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P: 864-656-2328
E: biolsci@clemson.edu

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Kaustubha Qanungo

Biological Sciences

Lecturer

864-656-2328
Jordan Hall 165 [Office]

kqanung@clemson.edu

Educational Background

Ph.D, Biotechnology (Molecular Virology), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2003
M.Sc., Zoology, Visva Bharati University, 1995
B.Sc., Life Sciences (Zoology), Visva Bharati University, 1993

Profile/About Me

Kaustubha "Kos" Qanungo obtained his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 2003. He worked on the molecular characterization of a Cytoplasmic Polyhedrosis Virus infecting silkworms (a double-stranded RNA virus), which was/is a menace in the silk-producing industry of India.

After his Ph.D., he joined the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Biology Dept. He discovered two entities of an RNA polymerase, one being a replicase and the other being a transcriptase in the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV). It was a landmark discovery for the negative-strand RNA viruses, the deadliest virus group known. The discovery was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

In 2004 he joined the Biochemistry Dept. of the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH as a research scientist and pursued his work in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and structural biology.

Qanungo joined the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College as an adjunct instructor in 2011 following a family move and became a full-time faculty member of the Biological Sciences Dept. of the Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC.

He joined Clemson University in 2019 and taught several senior and graduate-level courses.

Courses Taught

Spring: BIOL 4610, 4610 Honors, 6610 (combined): Cell Biology
BIOL 8470: Understanding Microbiology
Summer: BIOL 4610: Cell Biology
Fall: MICR 4160, 4160 Honors, 6160 (combined): Introductory Virology
BIOL 8420: Understanding Cellular Processes

Selected Publications

1. Collard François, Zhang Jianye, Nemet Ina, Qanungo Kaustubha R., Monnier Vincent M, Yee Vivien C. Crystal structure of the deglycating enzyme fructosamine oxidase (amadoriase II). The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2008; 284(40): 27007-16.

2. Kaustubha R. Qanungo, Daniel Shaji, Manjula Mathur and Amiya K. Banerjee. Two RNA polymerase complexes from vesicular stomatitis virus that carry out transcription and replication of genome RNA. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. USA. 2004 Apr; 101(16):5952-7.

3. Kaustubha R. Qanungo, Subhas C. Kundu, James I. Mullins, Ananta K. Ghosh. Molecular cloning and characterization of Antheraea mylitta cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus genome segment 9. Journal of General Virology 2002 Jun; 83(Pt 6): 1483-91. (Links to an external site.)

4. Kaustubha R. Qanungo, Subhas C. Kundu, Ananta K. Ghosh. Characterization of cypovirus isolates from tropical and temperate Indian saturniidae silkworms. Acta Virologica (2000) Dec; 44(6): 349-57.

Links

Expert insight into COVID vaccines
Kos Qanungo appears live on international Chinese television network
COVID -19 Q&A with two Clemson Scientists

Contact Information

P: 864-656-2328
E: biolsci@clemson.edu

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.