Speakers Profile

Dr. Alka Prakash


Department of Zoology,

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra

Email - alkaprakash.prakash@gmail.com

Dr. Alka Prakash teaches Cell Biotechnology; Research Methodology & Instrumentation, Water & Food Microbiology; Biochemistry, Molecular techniques, Gene, Genome & Bioinformatics, Genetic Diversity Assessment at UG, PG, and Research Degree levels. She is currently engaged in research on food borne pathogenic bacteria including L. monocytogenes, S. aurens, E. coli, Salmonella typhinnurium and Cronobacter sakazokii as well as the probiotic bacteria from milk and milk products. Her research Interests are Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics and Water & Food Microbiology. 

She is a member of BOS for curriculum designing in Zoology, Proctor (Girls) Science Faculty, Associate Editor of DEI Journal of Science & Engineering Research and Lab consultant for analysis of microbial quality of water. She is a life time member of STOX (Society of Toxicology), AMI (Association of Microbiologists of India) and Associate Member of SPHEEHA (Society for Preservation of Healthy Environment and Ecology and Heritage of Agra). She has served as NSS Programme Officer (2002-2006) and as member GKC Advisory Committee and Examination Committee.

Dr. Amla Chopra

Assistant Professor,

Department of Zoology,

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra

Email - amla@dei.ac.in

Research Interests: Elucidation of mechanism of transport of drugs/antigens associated with nanoparticles across intact mammalian skin.  Development of non-invasive vaccines with enhancing immune activity against Th1 as well as Th2 antigens.  Development of skin explant assay system to test various adjuvant molecules in ex vivo cultures that may be extrapolated in vivo.  . Development of DNA Cancer vaccines by constructing allogeneic fibroblast and dendritic cells. Study of tubulin heterodimer and its function in quantum superposition and   entanglement in microtubule mediated signal processing.

Grants: 1996-2000: Under CSIR encouragement drive of Academic-Industry Interaction, grant of 14.5, 00.00 DM was awarded by IDEA-GmbH. Development of non-invasive vaccine against lethal challenge of tetanus toxin in mice. 2009-2013:  Awarded grant of 82.33 lacs by Department of Biotechnology, entitled "Non-Invasive delivery of drugs/vaccines across intact mammalian skin using transfersome (50-100 nm) with combination of adjuvants: mechanism/s involved in transport of transfersome associated antigens”.

Dr. Ashley Aimone

Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



         Dr. Ashley Aimone is a Registered Dietician, receiving her BASc in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and her MSc in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. She then obtained a PhD in Epidemiology (Department of Public Health Sciences), University of Toronto. Her PhD thesis and publications focused on the use of geo-spatial analysis methods to examine environmental and spatial factors associated with iron deficiency and infection among children in Ghana. Currently she is a Research Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Her project, in collaboration with ICF International, is to identify optimal alternative metrics for quantifying and tracking progress of early childhood growth and nutritional status at the population level in low- and middle-income countries. She is also working with colleagues in western Kenya on research related to Planetary Health, specifically the impact of climate and environmental changes on the nutrition and health outcomes of children and other vulnerable populations. The overall aim of her research is to find ways to bridge the ‘know-do’ gaps that support ground level solutions and community-driven implementation strategies for improving child health through increased climate resilience and food and water security.


Prof. Janice L. Bailey

Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


Professor Janice Bailey is Professor and Research Associate Dean of the Faculty of Food & Agricultural Sciences at Laval University in Québec City, Canada. She is a member of the Reproduction, Development and Intergenerational Health Research Centre, composed of researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Food & Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on the impact of the environment, such as toxicant exposure and nutrition, on reproductive development and the ability to produce healthy offspring. She is currently principal investigator of an international team grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on advancing boys’ and men’s health that addresses the molecular foundations of intergenerational transmission of the paternal environment. This research investigates the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that contaminate the Arctic food chain and pesticides used to combat malaria on the paternal epigenome. She served as President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in 2016-17.


Prof. Gerlinde Metz

 Department of Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada


         Professor Gerlinde A.S. Metz is the Board of Governors Research Chair in Healthy Futures and recipient of the Speaker Medal for Distinguished Research. Her research focuses on the influence of stress on behaviour, brain plasticity and complex disease risks. Her laboratory has developed unique models to explore transgenerational inheritance of stress responses. This work showed that through mechanisms of epigenetic programming, experience in parents, grandparents and beyond can influence health and disease from early development to old age. Her collaborative team integrates behavioural and medical data with modern OMICS technologies to learn how stress vulnerability and resilience are “programmed” across a lifetime and across generations. Her recent translational work in clinical and livestock sectors is leading to the discovery of new predictive and diagnostic biomarkers of disease.

Prof. David Olson

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada



Despite enormous efforts, preterm birth (<37 weeks of gestation) remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in babies. Professor David Olson studies the problem of preterm birth from several perspectives including genetic, molecular, cellular, animal, human and environmental. His laboratory team has developed diagnostics to predict women at risk of preterm delivery and with collaborators, he explores novel interventions to block preterm delivery and reduce fetal inflammation.  He collaborates to study the effects of transgenerational stress on preterm delivery in animal models and at the environmental level through his studies of the victims of natural disasters and interventions to mitigate their effects. His long-term objective is to translate basic science discoveries to practical prognostic and therapeutic applications to improve the health of mothers and babies. 


Prof. Richard Saffery

Murdoch Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia


Professor Richard Saffery is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (level B) with over 20 years experience in Molecular and Cellular biology, including 15 in the field of Human Epigenetics. He heads the Cancer & Disease Epigenetics (CDE) laboratory at Murdoch Childrens that uses state-of-the-art multidisciplinary approaches, encompassing genetic, environmental and epigenetic analyses, to understand childhood development and complex disease.


Prof. Bea van den Bergh

honorary appointment, Department of Public Health, Flemish Government, Leuvin, Belgium.


         Professor Bea R.H. van den Bergh has a full-time position at the Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family of the Flemish Government (Brussels, Belgium) and is honorary professor at the Health Psychology Department (University of Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium). She is a pioneer in prenatal stress research. She studied the prenatal developmental origins of cognition and mental health problems and the developmental programming of the stress system and the brain, from infancy through adulthood.  She is now mainly involved in public health policy aspects of the primary mental health care in the first 1000 days of life. She and her team use questionnaires, heart rate variability, cortisol and alpha-amylase measures to study the level of stress, anxiety and depression in pregnant women. In the offspring (0 to 29 year old), HRV and cortisol are measured. With event related brain potential (ERP’s) and fMRI, cognitive function and brain network connectivity are measured. With MRI and DTI techniques brain structural measures are obtained. In blood samples, epigenetic measures, telomere length, metabolomics and inflammation markers are measured .Her research may lead to a better understanding of prenatally acquired vulnerability.

Prof. (Dr.) Rishi Kumar Behl

E-mail: rkbehlprof@gmail.com 

Prof. Rishi Kumar Behl formerly served as Professor of Plant Breeding and Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, and is now working as Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Jagan Nath University, Bahadurgarh (Haryana-India). He obtained his B.Sc (Agri) from Rajasthan University, Jaipur, M.Sc (Agri,) and Ph.D from Haryana Agriculture, University, Hisar, India, with distinguished academic career. He  has been editor in chief of Annals of  Biology for about three decades , Associate Editor of Annals of Agri Bio Research, Editorial Board Member of Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science(Germany), International Journal of  Crop Breeding and Genetics ( EKIN, Turkey),  International Advisory Board Member of Tropics( Japan), Associate Editor, Cereal Research Communication (Hungary), Associate Editor, South Pacific Journal of Natural Science (Fiji), Sr. Editor, Journal of Basic Microbiology, (Germany) and Editorial board member of International Journal on Natural and Applied Sciences, Turkey. He has about 220 publications in international and national journals and 37 edited books and manuals, has 33 years teaching and research experience in plant breeding. He has been awarded Bharat Ratna C Subhramaniyam Award for Out Standing Teacher by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Honorary DAAD Advisor by German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn, Germany  (2006-09), has been founder Secretary of Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Management (SSARM), India; President International Council for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), Secretary International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA), Germany and Global Co-ordintor Afro-Asian Studies Promotion Association, Goettingen, Germany. He participated in and organized several international conferences in India and abroad and has been associated with the development of plant material with specifically useful traits for stress tolerance and plant microbe interactions in wheat. Currently he is involved in steering research and development activities in the area of application of technology for sustainable development.


 Dr.Prem Kumar Dantu


Department of Botany,

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra

Email - premdantu@dei.ac.in


Prem Kumar Dantu is a trained biotechnologist and has been passionately associated with agriculture for almost 40 years now. Taming harsh sandy soils of semi-arid Agra or establishing orchids in the mountainous terrain of Himachal Pradesh or working on sodic soils near Varanasi are challenges to hone the agricultural skills. The poignant site of people living at subsistence level or sleeping with a hungry stomach on male nutrition in kids concern with him deeply. He has been working on models of community farming, sustainable kitchen, gardens and protected farming using precision agriculture tools for enhancing productivity. His research interests are In-vitro studies: Spatio-Temporal origin of shoot buds; production of secondary metabolites, conservation of medicinal plants and Phylogenic studies of legumes and medicinal plants using protein profiling and molecular markers, Bio-fertilizer development using (PGPR) plant growth promoting rhizobacteria.


 Dr.Sant Prakash


Head of the Department,

Department of Zoology,

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra

Email - santprakashdr@gmail.com

Prof. Sant Prakash has a rich experience of Teaching & Research at the university levels. His areas of teaching interests are Cell & Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolution, Environmental Conservation; Gene, Genomics & Bioinformatics; Genetic Diversity Assessments & Statistical applications. He holds keen research interest in the areas like Biochemical & Molecular Genetics; Molecular Evolution; Molecular Microbiology; Quantitative Genetics; Geno-toxicology & Ex situ Conservation.

Dr. Sant Prakash has supervised 11 Ph.D.’s, 15 M.Phil. works and his students are occupying various high positions in research and administrations. Dr. Prakash has wide administrative experience of being the Coordinator DEI-UGC-NET Coaching Scheme, Coordinator UGC Innovative Project for Special Paper, Chief Editor DEI Journal of Science & Engineering Research, and as a Member of DEI Minor Research Screening Committee and currently the Head of the Department.

Dr. Prakash has contributed 9 Gene Bank Sequences to NCBI, registered at Global Gene Bank, USA. Four of his papers have received the 'best paper' awards also. He 9has 70 research articles, 4 books chapters/technical reports, and 4 review articles to his authorship credit. He is also in the advisory board of various Government and Non Government agencies and selection boards of various central and state universities. Prof. Sant Prakash has been nominated as Jury Member in the DST-INSPIRE Programme.

 Prof. Girdhar Pandey


Department of plant molecular biology,

South Campus, University of Delhi. New Delhi


Email -   gkpandey@south.du.ac.in

Research area: Calcium-mediated Signaling, Functional Genomics of Stress Signaling, and Stress Adaptation in Plants.


Research Interests: 

Evolutionarily plants have adopted a sessile habit to sustain in an environment. This immobile nature has made plants to evolve an intricate sensing and signaling network in response to both favorable and unfavourable conditions. The adaptive and defense machinery of plants consists of a plethora of networks or pathways, which enable in activating and responding against these stresses. Calcium act as a ubiquitous player in many of the signaling pathways in all eukaryotes, be it physiological or developmental processes. One of the most important phenomenon’s calcium regulates is the signal transduction network for sensing and responding to environmental stimuli. In the calcium mediated signaling network, a change in calcium concentration is designated as “calcium signature” upon sensing a stimuli, which is being sensed by a plethora of calcium sensors such as Calmodulin, CDPK, and CBL-CIPK networks in plants.



Department of Biotechnology,

IIT Roorkee, India

Email – sharnfbs@iitr.ac.in   


Prof. G. S. Randhawa has completed his school and higher education from Punjab and he has excellent track of record in his higher and Post-doctoral education. He has visited many times USA and European countries for research. He got Young Scientist Research Award, ITC Fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and many more prestigious awards and teachings and research. Prof. G. S. Randhawa has more than 32 years of teaching and 42 years of research experience. He has supervised more than 24 Ph.D. projects 9 are under progress and at the same time he has completed more than 67 M.Sc. research projects, 20 summer projects, 9 B. tech projects. He has participated and presented his research work in many international trainings, conferences, workshops, symposia, etc. Prof. G. S. Randhawa has been working in IIT Roorkee, Biotechnology department for the past 32 years and he is an IIT Director equivalent professional with rich experience in Academic, Research and Administration.


Prof. Manjit Singh

General Secretary,

World Society of Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products (WSMBMP).

Email - manjitbhandal122@gmail.com


Dr. MANJIT SINGH obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana.  In 1976 he started his scientific career as Scientist in the first batch of Agricultural Research Service of ICAR.  After serving Central Potato Research Institute from 1976 to 1983, he joined NCMRT (Now DMR), Solan on 6th March, 1984 and worked at the Centre till 6th Jan, 1988. During his short stay at this centre he developed three varieties of white button mushroom (including one hybrid). Thereafter he joined CAZRI, Jodhpur where he served as Head, Division of Plant Sciences and Biotechnology from May 1997 to December 2008. He received M.S. Randhawa Medal from PAU, Ludhiana in 1975 and ICAR Team Award in 1993. He joined as Director DMR on 01.01.2009. 

ICAR had renewed the appointment tenure of Dr. Manjit Singh as Director of Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan upto 31.03.2015. He superannuated on 31.03.2015 (A.N.). He has joined as Mushroom Advisor, Government of Punjab, India in February 2016.

Dr. Manjit Singh is presently General Secretary, World Society of Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products (WSMBMP).

Dr.Brajesh Yadav

Assistant Professor,

Department of Physiology, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry,

DUVASU, Mathura

Email - drbrijvet@gmail.com


Dr. Brajesh Yadav is currently working as an Assistant Professor at DUVASU, Mathura, UP, India. He did his BVSc from College of Veterinary Science Tirupati, ANGARAU, Hyderabad, MVSc (Veterinary Physiology) from College of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, GBPUAT, Pantnagar and PhD (Veterinary Physiology) from IVRI, Deemed University, Bareilly. He is a Life Member of Society of Animal Physiologists of India and Uttar Pradesh Veterinary Council. He has written 3 manuals Review, 6 research papers 6 semi technical/ popular articles and has published 14 abstracts.

He received Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) during master’s programme (MVSc) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) during Doctoral (Ph.D.) programme in 2007-08.

Dr. Manju Sharma

Assistant Professor - Amity Institute of Biotechnology (AIB)

Dr. Manju Sharma is an assistant professor (Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology) at Amity University,  Noida, India. She did her BSc, MSc-Botany(Plant Tissue Culture & Genetic Engineering) and PhD(Plant Biotechnology) from University of Rajasthan, Rajasthan,  India. Her research interests are Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology. She has 11years experience of research and 6 years teaching experience. She received the Women Scientist award in 2005 in Dept. of Science and Technology ,New Delhi, India.


Dr. Rajeev Ranjan

Assistant Professor,

Department of Botany,

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra

Email - rajivranjanbt@gmail.com

Rajeev Ranjan did his M.Sc. (Agricultural Biotechnology), Ph.D.in Biotechnology (Institute of Life Sciences, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Bhubaneswar). His research interest is Plant Bio Prospecting, Plant Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology, Plant Genomics and Transcriptomics. He won the iGEM-2017 Award by DBT to visit MIT, Boston, USA, Summer Research Fellowship-2014 organized by IASc-INSA-NASI, Young Scientist Travel Award  by DST for Canada (2011), CSIR fellowship (Senior Research Fellow) from 2010-2012, CSIR fellowship (Junior Research Fellow) from 2007-2009, ICAR (ARS) NET in Agricultural Biotechnology, CSIR- UGC (NET) Lectureship in Life Sciences, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in Life Sciences, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Scholarship during M. Sc. Study, I.C.A.R (National Talent Scholarship) during B. Sc (Agriculture) study.

Prof. Suneel Kateriya


School of Biotechnology,

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Email - skateriya@jnu.ac.in

Suneel Kateriya is a professor of Biotechnology at School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He had obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Institute of Biochemistry, University Regensburg, Germany and postdoctoral training from Department of Pharmacology, Columbia University, NYC, USA. He had contributed to the very first discovery and characterization of the Channelrhodopsins from Chlamydomonas while working as a Ph.D. scholar with Prof. Dr. Peter Hegemann. He is applying optogenetic tools for studying cell signalling, inflammation pathways and ciliogenesis. He had published more than 40 research articles in the peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Science, Nature Methods, PNAS, JBC, The Plant Cell, BBA etc.) and contributed several book chapters. Recently, he had been awarded with the prestigious young innovative biotechnologist award (IYBA) by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. He is actively working in the area of photoreceptor biology, optogenetics, and ciliopathies.