About the Authors
This book has been written by multiple authors. Erin, the female protagonist, was developed by Indrani Mondal. The male protagonist, Sam, was conceived by Ranajoy Ganguli. Nick, a cancer patient, is the creation of Ranjita Chattopadhyay. Bakul Banerjee penned the story of George, the patent attorney. Brian, a gene therapy researcher, was developed by Debkumar Chatterjee. Debabrata Chakravarti and Debkumar Chatterjee, both scientists, are responsible for the scientific content and conversations in various chapters. Krishna Chakrabarty assembled the different chapters into one cohesive document, and wrote the last chapter. Finally, writing this book was Ananda Chakrabarty's idea.
Dr. Ananda M. Chakrabarty is a Distinguished University Professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and advises senior officials in the U.S. and abroad on policies relating to biotechnology and intellectual property. In 1980, Dr. Chakrabarty's genetically modified Pseudomonas bacteria became the first genetically-engineered organism to gain a patent, as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Diamond vs. Chakrabarty. Dr. Chakrabarty has continued to undertake pioneering biotechnology research into the therapeutic potential for bacterial proteins. This work includes recent studies with products demonstrating significant promise for cancer therapies.
Born near Delhi, India, Bakul Banerjee lived at various places in India and U.S. She wrote poems during teenage years, but life required a temporary suspension to writing. After raising two children, she picked up writing again. The first volume of her poems titled “Synchronicity: Poems” was published in June 2010. Other poems and stories have been published in several literary magazines and anthologies throughout US. She had some success in winning awards as well. As an outcome of an international competition in 2012, she received the Gayatri Memorial Literary Award for her contribution to English literature. Bakul has been featured in multiple Chicago area poetry events and workshops. She presented a poetry workshop titled “Inspirations from World Poetry” at the prestigious Chicago Poetry Fest 2012. Currently, she serves as the chair of Naperville Writers Group that has been supporting authors for 25 years. She is an active member of the Illinois State Poetry Society and other writing groups in the area. She worked as a scientist/engineer at various organizations mostly associated with the U.S. Department of Energy. She received her Ph.D. degree in computational geophysics from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. She lives in the western suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
Krishna Chakrabarty was born in Pune, India. She completed her early education in Mumbai and Kolkata and earned her postgraduate degree in Comparative Biochemistry from University of California , Davis in 1965, After conducting postdoctoral research in Nutriion in Urbana, Illinois and pharmaceutical research in Rensselaer, New York for several years, she now lives with her family in Chicago. Since1979. she has been teaching and tutoring medical students at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is one of the directors of a charitable organization , Varosha , registered in Illinois since 2004. This organization is involved in teaching women and children in West Bengaland helping them to become self-sufficient She has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals and about 40 travelogues and essays in Bengali magazines, published in USA.
Debabrata (Debu) Chakravarti was born in Kolkata, India. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Kolkata. He received his Ph.D from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York and did his postdoctoral studies at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA. He is currently a professor at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he teaches and with his team of students and postdoctoral fellows, he conducts research on human cancers. He lives in greater Chicago-area with his family.
Dr. Debkumar Chatterjee received his B.Sc (Honors in Chemistry) and M.Sc. (Biochemistry) degrees from the University of Calcutta, India. His postdoctoral work, in the laboratory of Prof. A.M. Chakrabarty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, involved genetic engineering Pseudomonas and Caulobacter strains for their ability to degrade toxic aromatic compounds including chlorobenzoates, Agent Orange, toluene, and benzoates. Following post-doctoral research, Dr. Chatterjee joined at Life Technologies in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He held positions from senior scientist to Director of R&D of Life Technologies. He initiated and headed a group for cloning, engineering and expression of many biotechnologically important proteins and enzymes. Products developed from his innovation generate hundreds of millions dollars in revenue for Life technologies every year. He invented a mutation that allows DNA polymerases to efficiently incorporate di-deoxy and fluorescently labeled nucleotides into DNA. An estimated 99 percent of the genomic sequences in databases were determined with enzymes containing this mutation. He received several Life Tech “President Awards” for his innovative contributions. In 2002, Dr. Chatterjee joined the National Cancer Institute, SAIC-Frederick, Inc as a leader to develop novel and innovative technologies for cancer research and therapy. His group has developed a number novel technologies: (a) a cell-free protein synthesis system that produces proteins more than 10-folds compared to any commercially available sources, (b) a novel on-demand protein microarray system that converts a DNA array into protein array on demand, (c) a novel protein delivery system using virus-like particles that could be used for delivering protein drugs to specific target cells and (d) VLP mediated RNA delivery system. His group is also trying to develop other technologies—such as generation of calibrator protein kinases for assessing kinase inhibitors during clinical studies, cancer immunotherapy, etc. Dr. Chatterjee has published 56 articles and holds 37 U.S. patents.
Ranjita Chattopadhyay was born and raised in India. She came to the USA in 2001. She is an elementary teacher by profession. In her leisure time she loves to read and write in both her native language Bengali and English. Her articles and short stories have been published in some local magazines which are printed in the USA. Currently she lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and daughter.Ranajoy Ganguli was born in Kolkata, India. He did his engineering with honors in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He migrated to USA in 2007 with his family that comprised of his wife, son and daughter. He works for a Multinational company in USA and has travelled extensively in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia Pacific countries on work and pleasure. Apart from being an avid reader, writer and a world cinema aficionado, Ranajoy performs as a musician in different states of USA. Like many millions, Ranajoy has witnessed cancer as a lay person from close quarters in his family, a few of whom were lost to the disease. Ranajoy’s zest for fine arts and literature keeps nourishing his soul and is a major fountainhead for his energy. Ranajoy had also represented India in 1994 under the auspices of Rotary International to visit USA and Canada as a Group Study Exchange team member.
Dr. Indrani Mondal is a freelance writer in both English and Bengali based in Chicago. She has a PhD. in Philosophy and Social Studies from Jadavpur University, (India), where she taught graduate classes for four years. She has been involved with social service activities and cultural integration programs through various non-profit organizations in the USA. Over the past decade she has written extensively on social and cultural issues facing first and second generation immigrants in our community. She has also participated in Tagore Studies and Bengal Studies Seminars and Conferences at various universities, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Governor’s State University, University of Osh Kosh etc ). A collection of her poems has been published by Writers’ Workshop in a book called, “The Fugitive Wings”. Her Bengali poems, short stories and essays are regularly published in numerous little magazines throughout the USA. She is actively involved in “Unmesh”, a creative literary circle in Chicago. A dynamic personality, Indrani, works in the corporate sector as a sales and fashion specialist in a renowned business. She brings all her observations and rich people experiences into her warm and vibrant writings.