Addressing the global rise in antimicrobial resistant infections through lab-on-a-chip technology


Hall No. 21 Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC) | IIT Bombay


18 November 2019  8:30 AM To 21 November 2019 5:50 PM

About us

A major threat for the global community is the continuing rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Overuse of antibiotics, even when they are not required, is causing bacteria to evolve and develop resistance to these drugs, suggesting a pre-antibiotic-like future where patients could die from common infections. One of the main reasons for AMR is the lack of reliable diagnostic tools to provide the healthcare professionals with insight on whether an antibiotic would be effective or not. Lab-on-Chip diagnostic platforms have the potential be a major technological enabler to close this gap.


Developing economies like India need access to fast, stratified and accurate diagnostic facilities, which is currently out of reach of a large part of the population living on minimal resources. Lab-on-Chip technology could make infectious disease diagnosis much more affordable and widely available at the point of need (including remote and rural areas), thereby reducing unnecessary antibiotic consumption. Through the formation of strong bilateral collaborations, highly innovative devices to tackle the problem of AMR in India (and elsewhere in the world) can be developed. Collaborative development of such platforms will significantly boost the medical technology and healthcare sectors in both India and the UK.


Leading lab-on-a-chip researchers in UK and India are joining forces in this workshop, organized by Dr Despina Moschou from C3Bio@University of Bath in the UK ( and Dr Debjani Paul from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India ( Their aim is to bring together top experts, early career researchers and different AMR stakeholders (clinicians, biologists, engineers, social scientists, industries) from both countries in this 4-day workshop titled “Addressing the global rise in antimicrobial resistant infections through lab-on-a-chip technology”, to be held from November 18 - 21, 2019  in IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India. The coordinators aspire to facilitate a free exchange of ideas leading to ground-breaking technological innovations in AMR diagnosis and confinement.


The main objectives of the workshop are three-fold.

  1. Foster collaborations between UK and Indian researchers in the emerging area of Lab-on-Chip microsystems for AMR confinement

  2. Develop innovative solutions that are useful to clinicians and public health workers in India

  3. Translate these prototypes to clinics through sustained long-term collaboration with various stakeholders


These objectives will be achieved by educating the early career researchers (ECRs) about both India-specific AMR-related challenges and the state-of-the art technology available in the field of Lab-on-a-Chip. The discussions will be facilitated by the participation of world-leading experts from both countries.



University of Glasgow, UK


Jonathan Cooper

University of Hull, UK


Nicole pamme 

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India


Suman Chakraborty

P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, India

Consultant Microbiologist

Camilla Rodrigues



Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Associate Professor

Debjani Paul

University of Bath, UK


Despina Moschou



Don’t Miss Out



Day 1: 18 November 2019 (Monday)


09:30  Opening remarks (British Council
           and Royal Society of 

09:45  Opening remarks (Debjani Paul
           and Despina Moschou

10:00  Plenary Talk 1- Jonathan Cooper

11:00  Coffee break and speed networking

11:30  Talks by early career researchers
           (session 1)

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Plenary Talk 2– Suman

15:00  Talks by ECRs (session 2)

16:00  Coffee break and poster



Day 3: 20 November 2019 (Wednesday)      


09:00  Plenary Talk 5 – Camilla Rodrigues

10:00  Talks by early career researchers

           (session 6)

10:45  Coffee break and poster session

11:15  Talks by early career researchers   
           (session 7)

12:00  Lunch

13:30  Plenary Talk 6- Debjani Paul

14:30  Funding opportunities in UK

15:00  Funding opportunities in India

15:30  Coffee break and poster session


Day 2: 19 November 2019 (Tuesday)


09:00  Plenary Talk 3- Nicole Pamme

10:00  Talks by early career researchers
           (session 3)

11:00  Coffee break and poster session

11:30  Talks by early career researchers
           (session 4)

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Plenary Talk 4- Despina Moschou

15:00  Talks by early career researchers
           (session 5)

15:45  Coffee break and poster session

16:30  International collaborative programmes



Day 4: 21 November 2019 (Thursday)


09:00  Brainstorming (session 1)

10:00  Brainstorming (session 2)

11:00  Coffee break and informal networking

11:30  Career development routes in India
           and UK

12:00  Lunch

13:00  Summary of workshop (Debjani
           Paul and Despina Moschou); best
poster and talk prizes



Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Bhabha Fund, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the University of Bath will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai on November 18 - 21, 2019.


The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Despina Moschou (University of Bath, UK) and Dr Debjani Paul (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India), and will have contributions from other leading researchers. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or India to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Bhabha Fund Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, can be found here and should be sent to and before the deadline of July 31, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form

  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline

  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent clinical or industrial research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.

  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in India.

  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.



We hope you're able to attend. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out to Debjani Paul and Despina Moschou.


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This work is supported by a Researcher Links scheme, under the Newton-Bhabha Fund. The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and The Royal Society of Chemistry and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit

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