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Dr. Harinder Singh

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

B.Sc. (Hons.)-Microbiology, M.Sc.-Biotechnology, Ph.D.-Microbiology

Areas of Specialisation

Molecular Biology

Academic/Research Experience:

Over 6 Years (post Ph.D.)

Dr. Harinder has been working with Sunandan Divatia School of Science from June 2016 and has over six years of post Ph. D. research/teaching experience. Previously, he has worked at IIT Bombay, Mumbai and Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, South Korea as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Before that, he has worked as Scientist in a private company for over one year and also as an Assistant Professor in an undergraduate college for one year. His major research areas has been bacterial stress biology and enzyme engineering.

Area of Research

Stress biology, Enzyme engineering, Oral Cancer

Current Academic and non-Academic Activities

• Teaching Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Microbiology to B.Sc., M.Sc., Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. and Ph.D. students of Biomedical and Biological Sciences.
• Editorial Assistant to the Biomedical Research Journal (BRJ).
• In-charge of the Journal and Seminar Club and member of Sports committee


1. Park S-H, Singh H, et al. (2017) PprM, a Cold Shock Domain-Containing Protein from Deinococcus radiodurans, Confers Oxidative Stress Tolerance to Escherichia coli. Front. Microbiol. 7: 2124.

2. Appukuttan D, Singh H, et al. (2015) Engineering synthetic multi-stress tolerance in Escherichia coli using a Deinococcal response regulator, DR1558. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Accepted Dec. 2015.

3. Singh H, Appukuttan D, Lim S. (2014) Hsp20, a small heat shock protein of Deinococcus radiodurans, confers tolerance to hydrogen peroxide in Escherichia coli. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 24(8):1118-22.

4. Singh H, et al. (2013) High radiation and desiccation tolerance of nitrogen-fixing cultures of the cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. Strain PCC 7120 emanates from genome/proteome repair capabilities. Photosynthesis Research 118: 71-81

5. Singh H, et al. (2013) A novel radiation-resistant strain of Filobasidium sp. isolated from the West sea of Korea. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 23(11): 1493-1499.

6. Singh H, et al. (2010) Unusual radio-resistance in nitrogen fixing cultures of Anabaena strains. Journal of Biosciences 35: 427-434.

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Conference Proceedings

  • Singh H, et al. (2012). A Novel Radiation-Resistant Yeast, Filobasidium elegans RRY1. In Proceedings of: Transaction of The Korean Nuclear Society Spring Meeting. Jeju, South Korea, 793-94.
  • Singh H, et al. (2004). Radioresistance of nitrogen fixing Cyanobacterium anabaena sp PCC 7120. Indian Journal of Radiation Research, 1(2), 63-64.

Posters Presented In Conferences/Symposia/Meetings

1. Priyanka, Singh H, et al. (2015) Exploring evolutionary diversity to identify putative Alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes as starting point for directed evolution. Enzyme Engineering XXIII. September 6-11, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.

2. Wangikar PP, Singh H, et al. (2015) Engineering of Ketoreductase Enzymes For Chiral Synthesis On Industrial Scale. Enzyme Engineering XXIII. September 6-11, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

3. Singh H, et al. (2015) Novel Alcohol Dehydrogenase Enzyme for Chiral Synthesis. BIOTRANS 2015, Jul 26-30, Vienna, Austria.

4. Wangikar PP, Singh H, et al. (2015) Cofactor Recycling System For Enzyme Mediated Asymmetric Synthesis. BIOTRANS 2015, July 26-30, Vienna, Austria.

5. Deepti H, Singh H, et al. (2013) Enhanced stress tolerance of Escherichia coli harboring a response regulator of Deinococcus radiodurans. Bioenergy Korea Conference & The 9th KSMB Annual Meeting International Symposium, 12-14 Nov, Lotte Hotel, Jeju, South Korea.

6. Deepti H, Singh H, et al. (2013) Role of Essential Response Regulator in Maintaining Homeostasis of Deinococcus radiodurans. 40th Anniversary International Symposium & Annual Meeting (ISAM), The Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (KSMB), 3-5 July, Alpensia, Pyeongchang, South Korea.

7. Singh H, et al. (2013) The effect of Deinococcal Hsp20 on Oxidative Stress Tolerance of Escherichia coli. 40th Anniversary ISAM, KSMB, 3-5 July, Alpensia, Pyeongchang, South Korea.

8. Deepti H, Singh H, et al. (2012) Involvement of two-component system in stress tolerance of Deinococcus radiodurans. Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology (KSMCB) Annual Meeting, 10-12 October, COEX, Seoul, South Korea

9. Singh H, et al. (2012) Effect of the Deinococcus radiodurans hsp20 and pprM on the Resistance of Escherichia coli to DNA Damaging Agents. ISAM, KSMB, 27-29 June, BEXCO, Busan, South Korea.

Conference / Seminars / Workshop Attended

  • Pedagogy Workshops for Undergraduate Science Teachers, February 27-1 March, 2017, at IISER Pune
  • One-day Seminar “Biowaves 2017”, 7th January, 2017, at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • One day seminar on “Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry: An Industry Perspective”, 1st October, 2016, at Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Mumbai
  • Indo-US workshop on “Cell Factories”, 18-20 March, 2016, at IIT Bombay, Mumbai
  • One day workshop on "Advances in Algal Biotechnology" on 21st November, 2015, at IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Other Qualifications/Achievements/Fellowships

  • 2003-08: Junior & Senior research fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • 2002: Qualified CSIR-UGC NET-JRF (National Eligibility Test, Junior Research Fellowship)
  • 2002: Qualified ICMR-JRF (Indian Council of Medical Research-Junior Research Fellowship)
  • 2000-02: M.Sc. Scholarship from DBT (Department of Biotechnology), Government of India
  • 1999-2000: One year Post Graduate Diploma in Bio-Chemical Technology, University of Delhi, India

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