On behalf of the Department of Zoology and School of Studies in Life Sciences, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur (CG, India), you are cordially invited to participate in the “INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING RESEARCHES IN BIOSCIENCE” - A new era of research from bench to bedside, to be held in the green and vibrant campus of Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya Bilaspur C.G. (India) from 28 - 30 October, 2018.
The main objective of this meeting is to provide an opportunity of interaction between the participants from the diverse field of biosciences, medical science and natural sciences. Participants will be able to present their research findings and share information about their researches with renowned scientists and will learn about the new advancements and developments in the field of bioscience research. World renowned speakers will share the most recent research developments in biosciences with the participants of this conference. This meeting will also provide an opportunity of interaction between clinicians and basic scientists which is one of the main objectives of this meeting. Young scholars and faculty members early in their career will discuss the procedure of obtaining research grants and will open new avenues of collaboration between the faculties as well as institutions.
Astrobiology and Medicine
Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research
Environmental Toxicology and Occupational Health
Biotechnology, Microbiology and Nanotechnology
Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Biodiversity & Conservation
Prof. Frederick Williams
Chairman, Department of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA
Dr. Williams has been working in the fields of toxicology and animal models for more than 20 years. Currently, his laboratory is involved in testing toxicities of compounds from the environment and pharma as well as putting together. He is using zebrafish as animal models of human diseases.
Prof. Krishan Kumar Sharma
Former Vice Chancellor MDS University, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Dr. Sharma works in the area of restoration and repair of damaged limb elements. Dr. Sharma's research team made it possible to induce regeneration in otherwise non regenerating cases with the help of retinoids, this was a breakthrough in the biomedical sciences in the area of tissue engineering using retinoids, many scientists all over the world followed this research. This scientific contribution showed the way to regenerate lost body parts in human beings. Some of the key contributions from his group include
First Report in the world (1979) that Vitamin A induces limb regeneration in adult frogs after treatment with retinoids, confirmed by many scientists in the world (co-author Prof. I.A. Niazi, India).
Collaborator (1979) of break through Indian Discovery that retinoids enhances Developmental potencies of blastema. This discovery has become an important subject of Developmental Biology taught all over the world.
At ICERB-2018 Dr. Sharma will be delivering a lecture on "Induced Developmental pluripotency in animal cells using retinoids-a significant Indian contribution in the Science of Developmental Biology"
Prof. Sangeeta Shukla
Vice Chancellor, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, MP
Professor Sangeeta Shukla, has wide experience of research in the field of Reproductive Biology, Biochemical Pharmacology and Environmental Toxicology. Dr. Shukla has edited book and contributed several chapters in books. She is a highly renowned speaker and has delivered keynote lectures in several national and international conferences. She served as Vice President for Asian Continent of International Centers for Trace Element Study for UNESCO, France and Coordinator of Research Satellite Center that is the only functional center in India, She has been awarded Gold Medal by STOX, India, Scientist of the Year from NESA, UNESCO-ROSTSCA, ISCA and MP Young Scientist awards.
Prof. Sohan Jheeta
Leader in the field of Astrobiology, Visiting Professor University of Malawi, Malawi; Visiting Professor Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia; Visiting Professor Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, Visiting Professor Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India; Chairman: NoR HGT & LUCA
Dr. Jheeta is leader in field of astrobiology. He says "The route to understanding our biological heritage is by no means clear-cut or straightforward. Nevertheless, defining the patterns and processes through which life on Earth came to be formed would undoubtedly have a significant and lasting impact upon society in general. In addition to the question of, are we alone in the Universe? astrobiologycould also help facilitate answers to wider questions such as what the role of astrobiology is in the field of medicine and equally important, how can medicine benefit from advances being made in this relatively new field of science? "
Prof. A.K. Pati
Vice Chancellor, Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur, (OD)
The main focus of Dr. Pati's research involves study of circadian clocks in shift workers, cancer patients and cave fish. In addition, he studies cognitive abilities, with reference to short-interval judgment, in human subjects. He also studied cognitive abilities involving case construction behavior in a species of bagworm moth. He demonstrated alteration in temporal organization in human subjects, who carry out rotational shift duties. He reported disruption of circadian rhythm in cognitive judgment of short-time intervals in shift workers. He proposed a model for optimization of human shift work. He reported that shift work might reduce human longevity. Dr. Pati reported that disruption of circadian clock in cancer patients and suggested implementation of patient-specific chronotherapeutic protocol.
Special Invited Speakers
Prof. Raghvendra R Rao
INSA Honorary Scientist
Research interest : Microbiology, Mycol & Plant Pathology, Microbial Ecology, Bio-diversity Environmental Biology & Conservation Biology.
Prof. M.L. Khan
Head, Department of Botany, Dr. H.S. Gaur University, Saugor (MP)
Prof. Khan is an eminent personality in the field of biodiversity conservation research. His work is highly recognized and cited not only in India but globally.
Prof. G.P.S. Raghava
Professor & Head at Center for Computational Biology, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Delhi)
Dr. G.P.S. Raghava is a Professor & Head at Center for Computational Biology, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Delhi), India. Before joining IIIT-Delhi (Feb. 2017), he was working as Chief Scientist at Bioinformatics Centre, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, India. He did M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), New Delhi in 1986 and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics (1996) from IMTECH and Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Dr. Raghava is a strong supporter of open source software and open access, all resources developed at his group are free for scientific use. His group developed more than 200 web servers and 40 databases in the field of computer-aided drug/vaccine design (probably highest number of services developed/maintained from a single group in the world).
Some important awards received by Dr. Raghava are:
National Bioscience Award for Carrier Development, for year 2005-2006
Thomson Reuters Research Excellence - India Research Front Awards, 2009
Prestigious J. C. Bose National Fellowship by DST, 2010.
Prof. M.A. Akbarsha
Director and Chair of Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center (MGDC) for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapalli (TN) & Faculty at King Saud University,
Prof. M.A. Akbarsha along with Dr. M.C. Sathyanarayana developed the strategy to provide alternatives to animal research and proposed it in such a way that now it is in the curriculum boards in several Universities. The most exciting outcome of this program was from Bharathidasan University, where all major dissections were dropped from the curriculum for undergraduate as well as postgraduate programs and in the place learning of animal anatomy using CD-Roms was introduced for the first time in the country. This came to be acclaimed as the ‘Bharathidasan University Model’ (Akbarsha, 2007).
Dr. Yousef Sari
Vice Chairman & Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA
Sari’s laboratory focus on the investigation of the role of glutamate transport in drug abuse. Dr. Sari's lab along with others have shown that many aspects of the plasticity of drug dependence involves changes in glutamatergic neurotransmission. His laboratory is currently investigating the modulatory effects of glutamate transport in alcohol dependence, cocaine, methamphetamine, and nicotine. His laboratory has recently identified several FDA-approved drugs that can cross the brain blood barrier and facilitate glutamate neurotransmission. The drugs have an upregulatory effects in key glutamate transporters such as glutamate transporter 1 (GLT-1) and cystine/glutamate antiporter (xCT). GLT-1 is considered as a major glutamate transporter in the brain and has been clearly shown to regulate excess of extracellular glutamate in the brain.
Dr. Manoj Mishra
Professor of Biology
Director, Cancer Biology Research and Training
Director, Freshmen BIO Program
Department of Biological Sciences
Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, USA
Dr. Mishra's lab at Alabama State University is currently involved in elucidating the role of immune cells in prostate cancer development and clearance.
Dr. Amit K Tiwari
Director, Cancer & Systems Therapeutics
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
The University of Toledo – Health Science Campus
Dr. Tiwari’s lab is focused on characterizing factors associated with chemotherapy failure i.e development of multi-drug resistance, tumor aggressiveness and metastasis, and develop strategies to overcome these factors. In this area, Dr. Tiwari’s lab discovered and patented technologies that induces non-apoptotic cell-death, overcomes drug resistance and could treat chemo-resistant, metastatic tumors.
Dr. Pradeep Shukla
Physiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA
Dr. Shukla works on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder which is caused by drinking alcohol and has been implicated in number of developmental disorders. Dr. Shukla has investigated brain region specific genomic imprinting in fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) offsprings and developed candidate biomarkers. Presently, he is working on FAE induced gut dysbiosis and its influence on brain development.
Dr. Udai Pratap Singh
Research Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Director of the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Dr. Udai P Singh, primary research interest includes in the area of cellular and mucosal immunology, inflammation, obesity, chemokines, immunotherapy and complimentary and alternative medicine. Dr. Singh is internationally recognized mucosal immunologist working in the area of inflammation since last 18 years. Dr. Singh research contributions span multiple disciplines including obesity, Interstitial Cystitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Singh have authored > 96 scientific communications including 6 patent applications, ~56 invited lectures. Dr. Singh long time career goal is to understand how alternative medicine and chemokine mediate Inflammation in general.
Dr. Rajesh Jha, CDRI
Dr. Monika Sachdev, CDRI
Dr. S.K Rath, CDRI
Dr. Sachdev's lab is involoved in Identification of asymmetric protein distributions or polarities that are the principle factors establishing the identity of gametes and the fate of individual cells during early embryonic development.
The main focus of Dr. Rath's laboratory is to check and evaluate the drug induced mutations at nuclear, chromosomal and at DNA level. Simultaneously his lab studies several types of Toxicity and the pathways that are affected by the toxicants in in vitro and rodent models.
Dr. Jha's laboratory is trying to understand some of the causes of female reproductive disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS/PCO), premature ovarian failure (POF/POI) and endometriosis using molecular biology tools.
Dr. Prasenjit Guchhait
UNESCO Regional Centre for Biotechnology, NCR Biotech Science Cluster, Faridabad, India
Currently our laboratory is focused on elucidating the role of platelets and leukocytes, and their molecules in the pathogenesis of events such as hyper-coagulation, thrombosis and inflammation, and immune responses under various conditions such as
1) hemolytic diseases, 2) viral infections and 3) high-altitude hypoxia.
Dr. Raghuvir Singh Tomar
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, IISER Bhopal
Dr. Tomar studies the role of epigenetics in gene expression under stress conditions:
He believes that the coordination among chromatin modifying enzymes is critical for survival under various stress conditions. The imbalance in the activity of chromatin modifying enzymes leads to the development of disease pathologies. His lab is trying to understand the significance of chromatin associated epigenetic changes in response to intra and extracellular factors:
To dissect the role of yeast Cell Wall Integrity (CWI) signalling pathway under stress conditions by employing vitro biochemical and genetic approaches.
To investigate the mechanism and physiological significance of proteolytic clipping of histone proteins during development and aging.
To characterize the epigenetic changes modulated by anti-cancer molecules.
Dr. Amal Mondal
Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dr. Mondal's laboratory at JNU is primarily interested in prevention and therapeutic strategies for various neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's diseases with major focus on inhibiting protein fibrillation, clearing aggregated protein plaques from the brain, and lowering protein-aggregate-induced toxicity.
Dr. Amitava Das
Department of Applied Biology
CSIR - Indian Institute for Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, TS
The main research focus of Dr. Das's lab is basic stem cell biology and regenerative medicines. He is trying to understand the molecular signal transduction in stem cells for developing Stem cell gene therapy-mediated skin & liver regeneration; Epigenetics & stress regulation in adult stem cells; MSC Plasticity for EPC-mediated neo-vascularization during tissue regeneration; Novel stem cell delivery vehicles for tissue engineering.
Medical Advisory Committee
Dr. Subhash Reddy
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Dr. Alka Seth, Chillicothe, Ohio, USA
Dr. Ashish Jaiswal, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. A. Bhattacharya, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. P.K. Patra, Dean, CIMS, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Rajneesh Pandey, Pratham Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. R.R. Gokula Murthy, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Dr. R.R. Gokula Murthy, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Dr. Manoj Rai, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. R.L. Bhanja, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Devinder Singh, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. A.M. Deshkar, CIMS, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Yogendra Parihar, Pratham Hospital & JSS, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Ravi Kamepalli, Lima, Ohio, USA
Dr. Amit Verma, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. J. Pandya, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Chandrashekhar, Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Ramnesh Murthy, CIMS, Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Yogesh Jain, Jan Swastha Sahyog Ganiyari, BSP (CG)
Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya Koni, Bilaspur (CG) - 495009, INDIA
Guru Ghasidas University is a lush green campus spread over an area of 875 acres (3.54 km2), five kilometer from the main Bilaspur town. River arpa, the lifeline of Bilaspur, runs parallel to the university campus. The university covers almost the entire spectrum of the higher education requirements of the local people. It has 32 University Teaching Department in its campus and is structured into 9 schools.