The presence of infectious diseases
found in third world countries along with infections that exist in
technologically developed countries makes India an important place to study
microbiology, says Philippe Sansonetti, a professor at the Pasteur Institute
and College de France in Paris.
According to him, climatic
conditions and high population are the main reasons for prevailing infectious
diseases in the country.
"India is important in regards to the study of microbiology for two
reasons. One, it is exposed to all forms of infection and diseases that are
prevalent in the third world. Secondly, it also has to face a new form of
infectious diseases, found in highly technologically developed countries,"
The microbiologist is researching on several aspects of the pathogenesis of
Shigella- an invasive bacterial pathogen that disrupts, invades and causes
destruction of the human clonic mucosa.
He also has over 500 published papers in peer-reviewed journals and is member
of the French Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Science and the Royal
"You can find infectious diseases in India that are similar in Southeast
Asia and some parts of Africa like the acute respiratory diseases in young
children. Again, there are microbes that circulate in hospital. That is another
form of infection," he said.
"In 2010, French Academy of Science and Indian Academy of Science,
discussed new forms of diseases. We have to teach each other about this. All
this is important in terms of microbiology," he added.
Sansonetti will deliver lectures in New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore on
microbiology starting January 12 to 16, which will be a part of the College de
France Lecture Series in India from this year.