Faculty

  • Dr. Utpal Roy
  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani

About

Degree: Ph.D. Microbiology, NDRI Karnal (ICAR)

Area of Specialization: Antimicrobial Research

Thesis title: "Studies on Genetics and Biochemical Aspects of the Antifungal Substances Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria."

Positions Held:

  1. Research Board Member from Division of D. Microbiology (1994-1996) at NDRI Karnal.
  2. Research Board Member from Biological Sciences Group, BITS Pilani (1999-2000).
  3. Senate Member since 2011

About the Faculty
Dr. Utpal Roy is heading the Department since 2004 at BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus.

Email: uroy@bits-pilani.goa.ac.in, utpalroy@gmail.com

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  • Dr. Vijayashree Nayak
  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani

About

Degree: Ph.D., Cancer Cytogenetics, MAHE, Manipal

Area of Specialization: Molecular mechanisms in Cancer and therapeutic applications of Tissue engineering.

Thesis title: “Anticancer activity of Tenosporacordifolia on HeLa cells in response to 60Co gamma radiation and without radiation.”

Positions Held:

  1. Associate Professor, Biotechnology, March '08 to March '09, Rajalaxmi College and Research Institute, Chennai
  2. Professor, Industrial Biotechnology, MGR University, Chennai, May '07 to March '08
  3. Assistant Professor, Biotechnology, Oct ’02- May '07, Sri Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai, India
  4. Research Associate, Biomedical Research, July ’01- Mar ’02, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  5. Senior Research Fellow, Laser Technology, June ’99- Jul ’01, Department of Laser Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), (DU)
  6. Lecturer, Microbiology, Kasturba Gandhi College for Women, Secunderabad, AP, India, Jun ’98 - May ’99

Email: vijayashree@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Dr. Judith Braganca
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus

About

Degree: Ph.D., Goa University, August 2003

Area of Specialization: Microbiology

Thesis title: "Uptake of Arsenic and Cadmium by Halophilic Archaea."

Positions Held:

  1. Lecturer in Biotechnology, Dhempe College, Goa
  2. Lecturer in Biological Sciences, BITS - Pilani, Goa Campus
  3. Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences, BITS - Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus

About the Faculty
Dr. Judith M. Braganca joined the Department in 2004 when BITS - Pilani started the Goa campus. She teaches Microbiology and Immunology to the students of MSc. Biological Sciences and Microbial Fermentation Technology and Molecular Immunolgy to the students of M.E. Biotechnology.

Email: judith@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Dr. Meenal Kowshik
  • Associate Professor, Birla Institute of Technology & Science-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus

About

Degree: Ph.D., Microbiology, Pune University, 2003

Area of Specialization: Microbiology

Thesis title: "Microbial synthesis of semiconductor and transition metal nanoparticles, their physico-chemical characterization and evaluation as nanomaterials."

Patents:

  1. A process for manufacturing gold metal nanoparticles Indian Patent No. 205346
  2. A process for manufacturing metal sulphide nanoparticles Indian Patent No. 202756
  3. A process for manufacturing silver metal nanoparticles Indian Patent No. 202757
  4. Nanomaterial based DNA Delivery vehicle for bacterial transformation, Provisional Indian patent application number 1529/MUM/2013

Positions Held:

  1. Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS - Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, March 2013
  2. Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS - Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Jan 2006 - 2013
  3. Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS - Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, 2004 - 2005

Email: meenal@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Prof. Sajeli
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy

About

Degree: Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry) from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (2005)

Area of Specialization: Medicinal Chemistry

Thesis title: Studies on Genetics and Biochemical Aspects of the Antifungal Substances Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria.

Awards
Recipient of Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship (2004) to pursue part doctoral research at Eberhard Karls Universitat, Tuebingen, Germany.

Email: sajeli@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Prof. Sriram
  • Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Birla Institute of Technology & Science - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

About

Degree: Ph. D. (Medicinal Chemistry), Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, Jan 2000. (Record period of 2 years)

Area of Specialization: Medicinal Chemistry

Patents

  1. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Kumar, A.S.K. et al., Novel N-Spiro substituted compounds. Indian Patent 263536 (Granted on 5th Nov 2014)
  2. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Madhubabu, B. Brahmam, M. Indian Patent Application No. 2945/DEL/2014 (15/10/2014): A Compound for treating inflammatory neuropathic pain and cancer.
  3. Saketh, D.V.S. Srikanth, V. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Indian Patent Application No. 5707/CHE/2014 (13/11/2014): Novel compounds as modulators of AKT.
  4. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Hasitha, S.A. Brahmam, M. Indian Patent Application No. 1763/DEL/2015 (12/06/2015): Cathepsin D inhibitors and compositions thereof for treating breast cancer.
  5. Vinay K Nandicoori, Vijay Soni, P. Yogeeswari, D. Sriram, Indian Patent Application No. 3167/DEL/2015 (1/10/2015) M. Tuberculosis GlmU inhibitor

Positions Held

  1. Associate Researcher at National Institute of Science and Technology for Tuberculosis, Technopuc, Brazil
  2. Visiting Scientist at Center for Drug Design and Discovery, Sathyabhama University, India

Email: dsriram@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Dr. Vamsi
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Birla Institute of Technology & Science - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

About

Degree: Ph. D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences), South Dakota State University, USA, 2010

Area of Specialization: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Email: vamsi@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Dr. Sankar Ganesh
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

About

Degree:
Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Bioprocess Engineering, INSA de Toulouse, France, Nov 2008.
Ph.D. - Environmental Science & Engineering, Pondicherry (Central) University, India, Apr 2008

Area of Specialization: Environmental Science & Engineering

Thesis title:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - "Optimisation of the production of bioplastic precursors, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from municipal sludge by sequencing batch reactor system under dynamic condition."
Ph.D. - "Some applications of bioprocess engineering in solid waste management."

Positions Held

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India, 2009 – Till date.
  2. Senior Consultant, Swiss Red Cross, Switzerland, INTACH Pondicherry Chapter, Puducherry, India, Nov 2008 – Jun 2009.
  3. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et Procédés, INSA de Toulouse, France, May 2008 – Nov 2008.
  4. Senior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Centre for Pollution Control and Energy Technology, Pondicherry University, India, Apr 2006 – May 2008.
  5. Project Associate, Centre for Environment Education, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Tirupur Field Office, India, Oct 2002 – Jan 2004.
  6. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Mountain State University, EDUSCAN, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jun 2000 - Sep 2001.

About the Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Dean, International Programmes & Collaboration Division
Leader, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Imperative, Mission 2015, Vision 2020

Email: sangan@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Prof. Vidya Rajesh
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Associate Dean, Academic Research Division, BITS - PILANI Hyderabad Campus

About

Degree:
Ph.D. (Molecular Biology), BITS - Pilani, 2007
M.E Biotechnology at BITS - Pilani, 2000
M.Sc in Microbiology from Nagpur University, 1995

Thesis title: “Studies on Sequence Diversity and Characterization of the Apical Membrane Antigen of Plasmodium in Indian Isolates.”

Positions Held

  1. January 2014 – till date: Associate Dean, Academic Research Division, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus
  2. August 2012 – Jan 2014: Professor In-charge, Academic Research Division, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus
  3. July 2008 – August 2012: Head of the Department (HoD), Biological Sciences Department, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus.
  4. July 2008 – October 2009: Faculty In-charge, Student Welfare Division, BITS - Pilani - Campus.
  5. September 2005 – May 2008: In-charge, Instruction cell, Practice School Division, BITS - Pilani - Pilani campus

About the Faculty
Prof. Vidya Rajesh is working as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, BITS - Pilani, Hyderabad campus since June 2008. From 2001 - 2008 she was associated with BITS, Pilani where she completed her M.E. (Biotechnology).

Email: vidya@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, vidya_nrajesh@yahoo.com

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  • Dr. Sridev Mohapatra
  • Assistant Professor, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani), Hyderabad, India

About

Degree: Ph.D., Dept. of Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, U.S.A.(2008)

Positions Held

  1. March 2012 - Present: Assistant Professor, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani), Hyderabad, India.
  2. July 2011 - February 2012: Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Lucknow, India.
  3. September 2010 - June 2011: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Texas Tech. University, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
  4. July 2008 - August 2010: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, USA.

Email: sridev.mohapatra@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, sridev_m@yahoo.com

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  • Dr. Balaram Ghosh
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani), Hyderabad, India

About

Degree:
Research Fellow (2009 - 2013): Center for Human Genetic Research (CHGR), Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA
Ph.D. (2005 - 2009): Wayne Sate University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
B.Pharm & M.Pharm (1994-2000): Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Awards

  1. Best Graduate Student- “Frank O. Taylor” Fellowship awarded by the department of Pharmaceutical sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA for outstanding performance in research and graduate studies
  2. Graduate Research Assistantship: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  3. Junior Research Fellowship(JRF): University Grants Commissions (UGC), India for M. Pharm Studies
  4. National scholarship, Govt. of West Bengal for higher studies

Positions Held

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy, BITS-Pilani at Hyderabad campus, Hyderabad, India, 2013 – present
  2. Research Fellow, Center for Human Genetic Research (CHGR), Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2009 – 2013
  3. Associate Researcher at Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA, USA, 2009 –2013
  4. Graduate Research Assistant, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 2005 - 2009
  5. Project Fellow; UGC sponsored project at Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, 2004 – 2005
  6. Teaching Faculty (Lecturer) at Himalayan Pharmacy Institute, North Bengal University, India, 2000 – 2004

Email: balaram@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, bghosh75@gmail.com

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  • Dr. Jayati Ray Dutta
  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department, BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

About

Degree:
Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2000-2004), India.
Research Associate, IIT Kharagpur (2004-2005), India.

Awards

  1. Recipient of National Scholarship for post-graduation studies from Calcutta University, 1995
  2. Best presentation award in a session, NSC, conference 2003 at IIT, Kharagpur
  3. Recipient of Young Scientist Fast Track Award from Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India (2006-2009)
  4. Biographical profile published in the Marquis Who's Who in the World (2009)
  5. Best Poster Presentation Award in the International Conference on advances in Chemical Engineering (ICACE - 2013), NIT, Raipur, April, 2013
  6. Special Jury Award for oral presentation on “Lipase mediated ester synthesis from different lactic acid bacteria through co-culture technique” at the International Conference on Biodiversity, Bioresources and Biotechnology, Mysore, India, Jan 30-31, 2014

Positions Held

  1. Convener, Departmental Research Committee since 2011 - till date
  2. Member of Departmental Committee for Academics since 2014
  3. Member of Institute Dissection Monitoring Committee since September, 2015
  4. Member of Central Research Facility - 2008 - till date
  5. In-Charge, Biology Laboratory, Biological Sciences (Since, 2011)
  6. Member of Animal House Committee - 2008 - 2014
  7. Nucleus member of Admissions Division, 2008 - 2009
  8. Faculty Advisor to Biological Sciences Society, Synapsis – 2008 - 2009
  9. Member of Reception Committee, National Symposium on Human Diseases in Biological Sciences, March, 2014 
  10. Faculty coordinator of graduating students in Convocation, 2015, 2014 & 2013
    Member in Advertisement committee, pre-event activities, BITSATHON, 2014 
  11. Member of Reception Committee in Convocation 2012

Email: jayati@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Dr. Prabhat Nath Jha

About

Degree:
M.Sc. in Biotechnology from L.N. Mithila University, Darbhanga (Bihar)
Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from Banaras Hindu University, India

Area of Specialization: Biotechnology

Thesis title: Plant growth promoting properties and colonization mechanism of endophytic diazotrophic bacteria recovered from rice and other plants.

Awards:

  1. 2013: Raman Post-doctoral Fellowship (previously known as 'Singh Obama' fellowship' tenable in USA for 2013 under India-US 21st century knowledge initiative
  2. 2013 (March 14-20): Visiting Fellow in Department of Botany and Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University,       Rono Hills, Doimukh, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India
  3. 2011: DST (Government of India) Travel Award for attending International Conference Abroad
  4. 2009: Awarded DST Young Scientist Fellowship Project by DST, New Delhi under SERC Fast Track Scheme for Young Scientist
  5. 2006: Awarded DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India), (July 2, 2006 to July24, 2007)
  6. 2006:  K. C Bose Young Scientist Award (Gold Medal) at a national symposium
  7. 2003:  Awarded Senior Research Fellowship by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India (April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2006)
  8. 2001: Research Assistant funded by Council of Science and Technology, UP in School of Biotechnology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India (Jan 10, 2001 to Jan 9, 2003)
  9. 2000: Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test of Engineering (GATE) conducted by Indian Institute of Technology

Positions Held:
Assistant Professor at Department of Biological sciences,BITS - Pilani since April 2008

Email: prabhatjha@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Mr. M.M. Pandey

About

Degree:
Ph.D. - BITS, Pilani (Thesis Submitted)
M.Tech (Biotech), Jadavpur University (Kolkata, W.B.) 2003

Area of Specialization: Pharmacy

Thesis title: "Design and Evaluation of Mucoadhesive Buccal Delivery Systems of Felodipine."

Positions Held

  1. Lecturer at BITS-Pilani
  2. Lecturer at N.K.B.R. College of Pharmacy & Research Centre, Meerut
  3. Lecturer at Dept. of Pharmacy, Northern India Engg. College, Lucknow
  4. Lecturer at Priyadarshini College of Pharmacy, Karnataka

Email: pandeymm@bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Prof. Suman Kapur
  • Professor (HOD), Biological Sciences Department, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

About

Degree:
M.Sc. Medical Biochemistry from AIIMS, New Delhi, 1980
Ph.D. from AIIMS, New Delhi, 1986

Area of Specialization: Medical Biochemistry

Awards

  1. Mentor of the GYTI award winning team (2015)
  2. Photon Research Award (2015)
  3. Mentor of the ABLE’s DBT-sponsored BEST award (2014)
  4. Honoured as an "Achiever" in the field of Education (2014)
  5. BITSAA Faculty Honours (2014)
  6. Adjunct Professor at Malkolak Knowledge Centre (2013 onwards) 
  7. Adjunct Professor at George Washington University (2013 onwards) 
  8. Shri. B. K. Birla and Shrimati Sarla Birla Chair Professor (2011-2016) 
  9. Adjunct Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2009 onwards) 
  10. Lalor Foundation Fellow, USA (1990-1992) 
  11. ICAR, Junior Research Fellow (1977-1980) 
  12. NCERT (NSTS) Fellow (1974-1983)           

Email: skapur@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

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  • Prof. V. Ramakrishna
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

About

Degree:
Research Associate - University of Massachusetts Medical School
Post Doc Fellow - Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. – Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Area of Specialization: Protein Design & Engineering

Positions Held

  1. Head, Department of Biological Sciences, (2012-2014), BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  2. Seed Grant Committee member (2012)-BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  3. General Secretary, Technology Business Incubator Society (2012 onwards) BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  4. In-Charge Alumni Affairs (2010-2012)-BITS - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  5. Nucleus Member, Alumni Affairs (2009-2010) – BITS - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  6. Member, Library Committee (2010-2011)-BITS - Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  7. Professor-in-Charge, Dept. of Biological Sciences Association (2010-2012) - BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  8. Senate Member
  9. Chairperson DRC-Departmental Research Committee (2012-2014) 

Email: vrk@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, rkvadrevu@gmail.com

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  • Dr. Sandhya Marathe

About

Degree: Integrated Ph. D. from IISc.

Area of Specialization: Polymicrobial infection (enteric) dynamics, role of diet and gutflora in regulating this dynamics

Positions Held:
Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore as a research associate.

Email: sandhya.marathe@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in

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