ACHIEVEMENTS

Patents    
 
  • An insulator construct for controlling leaky gene expression of a lethal gene. Indian Patent No. 244022 (2001).
  • DNA construct for obtaining improved fertility resoter lines in crop plants for hybrid seed production Indian patent No. 238973 (2003).
  • Regulation of lethal gene expression in plants. US Patent No.: US6,833,494. (2004).
  • A method for obtaining improved fertility restorer lines for transgenic male sterile crop plants and a DNA construct for use in said method. European patent 1644506 (2009).
  • Method for obtaining improved fertility restorer lines for transgenic male sterile crop plants and a DNA construct for use in said method. US Patent No : 7,741,541B2 (2010).
  • Regulation of lethal gene expression in plants. Canadian Patent  2 449 250 (2012).
  • Method for Agrobacterium- mediated genetic transformation of Taxus baccata callus cultures,   Indian Patent  (with Dabur Research Foundation, Noida).
 
Products developed
 
  • Release of first ever CMS-based hybrid, DMH-1, in mustard giving >20% higher yield than best Indian varieties
  • Hybrid, DMH-11, based on transgenic technologies (barnase-barstar system) is undergoing biosafety analysis.
  • Hybrid, DMH-4, with similar yield potential as DMH-1 having bolder seed and higher yield content has been nominated to All India Co-ordinated trial of ICAR.
 
Public services
 
  • Prof. B. K. Thelma’s lab has undertaken a major public health initiative for screening 200,000 newborns in Delhi state for Inborn errors of metabolism.
 

Awards and Honors Received by Faculty Members

Prof. Deepak Pental

 

  • Elected member of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy.
  • D.Sc (honoris causa) by the University of Nottingham (2012).
  • FICCI Award for Science and Technology (2010).
  • J. C. Bose National Fellowship (2009) of DST.
  • O. P. Bhasin (2008) award for research in Agriculture.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Visiting Fellowship (2008) of INSA.
  • Awarded ‘Officier Des Palmes Academiques’ for contributions to Research and Education by the Government of Republic of France.
  • Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in November, 2004.
  • Past Member:  Governing Body of CSIR and INSA Council.
  • Member editorial board of Current Science. Member of various Project Advisory Committees in DST and DBT from 1986 onwards.
  • Awarded a Panjab University medal for first position in Diploma in Gandhian Philosophy.
  • Awarded a Biotechnology Career Fellowship in 1986 by the Rockefeller Foundation to work at the
  • Max-Planck Institute in Koln.
  • Member of several advisory committees
  • Member of several committees and boards
  • Member of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and many other scientific societies
  • Member of several advisory committees

 

Prof. A. K. Pradhan

 

  • Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS)
  • Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India (FNASc)
  • Fellow Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India (FNA)
  • Member, Task Force, Agricultural Biotechnology, DBT, Govt. of India
  • Member, GEAC (Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee), Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt of India (2013 - )

 

 

Prof. M. V. Rajam

 

  • Fellow of The Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (FNA) – 2014
  • Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, India – Allahabad (FNASc) - 2007
  • Fellow of The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences - New Delhi (FNAAS) - 2012
  • Fellow of The Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy, Guntur, AP (FABAP) - 2010
  • ‘Steward Memorial Lecture’, PTCA (I), Delivered during 37th Annual Meeting of PTCA (I), Mangalore, January 29-31, 2015
  • Award of The Rockefeller Foundation Biotech Career Fellowship - 1998 (could not be availed it)
  • Award of ‘Shiksha Rattan Puraskar’ by the India International Friendship Society, Delhi 2011
  • Department of Biotechnology National Associateship - 1994
  • Award of the National Scholarship for Study Abroad (Govt. of India)  -  1984
  • Special Award in Research, Rotary International Club of Hyderabad  -   1985
  • Award of CSIR  JRF (1979-81), SRF (1981-83), PDF (1983) & Pool Officership (1986-87)
  • Served as a Member of the Task Force Committee on RNAi Technology of the DBT (Govt. of India), Delhi
  • Served as a Member of the Special Committee of the School of Life Sciences, JNU
  • Served as a Member of Advisory Board, Institute of Forest Genetics & Tree Breeding, Coimbatore (tenure completed)
  • Member, Advisory Board for M. Sc. Biotechnology course, Kakatiya University
  • Member of the Advisory Committe of the 'Bejo Sheetal Bioscience Foundation', Jalna (MR).
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Sri Biotech., Hyderabad
  • Member of Special Committee and Doctoral Committee of the School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi
  • Member of Research Advisory Committee, Centre for Biotechnology, M. D. University, Rohtak
  • Member of Research Advisory Committee, National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAII-ICAR), Bangaluru
  • Member, IBSC, ICGEB (External expert), and JNU (DBT nominee), New Delhi
  • Associate Editor, BMC Biotechnol. (UK), and Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants (Springer)
  • Editorial Board member, OMICS group journal – Cell & Dev. Biol. & Indian J. Biotechnol.
  • Editor, Plant Cell Biotech. Mol. Biol.
  • Convener, Editor & Author of CBSE Class XI & XII Biotechnology Text Books & Lab Manuals
  • Chaired/Co-Chaired sessions in several national symposia and seminars, and SOL2009 international conference.
  • International Supervisor for Ph.D student (Ms. Chezlyn) at Durban Univ., Durban, Africa
  • Elected Member, Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Association (India) since 1995 and life member of many other learned societies like Indian Science Congress and Indian Society for Cell Biology.
  • Fellow of The Telangana State Academy of Sciences (FTSAS) – 2012

 

 

 Prof. B. K. Thelma

  • Sunder Lal Hora Medal, INSA - 2014
  • Stree Shakti Science Samman - 2012
  • JC Bose Fellow - 2011
  • Member, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) – 2011 –
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee to Prime Minister – 2009-2014
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy – 2009
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, India – 2006
  • Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India - 2003
  • Team Leader - Centre For Excellence In Genome Sciences And Predictive Medicine (GESPREM)-, Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India – 2008
  • Trustee, XV International Genetics Congress Trust – 2008
  • Vice President, Indian Society of Cell Biology – 2006-2008
  • Member, Human Genetics Task Force, Dept. of Biotechnology Expert Member, Indian Council of Medical Research – 2003
  • Elected member, Guha Research Conference - 2002
  • Visiting scientist,  Max Planck Institute for Molecular  Genetics, Berlin,   Germany -2006
  • Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Psychiatry, Hadassah Medical Centre, Jerusalem, Israel -2001
  • Visiting scientist, Dept. of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA -2000
  • Fogarty International Research Career Award- Univ. Pittsburgh, USA -2997
  • Visiting Scientist- Dept. of Human Genetics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA -1995
  • Biotechnology Associateship- Institute of Human Genetics, Berlin, Max-Planck Institute, Munich, and Physical Chemistry Institute, Heidelberg, Germany – 1991
  • Biotechnology Associateship- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology,  Hyderabad - 1989
  • Prof-in-charge, Central Instrument facility, UDSC - 2008 –2012
  • Member, Governing Body, Lady Harding Medical College                                    
  • Member, Governing Body,  Acharya  Narendra Dev college, University of Delhi   
  • Member, Governing Body,  Sri Venkateswara college, University of Delhi             
  • Member, Governing Body , Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi                  
  • Member, Governing Body , Amar Jyoti Institute of Physiotherapy, University of Delhi                           
  • Life member, Indian Society of Cell Biology, Indian Society of Human Genetics and Indian Society of Human Genetics

 

 Prof. P. K. Burma

  • Member, Academic team for Indian Junior Science Olympiad 2014.
  • Member, Academic team for the International Junior Science Olympiad in Pune (December 2013).
  • Member of the committee overseeing the functioning of the Central Instrumentation Facility at UDSC.
  • Member, Indian Society of Cell Biology (was member of its executive council) and The Biotech Research society, India.
  • Was coordinator in the subject area of biology at the Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi in its formative year.
  • Received ISPMB Visiting Scientist Award for 2001 (did not avail).
  • University Gold Medal, Banaras Hindu University for first position in M.Sc. Zology examination.
  • Certificate of Merit of Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University for first position in M.Sc (Prev.) Zoology examination.

 

Dr. Surajit Sarkar

 

  • BOYSCAST Fellow (2009-10), Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Young Scientist Award (2009), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi.
  • Dr. Manashi Ram Prize for Best Paper Presentation in 28th All India Cell Biology Conference & Symposium on Genome Biology-2004.
  • Junior/Senior Research Fellowship, (NET) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi.
  • Life member: Indian Society of Cell Biology.
  • Editorial Board Member: “Therapeutic Targets for Neurological Diseases” USA.

 

Dr. Jagreet Kaur

 

  • Cold Spring Harbor fellowship to attend Arabidopsis Molecular Genetics Course (2000).
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Government of India. (2000-2003).
  • Junior Research Fellowship, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Government of India. (1998-2000).
  • Merit Award in M.Sc. Genetic, Department of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. (1997).
  • University Gold Medal in B.Sc. (Hons) BOTANY, University of Delhi (1994).
  • Member of Molecular Plant Microbe interaction Society 2007-2008

 

Dr. Aruna Naorem

 

  • Awarded Travel grant for participation in Annual International Dictyostelium Conference 2014 at Potsdam, Germany by University of Delhi
  • Awarded scholarship for pursuing Master’s degree in Biotechnology by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
  • Awarded Junior and Senior Research Fellowship for pursuing research in life sciences by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India

 

Dr. Tapasya Srivastava

 

  • Indo-US Science and Technology Fellowship 2011 for conducting research work in University of Minnesota
  • Young Scientist Fellowship awarded by Fast-track SERC-DST (2005-2008)
  • Senior Research fellowship (2004) awarded by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research,
  • Junior Research fellowship (1999-2001) by Lady Tata Memorial Trust, Mumbai, India
  • SERB Women’s Excellence in science research award 2013 with grant-in-aid INSA young scientist medal award for Medical Sciences  2010
  • Awarded the Young Investigator Award in ACBICON 2007 organized by Association of Clinical Biochemist of India
  • Member of the Institutional Ethics Committee of University of Delhi South Campus

 

Dr. Kaustuv Datta

 

  • Member, Genetics Society of America
  • Member, American Society of Cell biology

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