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Prof. Rup Lal

Department of Zoology
University of Delhi.



- Bio -

Born in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, on the 27th September 1953, Prof. Lal received his primary education at the Government High School, Bani, Himachal Pradesh, graduation from D.A.V College, Jalandhar, in 1973, M.Sc. from Kurukshetra University, in 1975 and Ph.D. from University of Delhi, Delhi (1980). His teaching career started as a lecturer in Zoology at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, in 1979. Further, he worked as an Alexander van Humboldt Fellow (PDF) from 1988-1990 in University of Bielefeld, Germany. Presently, he is a Professor of Molecular Biology at the Department of Zoology, University of Delhi. He has over 35 years of strong and longstanding experience in administration, teaching and research in various capacities.

- 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, 2007 - Nov 7, 2010

Head, Department of Zoology,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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- Academic Positions -

April 1, 2000 - till Date

Professor, Department of Zoology,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

April 13, 1992 - March, 2000

Reader, Department of Zoology,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

July 23, 1979 - April 12, 1992

Lecturer, Sri Venkateshwara College,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

Awards & Honors


  • Ambassador of ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology), The Netherlands (March 2017 onwards).
  • Received Kuldeep Dhatwalia Excellence Award-2017 from Chaman Seva Sansthan, Himachal Pradesh for exemplary work, achievements, commitment and contributions in the development of nation.
  • 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.
  • Prof. B. N. Johri Award on Microbial diversity (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year 2016.
  • Prof. S.R. Vyas Memorial Award (Biannual) by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) for the year 2014.
  • President of the Association of Microbiologists of India (2013).
  • Ambassador to Indian Ocean Region, American Society for Microbiology (ASM) (2012-2015).
  • General Secretary, Indian Network for Soil Contamination and Research (INSCR) (2011 - Present).

Elected Fellow of Academies


  • Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA).
  • Fellow of National Academy of Science (FNASc).
  • Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS).
  • Fellow of Academy of Microbiological Sciences (FAMSc).

Fellowships Awarded


  • Awarded Endeavour Executive Fellowship by Government of Australia. To work at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (October - December, 2018).
  • Awarded short-term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (June - July, 2017 and May - July 2018).
  • Awarded short-term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked at the University of Freiburg, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology, Germany (July - August 2013).
  • 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” at College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, Corvallis (May - June 2009).
  • Awarded short-term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked on the project entitled, “Annotation of genome of Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699” at the University of Bielefeld, Gentechnologie/Mikrobiologie, Germany (July, 2008).
  • Awarded short-term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked on the project entitled “Genome sequence and analysis and annotations” at the University of Bielefeld, Gentechnologie/Mikrobiologie, Germany (June - July, 2004).
  • Awarded DBT short-term Overseas Associateship to work with Prof. John Cullum at the Department of Genetics, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (May - October, 2000).
  • Awarded short-term Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked on the project, “Cloning of Rifamycin bio¬synthetic genes in Amycolatopsis mediterranei” at the University of Bielefeld, Gentechnologie/Mikrobiologie, Germany (May - July, 1995)./li>
  • Awarded Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Worked at the University of Bielefeld, Gentech¬nologie/Mikrobiologie, Germany (July, 1988 - August, 1990).

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Achievements


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
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
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.