Dr. Ajit Varma

Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence

  • Educational Qualifications: M.Sc. (1959), Ph. D. (1964), Allahabad University, Allahabad, India
  • Specialization: Plant – Microbe Interaction, Microbial biodiversity & root endophytes
  • Teaching Experience: 50 years
  • Research Experience: 38 years
  • No. of D.Sc. thesis guided: 1
  • No. of Ph. D. thesis guided: 54

  • Publications:

  • Published over 290 research articles, which appeared in National and International, journals of repute and also several major review articles and chapters in books.
  • Published 38 books in the area of Microbial Technology, published by Academic Press, London, CRC Press, Florida, USA, IDRC, Canada and Springer-Verlag, Germany.
  • Nominated as Editor-in-Chief by Springer-Verlag (Germany & New York), the leading science-publishing house, to prepare 50 volumes on Soil Biology
  • Nominated as Editor-in-Chief by IK Internationals to make series of books on Microbial and Biotechnological Research
  • No. of Research Projects (since joining Amity):
  • Ongoing: 4
  • Completed: 4
  • Sanctioned: 1

  • Awards and Recognition:

  • Commonwealth Fellowship (Australia)
  • National Research Council (Canada)
  • Alexander von-Humboldt Foundation (Germany)
  • National Science Foundation (USA)
  • Indo-Czechoslovakia Exchange Programme (Prague)
  • DAAD Fellowship (Germany)
  • Deutsches BMFT Programme, George-August University, Gottingen (Germany)
  • RAISA Fellowship for Innovative Research in Biotechnology (Italy)
  • Swiss Federal Research Fellowship (Switzerland)
  • BP Koirala award (Nepal)
  • DFG-INSA Fellowship (Indo-Germany)
  • FAMI Award 2011 (India)
  • Honorary Diploma, UMF, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2011)
  • Life time achievement award, Bombay University (2011)
  • Special felicitation for outstanding research in the field of microbiology, JNU (2012)

  • Professional Membership:

  • National Academy of Agriculture Sciences
  • International Society of Symbiosis, Boston, USA
  • Indian Science Congress Association
  • Executive Council, Amity University Uttar Pradesh
  • University Research Council, Amity University Uttar Pradesh
  • Academic Council, Amity University Rajasthan
  • ASSOCHAM Knowledge Millennium Council
  • ASSOCHAM Expert Committee on Agriculture and Food Processing
  • ASSOCHAM Expert Committee on S&T and Innovation
  • Vast experience of organizing national and international training workshop/symposium and congress

 

Dr. Narendra Tuteja

(Ph.D., D.Sc., FNA, FNASc., FASc., FNESA, FNAAS, FTWAS) Professor & Director, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida, UP - 201313; ntuteja@amity.edu Visiting Scientist and Former Group Leader, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi – 110 067, India E-mail: ntuteja(at)amity.edu http://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=R1QS5FgAAAAJ&hl=en

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    Educational Qualifications:

  • 1975 B.Sc., (Chemistry, Botany & Zoology), University of Lucknow, India
  • 1977 M.Sc. (Biochemistry), University of Lucknow, India
  • 1978 Proficiency in French, University of Lucknow, India
  • 1979 Proficiency in Russian, University of Lucknow, India
  • 1982 Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Lucknow, India
  • 2008 D.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Lucknow, India


  • Teaching Experience:

  • Since 8 July 2015, Director, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida, UP
  • Since 1st Feb. 2015, Visiting Scientist, Plant Molecular Biology Group (PMB), International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi.
  • 2012-2015 Group Leader & Senior Scientist, Plant Molecular Biology Group (PMB),
  • 2008-2011, Senior Scientist PMB Group, ICGEB, New Delhi.
  • 1997-2007, Associate Scientist, PMB Group, ICGEB, New Delhi.
  • 1995-1997, Group Leader & Associate Scientist, PMB Group, ICGEB, New Delhi.
  • 1988-1995, Assistant Research Scientist, Molecular Biol. Group, ICGEB, Trieste, Italy.
  • 1986-1988, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 1983-1986, Visiting Scientist, NIH (NCI and NICHHD), Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
  • 1977-1983, Research Assistant, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow, UP, India.


  • Specialization: UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN ANIMAL BIOLOGY (in past), AGRICULTURE/PLANT BIOLOGY (current) & FUNGUAL & SOLI BIOLOGY (current)

  • ANIMAL BIOLOGY: Cancer (Lymphoma, Leukemia), P-450 system, Retinal degeneration (mice & human eye), Human DNA replication, DNA Damage & Repair.
  • PLANT BIOLOGY & AGRICULTURE: Stress tolerant crops; Plant Molecular Biology/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Plant transformation/ Signal transduction/ Plant stress tolerance/ Crop improvement/ Herbicide resistant crops/ DNA replication & repair
  • FUNGAL BIOLOGY: Plant-microbes (Piriformospora indica fungus) interaction; isolation of high salinity stress tolerant genes from P. indica; developing stress tolerant plants by the fungus genes; exploitation of this fungus for developing improved growth and yieldof the crops through non-transgenic approach.
  • SOIL BIOLOGY: Effect of transgenic crops on the physicochemical properties of soil and microbial communities of rhizosphere; characterization of native Azospirillum strains and efficient nitrogen-fixing Azotobacter strains from rice fields to improve crop productivity; isolation of efficient microorganisms and formulation of zone & crop specific Biofertizers for improved yield and stress tolerance; harnessing wheat plant-microbiome for drought tolerance and improve productivity (indo-Australia project).


  • Awards and Recognition:

  • 2011, Fellow of "Third Word Academy of Sciences", Trieste, Italy (FTWAS)
  • 2011, Fellow of “National Academy of Agricultural Sciences”, New Delhi (FNAAS).
  • 2009, Fellow of “National Environmental Science Academy”, New Delhi (FNESA).
  • 2009, Fellow of “Indian Academy of Sciences”, Bangalore (FASc.).
  • 2007, Fellow of “Indian National Science Academy”, New Delhi (FNA).
  • 2003, Fellow of “National Academy of Sciences”, Allahabad (FNASc.).
  • 2011, Goyal Award in life sciences for outstanding contribution in the area of Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology. This award is given to one scientist only every year by Kurukshetra University. The award consists of cash of Rs.1.00 Lakh, a memento and a citation.
  • 2009-2010, Scientific award under category "VIGYAN GAVRAV SAMMAN" for the year 2009-2010 awarded by Council of Science & Technology, U.P. This award is given to one scientist for his/her outstanding contribution in the field of science writing, scientific research or special scientific achievement or development of technology useful on National level. The award consists of cash of Rs.1.00 Lakh, a memento and a citation.
  • 2010, Best Scientist AWARD of the year - 2010 by the International Board of Awards of National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi.
  • 2008: Genomic Pioneer Award: Ocimum Biosolutions and Gene Logic in association with OBBeC have awarded Dr. Tuteja the most admired researcher award for outstanding contribution to the field of Genomics during International meeting of the Human Genomic Organization, Sept. 27-30, Hyderabad.
  • E. 1986, Post-graduate Researcher Fellowship, Awarded by University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
  • 1985, NIH Visiting Fellowship, Awarded by Fogarty International Centre, NICHD, NIH, USA.
  • 1984, NIH Visiting Fellowship, Awarded by Fogarty International Centre, NICHD, NIH, USA.
  • 1983, NIH Visiting Fellowship, Awarded by Fogarty International Centre, NCI, NIH, USA


  • RESEARCH PAPERS: 304


    (http://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=R1QS5FgAAAAJ&hl=en)

    Citation indices (as on 11-02-2016)

    Citation indices All Since 2011
    Citations 10854 7572
    h-index 45 37
    i10-index 142 95


    ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS: 5
    PH.D. STUDENTS GUIDED: 20

 

Dr. Amit C Kharkwal

Dy Director & Head

  • Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. (2003)
  • Specialization: Plant Tissue Culture, Plant-Microbe Interaction, Phytoremediation
  • Teaching Experience: 8 years
  • Research Experience: 15 years
  • Publications: 20
  • No. of Ph. D. thesis guided:1 (Guided), 1 (enrolled)

 

Dr. Abha Agnihotri

Designation: Professor

Educational Qualifications:

Ph. D (Thesis: Production, evaluation and DNA analysis of three hybrids of oilseed Brassica with its wide allies) from Department of Botany, University of Delhi (1992); M.Phil. (Thesis: Radiation response modifying influence of camphor in mammalian Cells in vivo) from School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1985); M. Sc. Biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University (1972); B.Sc. BZC from Banaras Hindu University (1970)


Specialization: Plant Tissue Culture, Agricultural Biotechnology and related policy issues
Teaching Experience: 12 years
Research Experience: 31 years
No. of Ph. D. thesis guided: 3 (1 enrolled)
No. of M.Phil. thesis guided: Nil

No. of publications:
  • International Journal: 18
  • National Journal: 9
  • Book Chapters: 18
  • Books Edited: 1
  • Papers in conference Proceedings/ Short research papers: 39

No. of Research Projects:
  • Ongoing: 1
  • Completed: 16 18

Awards and Recognition:

Fellow, Society for Rapeseed Mustard Research, ICAR, Government of India (2012); Fellow, Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, ICAR, Government of India (2011); USDA Cochran Fellowship for International Internship in IPR and Technology Transfer, Michigan State University, USA (2008); Plant Biotechnology Systems Fellowship for International Short Course on Food Safety, Michigan State University, USA (2004); DBT Biotechnology Overseas Associate for research at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre, Canada (1993-94);

Professional Membership:

Life Member: Plant Tissue Culture Association (India); Indian Science Congress Association; Indian Society of Oilseeds Research; Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resource; Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists; Society of Microbiologists of India

International Academic Visits:

13th International Rapeseed Congress: Brassica 2011, Prague, Czech Republic (June 2011); 17th Crucifer Genetics Workshop Brassica2010, Saskatoon, Canada (Sept 2010); University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (August 2010); 16th Australian Research Assembly on Brassicas, Ballarat, Australia (Sept 2009); Scientific interaction visit for Indo- Australia collaborative project on Oilseed Brassica improvement in China, India and Australia- NSW Agriculture, CSIRO Plant Industry, Department of Primary Industries, Melbourne University and University of Western Australia (Aug to Sept 2004, Sept to Oct 2005 & Sept 2009); 12th International Rapeseed Congress, Wuhan, China (April 2007); Research attachment for DFID-India collaborative project on oilseed crops for draught and disease, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK (May to Aug 2004, July to Sept 2006 & May 2007); 4th International Crop Science Congress, Queensland, Australia (Sept 2004); 11th International Rapeseed Congress Copenhagen, Denmark (June 2003); Research attachment for DFID-India collaborative project on oilseed crops for draught and disease, Institute of Arable Crop Research, Harpenden, UK (Aug to Oct 2002, July 2003); Xth International Rapeseed Congress, Canberra, Australia (Sept 1999); DBT overseas research associate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon, Canada (July 93- to Sept 1994); VIII Crucifier Genetics Conference, Saskatoon, Canada (July 1993);VIIth International Congress on Plant Tissue and Cell Culture, Amsterdam (June1990); Scientist interaction visit to Institute fur Pflanzenwissenschaften, Zurich, Switzerland; Universita Degli Studi di Milano, Italy; Institute for Pflanzenbau and Pflanzenzuchtung, Gottingen, F.R.G; Max-Planck Institute fur Zuchtungsforschung, Koln, F.R.G; Leiden University, Netherland (June to July 1990)


 

Dr. Ram Prasad




Assistant Professor

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. Microbiology from CCS University through Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2008), M. Sc. Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2002)
Specialization: Microbiology, Plant microbe Interaction, Nano biotechnology
Teaching Experience: 6 years
Research Experience: 12 years
No. of Ph. D. thesis guided: 1 (enrolled)
No. of M. Phil thesis guided: 1, 1 (enrolled)

    No. of publications:

  • International Journal: 17
  • National Journal: 13
  • Book Chapters: 28
  • Books Authored: 2
  • Books Edited: 1

  • No. of Research Projects:

  • Ongoing: 1 (as Co-Pi)
  • Completed: 0

  • Awards and Recognition: CSIR NET (2002), GATE (2002), ASRB-NET (2010), Young Scientist Award (2007), Professor JS Datta Munshi Gold Medal Award (2009), Fellow of Society for Applied Biotechnology (2010)

    Professional Membership: American Society of Microbiology (Lifetime) Editor: Academia Journal of Biotechnology (ISSN 2315-7747) http://www.academiapublishing.org/ajb

 

Dr. Neeraj Shrivastava




Assistant Professor

Educational Qualifications : Ph.D in Microbial Technology (AUUP, Noida), M.Sc Biotechnology (GGU, Bilaspur)
Specialization : Mushroom Biotechnology
Teaching Experience :5 year(s)
Research Experience : 6 year(s)
No. of M.Phil. thesis guided : 01
No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended- Publications : 3 (International), 1 (National) 4 Book chapters (International), 11 abstract (9 International and 2 National)
Awards and Fellowships : Awarded Rural Talent Search Fellowship upto Higher Secondary level
Life Member of Association of Microbiology of India (AMI)

 

Dr. Aparajita Das




Research Associate

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D (Microbial Technology) Amity University; M.Sc (Botany) Delhi University; B.Sc (Botany Honours) Delhi University
Specialization: Plant Microbe Interaction
Teaching Experience: 07 years
Research Experience: 14 years
No. of publications:
  • International Journal: 01
  • National Journal: 02
  • Book Chapters: 18
  • Books Authored: NIL
  • Books Edited: NIL
No. of Research Projects: Young Scientists Scheme (DST SERB) has been recommended for funding
Awards and Recognition: CSIR NET qualified

 

Dr. Vivek Kumar




Designation: Assistant Professor (Grade III)

Educational Qualifications:M.Sc, PhD (Microbiology)
Specialization:Plant-microbe-interactions, bioremediation, environmental microbiology
Teaching Experience: 16 years
Research Experience: 19 years
No. of Ph. D. thesis guided: Guiding 1 students as Supervisor and 2 students as Co-supervisor
No. of publications: 56 research papers, 11 book chapters, 5 review articles, 1 book 5

 

Dr. Manoj Kumar




Designation: Assistant Professor (Grade II)

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D.
Specialization: Plant Biotechnology (Tissue Culture & Genetic Engineering)
Teaching Experience: 09 years
Research Experience: 14 years
No. of publications: 33
No. of Ph. D. thesis guided: 02 pursuing
Awards and Recognition:
  • International Postdoctoral Fellowship (July 2007 - June 2008): Forestry and Agriculture Biotech Institute, University of Pretoria, SA
  • National Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (July, 2008 – Dec 2009): Forestry and
  • Agriculture Biotech Institute, University of Pretoria, SA
  • DBT-Postdoctoral Fellowship (Jan 2006 – June 2007): National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi-11067, India
Professional Membership: Member of American Society of Microbiologists.
  • Life Time Membership, Indian Society for Radiation Biology (ISRB/K-29/336)
  • Life Time Membership: Eucalyptus Research Society, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria.-"EUCAGEN"
  • Member, Editorial Board (AsEB), American Journal of Current Microbiology (2013-2015)
  • Member, Biological Forum –An International Journal, Satya Prakashan, New Delhi-110005, India

 

Dr. Devendra Kumar Choudhary




Designation: Assistant Professor (Grade III)

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc, NET, Ph.D.
Specialization: Microbial ecology
Teaching Experience: 10 years
Research Experience: 10 years
Publications: 41
No. of Ph. D. thesis guided: 3

 

Dr. Pankaj Goyal




Designation: Quality Manager

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. (Microbiology), Gurukul Kangri University, Hardwar, 2008; M.Sc. (Microbiology), H.N.B. Garhwal University, Uttarakhand, 2004; B.Sc. (Biology), M.D.S. University, Ajmer, Rajasthan, 2002.
Specialization: Novel Drug Discovery Research, Antimicrobials, Plant-Microbes, Microbiology of Food, Water, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, GLP, NABL, ISO, USFDA etc.
Teaching Experience: 07 years
Research Experience: 05 years
Industrial Experience: 03 years
No. of Industrial Projects: >100
No. of Publications: 34
No. of Books: 03
No. of M.Sc./B. Tech Thesis guided: 10

 

Dr. Menaka Devi Salam




Designation: Principal investigator (SERB Young Scientist Project)

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. (Biotechnology), Panjab University, Chandigarh, 2009
Specialization: Microbial Enzymes, R-DNA Technology
Teaching Experience: : 6 years
No. of Publications: 3
Book Chapter: 1
Presentation in Conferences: 7

  • International: 1
  • National: 6

  • No. of Research Projects: 7

  • Ongoing: 1
  • Completed: NIL