Faculty / Scientific & Technical Staff / Administrative Staff

Prof.  Raghuram Rao Akkinepally
Designation: Director, NIPER
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

1.) Anticancer drug design (aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer therapy)
2.) Antiasthma Agents (Adenosine antagonists)
3.) Drug delivery (ADEPT & Prodrug Strategies)

Email: rrakkinepally@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Saranjit Singh
Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmaceutical Analysis
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Drug stability testing, Forced decomposition studies, Development of validated analytical methods, including stability-indicating assays, Pre-formulation studies, Impurity profiling, Development of standards for impurities and degradation products.

Email: ssingh@niper.ac.in

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Prof. U. C. Banerjee


Professor & Head, Pharmaceutical Technology

In-charge Biotechnology

Qualification: M. Tech, Ph.D., MIE.
Area of Interest:

Biochemical Engineering, Fermentation Technology, Scale up of Biochemical Processes, Environmental Biotechnology and Downstream Processing and Biocatalysis

Email: ucbanerjee@niper.ac.in

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Prof. A. K. Chakraborti
Designation: Professor & Head, Medicinal Chemistry
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Asymmetric synthesis; Development of organometallic reagents/catalysts; Synthesis of Taxanes; Design and synthesis of antiprotozoal, antimitotic and antihypertensive.
Email: akchakraborti@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Prati Pal Singh
Designation: Professor, In-charge, Centre of Infectious Diseases
Qualification: Ph.D., F.N.A.Sc., F.A.M.I.
Area of Interest:

Teaching and Research: Chemotherapy, immunology, bioimmunotherapy and pathogenesis of microbial and parasitic diseases (mainly tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis and amoebiasis); biotechnology; inflammation; mechanisms in host defense; neuroimmunomodulation.

Email: ppsingh@niper.ac.inl; drppsingh2002@yahoo.com; drppsingh2005@gmail.com

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Prof. P. V. Bharatam
Designation: Professor, Medicinal Chemistry & Dean (NIPER)
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Computer aided drug design, Anti-diabetic agent design, NO releasing agents, GSK3, PPARg, AMPK agent design, Studies on Drug Action, Electronic Structure Studies of drugs, Chemoinformatics, Bioinformatics, Pharmacoinformatics, Synthesis of PPARg agents

Email: pvbharatam@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Rahul Jain
Designation: Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Synthesis and mechanistic study on ultra short neuro and antimicrobial peptides; C-H and C-N activation strategies on natural and unnatural amino acids; synthesis of unnatural amino acids; backbone modification of peptides by C-H and C-N activation strategies; environment friendly peptide synthesis methodologies; new structural classes of antiplasmodial and anti-tuberculosis agents.

Email: rahuljain@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Pramil Tiwari
Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmacy Practice
Qualification: M. Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Patient safety, pharmaceutical care, geriatric pharmacotherapy, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmaco-economics, antimicrobial usage, clinical pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics, Rational use of drugs, Clinical Pharmacy, Good Pharmacy Practice.

Email: ptiwari@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Arvind K Bansal
Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmaceutics
Qualification:  M. Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Pharmaceutical Pre-formulation and material characterization

Physico-chemical characterization, Polymorphism, pseudo-polymorphism, Molecular understanding of amorphous form, Salt form selection, Compaction physics, Surface characterization of pharmaceuticals, Permeability studies

Solubility enhancement technologies

'Stabilization' of amorphous form using solid dispersions, Co-crystals

Nanotechnology in drug delivery

Small molecule assisted nano-crystallization, Nano-crystalline solid dispersions, Self nano-emulsifying drug delivery systems

Particle engineering

Co-processing to improve physico-technical properties

Formulation development of novel and conventional drug delivery systems, Development of lyophilization cycle

De-formulation studies to aid development of generic products

Email: akbansal@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Kulbhushan Tikoo
Designation: Professor, In-charge, Pharmacology & Toxicology  
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Epigenetics and Diseases
Toxicant - induced mechanism of Cell-Death

Technologies Available

Email: tikoo@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Shyam S. Sharma
Designation: Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D., F.I.P.S.
Area of Interest:

Evaluation of Pharmacological Interventions Targeting Pathophysiological Cascades (Oxidative stress, PARP, ER stress, Inflammation, apoptosis) Involved in Stroke (Cerebral Ischemia), Diabetes, Diabetic Complications (neuropathy, encephalopathy & cardiomyopathy), Cognitive impairment (associated with Parkinson’s disease/Stroke) and Neuropathic Pain.

Elucidation of Pharmacological Potential of NCEs in Disease Models for Efficacy Studies

Safety Pharmacological Studies (Core, Follow up and Supplemental SPS) of NCEs

Email: sssharma@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Anand Sharma
Designation: Professor, In-charge, Pharmaceutical Management
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: International Marketing, Strategic Management, Marketing
Email: anandsharma@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Sanjay Jachak
Designation: Professor and In-charge, Natural Products
Qualification: M.Pharm, Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Screening of plant extracts and their isolates (using bioassay-directed fractionation) for COX-2/COX-1 inhibitory activity which may be helpful as the leads for development of safer anti-inflammatory drugs with minimum side effects; design and synthesis of COX-2 inhibitors based on natural products; design and synthesis of microsomal Prostaglandin E2 Synthase (mPGES)-1 inhibitors as novel anti-inflammatory agents; evaluation of synthesized compounds for anti-inflammatory activity in vitro using other molecular targets such as cytokines, TNF-α, IL-1 (IL-1 α  and IL-1β) and IL-6; evaluation of most bioactive compounds/lead molecules for anti-inflammatory activity in vivo; bioassay guided isolation and characterization of potential antimycobacterial natural products, discovery of bacterial efflux pump inhibitors from  medicinal plants; antioxidant, and anti-diabetic natural products; standardization of herbal drugs and formulations.

Email: sanjayjachak@niper.ac.in

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Prof. Inder Pal Singh
Designation: Professor, Natural Products
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Bioassay-guided isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active compounds from medicinal plants and microorganisms in therapeutic areas of HIV, leishmaniasis and cancer.
Design and biomimetic synthesis of bioactive molecules and their analogs for evaluation as anti-HIV, anti-leishmanial, anti-malarial, anti-cancer and antimicrobial agents.
Standardization of traditional Ayurvedic/herbal formulations.

Email: ipsingh@niper.ac.in; ipsingh67@yahoo.com

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Prof. Prabha Garg
Designation: Professor, Pharmacoinformatics
Qualification: B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D.

Area of Interest:

Data mining and pattern recognition:

-- Application of machine learning and statistical methods to identify the pattern in biological data and chemical data
-- Relational database development
-- Software Development

Email: prabhagarg@niper.ac.in

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M. Elizabeth Sobhia
Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmacoinformatics
Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Area of Interest: Application of Computer Aided Drug Design methods in lead identification & optimization, in silico studies on ADME/T prediction, design of PTP1B inhibitors, CCR2 agents, PKC-beta2 inhibitors, ALR2 inhibitors, Neuramidase inhibitors, Enoyl reductase inhibitors.
Email: mesophia@niper.ac.in

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G. B. Jena
Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D., ISCA-Young Scientist Award-1999
Area of Interest:

Regulatory Toxicology
To understand the toxicity of chemicals (NCEs, Pharmaceuticals and pollutants) and the principles of regulatory compliance. To evaluate different toxicity end-points (acute, repeated, genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive etc.) using regulatory test guidelines and GLP Principles. To explore avenues for new test model development, test integration as well as to resolve issues & awareness in different gray areas of toxicology.

DNA damage, autophagy and carcinogenesis
Quantification of DNA damage using different bio assays (CA, MN, COMET etc.) and molecular targets (nrf2, P53, NF-kB, H2AX etc.)
Correlation between different levels (tissue, cell, DNA, somatic vs germinal, transplacental vs neonatal) of organization and end- points of evaluation for determination of assay sensitivity and specificity.
Exploration to new areas (germinal, intestinal and neuronal) for DNA damage detection and influence on autophagy for different target organs of clinical significance.

Chemical intervention in Pathological Models
Exacerbation and amelioration of chemical toxicity (DNA damage, cell proliferation, fibrosis and germinal cell damage) under Diabetic (Type I and II) condition. To understand the influence of trace elements, vitamins & inflammation in DNA damage, and cellular senescence.

Email: gbjena@niper.ac.in

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Sunil Gupta
Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Management
Qualification: M.B.A., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Management & Marketing issues related to Pharmaceutical Industry and HR related issues

Email: sunilgupta@niper.ac.in

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Ipsita Roy
Designation: Associate Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Downstream processing of proteins; aggregation and stabilization of misfolded proteins; nonaqueous enzymology; aptamer technology
Email: ipsita@niper.ac.in

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Anil Kumar Angrish
Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Management
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Corporate Finance, Project Appraisal & Finance, Strategic Cost & Financial Management, Management Accounting, and Entrepreneurship Development
Email: anil@niper.ac.in

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Abhay H. Pande
Designation: Associate Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Design and Development of Recombinant Protein Pharmaceuticals
a) Engineering Protein Pharmaceuticals with Improved Properties.
b) Development of Recombinant Human Paraoxonase 1 for Therapeutic Use.
c) Development of Lab-scale Process for the Production of Biosimilars.

Technologies Available

Email: apande@niper.ac.in

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Sankar K. Guchhait
Designation: Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Anticancer drug discovery: Design and synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as human DNA topoisomerase I and II inhibitors, and their SAR studies

Antileishmanial drug discovery: Design and synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as target-specific antileishmanial agents

Synthesis of heterocyclic and natural product-based compounds, Direct arene C-H bond functionalization, Multicomponent reaction (MCR)

Email: skguchhait@niper.ac.in

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Chaaya Iyengar Raje
Designation: Assistant Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Host-Pathogen interaction during Infection
The emergence of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis has contributed to the fact that Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains one of the most successful pathogens. Research has been initiated in the area of host –pathogen interaction using cell biology and recombinant DNA based approaches. The main focus is on identifying multifunctional housekeeping enzymes of the host and pathogen that could be essential in the process of infection and survival of intracellular M.tuberculosis. In addition, a screening assay for anti-mycobacterials is also being developed. Other areas of interest are Iron metabolism and Immune signalling

Email: chaaya@niper.ac.in

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Sanyog Jain
Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutics
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Broad Area: Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Systems

Targeted drug delivery using nanocolloidal drug carriers e.g. vesicular carriers (liposomes, niosomes etc.) and particulate carriers (polymeric and lipid nanoparticles).

Improving oral bioavailability of poorly water soluble/ poorly permeable drugs using different types of nano formulations.

Topical drug delivery using nanoparticles for the topical treatment of psoriasis and other fungal skin infections.

Functionalization of carbon nanotubes to improve their dispersibilty in aqueous biological fluid, reduce their toxicity and explore their potential in targeted cancer therapy.

Development of antigen loaded nano-carrier systems for oral mucosal immunization.  

Oral delivery vehicle of insulin for the treatment of diabetes.

Non-viral vectors for gene delivery.

Radiolabelling and pharmacoscintigraphic evaluation of drug delivery systems.

Email: sanyogjain@niper.ac.in ; sanyogjain@rediffmail.com

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Sushma Singh
Designation: Assistant Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Leishmania donovani, sirtuins and Leishmania metabolism, Leishmanial MAP kinases, signal transduction in macrophages, drug targets, drug resistance.

Email: sushmasingh@niper.ac.in

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Abhay T. Sangamwar
Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Broad area: Nano and novel drug delivery systems
- Proliposomal drug delivery systems
- Supersaturated drug delivery systems
- Insoluble drug delivery startegies
- Polymers in drug delivery systems
Email: abhays@niper.ac.in

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Dipika Bansal
Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Phase I-Phase IV clinical trials, BABE studies, Pharmacovigilance, Neuropathic Pain studies,
Antimicrobial usage

Email: dipikabansal@niper.ac.in

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Manjinder Singh Gill
Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Technology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Synthetic organic, Process chemistry, Synthesis of compounds with anti-diabetic activity, Process chemistry involving therapeutically important  agents, Scale up of new synthetic processes, GMP regulations and Plant Management

Email: msingh@niper.ac.in

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Joydev K. Laha
Designation: Assistant Professor,, Pharmaceutical Technology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Development of new synthetic methodology: Metal-catalyzed decarboxylative intramolecular C-C bond formation, Domino reactions involving C-C and C-N bond formation, Asymmetric organo-catalysis, Green chemistry, Click chemistry, Implementation of laboratory methods to large-scale synthesis

Target-driven convergent synthesis: Design and synthesis of novel fluorescent probes and photosensitizers for applications in photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photodynamic anti-bacterial chemotherapy (PACT), ligands for use as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, small molecule inhibitors of HIV

Natural product synthesis: Agesamides A & B, Mescengricin and other biologically active compounds.

Email: jlaha@niper.ac.in

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Superannuated Faculty (to be updated soon...)
Name Duration Profile
Dr. C.L. Kaul
Ex. Director
01-09-1994 to 31-08-2004  
Prof. H.P.S. Chawla
Ex. Dean
05-04-2000 to 13-04-2002  
Prof. K.K. Bhutani
Ex. Officiating Director
31-12-2009 to 31-12-2016  

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