Deep Jyoti Bhuyan


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PhD, MSc, BSc
Research Support Program Fellow - Healthy Ageing: Therapeutic Potential of Natural Products, NICM Health Research Institute
International Engagement Coordinator, NICM Health Research Institute

Dr Bhuyan is a Research Support Program Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. He joined the institute in 2018 as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Bhuyan's research focuses 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. Dr Bhuyan is also interested in understanding the role of gut microbiota in the occurrence, treatment and prognosis of cancer and metabolic diseases to define gut-microbiota focused therapeutic strategies.

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. His current research is supported by several government and industry grants including Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia.

Before coming to Australia, Dr Bhuyan worked as a Senior Research Fellow in probiotic food development at the Assam Agricultural University on a National Agricultural Innovation Project funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Since the completion of his MSc in Applied Microbiology in 2010, he has pursued many academic and industry-funded research projects in food chemistry, microbiology and pharmacology in India and Australia.

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 supervising and mentoring PhD and Master's students, and promoting science communication and STEM education.

Research focus

  • Gut microbiota
  • Postbiotics
  • Phytochemicals and antioxidants
  • Synergistic mechanisms
  • Combination therapy
  • Anticancer agents
  • Antimicrobial agents

Awards and recognitions

  • 2023 Universal Scientific Education and Research Network Nominee
  • 2021 Research Support Program Fellowship, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2020 Early Career Research Excellence Award, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2019 John and Daphne Keats Endowment Research Fund, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 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, India
  • 2010 Travel Grant, Graduate Training Program “Viruses of the immune system” GRK 1071, Friedrich Alexander University, Germany and the Harvard Medical School, United States of America
  • 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


  • NSW Cardiovascular Research Network, National Heart Foundation (2020)
  • The Good Practice In Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association (2019)
  • Pharmacological Society of Singapore (2017)
  • Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago (2016)
  • Australian Society of Medical Research (2015)
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute (2014)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Group, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia (2014)
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence, India (2010)
  • Review board member of Cancers, MDPI
  • Review board member of Microorganisms, MDPI


  • 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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