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School of Biological Sciences & Biotechnology

Next Update On : 01/05/2017
Last Updated On : 22/03/2017

Present Position Associate Professor
Contact No. +91-79-30514235
Ph.D. Biochemistry (University of Delhi South Campus, 1997)
Post Graduation Biochemistry (University of Delhi South Campus, 1991)
Work Experience 20 Years (Post Ph.D),   26 Years (Post M.Sc)

Current Research Interests

  • Molecular epidemiology of multiple drug resistance in bacterial isolates of Vibrio and Shigella species
  • Cloning and Characterisation of efflux pumps involved in drug resistance
  • Molecular characterization of quinolone resistance


  • Best Research Group of IIAR Award of Rs. 1 Lakh was given in 2011 based on the performance of the research group and recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee of IIAR.
  • Prof. Umakant Sinha Memorial Award of Indian Science Congress Association for the year 2008-2009. Delivered the Award lecture in the section of New Biology during the 96th session of ISCA held at Shillong from January 3-7, 2009.
  • Young Investigator Award, DBT under RGYI scheme (2008)
  • Young Scientists Award in XVIth International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, September 19-22, 1994, New Delhi.
  • Senior and Junior Research Fellow (CSIR) at Department of Biochemistry, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi (1991-1996).


  • Member, Global Foodborne Infections Network, WHO
  • Member, EQAS, WHO
  • Life member, Society of Biological Chemists, India
  • Life member, Indian Science Congress Association

Latest Five Publications

  • Kittappa Vinothkumar, G. Naresh Kumar and Ashima Kushwaha Bhardwaj (2016). Characterization of Vibrio fluvialisqnrVC5 gene in native and heterologous hosts: Synergy of qnrVC5 with other determinants in conferring quinolone resistance. Front. Microbiol. 7:146.
  • Rajpara N, Kutar BMRNS, Sinha R, Nag D, Koley H, Ramamurthy T and Bhardwaj AK (2015) Role of integrons, plasmids and SXT elements in multidrug resistance of Vibrio cholerae and Providencia vermicola obtained from a clinical isolate of diarrhea. Front. Microbiol. 6:57. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00057
  • Neha Rajpara, Kittappa Vinothkumar, Priyabrata Mohanty, Arun Kumar Singh, Rajesh Singh, Ritam Sinha, Dhrubajyoti Nag, Hemanta Koley, Ashima Kushwaha Bhardwaj (2013) Synergistic Effect of Various Virulence Factors Leading to High toxicity of Environmental V. cholerae Non-O1/ Non-O139 Isolates Lacking ctx Gene : Comparative Study with Clinical Strains. PLoS one. 8 (9): e76200.
  • Kittappa Vinothkumar, Ashima Kushwaha Bhardwaj, Thandavarayan Ramamurthy, Swapan Kumar Niyog (2013) Triplex PCR assay for the rapid identification of three major Vibrio species,
    Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio fluvialis. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. 76:526-528.
  • Braj M.R.N.S. Kutar , Neha Rajpara , Hardik Upadhyay, Thandavarayan Ramamurthy, Ashima K. Bhardwaj. (2013) Clinical Isolates of Vibrio cholerae O1 El Tor Ogawa of 2009 from Kolkata, India: Preponderance of SXT Element and Presence of Haitian ctxB Variant. PLoS one. 8(2): e56477.

Additional Information

  • Chairman, Institutional Purchase Committee, IAR (Since 2011)
  • Member Secretary, Institutional BioSafety Committee, IAR (Since 2013)
  • Member Secretary, IQAC, IAR (Since February 2017)
  • Member Secretary, Research Advisory Committee (2011)
  • Controller of Examination, IAR (Jan2014-Jan2017)
  • Member, Board of Management, IAR
  • Member, Academic Council, IAR
  • Recognised as Ph. D supervisor from JNU, Delhi (2001); University of Pune, Pune; MS University, Baroda; IAR, Gandhinagar
  • Course Co-ordinator,Ph.D Programme at IIAR, University of Pune
  • Have been associated with MS University of Baroda; Nirma University, Ahmedabad; SP University, Anand; Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, Gandhinagar; and SASTRA University, Thanjavur, for various academic activities.
  • Reviewer for Journals : Scientific Reports, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Microbial Drug Resistance, Frontiers, PLoS one, Journal of Immunological Methods, Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, British Microbiology Research Journal, Indian Journal of Medical Research, OMICS Publishing Group, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Tropical Medicine and Surgery, African Journal of Microbiological Research, International Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, African Journal of Biotechnological Research, Environmental Science and Pollution Research

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Koba Institutional Area, Gandhinagar, Gujarat - India, 382 007

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