Academic Positions

  • April 1, 2000 till Date

    Professor , Department of Zoology


    University of Delhi, Delhi -110007

  • April 13, 1992 March 2000

    Lecturer, Department of Zoology,


    University of Delhi, Delhi -110007

  • July 23,1979 April 12,1992

    Lecturer, Department of Zoology,


    Sri Venkateshwara College, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021

Administrative Positions

  • November 6, 2012 May 28, 2016

    Dean, Examination,

    University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

  • November 8, 2007-June 7, 2010

    Dean , Faculty of Sciences,

    University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

  • November 8, 2007Nov 7, 2010

    Head , Department of Zoology,

    University of Delhi, Delhi -110007

Achievements

  • Genomics and Metagenomics

    As a part of his research work, he has been successful in sequencing and annotating 18 genomes so far with varied niches such as Manikaran Hot water spring and HCH Dumspsite at Lucknow.

    He has been instrumental in sequencing and analyzing metagenomes as well, from stressed niches such as, HCH dumpsite and publishing 2 major studies:

    1. Sangwan et al., 2012. Comparative Metagenomic analysis of soil microbial communities across three Hexachlorocyclohexane contamination levels. PLos One .
    2. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0046219
    3. Sangwan et al., 2014. Reconstructing an ancestral genotype of two hexachlorocyclohexane degrading Sphingobium species using metagenomic sequence data. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24030592
    4. He has also been pivotol in performing the comparative genomic studies as well as pan-genomics across HCH contaminated soils.

    5. Verma H., Kumar R., Oldach P., Sangwan N., Khurana J.P., Gilbert J.A., Lal R . 2014. Comparative genomic analysis of nine Sphingobium strains: Insights into their Evolution and Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) Degradation Pathway.
    6. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/15/1014
    7. Sharma A., Sangwan N., Negi V., Kohli P., Rao D.L.N., Lal R . 2015. Pan-genome dynamics of Pseudomonas gene complements across hexachlorocyclohexane dumpsite.
    8. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/313.
    9. Sangwan N., Lambert C., Sharma A., Gupta V., Khurana P., Khurana J.P., Sockett R.E., Gilbert J.A., Lal R . Arsenic rich Himalayan hot spring metagenomics reveal genetically novel predator-prey genotypes. Environ. Microbiol. Reports DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12297.
    10. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-2229.12297/abstract;jsessionid=A06D0DFD46F2434D496BFC3F85CFB92E.f01t01
  • Fight against Tuberculosis

    He also has one patent to his credit for designing new analog for Rifamycin (wonder drug) against Tuberculosis. He has immensely contributed in this field and published many studies.

    Nigam, A., Almabruk, K. H., Saxena, A., Yang, J., Mukherjee, U., Kaur, H., Kohli, P., Kumari, R., Singh, P., Zakharov, L. N., Singh, Y., Mahmud, T., and Lal, R. 2014. Modification of Rifamycin Polyketide Backbone Leads to Improved Drug Activity Against Rifampicin-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis . J Biochem . doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.572636.

    http://www.jbc.org/content/early/2014/06/12/jbc.M114.572636.abstract

    Recent article in Times of India:

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/DU-scientists-find-cure-for-drug-proof-TB/articleshow/37874856.cms
  • Taxonomic Characterization of Novel Species/Strain

    In his ongoing effort to identify the culturable from exteme environment especially the hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) dump site, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in North India, his lab has characterized over 30 novel species using polyphasic approach . The species belong to different generar like Sphingomonas, Sphingobium , Novosphingobium , Sphingopyxis , Rhizobium, Devosia , Pontibacter etc. and are described in International Journal of Systemic and Evolutionary Microbiology

    For details, please see the Tab "Research" on the left hand side of the page.


Achievements

He has a US patent to his credit and over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals attracting 5068 ISI citations along with h-index 35 . Prof. Rup Lal has supervised over 50 Ph.D. students and currently has 8 Ph. D students under his guidance. Many of his Ph.D. students are well settled and some of them are leaders in various capacities. He is a member of the Review Committee for the ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorship in Microbiology (2009-2012). He has also served as an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Ambassador for the Indian Ocean Region (2012-2015) . He has also served as President of Association of Microbiologists of India (2013).

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2017
    Kuldeep Dhatwalia Excellence Award
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    Received the Kuldeep Dhatwalia Excellence Award-2017 from Chaman Seva Sansthan, Himachal Pradesh for exemplary work, achievements, commitment and contributions in the development of nation.
  • March 2017 onwards
    Ambassador of ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology)
  • 2016
    Moselio Schaechter Distinguished Service Award
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    Received the Moselio Schaechter Distinguished Service Award-2016 from American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology in the developing world.
  • 2016
    Prof. B.N. Johri Award on Microbial diversity (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year
  • 2014
    Prof.S.R.Vyas Memorial Award (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year
  • November 23, 2014
    Honoured by Himachal Kalyan Sabha (Regd.)
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    Delhi for his contribution for development of Rifamycin B analogue: 24-desmethylrifamycin B by genetic manipulation of Rifamycin producerAmycolatopsismediterranei S699 on November 23, 2014.
  • 2013
    President of the Association of Microbiologists of India
  • 2012-2015
    Ambassador to Indian Ocean Region, American Society for Microbiology
  • 2012-2015
    General Secretary, Indian Network for Soil Contamination and Research

Achievements

  • Elected Fellow of Academies

    1. Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA)
    2. Fellow of National Academy of Science (FNASc)
    3. Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS)
    4. Fellow of Association of Microbiologists of India (FAMI)
  • Fellowships Awarded

    1. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Worked at the University of Bielefeld, Gentech­nologie/Mikrobiologie, and Federal Republic of Germany. (July 1988 - Aug. 1990).
    2. Awarded Senior Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked at the University of Bielefeld, Gentechnologie, on the project, Cloning of Rifamycin bio­synthetic genes in Amycolatopsis mediterranei . (May 1995 - July 1995).
    3. Awarded Short Term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked at the University of Bielefeld, Gentechnologie, Germany (June 1 st - July 30 th , 2004), on the project entitled Genome sequence and analysis and annotations.
    4. Awarded DBT Short-term Overseas Associateship to work with Prof. John Cullum at the Department of Genetics, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (May 11 th - Oct 31 st , 2000).
    5. Awarded Short Term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked at the University of Bielefeld, Gentechnologie, Germany (July 1 st - 15 th , 2008), on the project entitled, Annotation of genome of Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699.
    6. Awarded Indo-US professorship for the year 2008-09 by American Society for Microbiology to conduct research on Genetic Manipulations of Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699 for the production of rifamycin analogs, with Dr. Taifo Mahmud at the Oregon State University, Corvallis (May 18 th - June 14 th , 2009).
    7. Awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Worked at the University of Freiburg, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology. (July 6 th - August 22 nd , 2013).
    8. Awarded short-term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Will work at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. (Jun – Jul, 2017).

Patent

Lal, R. (1999) Cloning vector and a process for the preparation thereof. US patent No. 005985560A page 1-25

This invention relates to a method for the preparation of a series of cloning vectors and such cloning vectors prepared there form. The method consists of digestion of pRL derivative with a restriction enzyme Bam HI and digestion of pIJ4026 by Bgl II and electoeluting the ermE gene. The linear DNA having pRL1 derivative was ligated with ermE gene and then transformed into E.coli GM2163. The transformants were screened for the presence of concatamers and the concatamers of pRL80 DNA were isolated from E.coli . The transformants were selected under appropriate antibiotics selection pressure.


Lal, R and Mahmud, T. Antibacterial compounds against drug resistant bacteria. PCT/IB2014/059989 in China and Russia (Under Process)

Students

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    Charu Triptathi

    email: charutripathi89@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Miranda House, University of Delhi

      Comparative genomic analysis and enzymatic application of a thermophile, Thermus sp. RL.

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    Priya Singh

    email: priya.impulse@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi

      Working on genetic manipulation of the polyketide synthase of Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699 to produce analogs of Rifamycin B.

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    Vipin Gupta

    email: guptavipin142@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Hansraj College, University of Delhi

      Working on metagenomic analysis of human gut microbial community to explore functional variation under anitibiotics pressure and comparative genomic analysis using system biology approach. .

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    Pooja Rani

    email: poojaasrivastav@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Zakir Hussain Delhi College

      Taxonomical characterization of novel strains isolated from HCH dumspite at Lucknow.

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    Princy Hira

    email: princy.hira@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi


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    Utkarsh Sood

    email: utkarsh.sood@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Hans Raj College, University of Delhi

      Topic to be assigned.

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    Akshita Puri

    email: akshita.du@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi

      Topic to be assigned.

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    Nirjara Singhvi

    email: nirjara20@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Sri Venkateswara college, University of Delhi

      Topic to be assigned.

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    Himani Khurana

    email: himani.khurana1@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi

      Topic to be assigned.

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    Chandni Talwar

    email: talwar.chandni556@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi

      Topic to be assigned.

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    Shekhar Nagar

    email: nagar.shekhar90@gmail.com

    • M.Sc. : Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

      B.Sc. : Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi

      Topic to be assigned.

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    Dr. Durgesh Narain Singh, CSIR-Senior Research Associate (Pool Scientist)

    email: durgeshbt@gmail.com

    • M.Sc-Microbiology: Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad-224001, (U.P.), India

      Ph.D: School of Biotechnology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005, (U.P.), India

      Thesis:“Molecular Analysis of Coal Bed Microbes and Metagenome for Biotransformation of Coal into Methane and Other Valued Products”

      Working on “Metagenomics approach towards bio-prospection of novel biomolecule from stressed environments and environmental bioremediation”.

International Students

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    Phoebe Oldach

    (Visit from August, 2013 to May, 2014 )

    Phoebe Oldach recently completed her BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College in the USA, and is funded to join the lab by a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Scholarship. This program, dually funded by the US and Indian governments, encourages students and young professionals to conduct research in India for a period of nine months to advance international collaborations and act as a cultural ambassador. During her time in Prof Rup Lal's lab, Phoebe is contributing to investigations of differential HCH degradation rates of synthetic lin A mutants. Following this nine-month research period, Phoebe plans to continue on for a PhD in Biochemistry.

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    Iris Schilling

    (Visit from 6th October to 8th November)

    Iris Schilling is a Ph.D. scholar at EAWAG, Switzerland in the lab of Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler. She is a guest PhD in Prof Rup Lal's lab. In her PhD project she plans to address open research questions on microbial HCH degradation concerning to the fate of the various HCH isomers, the mechanisms governing HCH isomer turnover, and in particular the methodology for assessing success of HCH-turnover under environmental conditions, by using compound-specific carbon and chlorine isotope analysis (CSIA) of HCH isomers. During her stay at Prof. Rup Lal's group at Delhi University she plans to learn techniques for bacterial gene manipulation. For her PhD project she needs to able to produce a sufficient amount of Lin enzymes. Therefore the focus of her stay in Delhi is on plasmid isolation and transformation of bacterial cells.

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    Langping Wu

    (Visit from 21th February to 18th March)

    Langping Wu is a Ph.D. student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany, in the department of Dr. Hans-Hermann Richnow. In her PhD project, she is working on the Multi-dimensional CSIA to characterize the degradation of organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). She is a guest PhD of Prof Rup Lal, and visited Prof Rup Lal's lab under the DAAD project of “Assessing natural and stimulated biodegradation of the pesticide Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) at contaminated field sites using CSIA”.

    During her stay at Prof. Rup Lal's group at Delhi University, she participated the sampling campaign at the contaminated field site in Lucknow to take soil, sediment, ground water and plants samples, and then conducted the extraction of HCHs from water samples. Meanwhile, she leaned to do enzymatic degradation experiment of a-HCH. After returning to Germany, she plans to process carbon isotope analysis of environmental samples and interpret field isotope data for assessing natural and stimulated biodegradation of HCHs as well as bioaccumulation processes in plants.

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Dr. V. V. S. Narayana Rao

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology
Sri Venkateswara College Benito Juraez RoadNew Delhi-110021 India
svelveda@yahoo.com
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Dr. P. S. Dhanraj

Associate Professor,Department of Zoology
Sri Venkateswara College Benito Juraez Road New Delhi-110021 India
psdraj2003@yahoo.com
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Dr. Mahavir Singh

Senior Scientist, R&D Division, Potentia Pharmaceuticals,
Inc. Suite # 311 - 312, 201 E. Jefferson St ., Louisville,Kentucky 40202 USA
gene2genetics@yahoo.com
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Dr. Surender Kumar

Reader,Swami Shradhanand College,
Alipur Village, Delhi-110036,India
ldrsurenkum@gmail.com
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Dr. Sukanya Lal

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, Ramjas college,
Inc. Suite # 311 - 312, 201 University of Delhi (North Campus), Delhi-110007,India
lal.sukanya@gmail.com
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Dr. Atul K. Johri

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology,School of Life Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi-110067,India
akjohri14@yahoo.com
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Dr. Vanchaspati Mishra

Associate Professor,NIPER (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research),
Jawaharlal Nehru University Hajipur Bihar,India
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Dr. Monisha Khanna

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology,
Jawaharlal Nehru University Acharya Narendra Dev College Govindpuri,Kalkaji New Delhi-110 019 ,India
monisha_khanna@hotmail.com
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Dr. Hardeep Kaur

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology,
Ramjas College ,University of Delhi (North Campus) ,Delhi - 110007 ,India
hardeep_53d@rediffmail.com
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Dr. Deepika Tuteja

Associate Professor,Dept. of Internal Medicine,Div. of Cardiovascular Med.,
Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility,451 East Health Sciences Drive,Room 6212A,University of California,Davis 95616 USA
dtuteja@ucdavis.edu
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Dr. Menanakshi Dua

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
School of Life Sciences,Jawaharlal Nehru University,New Delhi-110067 India
mdua@mail.jnu.ac.in
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Dr. Richie Khanna

Associate Director/Principal Investigator II, In Vivo Pharmacology
Amicus Therapeutics,1 Cedar Brook Drive,Cranbury , NJ 08512 USA
rkhanna@amicusrx.com
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Dr. Nidhi Dhingra

Scientist (Manager), Biology Division
GVK Biosciences Private Ltd,Hyderabad, India
dhingra_n1@yahoo.com
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Dr. Sanjukta Subudhi

Fellow,Environmental & Industrial Biotechnology Division (EIBD),
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
Delhi - 110003 India
ssubudhi@teri.res.in ,
sanjuktasubudhi@yahoo.com
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Dr. Rekha Kumari

Associate Professor, Miranda House
University of Delhi (North Campus),Delhi - 110007 India
renumbl@gmail.com
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Dr. Shashi Bala

University of Massachusetts Medical School ,55 Lake Avenue,
North Worcester ,Massachusetts 01655 USA
bala_shashi@rediffmail.com
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Dr. Vishakha Raina

Associate Professor, KIIT School of Biotechnology,
KIIT University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa India
vishakha.raina@gmail.com
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Dr. Mrutyanjay Suar

Director and Head,KIIT School of Biotechnology
KIIT University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa India
msbiotek@yahoo.com
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Dr. Gauri Garg Dhingra

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology
Kirorimal College, Delhi - 110007 India
gaurigargdhingra@gmail.com
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Dr. Charu Dogra

Associate Professor,Department of Zoology
Ramjas College,University of Delhi (North Campus),Delhi - 110007 India
charud1910@yahoo.co.in
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Dr. Swati M. Biswas

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology
ARSD College,Delhi - 110007 India
swati2510@yahoo.com
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Dr. Rinku Pandey

Toxicologist,Dept. of Health and Aeging
Govt. of Australia, Canberra, Australia
rinku.pandey@csiro.au
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Dr. Mukesh Kumar

Associate Professor, Swami Shraddhanand College
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 India
mukesharora12@rediffmail.com
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Dr. Om Prakash

Scientist,National Centre for Cell Sciences
Pune ,India
oprakash@fsu.edu
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Dr. Shweta Malhotra

Associate Professor, Maitreyi College
Sri Venkateswara College,University of Delhi ,Delhi-21
shweta_cbt@yahoo.co.in
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Dr. Poonam Sharma

Associate Professor,Department of Zoology
Gargi College,Siri Fort Road,Delhi - 110049 India
poonamsharma.gargi@gmail.com
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Dr. Mandeep Dadhwal

Assistant Professor , Department of Biotechnology
NIIT University (NU) ,Neemrana, Rajasthan
mandeepdadhwal@gmail.com
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Research Associate,Molecular Biology Lab Lab
Department of Zoology ,University of Delhi,New Delhi 110007
skg79sanjay@rediffmail.com
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Dr. Ravi Ranjan

Postdoctoral Research Associate,Department of Pharmacology
CoMRB, Room 5099, MC-704 ,University of Illinois College of Medicine,909 South Wolcott Avenue,Chicago, IL 60612-3725,USA
ranjan.du@gmail.com
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Dr. Ajaib Singh

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Sri Venkateswara college,Benito Juraez Road ,New Delhi-110021 India
ajaibmolbio@gmail.com
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Dr. Pawan Gaba

Technical Assistant,Ara Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
gabapk@arahc.com
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Dr. Hansi Bisht

Post-doctoral Associate ,Florida International University
11200, SW 8th Street ,AHC 1, Room # 421,Miami, Florida -33199
hansibisht@gmail.com
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Dr. Pooja Sharma

Post Doctoral Fellow,Hutchison/MRC Research Centre
Department of Oncology ,Box 197,Hills Road,Cambridge CB2 0XZ,United Kingdom
shrpgnome@gmail.com
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Dr. Kirti Kumari

Scientist I ,Roche Molecular Systems Inc.
Santa Clara, California USA
kirti.dhiman@gmail.com
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Dr. Simran Jit

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Miranda House ,University of Delhi (North Campus) ,New Delhi-110021 India
luthrasimran82@gmail.com
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Dr. Kiran Bala

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Deshbandhu College Kalkaji ,New Delhi-110019 India
kiranbala2801@gmail.com
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Dr. Swati Jindal

PGT Biology in The Millennium School,,Educomp Solutions,
Karnal, Haryana
swati2408@gmail.com
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Dr. Mansi Verma

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Sri Venkateswara College,Benito Juraez Road ,New Delhi-110021 India
mansiverma20@gmail.com
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Dr. Jaspreet Kaur

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Maiytrei College,University of Delhi (North Campus) ,New Delhi-110007 India
kaurpreet21@gmail.com
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Dr. Aeshna Nigam

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Shivaji College,Raja Garden, Ring Road ,Delhi-110027
aeshna.nigam@gmail.com
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Dr. Devi Lal

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Ramjas College, University of Delhi (North Campus),Delhi - 110007 India
dev83.sharma@gmail.com
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Dr. Jaya Malhotra

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Hansraj College ,University of Delhi (North Campus),Delhi - 110007 India
jayamalhotra1508@gmail.com
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Dr. Shailly Anand

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Deen Dyal Upadhyaya College , Shivaji Marg, Karam Pura,Delhi - 110015 India
shailly.anand@gmail.com
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Dr. Nidhi Garg

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Deshbandhu College , University of Delhi (North Campus) ,Delhi - 110007 India
nidhigarg1804@gmail.com
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Dr. Pushp Lata

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Ramjas College , University of Delhi (North Campus) , Delhi - 110007 India
pushp937@gmail.com
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Dr. Neha Niharika

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Deshbandhu College ,University of Delhi (North Campus) ,Delhi - 110007 India
pushp937@gmail.com
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Dr. Jasvinder Kaur

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Gargi College ,University of Delhi Sri Fort Raod ,Delhi - 110049 India
jasvinder1511@gmail.com
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Dr. Ankita Dua

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Shivaji College , University of Delhi , Delhi India
ankitadua1987@gmail.com
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Dr. Naseer Sangwan

Post-Doctoral Research Associate ,Institute of Genomics and Systems Biology
Argonne National Laboratory ,9700 South Cass Avenue, Bldg. xxx , Argonne, IL 60439, U.S.A.
nikki1018sangwan@gmail.com
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Dr. Vatsala Dwivedi

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Dayal Singh College ,University of Delhi , Delhi India, IL 60439, U.S.A.
dwivedivatsala@gmail.com
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Dr. Anjali Saxena

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Shivaji College ,University of Delhi ,Delhi India
anjali.saxena1403@gmail.com
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Dr. Amit Kumar Singh

amit.k.singhbhu@gmail.com
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Dr. Udita Mukerjee

Guest Lecturer at Dayal Singh College and Khalsa College.
Department of Zoology ,University of Delhi,New Delhi 110007
udita297@gmail.com
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Dr. Abhay Bajaj, UGC- Dr. D. S. Kothari Post-Doctrol Fellow

Scientist B, Microbial Culture Collection- NCCS

Pune 

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Dr. Helianthous

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Kirori Mal College ,University of Delhi ,Delhi India
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Dr. Roshan Kumar

Research Associate ,Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Delhi ,Delhi India
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Dr. Namita Nayyar

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Sri Venkateswara College ,University of Delhi ,Delhi India
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Dr. Puneet Kohli

Assistant Professor 
Indian Academy Education Trust, Banglore, India
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Dr. Rashmi Kumari

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi India
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Dr. Anukriti Sharma

Post-Doctral Fellow, Department of Surgery
University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
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Dr. Vivek Negi

Assistant Professor ,Department of Zoology
Aurobindo College ,University of Delhi ,Delhi India
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Recent Activities

Bani School Innovation Camp, Bani, H.P. (December 23-24, 2016) Organized by Prof. Rup Lal

Adoption of Government Senior Secondary School, Bani, On 23rd December 2016

Dream School: an initiative by Rup Lal and students from the University of Delhi and Sukanya Lal and Star College Team From Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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Bani School Innovation Camp, Bani, H.P. (December 23-24, 2016) Organized by Prof. Rup Lal

Adoption of Government Senior Secondary School, Bani, On 23rd December 2016

Dream School: an initiative by Rup Lal and students from the University of Delhi and Sukanya Lal and Star College Team From Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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Bani School Innovation Camp, Bani, H.P. (December 23-24, 2016) Organized by Prof. Rup Lal

Adoption of Government Senior Secondary School, Bani, On 23rd December 2016

Dream School: an initiative by Rup Lal and students from the University of Delhi and Sukanya Lal and Star College Team From Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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Bani School Innovation Camp, Bani, H.P. (December 23-24, 2016) Organized by Prof. Rup Lal

Adoption of Government Senior Secondary School, Bani, On 23rd December 2016

Dream School: an initiative by Rup Lal and students from the University of Delhi and Sukanya Lal and Star College Team From Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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Bani School Innovation Camp, Bani, H.P. (December 23-24, 2016) Organized by Prof. Rup Lal

Adoption of Government Senior Secondary School, Bani, On 23rd December 2016

Dream School: an initiative by Rup Lal and students from the University of Delhi and Sukanya Lal and Star College Team From Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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Prof. Rup Lal was awarded Prof. B.N. Johri Award on Microbial diversity (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year 2016 (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).(AMI) for the year 2016 (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).

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Prof. Rup Lal was awarded Prof. B.N. Johri Award on Microbial diversity (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year 2016 (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).(AMI) for the year 2016 (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).

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Prof. Rup Lal was awarded Prof. B.N. Johri Award on Microbial diversity (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year 2016 (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).(AMI) for the year 2016 (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).

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Prof Rup Lal was awarded American Society for Microbiology ( ASM) Moselio Schaechter Distniguished Service Award by the American Society for Microbiology for the year 2016. This award, named in honor of Professor Moselio Schaechter, former ASM President (also in the picture), honors an ASM member who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology. This award was conferred to Prof. Rup Lal on June 18th in the ceremony during ASM General Meeting -ASM Microbe 2016 , at Boston, Massachusetts. (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).

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Prof Rup Lal was awarded American Society for Microbiology ( ASM) Moselio Schaechter Distniguished Service Award by the American Society for Microbiology for the year 2016. This award, named in honor of Professor Moselio Schaechter, former ASM President (also in the picture), honors an ASM member who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology. This award was conferred to Prof. Rup Lal on June 18th in the ceremony during ASM General Meeting -ASM Microbe 2016 , at Boston, Massachusetts. (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).

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Prof Rup Lal was awarded American Society for Microbiology ( ASM) Moselio Schaechter Distniguished Service Award by the American Society for Microbiology for the year 2016. This award, named in honor of Professor Moselio Schaechter, former ASM President (also in the picture), honors an ASM member who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology. This award was conferred to Prof. Rup Lal on June 18th in the ceremony during ASM General Meeting -ASM Microbe 2016 , at Boston, Massachusetts. (see some of the moments that were captured by his daughters during the ceremony).

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Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) 2014 AT Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

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Aeshna Nigam (Prof. Rup Lal's student) being awarded with AMI Young Scientist Award in the field of Molecular Biology at AMI-2014

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Prof. Rup Lal being awarded with Prof. S. R. Vyas Memorial Award at AMI-2014 at Coimbatore

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Current Research Projects

National:

a. Project:

Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
Duration: 2015-2018

Project investigator of “Production of rifamycin analogues against multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by the manipulation of rifamycin polyketide biosynthetic gene cluster of Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699 and understanding the changes in human microbiome under antibiotic treatment regimen in patients suffering from tuberculosis”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) from October 2015 to September 2018. Funds: 64 Lacs.

b. Project:

Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
Duration: 2017-2020

Project Co-investigator of “Characterization of Free Living Ciliated Protists as indicators of pollution and their impact on the micro-ecology of Yamuna River flowing through National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, India”. Sponsored by Department of Science & Technology (DST) from 2016-2019. Funds-Rs 55.76 Lacs.

c. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST)
2016-2019

Project investigator of Exploring diversity, functional dynamics and biotechnological applications of bacterial communities inhabiting hot water spring atop the Himalayan ranges at Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India.”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) from February 2017 to January 2020. Funds: 52.2 Lacs.

Research Projects Completed

International :

a. Project:

Funding Agency: DST (Department of Science and Technology) , Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Collaborator: Indo Swiss Joint Research Program (ISJRP)
Duration: 2004-2007:

Project investigator of Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB): “Bioremediation of HCH and PNP Contaminated soil by Bioaugmentation: Proof of Concept at Pilot Scale”. Sponsored by the ISCB, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland (Mar 2004 - Aug 2007).

b. Project:

Funding Agency: DST (Department of Science and Technology) - DAAD ( German Academic Exchange Service)
Collaborator: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Permoserstraße.
Duration: 2007-2010

Project Investigator of Indo-Australian Collaboration in Biotechnology (IACB) project entitled, “Enabling Technologies for the Enzymatic Bioremediation of Cyclic Organochlorine Residues”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Jul 2007 - Jul 2010).

c. Project:

Funding Agency: ISCB, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Collaborator: Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB)
2008-2010

Project Investigator of Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB) Phase III: “Environmental Risk and Bioremediation of Hexachlorocyclohexane Isomers”. Sponsored by the ISCB, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland (Sep 2008 - Sep 2010).

d. Project

Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
CollaboratorIndo-Australian Collaboration in Biotechnology (IACB)
Duration: 2001-2004

Project Leader in DST-DAAD Programme: “Genomic Mapping of the Chromosome and Development of a System for the Generation of Rifamycin Analogs in Amycolatopsis mediterranei”. Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (May 2001 - May 2004).

e. Project

Funding Agency: ISCB, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Collaborator Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB) Phase III
Duration:2012-2014

Project investigator of “Mining linA and linB variants for the development of enzymatic bioremediation of Hexachlorocyclohexane”. Sponsored by Department of Science & Technology (Jul 2012 - Sep 2014).

f. Project

Funding Agency: DST-DAAD Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
Duration: 2013-2015

Project Investigator of personnel exchange programme entitled “Assessing Natural and Stimulated Biodegradation of the Pesticide Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) at Contaminated Field Sites Using Compound-Specific Stable Isotope Analysis (CSIA)”. Sponsored by Department of Science & Technology-Deustscher Akademischer Austausch Di (German Academic Exchange Service) (DST-DAAD) (Apr 2013 – Apr 2015).

g. Project:

Funding Agency: Swiss National Science Foundation
Collaborator , Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler and Dr. Thomas Hofstelter
Duration: 2014-2016

Collaborator in Project entitled “Tracking biotransformation of Hexachlorocyclohexane isomers by Compound-Specific isotopy Analysis” with Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler and Dr. Thomas Hofstelter. Sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation.

National:

1. Project:

Funding Agency: Co-investigator of project
Duration: 1981-1984

“Accumulation, metabolism and effects of organo-chlorine insecticides on microorganisms”. Sponsored by Ministry of Forests and Wild Life, Govt. of India. (Jan 1981- Jun 1984).

2. Project:

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of a project
Duration: 1983-1986

“Accumulation, metabolism and effects of organophosphorus insecticides on microorganisms”. Spon¬sored by the Ministry of Wild Life and Forests, Government of India (Jun 1983 - Nov 1986).

3. Project:

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of a project
1987-1990

“Effects of pesticides on Rhizobium-legume symbiosis”. Spon¬sored by the Ministry of Wild Life and Forests, Government of India (Jan 1987 - May 1990).

4. Project:

Funding Agency: Co-investigator of a project
Duration:1987-1990

“Survey of pesticide residues from food commodities in Delhi and surrounding areas”. Spon¬sored by Ministry of Health, Government of India and WHO (Jan 1987 - Dec 1990).

5. Project:

Funding Agency: Co-ordinator of project
Duration: 1987-1990

“College Science Improvement programme (COSIP)”. Sponsored by University Grants Commission, New Delhi (Jul 1987 - Jun 1990).

6. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of the Project
1992-1997

“Indigenization and Genetic Manipulations of Rifamycin Production in Amycola¬topsis mediterranei (Nocardia mediterranei)”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnolo¬gy, Govt. of India (Dec 1992 - Nov 1997).

7. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of the Project
1993-1996

“Manipulation of Catabolic Genes for Detoxification of Xenobiotics”. Sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India from (Apr 1993 - Sep 1996).

8. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of the Project
1997-2000

“Cloning and Characterization of rifamycin biosynthetic genes and development of a system for the generation of hybrid antibiotics”. Sponsored by Department of Bio-technology, Govt. of India (Apr 1997 – Jun 2000).

9. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of the Project
1997-2000

“Cloning and characterization of catabolic genes of gamma-HCH and its isomers in Sphingomonas paucimobilis”. Sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Apr 1997 - Mar 2000).

10. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Co–Investigator of the Project
1999–2003

“Cloning and Characterization of Ligninase/laccase genes from White Rot- Fungus”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India from (Apr 1999 - Mar 2003).

11. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Co–Investigator of the Project
1999-2003

“Cloning and Characterization of Ligninase/laccase genes from White Rot- Fungus”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India from (Apr 1999 - Mar 2003).

l2. Project :

Funding Agency: Principal Investigator of the Project
2001-2004

“Genetic Engineering of Rifamycin gene Cluster in Amycolatopsis mediterranei for the production of Rifamycin Analogs”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Apr 2001 - Mar 2004).

13. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project Investigator of the project
2001-2005

“Development of suitable probes for tracking the organisms released for biodegradation of soil contaminated with chlorinated and nitro pesticides”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India from (Aug 2001 - Mar 2005).

14. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project Investigator of the project
2003-2004

“Characterization and molecular analysis of some PAHs (Phenenthrene, Pyrene and Benzo (a) pyrene) degrading pathways by bacteria through metabolic Engineering”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Apr 2003 - Mar 2006).

15. Project Investigator of the project :

Funding Agency: Project Investigator of the project
2004-2007

“Decontamination and Microbial diversity of HCH, p-Nitrophenol and Chloropyrifos contaminated soils from dumping sites”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Apr 2004 - Mar 2007).

16. Project :

Funding Agency: Project Investigator
2005-2008

Project Investigator of “Improvement and Development of Cloning Vector transformation system for species of Amycolatopsis”. Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (Jan 2005 - Jan 2008).

17. Project :

Funding Agency: Project Investigator
2004-2008

“Genome Sequencing of Rifamycin Producing Actinomycete Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Apr 2004 - Mar 2008).

18. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project Investigator
2005-2008

Project Investigator of the Indo-Swiss Joint Research Project (ISJRP), “Isolation, Characterization and Mutagenesis of Long-range acting bacterial transcription regulators with receptor domains in aromatic compounds (acronym: TRAROMAT)”. Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (Dec 2005 - Dec 2008).

19. Project:

Funding Agency: Project investigator
2007-2011

Project investigator of “Screening for Bio-molecules from Microbial Diversity Collected from Different Ecological Niches”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Oct 2007 - Mar 2011).

20. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project investigator
2008-2012

Project investigator of “Construction of Bacterial Biosensors for Detection of Aromatic Hydrocarbons”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Apr 2008 - Mar 2011).

21. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Co-Project investigator
2008-2012

Co-Project investigator of “Molecular Analysis of Agrocin Producing Agrobacterium radiobactor for Biological Control of Crown Gall in Stone Fruits”. Sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) (Apr 2008 - Mar 2012).

22. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project investigator
2009-2012

Project investigator of “Understanding Individual & Community Genomes of Bacteria using New Generation Sequencing Technologies”. Sponsored by University of Delhi under DU/ DST – PURSE Grant (Dec 2009 - Sep 2013).

23. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project Investigator
2007-2014

Project Investigator of “Genotyping and Isolation of Sphingomonads from HCH contaminated Agricultural soils and their application in Bioremediation”. Sponsored by National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM) (ICAR) (April 2007 - March 2014).

24. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project investigator
2012-2015

Project investigator of “Understanding Genome Organisation and Gene Expression in Response to Different Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) Isomers in HCH Degrading Bacteria and the HCH Dumpsite”. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) (Apr 2012 - Mar 2015).

25. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project investigator
2012-2015

Project investigator of “Isolating the Natural Existing Hexachlorocyclohexane Dehydrochlorinase (LinA) & Haloalkane Dehalogenase (LinB) Variants from Hexachlorocyclohexane Contaminated Dumpsite by using Metagenomic Approach”. Sponsored by Department of Science & Technology (Jun 2012 - May 2015).

26. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST)
2014-2017

Project investigator of “Microbial metagenomic analysis of hotspring situated atop the Himalyan ranges at Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India”. Sponsored by National Bureau of Agriculturaly Important Microorganisms (NBAIM) (ICAR) (April 2014 to March 2017) Funds: 48.637 Lacs.

27. Project Co-investigator:

Funding Agency: Project investigator
2007-2017

Project investigator of “All India Network Project on Soil-Biodiversity Biofertilizers (XIth Plan)”. Sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) (April 2007 to March 2017) Funds: 22 Lacs.

At My Office

You can find me at my office in the Room No 115,Molecular Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology at University of Delhi.