Faculty & Staff

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  • Faculty Members

     Name  Research Specialization*  Phone Number*  Email Id**  Website
    P. R. Deepa, 
    (Professor & Head)
    Applied Biochemistry 5881 deepa Personal Website
    Ashis Kumar Das
    Molecular Parasitology 5619 adas Personal Website
    SK Verma
    Environmental Biotechnology
    5217 skverma Personal Website
    Jitendra Panwar
    Microbial and Nanobiotechnology 5728 jpanwar Personal Website
    Prabhat N. Jha
    (Associate Professor)
    Microbial Biotechnology 5250 prabhatjha Personal Website
    Shibasish Chowdhury
    (Associate Professor)
    Bioinformatics and
    Computational Biology
    5642 shiba Personal Website
    Uma S Dubey
    (Associate Professor)
    Immunology 5633 uma Personal Website
    Vishal Saxena
    (Associate Professor)
    Molecular Parasitology 5654 vishalsaxena Personal Website
    Shilpi Garg
    (Associate Professor)
    Molecular Parasitology
    5808 shilpi Personal Website
    Rajdeep Chowdhury
    (Associate Professor)
    Cancer Biology
    5608 rajdeep.chowdhury
    Personal Website
    Vani B.
    (Assistant Professor-II)
    Environmental Biotechnology 5645 kvani70 Personal Website
    Pankaj K. Sharma
    (Assistant Professor-II)
    Plant Biochemistry 5672 pankajsharma Personal Website
    Sandhya Marathe
    (Assistant Professor)
    Host-Pathogen Interaction 5614
    sandhya.marathe Personal Website
    Sudeshna M Chowdhury
    (Assistant Professor)
    Cancer Biology
    sudeshna Personal Website
    Meghana Tare
    (Assistant Professor)
    Cellular and Molecular Genetics of Human Diseases 5635 meghana.tare Personal Website
    Manoj Kannan
    (Assistant Professor)
    Epigenetics, Biology education 5855 manojkannan Personal Website
    Syamantak Majumder
    (Assistant Professor)
    Epigenetics and Vascular Biology
    syamantak.majumder Personal Website
    Mukul Joshi
    (Assistant Professor)
    Plant Biotechnology
    mukul.joshi Personal Website
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    ** @pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in 

  • DST Woman Scientist

    Name: Monika Sandhu

    Project title: Development of bioinoculant based formulation for enhanced phytoremediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated soil  
    Project: DST WOS-B (2017-2020)
    Increased industrialization over the last century has led to elevated releases of anthropogenic chemicals into the environment. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phenols, pesticides, herbicides, metals, and salts are some common examples of organic chemicals which have been widely distributed in environment throughout the globe. The contamination of soil with aromatic compounds like PCB‟s is of particular environmental concern as they exhibit carcinogenic and mutagenic properties. Twelve organic compounds have been listed as persistent organic pollutants (POPS) by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, under the United Nations Environment Programme. PCBs are one of the major class of POP, represented by 209 individual derivatives with biphenyl rings chlorinated at different positions. Due to their volatility, chemical stability and ability to enter food chains they constitute a substantial environmental and health risk for plants, animals and humans. PCBs have been found to absorb by humans and animals through their skin, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract, leading to increased risk of developing cancer and developmental disabilities. The removal of PCBs has been a challenge. Although various physicochemical processes have been reported they suffer from the disadvantage of either being difficult in operational aspects, expensive and harmful to the environment. Hence, the development of methodology that would result in safe, economical and maximal degradation of PCBs is the urgent need of time. Thus, with a global demand for sustainable and green bioremediation technologies tackling the menace of toxic synthetic organic compounds in environmental soil, the use of PGPR or the consortia of PCB degraders that exhibit improved biodegradation capabilities and are able to maintain stable relationships with plants is highly recommended. Hence the proposed project focuses on development of formulation of bacterial consortia/consortium capable of degrading PCB to enhance phytoremediation of PCB contaminated soil.
    Dr. Jola Dubey   (2018 -20) 
    Production and use of indigenous local strains of microbial pesticides through trainings, demonstrations and installation of cost effective production units for the farmers of Rajasthan.
    As per the recent survey crop pests are one of the major factor responsible for decrease in crop yield. Chemical pesticides are widely used in controlling these pests. Each year approximately 5.6 billion pounds of chemical pesticides are used worldwide. Extensive and deliberate use of chemical pesticides account for the ecological unbalance. The heavy use of pesticides is causing  serious damage to soil, groundwater, ecosystem and human health. Therefore, it is utmost important to find out  suitable and sustainable ways to overcome the usage of chemical pesticides for protecting the crops  without hampering the agricultural output.  In the recent years chemical pesticides are slowly being substituted by biopesticides to control plant pests and plant diseases Microbial pesticides are preparations containing living microorganisms (Bacteria, Fungi, Viruses, Nematodes etc.) which are pathogenic for the insects- pests and plant pathogens. Proposed project is aimed to isolate indigenous effective strains of microbial pesticides i.e. Bacillus thuringenesis(Bt), Psudomonas fluorescence, Trichoderma viride, Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae from the proposed districts of Rajasthan and to characterize them for their disease and insect-pests controlling potential through conducting in vitro and in vivo trials. It is also proposed to organize training and demonstration programmes on production and use of microbial pesticides for the farmers. Field demonstrations on efficacy of various microbial pesticides using indigenous strains shall be conducted in farmers fields. Group of farmers/ individual farmer shall be encouraged to establish their own production unit and produce microbial pesticides for their own use or for the entire group at their respective places. Community centres shall be developed at village or block level for mass production of microbial pesticides taking financial assistance from district administration. It is also proposed to develop organic block / village using microbial pesticides produced at community centres.  A part of that, efforts shall also be made to establish more number of production units with the help of department of agriculture and horticulture under the various projects. Objectives of the project shall be implemented in collaboration with state department of agriculture and horticulture as well as other extension agencies i.e. NABARD, NGOs etc.
    Dr Prakash Sarwa 
    DST Young Scientist (2016-18)
    email:  prakashsarwa2005@gmail.com
    Removal of toxic metal ions from industrial discharge using microalgae
    An increase in environmental contamination due to toxic industrial discharges have become a worldwide problem today. The aqueous discharges emanating from industrial processes such as mining, smelting, metal-plating, textile and dyeing industries contain dissolved heavy metals and other pollutants that can generate signi?cant environmental problems. Conventional methods of heavy metal removal from wastewater are very costly and not eco friendly, also generates huge toxic sludge at the end of process. Therefore, in recent years, the use of microbial biomass for detoxi?cation of industrial e?uents for environmental protection and recovery of valuable metals through biosorption o?ers a potential alternative to existing technologies. Among microbial biosorbents, microalgae can be used as a promising candidate for removal of metal ions from wastewater due to their existence in all habitats, easy cultivation and regeneration in wastewater. The proposed work aims to utilize microalgae as a potential biosorbent for detoxification and removing of toxic heavy metals from industrial discharges. The work includes the isolation of microalgae from contaminated sites of industries and their identification and characterization using standard microbial techniques. Investigation of the isolated microalgae for maximum absorption of heavy metals from simulated and industrial effluent in a batch and continues column system. Recovery of the absorbed metal and regeneration of  biosorbent using suitable desorbing agent for its continues use in absorption and desorption cycles.
     Dr. Prameela Jha (2013-15)
    Endophytic bacteria mediated phytoremediation of organic pollutants
    Organic pollutants like polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) among others are known to pose serious environmental problems and potential human health risks being persistent and resistant to natural detoxification or mineralization. Modern life style and increased anthropogenic activities leads to burgeoning accumulation of these compounds in ecosystem. The existing chemical methods to cleanup affected areas are expensive and environmental invasive. Plant and certain associated microbes carry natural detoxification of pollutants by the process named as phyto/rhizoremediation appear to be method of choice for environmental cleanup. This project deals with isolation and identification bacterial genera endowed with the potentials to carry bioremediation. Also, we are focusing on the development of the method/s for detection and quantification of key genes encoding degradative enzymes that can be used to monitor the influence of phytochemicals/secondary plant metabolites/root exudates etc. on the size of population and activity of degraders organism during remediations. We are aiming to increase solubilization of pollutants to increase its bioavailability to either plants degrading microflora through biosurfactant production.   
    Dr. Shachi Singh (2014-16)
     Enhancing Phytochemical Production by the use of Elicitors 
    Due to the high and increasing incidents of diseases, there had been concerted efforts to raise public awareness about the advantages of eating a healthy diet.  Among food products, fruits and vegetables are especially known to have a high potential for preventing diseases due to their broad range of health promoting phytochemicals.  Numerous epidemiological studies have already documented an inverse association between fruit and vegetable consumption and chronic diseases. However, despite of the requirement of a healthy diet, it is observed that the overall fruit and vegetable consumption by the general population is relatively low, and is also well under internationally recommended amounts. The reason for this low fruit and vegetable consumption could be compounded by consumer complacency, low income, and poor educational standards. One way of increasing the consumption of health-promoting phytochemicals in the diet would be by increasing their levels in the fruit and vegetables themselves. Hence, the proposed work aims to enhance the production of these phytochemicals by the use of elicitors. The elicitors are defined as compounds, which can qualitatively and quantitatively alter the content of bioactive secondary metabolites (phytochemicals) and could be biotic or abiotic in nature. Fruits and vegetables enriched with phytochemicals can be used for sale as fresh market products or as raw material for functional foods and supplements.

  • Research Scholars

     Name Institute ID
    Manohar Lal
    Poonam Singh
    Sandeep Poonia
    Shraddha Mishra

    Tripti Misra
    Vikas Kumar
    Neelam Mahala
    Heena Saini
    Shahid Khan
    Monika Sandhu
    Astha Mittal
    Nidhi Bub
    Nandita Sharma
    Abhilasha Srivastava
    Harshita Sharma
    Sumukh Thakar
    Saumya Arora
    Ankita Daiya
    Aishwarya Singh
    Soniya Narwal
    Palak Sangal
    Divya Malik
    Anirudha K. Sahu
    Simran Kushwaha
    Mahima Choudhary
    Aashish Katyal
    Samiksha Agarwal
    Sumit Mandal
    Swarnima Kushwaha
    Garima Singh
    Ankita Sharma
    Smita Dey
    Niyati Pandya
    Ashima Sakhuja
    Tripti Joshi
    Priyanka Roy
    Sukriti Gujrati
    Hansa Sehgal
    Shreyas M Iyer
    Yash Katakia
    Akanksha Singh
    Subhashree Chatterjee
    Mamta Sharma
    Diksha Sisodia

  • Office Staff

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