Deep Jyoti Bhuyan


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PhD, MSc, BSc
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NICM Health Research Institute

Dr Bhuyan joined NICM Health Research Institute as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2018. His research centres on the development of novel antimicrobial and anticancer agents from natural sources and deciphering their molecular mechanisms of action. His current research is aimed at understanding the complex synergistic interactions among various phytochemicals and standard drugs on specific biological targets and how this can be utilised as therapeutic strategies against infectious/metabolic diseases and cancer.

He has a strong research background investigating the anticancer and antimicrobial properties of plant extracts and bioactive compounds. Dr Bhuyan’s PhD research established the anticancer (pancreatic adenocarcinoma) and antimicrobial properties of phenolic compounds and antioxidants present in Australian Eucalyptus species and produced nine first-authored and four co-authored publications.

Before coming to Australia, Dr Bhuyan worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Assam Agricultural University on a National Agricultural Innovation Project funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He has published several Q1 journal articles, invited book chapters with national and international collaborators, presented his research at different national and international conferences and appeared in television interviews and media coverage in India and Australia. He is also actively involved in teaching microbiology at The University of Newcastle, mentoring PhD and Master's students, and promoting science communication and STEM education.

Research focus

  • Phytochemicals and antioxidants
  • Synergistic mechanisms
  • Anticancer agents
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Gut microbiota
  • Anti-inflammatory agents

Awards and recognitions

  • 2019 John and Daphne Keats Endowment Research Fund
  • 2016 Research Higher Degree Conference Scholarship, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 2014 International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Central Postgraduate Research Scholarship, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 2011 Senior Research Fellowship, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Assam Agricultural University, Australia
  • 2010 Travel Grant, Graduate Training Program “Viruses of the immune system” GRK 1071, Friedrich Alexander University, Germany
  • 2010 Research Internship, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence, India
  • 2010 Merit Certificate and Merit Scholarship for the best academic performance for the academic year 2009-2010, VIT University, India
  • 2009 Merit Certificate and Merit Scholarship for the best academic performance for the academic year 2008-2009, VIT University, India


  • 2018 PhD in Food Science, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 2010 Master of Science Applied Microbiology, VIT University, India
  • 2008 Bachelor of Science Biotechnology, Bangalore University, India


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