Areas of Specialization:

• Metabolic engineering of plants and microbes for value added products
• Enzyme/ microbes based bioprocesses for value added products from biomass
• Synthetic biology and omics approaches for improving metabolic pathways or enzymatic proteins.
• Use of nanobiology approach in improving enzyme based bioprocesses for biomass conversion.

Research Experience:

20 Years

Educational background:

• PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar in 2002
• MSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar in 1999
• BSc with Chemistry, Zoology and Botany from University College, MDU, Rohtak in 1996

Positions held:

• Scientist-F: CIAB, Mohali 12-04-2016 to till date
• Principal Scientist: CSIR-IHBT, Palampur from 10-12-2011 to 11-04-2016
• Senior Scientist: CSIR-IHBT, Palampur from 10-12-2008 to 09-12-2011
• Scientist: CSIR-IHBT, Palampur from 10-12-2004 to 09-12-2008
• Visiting Scientist: IIGB, University of California Riverside (UCR), CA, USA from 28-4-2008 to 27-04-2009
• Post-doctoral fellow: ICGEB, New Delhi from 01-08-2002 to 09-12-2004
• Research Associate: CCS HAU, Hisar from 29-08-2001 to 31-07-2002

PhD Students Guided: 7      MSc Students Guided: 10      Trainees: 20
Publication: 120                     Patent: 10     
Citations: 6000                       h-index: 40

Awards and recognition:

• INSA-Young Scientist Award-2008
• NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award-2009
• CSIR-Young Scientist Award-2010
• Haryana Yuva Vigyan Ratna Award-2011-12
• Prof. Hira Lal Chakarvarty Memorial Award by ISCA 2012-13
• Fellow Associate of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS)- 2013
• BOYSCAST Fellow, DST, GOI-2008
• Fast Track Young Scientist Award, DST, GOI-2012
• CSIR-UGC-JRF
• ICAR ARS-NET
• University Merit Scholarship during Master degree
• Col. Vijay Singh and Madam Ram Kaur Fellowship Award during Graduation
• State Merit Scholarship during Metric

Administrative Responsibilities:

• SAC member of CIAB, Mohali
• CVO, CIAB, Mohali
• Coordinator Academic Programme, CIAB, Mohali
• Chairman SPC, CIAB, Mohali
• Editor, Annual Report, CIAB, Mohali
• Coordinator of Regulatory Research Centre of CSIR-IHBT, Palampur (2010-2016)
• Coordinator of Nanobiology R&D Activities at CSIR-IHBT (2006-2016)
• Coordinator, Academic Affairs of CSIR-IHBT & AcSIR (2014-2016)
• Member of Management Council CSIR-IHBT, Palampur
• Member of Advisory Committee to Library and Information CSIR-IHBT, Palampur
• Member of IAEC & IBSC CSIR-IHBT
• Member of IBSC, HPKV Palampur

Patents:

• A special beverage based on tomato fruit juice, coconut water and other additives. (Patent File No. 201711028768)
• Utilization of tomato and tomato processing by-products for the development of fiber, minerals and antioxidant rich novel. (Patent Application no. 201711042760)
• Development of nutritional whey-based sweet lime beverage (whey-lime) using high pressure processing (Patent File No. 201711039578)
• Integrated as well as module(s) selective process for production of whey proteins, bacterial cellulose, calcium citrate and D-tagatose from liquid whey (Patent File No. 201711024828)
• Xylanase and magnetic¬xylanase¬clea based process for xylooligosaccharides (xos) production from physically treated agro¬biomass and uses thereof (Patent File No. 201711020622)
• Hydrolytic enzyme producing microbes based process for the production of glucose from the supernatant obtained upon the dilute acid pretreatment of agro¬biomass and uses thereof (Patent File No. 201711006024)
• Process for enriched xylooligosaccharides production from secondary agriresidues through alkaline treatment (Patent File No. 201711007495)
• A novel process of production of special and premium pectin preparation, named as neopectin, from diversified bioresources through steps free from chemical treatments and uses thereof (Patent File No. 201711021690)
• A novel selectable marker system for transgenic plants (Patent File No. 2618/DEL/2004 and international classification U2N15/00)
• A nanobiocomposite formulation for wound healing and a process for the preparation thereof (Patent File No. 0196NF2015)
• Nanobiocomposite formulations for treating diabetic wounds (Patent File No. 0110NF2016)

Selected Publications:

• Carbohydrate Polymer 155:152-162, 2017
• Int J Biol Macromol. 104:748-757, 2017
• Bioresour Technol http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.05.066, 2017
• Int J Biol Macromol. DOI: S0141-8130(17)31200-X, 2017
• Nature Scientific Reports 6:37244, 2016
• Journal of Proteome Research 15:1794-809, 2016
• Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 5959-5969, 2015
• Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 3907-3916, 2015
• Plant Molecular Biology 85: 551-573, 2014
• Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 117: 505-511, 2014
• BMC Genomics 14: 647, 2013
• Plant Molecular Biology 76: 523-534, 2011
• The Plant Journal 62: 92-99, 2010
• Plant Physiology 140: 613-623, 2006