Extraction and Encapsulation of essential oil and exploration of their herbicidal/Insecticidal potential.
Monitoring environmental pollutants - heavy metals, pesticide residues in ground water and Soil.
GIS and GPS based sample collection and mapping of contaminated sites.
Best Student Award and Vice Chancellor Award (2015) at Central University of Punjab Bathinda, India
Gold Medal in MPhil, Environmental Science and Technology(Central University of Punjab)Bathinda, India.
International Travel Award by Bioencapsulation Research Group France.
Best presentation award at National symposium on Morden Agro-techniques for Nutritional and Health security (20-22,April,2014)at Dr Y S Parmar University Nauni Himachal Pradesh India.
Latest Five Publications
Vishwakarma GS, Gautam N, Babu JN, Mittal S, Jaitak V. Polymeric Encapsulates of EssentialOils and their Constituents: A Review of Preparation Techniques, Characterization and SustainableRelease Mechanisms. Polymer Reviews 2015;56(4):678-701. Impact Factor 6.54
Vishwakarma GS, Sharma S, Mittal S. Phytotoxic selectivity analysis of Eucalyptus tereticornisessential oil against rice, Oryza sativa and its weeds, Echinochloa crus-galliand Cyperusrotundus. International Journal of Farm Sciences 2015;5(4):78-90.
Vishwakarma GS, Mittal S. Bioherbicidal potential of essential oil from leaves of Eucalyptustereticornisagainst Echinochloa crus-galliL. Journal of Biopesticides 2014;7:47-60. ImpactFactor 0.2
Mittal S, Kaur G, Vishwakarma GS. Effects of environmental pesticides on the health of ruralcommunities in the Malwa Region of Punjab, India: a review. Human and Ecological RiskAssessment: An International Journal 2014;20(2):366-387. Impact Factor 1.54
Kamboj R, Sharma S, Vishwakarma GS, Mittal S. Arsenic induced physiological changes inimproved varieties of rice grown in Malwa region of Punjab. International Journal of Farm Sciences 2015;5(4):41-50.
Nag S, Sharma S, Kumar R, Vishwakarma GS, Mittal. S. 2015. Comparative analysis of
physiological and biochemical parameters of Triticumaestivumunder arsenic exposure.
Developments in Civil and Environment Engineering, ed.: TEQIP-II Sponsored, National
Conference on Latest Developments in Civil and Environment Engineering.p 127-130.
Vishwakarma GS, Mittal S. 2012. Current status of alternative energy resources in Punjab, India: Areview. Emerging Trends in Civil Engineering ISBN: 9879382062301, ed.: Excel publisher India. p217-227.
Dr. Rajani Nadgauda (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr. Rajani Nadgauda is a Professor Emeritus at IAR, Gandhinagar. She is a subject matter expert on panel for National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants (NSC-TCP). She previously served as head of tissue culture pilot plant at National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and as head of plant cell and molecular biology department at Indian Institute of Advanced Research, Gandhinagar.
She has over 40 years of research experience in plant cell and tissue culture and has authored over 100 research papers in national and international scientific journals including Nature. She has championed several projects of commercializing tissue culture technologies.
Dr. Chandramani Pathak (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr. Chandramani Pathak is currently the Dean at IAR, Gandhinagar. Dr. Pathak has post-graduate degree in Biotechnology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He has more than 10 years of experience in research and academia. He is a Group leader and young scientist of Cell Biology. Dr Pathak is focusing his research on Programmed cell death and inflammatory signalling network in cancer cells.
In addition, he is also working on Nanoparticle based drug delivery for therapeutic intervention of cancer. He has several international publications and is also a member of various scientific committees.
Dr. Budhi Sagar Tiwari (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr. Budhi Sagar Tiwari is an Associate Professor at IAR, Gandhinagar. He has been associated with cutting-edge research groups in plant biology as post-doctoral associate and visiting scientist in number of countries including Israel, USA, and Sweden before returning to India with Ramalingaswami Fellowship at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
His research interests include deciphering role of chloroplasts in the modulation of abiotic stress induced programmed cell death; and deciphering nitro-oxidative stress induced cell death process in-planta. He has published a number of research articles in the journals of very high repute including Plant Physiology, Nature-Cell Biology.
Dr Ashima Bhardwaj (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr Ashima Bhardwaj is an Associate Professor at IAR, Gandhinagar. She has a Ph.D from Delhi. She worked as postdoctoral fellow and later as Research Scientist at ICGEB, Delhi. At IIAR since 2006, her research focus has been molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistance.
She has guided M. Sc and Ph.D theses and obtained research grants from DBT, GSBTM and ICMR. Dr. Bhardwaj has worked as Controller of Examination at this University from 2014-2016. She is the recipient of Prof. Umakant Sinha Memorial Award of ISCA,2008-2009, Young Scientists Award in IUBMB, 1994, and the Best Research Group of IIAR Award, 2010.
Dr. Anand K. Tiwari (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr Anand Tiwari joined is an Assistant Professor, Genetics and Developmental Biology at IAR, Gandhinagar in 2010. He also has an additional responsibility as Assistant Registrar (Governance). Dr. Tiwari completed his PhD from Banaras Hindu University in 2008. He has more than 10 years experience in research and academia, and is a member of various Scientific committees.
Currently, his group is interested to identify the molecular mechanism associated with neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Disease) using fruit fly “Drosophila melanogaster” as a model organism. He is also interested to identify the neuroprotective potentials associated with various plant-derived components.
Dr Reena Rajput (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr. Reena Rajput is an Assistant Professor of Immunology at IAR, Gandhinagar. She has PhD from the prestigious National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune. She has over 10 years of research and academic experience at places of high repute. Currently, heading the Immunology division at IAR, she is trying to delineate the role of inflammasome in dictating the outcome of immune response during acute and chronic inflammatory conditions.
Additionally, the group is also trying to reprogramme immune and cancer cells to neurons. She has many international publications to her credit and is an invited reviewer with many publication houses.
Dr. Anju Pappachan (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr. Anju Pappachan is an Assistant Professor of Biophysics and Bioinformatics at IAR, Gandhinagar. She completed her PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her group is involved in the structural and functional characterization of important proteins from pathogens and industrially important organisms using biophysical, biochemical and in silico approaches.
Structural and functional characterization of these proteins is being carried out using protein engineering, X-ray crystallography, biophysical techniques, enzyme functional assays and bioinformatic tools. Dr. Pappachan is a recipient of DBT Biocare Women Scientist Award.
Dr Vijai Singh (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr Vijai Singh is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at IAR, Gandhinagar. He received his PhD in Biotechnology from Uttar Pradesh Technical University. He has postdoctoral research experience from Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology, France (twice) and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea.
He has worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Invertis University, Bareilly. His research interests include designing of gene network and biosynthetic pathway for production of value-added chemicals. He has 61 journal articles, 3 books and 9 chapters. He serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed international journals.
Dr Sunita Varjani (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr Rajal Patel (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)
Dr. Chetana Raot (School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology)