Dr. Tabassum Ishrath Fathima

Assistant Professor
Centre for Traditional Knowledge, Data Sciences and Informatics
Mail: tabassum.if@tdu.edu.in
Ph: 9243117869

Since 2003 till date, Dr. Tabassum has been working on deepening of Indian’s comprehensive Medicinal Plant database supported by MOEFCC & NMPB. She is involved in developing various educational CD’s on Medicinal plants for BAMS, BSMS, BUMS and BHMS students, based on the curriculum given by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, has worked on preparing a comprehensive policy study & formulating policy- “Legal Regime to protect Traditional Knowledge of Medicinal plants” with support from TERI, DELHI, and also worked in the team that developed Inventory of Medicinal and Aromatic plants for 8 different Indian states (West Bengal, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan) for Biodiversity and Conservation, project support by UNDP and State Medicinal Plant Board.

To study the Complexity of Ayurvedic drug action, she is currently doing a research on In-silico Platform for Medicinal plants based drug discovery using Network Pharmacology & Ayurveda database. She is also currently working on Traded medicinal Plant database, with high volume traded species, Endemics, RET species in trade – Trade analytics.

In her Ph.D. Research from 2015 to 2018 on “VULNERABILITY OF THE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SHOLA FOREST TO CLIMATE CHANGE – A GEOSPATIAL APPROACH”, she gained knowledge on the use of climate data, its analysis and its impact assessment on the forest ecosystem. She could also study the long term surface vegetation and land surface temperature trend represented in geospatial data in terms of vegetation index and land surface temperature for over a period of 15 years over the different land use and land cover of the Nilgiris district. Vegetation analysis, climate vulnerability on the medicinal plant, the population density of the species analysed, Soil sampling was done. Long term MODIS based NDVI (Normalised vegetation index) and LST(land surface temperature) of shola forest were analysed.

Expertise/Achievements:

  • Involved in various training programmes like COP 11, ICIMOD, ROTP workshops, Community to community international exchange programme, foreign students training programmes, school programmes, other training programmes for foresters, college students both UG and PG etc.
  • Teaching experience w.r.t Climate change for PG and UG students at TDU.

Paper presentation:

  • Paper presentation entitled “Protection of Traditional Knowledge in India” held during 9th -12th August 2012 at IIT, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Poster presentations:

  • Tropical Ecology Congress 2014 held JNU, session Ecology of Eastern Himalayas and Northeastern India New Delhi, December 10-12, 2014 “Interactive Database: An Effective Tool for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation: A Case Study of Arunachal Pradesh”
  • Tabassum I.F., Nair.S.N.V., and Somashekar.R.K., 2017. Traditional Knowledge in policy and practice: An Approach to development and human well-being, International conference of Science and Technology for Management of Emerging Environmental Issues, January 7th, ISBN 978-81-921562-3.1
  • Tabassum I.F., Ahamed.A.J., Somashekar R.K. and Ved D.K., 2016. MODIS EVI based study on Phenology of Mountain Ecosystem in the Nilgiris Region of Tamil Nadu, ISRS -ISG National Symposium on Recent Advances in Remote Sensing and GIS with specialEmpahsis on Mountain Ecosystem, December 7-9, Deharadun, Abstract ID- 0226, Pg287

Current Interests:

1. As I have experience of working on climate change vulnerability study on high altitude Medicinal Plants of shola forest of Nilgiris, Western Ghats, both real time filed work along with that using geospatial application it was very interesting and learning phase to use advance Remote sensing and GIS techninque in mapping.

I would use my best of my knowledge to further do research in climate change studies and understand further how this modelling can further utilized and in real time scenario and get involved in more and more climate related research help the communities, policy makers and stake holder.

2. To Understand the dynamics of Indian medicinal plants in trade

3. In-silico Platform for Medicinal plants based drug discovery using Network Pharmacology & Ayurveda database to study the Complexity of Ayurvedic drug action and work on data analytics.

Ongoing Research/Education/Outreach Projects:

  • Infosys
  • Revisiting MPCA NMPB project
  • KEW

Publications:

  • Venugopalan Nair S.N., D. K. Ved, K. Ravikumar, I. F. Tabassum …et al. (2020) Indian Medicinal Plants Database (IMPLAD) and Threatened Medicinal Plants of India. In: Rajasekharan P., Wani S. (eds) Conservation and Utilization of Threatened Medicinal Plants. Springer, Cham.
  • Venugopalan Nair S.N., Shilpa N., Vargheese T., Tabassum I.F. (2019) Neem: Traditional Knowledge from Ayurveda. In: Gowda M., Sheetal A., Kole C. (eds) The Neem Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham
  • Tabassum I.F., Somashekar, R.K.,& Ahmed. M.J., 2019. Projecting Climate variability in the purview of future climate projections for shola forest of Nilgiris, Western Ghat in South India, International Journal of Advance Research (IJAR), 7(1), 876-883, ISSN: 2320-5407
  • Tabassum I.F., Somashekar, R.K.,& Ahmed. M.J., 2018, Long term MODIS based NDVI and LST Trends of Nilgiris biosphere, International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR), 6(7), 919-932
  • Tabassum I.F., Udayan PS, Somashekar RK, Ved DK, Mohammed AJ.,2018. Prioritization of medicinal plants in sholas of Western Ghats: A case study. Acad. J. Med. Plants 6(1): 006-010, ISSN: 2315-7720, DOI: 10.15413/ajmp.2017.0245
  • Tabassum I.F., Nair.S.N.V., and Somashekar.R.K., 2017. Traditional Knowledge in policy and practice: An Approach to development and human well-being, International conference of Science and Technology for Management of Emerging Environmental Issues, January 7th, ISBN 978-81-921562-3.1
  • Tabassum I.F., Nair.S.N.V., Ved.D.K., and R.K.Somashekar.R.K., 2015. Interactive Database: An Effective Tool for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation: A Case Study of Arunachal Pradesh, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), Vol 4, Issue 9, September, ISSN (online): 2319-7064

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