/21RJUIYrSd5PcJyby97KXL/A-bridge-course-will-not-legitimize-quackery.html?type=list

    A potboiler of an election in Malaysia

    2018-08-05

    https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/jLt5MZ2hp4AIzNwrPvTdFP/A-potboiler-of-an-election-in-Malaysia.html?type=list

    Is NEXT the panacea for medical education woes?

    2018-30-03

    https://www.livemint.com/Education/MkZvFhKf39vIbKXmlDEfwK/Is-NEXT-the-panacea-for-medical-education-woes.html?type=list

    How WHO’s Essential Diagnostics List Can Spur Innovation, Quality Assurance

    2018-17-08

    https://thewire.in/health/who-edl-diagnostics-india-regulation

    'Jai Anusandhan' Will Be an Empty Slogan Until It's Easy to Undertake Research

    2019-30-01

    https://thewire.in/the-sciences/jai-anusandhan-will-be-an-empty-slogan-until-its-easy-to-undertake-research

    Malaysia’s Political Tsunami

    2018-08-06

    https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/4785/malaysias-political-tsunami/

    Malaysia Reevaluates China

    2018-05-07

    https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/4990/malaysia-reevaluates-china/

    Do We Need Upper Houses?

    2018-07-09

    https://www.thinkpragati.com/think/5491/do-we-need-upper-houses/

    Who Will Inspect the Inspector?

    2018-06-11

    https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/5991/who-will-inspect-the-inspector/

    India Is Set To Fail Its Target Of Eradicating Filariasis By 2020

    2017-22-08

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/dr-nibedita-rath/india-is-set-to-fail-its-target-of-eradicating-filariasis-by-2020_a_23080071/

    The Faults In Our Teachers: Is There A Remedy?

    2016-03-09

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/sambit-dash/the-faults-in-our-teachers-is-there-a-remedy_a_21464909/

    The 400-Year-Old Mystery Of William Shakespeare

    2016-23-04

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/sambit-dash/how-well-do-we-know-willi_b_9756182.html

    Why We Need Better Academic Research For Health Policymaking

    2016-19-02

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/sambit-dash/how-academia-can-help-in-_b_9191998.html

    Why India Needs To Take A Cue From The New US Dietary Guidelines

    2016-18-01

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/sambit-dash/what-us-dietary-guideline_b_8963628.html

    Why Prevention Is Better Than Prohibition

    2016-04-01

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/sambit-dash/dont-prohibit-but-prevent_b_8897976.html

    What is an effective attendance policy?

    2017-30-12

    https://www.dailyo.in/variety/jnu-attendance-education-college/story/1/21452.html

    Do we really have good teachers?

    2017-05-09

    https://www.dailyo.in/lifestyle/teachers-teachers-day-school-education/story/1/19349.html

    Why HRD ministry’s proposal of doing away with mandated research is required

    2017-31-07

    https://www.dailyo.in/variety/higher-education-hrd-ministry-javadekar-teachers-research-promotion-ugc/story/1/18682.html

    Lessons to learn from row over fake job offer letters to Odisha engineering students

    2017-01-06

    https://www.dailyo.in/politics/odisha-engineering-college-fake-placement-letters-nirf-soa/story/1/17555.html

    Why installing CCTV cameras in classrooms is a ludicrous idea

    2017-02-02

    https://www.dailyo.in/politics/installing-cctv-cameras-in-classrooms-is-a-ludicrous-idea-medical-council-of-india/story/1/15500.html

    India needs artificial intelligence in the classroom

    2016-29-12

    https://www.dailyo.in/technology/artificial-intelligence-education-india-teachers-research-machine/story/1/14787.html