Research Team

Dr. Atul Kumar Gupta

Dr. Atul Kumar Gupta Professor, Dean (Academics & Education)

Research Interests:

  • Policy Research linked with Natural Resource Management; Wildlife, Forestry and Environment related National and International Laws, Goal, Treaties, Conventions, etc.
  • Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation & Resource Mobilization, Access & Benefit Sharing; Traditional Knowledge Management.
  • Primate Ecology and Conservation; Human-Forest-Wildlife Interface and Conflict Mitigation; Outreach Services; Ecotourism
  • Capacity Building & Empowerment of Local Institutions & Communities; Ecosystem Services; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Sustainable Use and Management;
  • Medicinal Plants Conservation, Trade and Agroecology

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Dr. Abdul Kareem

Dr. Abdul Kareem Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Applied Ethno botany
  • Medicinal plant Conservation
  • Forest resources and sustainable use
  • Education outreach activities

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Dr. Ashwini Godbole

Dr. Ashwini Godbole Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Ayurvedic biology
  • Ayurvedicnootropics
  • Cognitive health
  • Nervous system health
  • Neurodegenerative disorder
  • Aging

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Dr. Balakrishnan Nair M N

Dr. Balakrishnan Nair M N Emeritus Professor

Research Interests:

  • Functional anatomy, wood
  • Gums and resin secretion and sustainable tapping
  • Development of PHC products for human and animal based on LHT

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Dr. Chetan H C

Dr. Chetan H C Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Restoration Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Plant-animal Interactions
  • Political ecology of natural resource utilization and biodiversity conservation

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Dr. Debabrata Saha

Dr. Debabrata Saha Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Socio-Ecological characterization of forest ecosystem.
  • Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) and Landscape characterization using geospatial tools to support conservation strategy
  • Non-timber forest products (NTFP) and livelihoods
  • Threat assessment and conservation of medicinal plants

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Ms. Deepa G B

Ms. Deepa G B Scientist E

Research Interests:

  • Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Current environmental issues
  • Sustainable development

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Dr. Ganesh Babu N M

Dr. Ganesh Babu N M Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Introduce wild medicinal plants in the regular landscapes with their authentic benefits for the lives and environment.
  • Taxonomy of angiosperms with special reference to medicinal plants.
  • Research on Interior gardening using medicinal plants.
  • Plant animal Interactions with reference to socio-economic and ecological benefits.
  • Floristic investigations.
  • Ethnobotany and importance of vernacular names of plant species.

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Dr. Girish Kumar

Dr. Girish Kumar Scientist E

Research Interests:

  • Tridosha & Food items
  • Prakriti & Conventional food items
  • Panchakarma and it’s relevance in health promotion and disease prevention
  • Reverse pharmacology of medicinal plants listed and not-listed in Ayurveda text books

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Dr. Gurmeet Singh

Dr. Gurmeet Singh Professor

Research Interests:

  • Food Processing & Structuring – Lab to Factory
  • Molecular basis of goodness of foods & beverages – sensory & health
  • Characterisation of foods using modern molecular and ayurvedic frameworks
  • Sustainable Technologies
  • Digital Design of Future Foods through Integrating Databases

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Mr. Hariramamurthi G

Mr. Hariramamurthi G Honorary Head

Research Interests:

  • Traditional Community Health Practitioners
  • Health NGO workers, ASHA workers and Housewives
  • Community Members including farmers, NTFP gatherers, women entrepreneurs

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Mr. Jagannatha Rao

Mr. Jagannatha Rao Scientist F

Research Interests:

  • Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources – special reference to NTFPs and Medicinal Plants
  • Adoption of participatory science in resource assessment and monitoring
  • Evaluation of ecosystem services and ecological monitoring
  • Sustainable harvesting/management of resources, herbal quality assurance and regulatory affairs
  • Biodiversity conservation, Forest ecology and management, REED+ and climate change and environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • Natural governance and community owned enterprises
  • Organic certification, national and international standards for wild resource management
  • Capacity building and Training different stakeholders involved in natural resource management

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Dr. Kumar S K

Dr. Kumar S K Scientist E

Research Interests:

  • EVP and Veterinary Ayurveda
  • One Health
  • Clinical Research
  • Dravyaguna Shastra
  • Ayurvedic Biology
  • Organic Milk production

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Dr. Lavanya Devi K

Dr. Lavanya Devi K Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Genetic diversity and molecular characterization of medicinal plants
  • DNA fingerprinting of medicinal plants
  • Genomics, transcriptomics of cereal crops
  • Molecular Phylogeny studies

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Dr. Megha

Dr. Megha Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Developing a fly (Drosophila melanogaster) model to study effects of early-life malnutrition.

    Malnutrition continues to be a major issue in our country, with more than 50% of children below 5 being underweight. Intuitively, malnutrition is corrected by providing a balanced, nutritious diet. However malnutrition experienced during development may not entirely be erasable. Studies show that low birth weight babies have a greater risk for acquiring cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. This phenomenon DOHaD (Developmental Origins for Health and Disease) is now well established for humans with the first two years of life, from conception to ~2years, being recognised as crucial for proper development.

    What are the molecular underpinnings of DoHAD? How is early life nutritional loss, both macro and micro, experienced at the organ and cellular level? Why does early life malnutrition increase risks for certain diseases?

    To answer these questions, our lab is using Drosophila melanogaster (vinegar fly) to understand how nutritional loss during early life, reprograms cells in different tissues to ultimately affect both physiology and behaviour. We are starting our explorations with the brain and the gut, two interconnected organs that are major determinants of overall health. A particular focus in going to be on peptide hormones made in these organs by specialised cells: enteroendocrine (gut) and neuroendocrine (brain).

  • Characterising and testing dietary interventions based on local health traditions which can effectively reduce risks associated with early-life malnutrition.
  • Science communication and outreach
  • Policies in the area of nutrition and scientific personnel development.

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Dr. Mohana Kumar Patel

Dr. Mohana Kumar Patel Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Metabolomics
  • Metabolite mining, mapping and unravelling the metabolic pathways by using multi-omic approaches
  • Endophytic microbes and chemical Ecology
  • Herbal drug authentication and quality using chemical and molecular signatures
  • Bioprospecting
  • Molecular markers and conservation genetics

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Dr. Noorunnisa Begum S

Dr. Noorunnisa Begum S Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Pharmacognosy
  • Ethnobotany
  • Trade of Medicinal Plants
  • Conservation of Medicinal Plants
  • Floristics of Angiosperms
  • Database

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Dr. Pavithra N

Dr. Pavithra N Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Functional Genomics (Clinical, Medicinal Plants, Medical , Pharma etc)
  • Ayurgenomics
  • Culturomics
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Multiomics
  • Medical Genomics (Pharmacogenomics)
  • Big Data Science & Data Science
  • Genome Biology
  • HLA & Organ Transplant
  • Genealogy (Pedigree) Database
  • Conservation Genomics

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Dr. Poornima Devkumar

Dr. Poornima Devkumar Scientist E

Research Interests:

  • Ayurveda whole systems clinical studies.
  • Ayurveda based products clinical trials.
  • Mechanism of action studies for understanding Ayurveda concepts.
  • Community studies for testing Ayurveda based concepts.
  • Biomarkers studies for evaluating Ayurveda approach of management and Ayurveda concepts.

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Dr. Prakash B N

Dr. Prakash B N Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Scientifically validated, low-cost solutions for prevention of malaria
  • Contribution of traditional medicine to primary health care
  • Exploring potential of Ayurveda in public health

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Dr. Prasanna Koti

Dr. Prasanna Koti Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Database archiving of functional genomics data sets of traditional medicinal plants.
  • Computational Biology studies of large-scale transcriptomics and metagenomics to explain the biology of fever in mouse models.
  • Recognition and prediction of genetic targets of Ayurvedic bioactive compounds for common diseases in India.
  • Mathematical modelling of human organ systems.
  • Computational biology approaches to accelerate breeding for crop improvement.

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Dr. Ravi Kumar K

Dr. Ravi Kumar K Professor

Research Interests:

  • Taxonomy of Angiosperms,
  • Revision, Monographs,
  • Ethnobotany,
  • Reproductive Biology,
  • Conservation of Medicinal Plants,
  • Trade of Medicinal Plants,
  • Aquatic Angiosperms (Sea Grasses) and
  • Ecological studies

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Ms. Sathya Sangeetha

Ms. Sathya Sangeetha Scientist E

Research Interests:

  • Understanding Medicinal Plant Distribution and Mapping using open source tools like QGIS
  • Backward Linkage Study and mapping of traded botanicals
  • Geographical Information System.

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Dr. Sateesh K S

Dr. Sateesh K S Professor

Research Interests:

  • Computer Science
  • Transdispciplinary applications of Computer Science
  • Novel innovative ways to deliver education in the changing context of technology

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Dr. Subrahmanya Kumar

Dr. Subrahmanya Kumar Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Attempts to solve the controversial identity (including adulteration and substitution aspects) of medicinal plants
  • Wellness, rejuvenative medicine of Ayurveda
  • Conservation of medicinal plants under threat
  • Probiotics and nutraceuticals derived from traditional medicine
  • Basic concepts including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of Ayurvedic drugs

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Dr. Suma T S

Dr. Suma T S Scientist E

Research Interests:

  • Trade and economic development: demand and supply of medicinal plants
  • Ethno botanical studies ( Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, Local Culture)
  • Conservation: Conservation Assessment and Management Prioritization (CAMP)
  • Biodiversity Informatics and its application
  • Innovative Environmental Awareness / Botanic Garden Education Programs for schools, Garden Interpretation and Extension, Citizen Science Forum, Consumer Awareness Programs (Pharmacovigilance of plant drugs).

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Dr. Venugopal S N

Dr. Venugopal S N Scientist F

Research Interests:

  • Medicinal plants & Traditional knowledge
  • Ayurveda & Genomics
  • Drug design and Ayurvedic pharmacopoea
  • Indian philosophy and its epistemology
  • Knowledge generation & Management

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Dr. Vishnu Prasad CN

Dr. Vishnu Prasad CN Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Ayurveda Biology
  • Diabetes and glucose metabolism
  • Obesity and insulin resistance
  • Osteoblast migration and metabolic bone diseases
  • R & D of Ayurvedic fumigation

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