Faculty, Ph.D. Scholar's and Students Achievements



  • Prof. Ashis Das chaired a session on 'Celebral Malaria' at the 30th National Congress of Parasitology and Global Symposium on Malaria Elimination held between 26-28 September, 2019 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • Prof. Ashis Das chaired two sessions on 'Modern Biology' at the 14th International Conference on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases. 9-11 January, 2019. Bhubaneshwar, India
  • Prof Ashis Das was invited by NIAID, NIH to review submitted international proposals in year 2018
  • Dr. Shilpi Garg was awarded BITS Pilani University Immersion Award 2018 for visiting a university abroad. (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Vishal Saxena was awarded "Visiting Professor Fellowship" under Senior Scientist category of "INSA-CAS International Bilateral Exchange/ Collaboration Programme-2017.
  • Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra was awarded for "Visiting Professor Fellowship" under Senior Scientist category of "INSA-CAS International Bilateral Exchange/ Collaboration Programme-2017.
  • Dr. Rajdeep Chowdhury was awarded "SERB Travel Award" for attending the conference "The 8th International Symposium on Autophagy", Japan, May 29th to Jun 1st, 2017.
  • Prof Rajesh Mehrotra received best educationist award 2017 for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.

  • Prof. Vishal Saxena has received "2017American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) Indo-UD Research Professorship" award to visit an institute/ university in US for research. He will be visiting Department of Global Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA.
  • Prof. Vishal Saxena has received "Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Bilateral Exchange Programme 2017"award. He will be visiting Institute of Parasitology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic in June, 2017.
  • Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra has received "Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Bilateral Exchange Programme 2017" to visit Hebrew University of Jerusalem in June-July 2017
  • Prof. Jitendra Panwar was invited for lecture in “International Training Programme for Bhutan Officials & ICAR Sponsored Winter School” at ICAR Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubneswar, Odisha, India. February 28, 2017.
  • Prof. Jitendra Panwar delivered Lead Lecture in “National Conference on Fungal Biotechnology” (NCFB-2016) at Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur. November 16-18, 2016.
  • Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra Invited for lecture: Cyanobacterial CCM genes for improving photosynthetic yield and water use efficiency during heat stress in C3 plants; An invited lecture in 'International workshop to develop climate resilient cereals''November 3-5, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana2016.
  • Prof Rajesh Mehrotra chaired the session in the National convention on current Practices and future of classroom teaching at higher education level organised by Department of Humanities and Social Sciences& Teaching Learning Centre, Pilani Campus on 30th september -1st october.He also delivered a talk entitled" Smart question paper design to enhance student learning and engagement in examinations" coauthored by Dr Manoj kannan and Dr PanKaj Kumar Sharma.
  • Prof. Jitendra Panwar delivered invited lecture at Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, Prague, Czech Republic during his visit under INSA International Bilateral Exchange Programme 2016 for one month (June 2016).


Ph.D.Scholar's :

  • Saumya Arora, Ph.D. research scholar received Third-Best Poster Award for the poster titled “Amelioration of Drought Stress Tolerance by PGPR Enterobacter sp. WRS7 in wheat plant’ presented in an International Virtual Conference on “Recent Trends and Innovations in Microbiology” organized by Department of Microbiology, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India on 15th July 2021
  •  Leena Fageria of our department has won the best story award under DST AWASAR 2019 scheme. Every year DST conducts a story writing competition for PhDs and PDFs, where one's research work has to be written in a story format so that non-scientific community can easily understand the work.
  • Neelam Mahala, recieved certificate of appreciation for poster titled “Studies of Anticancer Activity of Camelus dromedaries Milk Lactoferrin” at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Chandigarh Under the aegis of Society of Young Biomedical Scientists (SYBS) during 17th November 2019.   
  • Vikram Pareek have been awarded with the ICGEB grant (100 % registration fee and accommodation) and DBT travel grant to attend the conference entitled "6th Central European Symposium on Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance (CESAR-2018)" held in Croatia from 19th to 22nd September, 2018. Topic of poster was "Gene expression profiling of Escherichia coli K12 to unveil the silver resistance machinery". He also awarded with 1st Best poster presentation award by the American Society for Microbiology and conference organization.
  • Vikram Pareek, Ph.D. student of the department, received EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) short term fellowship to work in the field of Food Microbiology at University College Dublin, Ireland for 3 months
  • Vikram Pareek, Vikas Kumar, and Shraddha Mishra have been awarded CSIR-SRF
  • Heena Saini: Details of National Symposium Attended , Name and Place of Symposium: NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CURRENT RESEARCH IN CANCER BIOLOGY & THERAPY (CRCBT-2016), UIAR-Gandhinagar, Gujarat,Date:  7-8 October 2016., Details of Participant: PhD Scholar, C/O Dr. Rajdeep Chowdhury, Cancer Biology Lab, BITS-PILANI,Rajasthan., Mode of Presentation: Poster Presentation., Title of Poster:  Dysregulation of ncRNAs- miRNAs and lncRNAs associated with acquisition of drug resistance in cancer cells., Rank: Secured first position in Poster Presentation., Award: Cash prize of Rs 2000 and a Certificate.
  • Ms. Zarna Pala:   (Achievements from August 2016 - March 2017): Received the Travel Award from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and CICS Fellowship from Centre for International Co-operation in Science (CICS) to present a poster entitled: “Iron-sulphur cluster assembly in Plasmodium vivax: An insight into the SUF machinery”, at the 27th Annual Molecular Parasitology Meeting 2016, at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, U.S.A., from 18th – 22nd September, 2016. 
  • Ms. Monika Sandhu:   Ms. Monika Sandhu received the Best poster award for her research Characterization of biphenyl metabolizing Gram positive bacterium Rhodococcus sp. MAPN - 1 isolated from rhizosphere of Morus alba (Mulberry plant) at the International Conference on Strategies for Environment al Protection and Management (ICSEPM - 2016) cum M ini - symposium on Environmental B iotechnology, B iorefinery and S olid W aste M anagement . The event was organized jointly by School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and The Biotech Research Society , India (BRSI) at JNU Convention Centre from 11 th - 13 th December 2016 .


Conference title: 8th International Conference on Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2017, held from October 30 to November 3, 2017 at School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.
 Gurpreet Poster title:  Heterologous expression and in-silico analysis of carboxysome protein CcmM of an early diverging cyanobacterium Gloeobacter violaceus PCC 7421

Authors: Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu, Panchsheela Nogia, Vandana Tomar, Rajesh Mehrotra, Sandhya Mehrotra
 Panchsheela Oral/Poster title: Transient expression and localization of a cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporter BicA into chloroplast of Nicotiana benthamiana
Authors: Panchsheela NogiaVandana Tomar,Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu,Rajesh Mehrotra,Sandhya Mehrotra 


First & Higher Degree :

  • 2020: Mr. Rushikesh Zhawar (2017B1A70977), M.Sc. Biological science student who has been awarded prestigious Khorana Fellowship jointly organized by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep.
  • 2019: Akshina Jindal received Khorana Scholar 2019, Summer at Yale University
    Akshina Jindal a B1 student, interned under Prof. Mark Gerstein at the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University in the field of Computational Biology. She worked on classification of hyper mutated tumor samples into hypoxic and non-hypoxic tumor samples using integration of CNN’s, image processing and genomics. Hypoxic subregions in tumors lead to increased genetic instability and higher rate of mutations. She built a pipeline using InceptionV3 and Resnet50 (transfer learning techniques) pre-trained models and compared the results with unsupervised clustering models. She also worked on finding plausible mutated regions in the hypoxic breast cancer tumor samples.
  • May 2018: Sayan Basu and Bishakha Bamroo, M.E., Biotechnology students, have been selected to participate in summer school on Food security at Tel Aviv University. They have been given full waiver and accomodation to attend the school.
  • May 2018: Rinki Gupta, M.E. student ranked 62 in CSIR-JRF test.
  • May 2018: Pujitha Laxmi, M.E. student select fro Ph.D. study at University of Edinburgh, Whe was also selected for Ph.D. in Cambridge University.
  • Dhulika Ravinuthala, a M.E. Biotechnology student, received the "Bajpai saha" award (cash award Rs.2000/-) for the best student paper presentation International conference on BioMaterials, BioEngineering and BioTheranostics given by the "Society for Biomaterials and Artificial organs (India) in VIT university,Vellore.
  • Anubhuti Mishra, a fifth year FD student, received full scholarship to attend 'Grace Hopper Conference', a gathering of women from any science related discipline.
  • Jayashree V P and Aarti Jha, ME, Biotechnology 2nd Year students have been selected to participate in the Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) taking place in Hyderabad from September 23 to 26, 2018.

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