Atul Kumar Johri
School of Life Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi -110067, India.
Room No.:  404
Lab No.    :  409
Off. Phone: 91-11-26704511
Fax            : 91-11-26742558
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Research Experience/Employment:

Feb 2014 - till date

Professor, School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, India

Feb 2008 - Feb 2014

Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, India

June, 2004 - Feb 2008

Assistant  Professor, School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, India

August 2011-October 2011

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, USA

May,  2007

Visiting Scientist, Queensland Institute of Medical research, Brisbane, Australia

March 2002-June 2004

Research fellow in Medicine Channing laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA USA.

July 2000 – March 2002

Post Doctoral Associate, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Centre, Tufts University, Medford, MA USA.

April 2000-July 2000

Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemical Engineering University California, and Riverside, California, USA.

May 1997-April 2000

Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India.

March1997-May 1997

UNESCO-Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dec1995-February 1997

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, India.

Area of Specialization:

Microbial pathogenesis, Membrane Proteins structure, Nanotechnology for gene delivery and rapid detection of pathogens

M.PhiL. (1992): Impact of synthetic pyrethroid insecticide Fenvalrate on Tetrahymena thermophila, Department of Zoology,  University of Delhi, Delhi.
Ph.D. (1995): Genetic manipulations of Sphingomonas paucimobilis for the degradation of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH). Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi.

Research Description:

(1) Vaccine development for Group A and B Streptococcus :We are using reverse vaccinology approach like Proteomics, Genomics and Bioinformatics for vaccine development for Group A and B Streptococcus and other infectious microorganisms We are studying invasion and adherence of the Streptococci and other infectious microorganisms with various epithelial cell lines to fish out role of various surface proteins and genes that are up-regulated and are involved in invasion and adherence by using SDS-PAGE and 1-D-gel electrophoresis, MALDI-TOF-TOF, electro spray ionization liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-LC-MS/MS), and DNA Micro-array etc. Currently we are working on maternal immunization trials.

(2) Plant microbe interactions
(a) Promoter analysis of phosphate transporter gene and identification of transcriptional factors binds to the phosphate transporter gene promoter of P. indica
(b) Cold responsive genes from P. indica and their use to develop cold resistance plant of Leh and Ladakh region.
(c) Salt tolerance gene from P. indica

Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) is one of the most prominent symbiotic associations between plant root and fungi. These obligatory biotrophic fungi colonize the root cortex and also develop a network of hyphae which extend into the soil. Phosphate and carbon transfer between the symbionts is thought to occur at the arbuscule/cortical cell interface. The mechanism by which the plant and symbiont benefit from the association are complex, but it is well documented that the AM fungi absorb mineral nutrients (mainly phosphorus) from the soil and transport them to the host plant, while the fungi acquire glucose from the plant. The transport of phosphorus by mycorrhizal fungi is particularly significant because phosphorus often becomes depleted around roots due to its high requirement and relative immobility in the soil, thus creating a phosphorus depletion zone. We are working on Molecular mechanism of cross talk between plant and fungus for nutrient exchange.

(3) Crystallization, Structural and functional studies of a phosphate, hexose, transporter from Piriformospora indica: We are working on this project (membrane protein) along with our collaborator Prof. Robert Stroud, UCSF a National Academy member, USA (one of leading crystallographer of the world) and Prof. Bengt L. Persson, School of Natural Sciences, Linnaeus University, SE-391 82 Kalmar, Sweden.

Research Projects undertaken

Project completed:

  1. Serotyping, invasiveness and Proteomics analysis of Group A Streptococcus. Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2005-2009).
  2. Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Promoter Region of Phosphate Transporter (PiPT) Gene from Root Endophyte Fungus Piriformospora indica. Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (2009-2012).
  3. Development of the transformation system for the P. indica, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India (2008-2011).
  4. Molecular epidemiology of Group A Streptococcus in Norh India: identification of region-specific vaccine candidates Indo-German project (ICMR and BMBF Germany) (2010-2012).

Current Projects :

  1. Indo-University of California, San Francisco, USA, Exchange Program (2010-2017). Crystallization and Structural studies of membrane proteins.
  2. Utilization of phosphatase of root endophyte fungus Piriformospora indica to develop transgenic plants with improved capacity to enhance phosphate nutrition. DBT, Govt of India (2014-2017).
  3. Development of novel preventive and therapeutic measures against group A streptococcal diseases. (2016-2019): Indo-Isreal. Isreal Science Foundation and UGC Govt. of India. Collaborator, Prof. Emanuel Hanski, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
  4. Cross talk between root endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica and host plant: A mechanism of nutrient exchange. (2016-2019) DST, Govt. of India.
  5. Characterization of salt tolerance genes of Piriformospora indica. UPOE-II, JNU. (2014-2019).

Supervision/Guidance rendered to research scholars

Ph.D. Registered currently: 11

(1) Anil Kumar (SRF, CSIR): Functional characterization of Phosphate transporter
(2) Arun Kashyap (SRF, CSIR): Phosphate signaling in P.indica
(3) Om Prakash Narayan (SRF, ICMR): Sulphate transporter of Piriformospora indica
(4) Sumit Rai (SRF, CSIR): Molecular Mechanism of nutrient exchange between P. indica and host plant
(5) Mamta Rani (SRF RGNF UGC): Hexose transporter of P. indica
(6) Pooja Sandoja: (SRF CSIR): Group A Streptococcus vaccine development
(7) Alok Kumar Singh (SRF CSIR): Phosphatases in P. indica
(8) Durga Prasad Rao: Magnesium transporter functional characterization
(9) Anita Loha: (UGC-JRF)
(10) Nidhi Verma: Sulphate and Iron transporter of P. indica
(11) Kaveri Goyal: Group A Streptococcus vaccine development

Ph.D. students in collaboration

(12) Madhunita Bakshi (DAAD Fellow): Isolation, identification and characterization of WRKY6 transcription factor, University of Jena, Germany with Prof. Ralf Oelmuller).

Ph.D. Supervised: (11)

  1. Dr. Rajani Malla, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  2. Dr. Vikas Yadav, IIT Indore, MP
  3. Dr. Puja Sharma, Post Doctoral Fellow,  Children Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (co-supervised with Prof. Arif Ali, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi).
  4. Dr. Hemlata, PDF, ICGEB, New Delhi
  5. Dr. Abhinay Sharma , PDF, Germany
  6. Dr. Hemant Kumar, PDF, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  7. Dr. Deepak Kumar Arya, Assistant Professor , Kumyon University, Nanital
  8. Dr. Pratap Singh, (co-supervised with Dr. Meenakshi Dua, School of Environmental Sciences, JNU).
  9. Dr. Manoj Kumar, Scientist C, ITRC, Lucknow, UP
  10. Dr.Vikram Dayaman, RA, IARI, PUSA, New Delhi
  11. Dr. Abhimanyu Jogawat, RA, SLS, JNU, New Delhi

M.Phil. Supervised: 6, M.Sc. JNU students 5, others 50

  1. Manoj Kumar
  2. Deepak Kumar Arya
  3. Naveen Singhal
  4. Sumit Raj
  5. Om Prakash Narayan
  6. Anita Loha

Papers published: (43)

  1. Bakshi M, Vahabi K, Bhattacharya S, Sherameti I, Varma A, Yeh KW, Baldwin I, Johri AK, Oelmüller R. (2015) WRKY6 restricts Piriformospora indica-stimulated and phosphate-induced root development in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biol.15(1):305. doi: 10.1186/s12870-015-0673-4.
  2. Johri AK, Oelmüller R, Dua M, Yadav V, Kumar M, Tuteja N, Varma A, Bonfante P, Persson BL, Stroud RM. (2015) : Fungal association and utilization of phosphate by plants: success, limitations, and future prospects. Front Microbiol. 16;6:984. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00984. eCollection 2015. Review.
  3. Thomas E, Sircaik S, Roman E, Brunel JM, Johri AK, Pla J, Panwar SL (2015) : The activity of RTA2, a downstream effector of the calcineurin pathway, is required during tunicamycin-induced ER stress response in Candida albicans. FEMS Yeast Res. 15(8). pii: fov095. doi: 10.1093/femsyr/fov095. Epub 2015 Oct 29.
  4. Gahlot, S., Joshi A., , Singh, P., Tuteja, R., Dua, M., Jogawat, A., Kumar, M., Raj, S., Dayaman, V., Johri, AK., and Tuteja, N (2015) : Isolation of salt tolerance conferring genes from Piriformospora indica by random over-expression in Escherichia coli.World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology.
  5. Trivedi, DK Ansari, MW, Bhavesh, NS, Johri, AK & Tuteja, N (2014). Response of PiCypA tobacco T2 transgenic matured plant to potential tolerance to salinity stress. Plant Signaling and Behavior. 9
  6. Bakshi,M., Sherameti, I Johri, AK., Varma, A., and Oelmüller, R (2014). Phosphate availability affects root architecture and develop-ment, plant performance and is controlled by root-colonizing microbes. Journal of Endocytobiosis and Cell Research 25: 53-62.
  7. Arya, DK, Sharma, A., Mehta, G., Dua, M., and Johri, AK (2014): Molecular epidemiology and virulence characteristics of prevalent group A streptococci recovered from patients in Northern India. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, 13;8(3):271-81.
  8. Trivedi, DK, Bhatt, H, Pal, RK, Tuteja, R., Garg, B Johri, AK , Bhavesh, NS & Tuteja, N (2013): Structure of RNA-interacting Cyclophilin A-like protein from Piriformospora indica that provides salinity-stress tolerance in plants. Scientific Reports 3, Article number:3001. doi:10.1038/srep03001
  9. Jogawat, A., Saha, S., Bakshi, M, Dayaman, V., Kumar, M., Dua,M., Varma, A., Oelmüller, R., Tuteja, N and Johri, AK (2013): Piriformospora indica Rescues Growth Diminution of Rice seedlings during High Salt Stress. Plant Signaling and Behavior (Accepted).
  10. Johri, AK, Hem Lata, Yadav, P., Dua, M., Yang, Y, Xu, X, Homma, A., Barocchi, MA., Bottomley, MJ , Saul, A., Klugman, KP and Black, S. (2013): Epidemiology of Group B Streptococcus in Developing Countries, Vaccine, Aug 28;31 Suppl 4:D43-5.
  11. Pedersen,BP Kumar,H., Waight,AB, Risenmay,AJ, Zygy Roe-Zurz, Chau, BH Schlessinger, A., Bonomi, M., Harries, W., Sali, A., Johri, AK, Stroud, RM (2013). Crystal structure of a eukaryotic phosphate transporter. Nature , Apr 25;496 (7446):533-536.
  12. Sharma, A., Arya, DK., Sagar, V., Bergmann, R., Chhatwal, GS., and Johri, AK (2013) : Identification of Potential Universal Vaccine Candidates against Group A Streptococcus by using high throughput in silico and Proteomics Approach. Journal of Proteome Research. Jan 4;12(1):336-46.
  13. Sharma,P., Lata, H., Arya, DK., Kashyap,AK., Kumar,H., Dua, M., Ali,A., and Johri, AK (2013): Role of pili proteins in adherence and invasion of Streptococcus agalactiae to the lung and cervical epithelial cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Feb 8;288(6):4023-34.
  14. M.Kumar, R.Sharma, N.Tuteja, Johri AK (2013): "Electrotransformation" Transformation system for root endophyte Piriformospora indica (Invited contribution). Chapter 19, Pp, 309-321. A,Varma et al, Eds, Piriformospora indica, Soil Biology. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  15. A. Varma, I. Sherameti, S. Tripathi, R. Prasad, A. Das, M. Sharma, M. Bakshi, J.M. Johnson, S. Bhardwaj, M. Arora, K. Rastogi, A. Agrawal, A.C. Kharkwal, S. Talukdar, U.S. Bagde, V.S. Bisaria, C.P. Upadhyaya, P.S. Won, Y. Chen, J. Ma, B. Lou, A. Adya, I. Zhong,M.K. Meghvanshi, S.K. Gosal, R.B. Srivastava, A.K. Johri, C. Cruz,r. Oelmu¨ ller: (2012): The Symbiotic Fungus Piriformospora indica: Review. Chapter No: 13, pp-231-254, Fungal Associations 2, The Mycota IX, Ed : B Hock, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  16. Sharma,A., Arya,DK, Dua,M., Chhatwal,GS and Johri, AK. (2012): Nanotechnology for targeted drug delivery to combat antibiotic resistance, Expert opinion in Drug Delivery (Invited Editorial). 9 (11) :1325-1332.
  17. Trivedi, D.K., Bhatt H., Pal,R., Johri, AK, Tuteja,N., and Bhavesh NS (2012): Sequence specific 1H,13C and 15N NMR assignments of cyclophilin A like protein from P. indica involved in salt tolerance. Biomol. NMR Assign DOI 10.1007/s12104-012-9404-z.
  18. Bhatt H., Trivedi D.K., Pal,R., Johri, AK, Tuteja,N., and Bhavesh NS (2012): Cloning, purification and crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallography analysis of  cyclophillin A like Protein from Piriformospora indica.   Acta Crystallography F. 68:709-712.
  19. Das A, Kamal S, Shakil NA, Sherameti I, Oelmüller R, Dua M, Tuteja N, Johri AK, Varma A (2012): The root endophyte fungus Piriformospora indica leads to early flowering, higher biomass and altered secondary metabolites of the medicinal plant, Coleus forskohlii. Plant Signaling Behavior. 7(1):103-12.
  20. Mallik S, Virdi JS, Johri AK (2012): Proteomic analysis of arsenite - mediated multiple antibiotic resistance in Yersinia enterocolitica biovar 1A. J Basic Microbiology. 52:306-313.
  21. Kumar, M., Sharma, R., Jogawat, A., Singh, P., Dua, M., Gill,S.S. Trivedi,D., Tuteja, N., Varma A., Oelmuller, R., Johri, AK (2012): Piriformospora indica; A root endophytic fungus enhances abiotic stress tolerance of the host plant. (Invited contribution). Vol 1, Pp. 543-554, In Improving Crop resistance to abiotic stress, Eds.Tuteja et al. Wiley Blackwell.
  22. Kumar, M, Yadav, V, Kumar, H, Sharma, R, Singh A, Tuteja N, Johri, A.K. (2011): Piriformospora indica enhances plant growth by transferring phosphate. Plant Signal Behavior. 6(5):723-5.
  23. Yadav, V., Kumar, M., Kumar, D.D., Tripathi, T., Sharma, R., Tuteja, N., Saxena A.K. and Johri A.K. (2010): A Phosphate Transporter from Axenically Cultivable Arbascular Mycorrhiza like Fungus Piriformospora indica and its Role in the Phosphate Transfer to the Plants. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 285: 26532-26544
  24. Kumar,M., Kumar, H, Tuteja, N., Dua, M., and Johri, A.K. (2010): Development of electroporation-mediated transformation system for axenically cultivable root endophyte fungus Piriformospora indica. Nature Protocols Exchange.
  25. Kumar M, Yadav V, Tuteja N, Johri AK. (2009): Antioxidant enzymes activities in maize plants colonized with Piriformospora indica , Microbiology. 155:780-790.
  26. Johri AK, Immaculada, M., Broenstrup M., Brettoni, C., Hua, L., Gygi, SP, Telford, J., Grandi, G., Paoletti LC. (2007) :Transcriptional and proteomic profiles of Group B Streptococcus type V reveal potential adherence proteins associated with high-level invasion) Infection and Immunity. 75,1473-1483
  27. Johri A.K., Paolett, LC, Glaser, P., Dua, M., Sharma, PK, Grandi, G., and Rappuoli, R (2006): Group B Streptococcus" global incidence and vaccine development: Nature Reviews Microbiology 4: (12) 932-942.
  28. Johri A.K., Dua M., Sharma, P., Sharma, A., Saraya, R., Arpana and Hemlata. (2006): Use of Proteomics in Microbial Pathogenesis. Advance BioTech. March. Issue 15-20 (cover and feature story)
  29. Saxena, A., Mozumdar, S., and Johri A.K. (2006): Ultra-low sized cross-linked polyvinylpyrrolidone nanoparticles as non-viral vectors for in vivo gene delivery. Biomaterials. 27(32):5596-602
  30. Johri AK, Patwardhan V, Paoletti LC (2005): Growth rate and oxygen regulates interaction of group B Streptococcus with polarized epithelial cells Canadian J. Microbiol. 51: 283-286.
  31. Mikamo H, Johri AK, Paoletti LC, Madoff LC, Onderdonk AB., (2004) : Adherence to, invasion by, and cytokine production in response to serotype VIII group B Streptococci. Infection and Immunity. 72 (8):4716-22.
  32. Johri AK, Padilla J, Malin G, Paoletti LC. (2003): Oxygen regulates invasiveness and virulence of group B streptococcus. Infection and Immunity. 71(12):6707-11.
  33. Johri A.K. Manssur, Y. and David L. Kaplan. (2003) : Incorporation of Fluorinated fatty acids into emulsan by Acinetobacter calcoaceticus RAG-1 Biochemical Engineering Journal 16 (2), 175-181
  34. Johri AK, Blank W, Kaplan DL. (2002) : Bioengineered emulsans from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus RAG-1 transposon mutants. Appl. Microbiol Biotechnol. 59(2-3):217-23.
  35. Dua M, Singh A, Sethunathan N, Johri AK. (2002): Biotechnology and bioremediation successes and limitations. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 59 (2-3):143-52.
  36. Panilaitis B, Johri A, Blank W, Kaplan D, Fuhrman J. (2002) : Adjuvant activity of emulsan, a secreted lipopolysaccharide from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 9 (6):1240
  37. Johri AK, Dua M, Saxena DM, Sethunathan N. (2002): Enhanced degradation of hexachlorocyclohexane isomers by Sphingomonas paucimobilis. Current Microbiology. ; 41(5):309-11.
  38. Johri AK, Dua M, Singh A, Sethunathan N, Legge RL. (1999): Characterization and regulation of catabolic genes. Critical Reviews Microbiology. 25(4):245-73.
  39. Johri AK, Saxena DM, Lal R. (1997) Interaction of synthetic pyrethroids with micro-organisms a review. Microbios. 89(360-361):151-156.
  40. Johri AK, Dua M, Tuteja D, Saxena R, Saxena DM, Lal R. (1996) : Genetic manipulations of microorganisms for the degradation of hexachlorocyclohexane. FEMS Microbiology Reviews. 19(2):69-84.
  41. Johri, A.K., Dua M. Tuteja, D., Saxena, R., Saxena, D.M., and Lal, R. (1998) : Degradation of Alpha, beta, gamma and delta-hexachlorocylohexanes by Sphingomonas paucimobilis. Biotechnology Letters, 20 (9):885-889.
  42. Johri A.K., Saxena D.M. and Lal R. (1994): Impact of Synthetic pyrethroid insecticide fenvalerate on Tetrahymena thermophila. Pestic. Res. J. 61994 (1); 60-66.
  43. Kuhad A., Johri A K and Singh A (2005): Biodegradation of pesticides (Invited contribution) book on Bioremediation Eds (Singh A and Ward O.P. Elsevier Science Publishers).

Participation in Seminars / Conferences/organizer:

       Invited talks: 38

  1. P. indica : a alternate source for phosphate fertilizer: South Asian University, New Delhi 17 April 2015: Invited talk
  2. Use of P. indica for crop improvement Academic staff college, JNU 16 April 2015.
  3. Genomics and vaccine: Academic staff college, JNU 13 Feb 2015.
  4. Group B Streptococcu: Vaccine development, South Asian University, invited talk 13 Feb 2015. SAARC Biotechnology conference New Delhi
  5. Use of Piriformospra indica in agriculture : (Invited talk) , Academic Staff college UGC training course for assistant professor March 4, 2014.
  6. Use of proteomics in vaccine development (Invited talk), Academic Staff college UGC training course for assistant Professor January 2014.
  7. Use of reverse vaccinology approach for the vaccine development against group B Streptococcus which causes high mortality rate in neonates (four decades of Life Sciences, SLS, JNU, New Delhi 13-15 Feburary 2014, Invited speaker..
  8. Piriformospora indica: A Magic without wand, Key Note Speaker: Association of Microbiologists of India, MDU, Rohtak 17-21 November 2013.
  9. Vaccine development against important human pathogens, MD University, Rohtak, 21 March 2013. Key Note address.
  10. Group B Streptococcus Vaccine development, Association of Microbiologists of India, Odisha. November (2012).
  11. Epidemiology and surveillance of group B Streptococcus in developing countries, Siena, Italy,2-3 July (2012), Chairperson
  12. Proteome of Group B Streptococcus (2012). UGC resource net working Summer training, School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi
  13. Omics and Group B Streptococcus vaccine development (2012): D.N. College Meerut, India
  14. Genomics and Proteomics and its uses (2012): Kirorimal college, Delhi University, Delhi
  15. Proteomics and its uses (2012): American Society of Microbiology workshop, Murthal, Haryana.
  16. Piriformospora indica : (2012) : IIT Delhi Expert lecture
  17. Microbial pathogenesis  (2012) : UGC Refresher course JNU, New Delhi
  18. Development of Vaccine: Pasteur to Reverse vaccinology (1880-2011) UGC Refresher course for college and university teachers in Life Sciences, Academic staff college, JNU, New Delhi, (2011).
  19. Comparative Genomics for group B Streptococcus  (2011 ): Arni University, Himachal Pradesh
  20. Piriformospora indica a magic without wand (2011): Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics University of California, San Francisco, USA.
  21. Group B Streptococcus pathogenesis and Proteomics(2011). DAV college Deharadoon, India
  22. A phosphate transporter from Piriformospora indica , Indo-Italian symposium, AMITY University, Noida, UP, India (2010).
  23. Use of reverse vaccinology for the vaccine development of Group B Streptococcus, UGC Refresher course for college and university teachers in Biotechnology, Academic staff college,JNU, New Delhi,(2010).
  24. Vaccine development for group B streptococcus using reverse vaccinology approach, MMH College, Meerut University, Ghaziabad, UP, India (2010)
  25. Use of proteomics in vaccine development against Group B Streptococcus causing high mortality in infants, ISCBC-09, Department of Chemistry, Delhi University, Delhi (2009).
  26. Use of ultra low size nanoparticles for the diagnosis of the microorganisms. PDM college of Pharmacy Bahadurgarh, Haryana, (2009).
  27. Use of Nanotechnology in drug and gene delivery. College of Life Science, Gwalior cancer hospital and research institute, M.P. (2008).
  28. Use of Nanotechnology in detection of cancer (International symposium on cancer, JNU, New Delhi 18-20 December (2008).
  29. Environmental regulation of pathogenesis. Academic staff college,  teachers training program, School of Environmental sciences, JNU (2008).
  30. Use of nanosystems in microbial pathogenesis. Indo-Australian conference on nanoscience and naotechnology and its applications, Delhi University, Delhi, 19-21 Dec (2007)
  31. Use of ultra-low size nanoparticles for gene targeting. Internatinal conference on nanoscience and nanotechnology, AIT, Gourgoan, Haryana 19-21 Dec, (2007)
  32. Application of Proteomics in Microbial pathogenesis, Queensland Institute of Medical Research , Brisbane, Australia 13 May (2007).
  33. Proteomics and Group B Streptococcus vaccine development. Invited speaker 47 AMI conference Association of Microbiologists of India Bhopal, India (2006)
  34. Use of Proteomics in Group B Streptococcus vaccine development. Pasteur Institute, Genomics microbial pathogenesis unit Paris, France, 13 June (2006).
  35. Role of Proteomics in Microbiology, for Biospark (2005) SLS, JNU, New Delhi, India
  36. Proteomics analysis of group B Streptococcus, Bioinformatics center JNU training course. (2005).
  37. Application of Proteomics in Microbial pathogenesis Jamia Milia Islamia, for UGC Academic college course training program (2005).
  38. Oxygen regulates invasion of group B Streptococcus (Channing laboratory, BWH, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA June (2003)

Conference (poster presentation): 22

  1. Second congress of Asia and Oceania society of comparative endocrinology, New Delhi, (1991).
  2. Effect of synthetic pyrethroid insecticide fenvalrate on Tetrahymena thermophilia, National Symposium on pesticides Future scenario, IARI, New Delhi (1993).
  3. Use of microbes for the degradation of xenobiotics. National symposium on environment II, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Invited talk (1994).
  4. Cloning of catabolic genes responsible for the degradation of gamma-HCH, MICON international-94, 35 Association of Microbiologists of India, DFRL, Mysore, (1994).
  5. Kinetics of degradation of alpha,beta,gamma and delta-HCH by Sphingomonas paucimobilis: A Laboratory study. Biodegradation of organic pollutants (Mallorca, Spain) (1996).
  6. National symposium on towards green and sustainable environment IARI, PUSA, New Delhi (1996).
  7. Degradation of HCH isomers by Sphingomonas paucimobilis: Molecular Genetics studies. International symposium on Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM-96) Davos, Switzerland (1996).
  8. Analysis of Bioengineered emulsans from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus RAG-1 and transposon mutants, Bioengineering meeting, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA (2001)..
  9. Engineering of microbial biopolymer analogs, 221, American chemical society meeting, San Diego, CA, USA (2001).
  10. Effect of oxygen on GBS invasiveness Proc Society, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA (2002).
  11. Oxygen regulates invasiveness of GBS 103 meeting American Society of Microbiology, Washington DC, USA (2003).
  12. Interaction of Group B Streptococcus with Polarized A549 cells, American Society for Microbiology. New Orleans, LA, USA (May 23-27, 2004)
  13. Prediction of eligible vaccine candidates of Group A Streptococcus (GAS) by using bioinformatics approach Poster No:P43, Indo-Australian Biotechnology conference, QIMR, Brisbane, Australia, 7-9 May (2007).
  14. Molecular typing and invasiveness of Group A Streptococcus (GAS) of Indian origin, Poster No: P46, Indo-Australian Biotechnology conference, QIMR, Brisbane, Australia, 7-9 May (2007).
  15. Poster, American Society for Microbiology, General meeting, Boston, USA (2008).
  16. Comparative analyses of of Pili Expression by Streptococcus agalactiae     Strains of Indian and United States Origin, American Society for Microbiology, Poster, 105 General meeting, Philadelphia, USA (2009).
  17. Interaction of Piriformospora indica with maize plant, Poster, Edinburgh, UK, (2010).
  18. Piriformospora indica , root endophyte fungus promotes early flowering of medicinal plant, Coleus forskohlii  Microbes in health and Agriculture, JNU, New Delhi (2012).
  19. Role of cyclophilin from Piriformospra indica in abiotic stress tolerance in bacteria and plant Microbes in health and Agriculture, JNU, New Delhi (2012).
  20. Polyextremophile Piriformospora indica obviates cold stress and promotes plant growth Microbes in health and Agriculture, JNU, New Delhi (2012).
  21. Random insertional mutagenesis of a necrotrophic fungus-Botrytis cinerea Microbes in health and Agriculture, JNU, New Delhi, MHA-66 (2012).
  22. Young scientist award to Manoj Kumar Ph.D. student:  A root endophyte fungus P. indica enhances plant growth by transferring phosphate to the host plant. Microbes in health and Agriculture, JNU, New Delhi (2012).

Awards and Honors:

  1. Junior Research Fellowship, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi-Delhi, India. (1993).
  2. Senior Research  Fellowship, Council of Scientific and Industrial research Govt. of India (1994).
  3. UNESCO-Young Scientist Award in Biotechnology, Paris, France (1997) to visit Department of Chemical engineering , University of Waterloo, Canada.
  4. Senior Research Associate, Chemistry Dept. University of Delhi, Delhi, India (1997-2000).
  5. Post Doctoral Fellowship at Chemical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA (2000).
  6. Post Doctoral Associate at Bioengineering Centre, Tufts University, Medford MA, USA (2000-2002).
  7. Research Fellowship in Medicine at Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA (2002-2004).
  8. Travel fellowship from DBT, Govt of India to attend the conference on infectious disease held at Lisbon (2006).
  9. American Society for Microbiology Research Professorship to work in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Stroud University of California, San Francisco, USA (2011).
  10. Guest of Honor, Kirorimal College (KMC), Delhi University, Delhi (2012)
  11. Department of Biotechnology, DBT, Govt of India, Biotechnology overseas fellowship (2012-13)

Referee/Ad-hoc reviewer:

Infection and Immunity, PLoS Medicine, Biomaterials, Expert Opinion in Drug Discovery, PLoS One, Indo-Australian, Indo-German, USA-Israel, Editor, Indian Journal of Microbiology, Judge in various National and International symposium and conferences.


New York Academy of Sciences USA
American Society for Microbiology USA (awarded).
Associations of Microbiologists of India

Contribution to the Academic and corporate life of the University (Administration):

  1. Member of the Committee for purchase of utensils for hostel (Lohit) by IHA,
  2. Audit/verification officer for the medical center of JNU.
  3. Audit/verification officer for the sports office of JNU
  4. Warden sanitation, Senior Warden, Health and recreation   
    Warden of Chandrabhaga and Lohit hostel for the last 7 years
  5. Member: Seminar committee SLS 2009-2011
  6. Member MS dissertation committee SLS, (2009-2012).
  7. GSCASH, JNU, as warden representative (2005-2006)
  8. Member central instrument facility committee SLS JNU (2009)
  9. Expert Member Proteomics facility SLS JNU (2009)
  10. Senior warden Chandrabhaga hostel,JNU (2010)
  11. Panel member UGC-teacher training program, JNU (2010)
  12. Recreation warden, Chandrabhaga hostel (2011)
  13. Panel member UGC-teacher training program, JNU (2011)
  14. Mess warden, Chandrabhaga hostel (2012)
  15. Member various committee of SLS, JNU (2012)
  16. Member campus development committee (2012)
  17. Audit officer/verification officer for IHA (2013)
  18. Warden Sanitation (2014).
  19. Warden Recreation and health Chandrabhaga hostel (2015)

Appointed by other body:

  1. Member of Executive committee Association of Microbiologists of India, Delhi University, Delhi (2008)
  2. Member of Executive committee  on International cancer symposium, JNU (2008)
  3. Member of Executive committee International Nanotechnology conference AIT Gourgoan, (2007)
  4. Convener Nanotechnology symposium in JNU (2007)
  5. Judge for the selection of best poster award, Indo-Australia symposium on Nanotechnology, Delhi University, (2007)
  6. Member of Executive committee of the 75 National meeting of the Society of Biological Chemistry (2006).
  7. Member, discussion panel Biospark,  SLS, JNU. (2006-2007)
  8. Convener : UGC resource networking symposium Microbes in health and Agriculture (2012), JNU, New Delhi
  9. Coordinator: UGC-resource net working summer trainee school, JNU, New Delhi (2012).
  10. Examiner, M.Sc/Ph.D. of various universities and state public service.
  11. Chairperson: Vaccine development of Group B Streptococcus in developing Countries (Novartis vaccine symposium, Siena, Italy).
  12. Chairperson, Young Scientist session, Association of Microbiologists of India, MDU, Rohtak 17-21, November 2013.
  13. Judge, Poster , Society of Biochemists of India 2015
  14. Member International Cancer conference, JNU 19-21 Feb 2015.
  15. Core member National Science Day, JNU, New Delhi 28 Feb 2015.
  16. Coordinator: Biospark 27-28 March School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi 2015.
  17. Core member: International conference of Plant Physiology, JNU, New Delhi, 11-14 December 2015.
  18. Convener: 56th Annual Microbiology conference of Association of Microbiologists of India and International symposium on Emerging Discoveries in Microbiology, 7-10 December, 2015, JNU, New Delhi. Total Delegates: 1900, speakers 130, posters 1030.
  19. Mentor: Ramalinga Swami Fellowship DBT, Govt. of India (2015).