S.A.S. Nagar

राष्ट्रीय औषधीय शिक्षा एवं अनुसंधान संस्थान (नाईपर), एस.ए.एस. नगर

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) S.A.S. Nagar

Sector 67, S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali)-160062, Punjab (India). Phone: +91-172-2214682-87, Fax:+91-172-2214692


Prof. Dulal Panda
Designation: Director
Qualification: Ph. D. (1994), Bose Institute, Kolkata (Biochemistry)

Area of Interest:

Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell division, microtubule dynamics, mitosis, cancer chemotherapy, FtsZ assembly dynamics, and FtsZ targeted antibacterial drugs and biomolecular spectroscopy

Email: panda [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Saranjit Singh

Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmaceutical Analysis
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Drug stability testing, Forced decomposition studies, Development of validated analytical methods, including stability-indicating assays, Pre-formulation studies, Impurity profiling, Development of standards for impurities and degradation products.

Email: ssingh [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. P. V. Bharatam


Professor & Head, Medicinal Chemistry

Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:
  • Synthesis of computationaly designed molecules

  • Medicinal Chemistry: Anti-malarial, anti-diabetic

  • Nitreons: Synthesis, Bonding, Biology, Catalysis

  • Quantum Medicinal Chemistry

  • Pharmacoinformatics: Programming, data management

  • Drug Metabolism, Drug Toxicity, Drug delivery--computational

Email: pvbharatam [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Rahul Jain

Designation: Professor, Medicinal Chemistry & Dean (NIPER SAS Nagar)
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Medicinal chemistry, Peptide chemistry

  • Synthesis and mechanistic studies of ultra short neuropeptides, antimicrobial peptides, and antiplasmodial peptides

  • C-H and C-N functionalization of natural and unnatural amino acids

  • Backbone modification of peptides by C-H and C-N functionalization

  • Sustainable peptide synthesis

  • Synthesis and mechanistic studies of unnatural amino acids

  • Synthesis of new structural classes of antiplasmodial and anti-tuberculosis agents

Email: rahuljain [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Pramil Tiwari

Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmacy Practice
Qualification: M. Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Patient safety, pharmaceutical care, geriatric pharmacotherapy, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmaco-economics, antimicrobial usage, clinical pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics, Rational use of drugs, Clinical Pharmacy, Good Pharmacy Practice.

Email: ptiwari [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Arvind K Bansal

Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmaceutics
Qualification:  M. Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:
  • Pharmaceutical Pre-formulation and material characterization
  • Physico-chemical characterization, Polymorphism, pseudo-polymorphism, Molecular understanding of amorphous form, Salt form selection, Compaction physics, Surface characterization of pharmaceuticals, Permeability studies
  • Solubility enhancement technologies
  • 'Stabilization' of amorphous form using solid dispersions, Co-crystals
  • Nanotechnology in drug delivery
  • Small molecule assisted nano-crystallization, Nano-crystalline solid dispersions, Self nano-emulsifying drug delivery systems
  • Particle engineering
  • Co-processing to improve physico-technical properties
  • Formulation development of novel and conventional drug delivery systems, Development of lyophilization cycle
  • De-formulation studies to aid development of generic products
Email: akbansal [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Kulbhushan Tikoo

Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmacology & Toxicology  
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:
  • Epigenetics and Diseases
  • Toxicant - induced mechanism of Cell-Death
  • Nanotoxicology

Technologies Available

Email: tikoo [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Shyam S. Sharma

Designation: Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D., F.I.P.S.
Area of Interest:

Evaluation of Pharmacological Interventions Targeting Pathophysiological Cascades (Oxidative stress, PARP, ER stress, Inflammation, apoptosis) Involved in Stroke (Cerebral Ischemia), Diabetes, Diabetic Complications (neuropathy, encephalopathy & cardiomyopathy), Cognitive impairment (associated with Parkinson’s disease/Stroke) and Neuropathic Pain.

Elucidation of Pharmacological Potential of NCEs in Disease Models for Efficacy Studies

Safety Pharmacological Studies (Core, Follow up and Supplemental SPS) of NCEs

Email: sssharma [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Anand Sharma

Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmaceutical Management
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: International Marketing, Strategic Management, Marketing
Email: anandsharma [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Sanjay Jachak

Designation: Professor & Head, Natural Products
Qualification: M.Pharm, Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Screening of plant extracts and their isolates (using bioassay-directed fractionation) for COX-2/COX-1 inhibitory activity which may be helpful as the leads for development of safer anti-inflammatory drugs with minimum side effects; design and synthesis of COX-2 inhibitors based on natural products; design and synthesis of microsomal Prostaglandin E2 Synthase (mPGES)-1 inhibitors as novel anti-inflammatory agents; evaluation of synthesized compounds for anti-inflammatory activity in vitro using other molecular targets such as cytokines, TNF-α, IL-1 (IL-1 α  and IL-1β) and IL-6; evaluation of most bioactive compounds/lead molecules for anti-inflammatory activity in vivo; bioassay guided isolation and characterization of potential antimycobacterial natural products, discovery of bacterial efflux pump inhibitors from  medicinal plants; antioxidant, and anti-diabetic natural products; standardization of herbal drugs and formulations.

Email: sanjayjachak [at] niper.ac.in

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Prof. Inder Pal Singh

Designation: Professor, Natural Products
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Bioassay-guided isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active compounds from medicinal plants and microorganisms in therapeutic areas of HIV, leishmaniasis and cancer.
Design and biomimetic synthesis of bioactive molecules and their analogs for evaluation as anti-HIV, anti-leishmanial, anti-malarial, anti-cancer and antimicrobial agents.
Standardization of traditional Ayurvedic/herbal formulations.

Email: ipsingh [at] niper.ac.in; ipsingh67 [at] yahoo.com

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Prof. Prabha Garg

Designation: Professor & Head, Pharmacoinformatics
Qualification: B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D.

Area of Interest:

Data mining and pattern recognition:

  • Application of machine learning and statistical methods to identify the pattern in biological data and chemical data

  • Relational database development

  • Software Development

Email: prabhagarg [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. M. Elizabeth Sobhia

Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmacoinformatics
Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Area of Interest: Application of Computer Aided Drug Design methods in lead identification & optimization, in silico studies on ADME/T prediction, design of PTP1B inhibitors, CCR2 agents, PKC-beta2 inhibitors, ALR2 inhibitors, Neuramidase inhibitors, Enoyl reductase inhibitors.
Email: mesophia [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. G. B. Jena

Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D., ISCA-Young Scientist Award-1999
Area of Interest:

Regulatory Toxicology
To understand the toxicity of chemicals (NCEs, Pharmaceuticals and pollutants) and the principles of regulatory compliance. To evaluate different toxicity end-points using regulatory test guidelines and GLP principles. To establish and validate new test model development, test integration as well as to resolve issues & awareness in different gray areas of toxicology.

DNA damage, autophagy and carcinogenesis
Quantification of DNA damage using different bio assays (CA, MN, COMET) and molecular targets (Nrf2, P53, NF-kB)

Correlation between different levels (tissue, cell, DNA, somatic vs germinal, transplacental vs neonatal) of organizations and end- points of evaluations for determination of assay sensitivity and specificity.
To Explore new areas (germinal, intestinal and neuronal) for DNA damage detection and the influence on autophagy for different target organs of clinical significance.

Chemical intervention in Pathological Models
Exacerbation and amelioration of chemical toxicity (DNA damage, cell proliferation, fibrosis and germ cell damage) under Diabetic (Type I and II) condition. To understand the influence of trace elements, vitamins & inflammation in DNA damage, and cellular senescence.

Email: gbjena [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Sunil Gupta

Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Management
Qualification: M.B.A., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Management & Marketing issues related to Pharmaceutical Industry and HR related issues

Email: sunilgupta [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Ipsita Roy

Designation: Associate Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Downstream processing of proteins; aggregation and stabilization of misfolded proteins; nonaqueous enzymology; aptamer technology
Email: ipsita [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Anil Kumar Angrish

Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Management
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Corporate Finance, Project Appraisal & Finance, Strategic Cost & Financial Management, Management Accounting, and Entrepreneurship Development
Email: anil [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Abhay H. Pande

Designation: Associate Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Design and Development of Recombinant Protein Pharmaceuticals
a) Engineering Protein Pharmaceuticals with Improved Properties.
b) Development of Recombinant Human Paraoxonase 1 for Therapeutic Use.
c) Development of Lab-scale Process for the Production of Biosimilars.

Technologies Available

Email: apande [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Sankar K. Guchhait

Designation: Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Synthetic Organic Medicinal Chemistry
  • Anticancer drug discovery: Design and synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as human DNA topoisomerase I and II inhibitors, Tubulin inhibitors, DNA polymerase inhibitors, and their SAR studies
  • Antileishmanial drug discovery: Design and synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as target-specific antileishmanial agents
  • Synthesis of biologically relevant heterocyclic and natural product-based compounds,
  • Synthetic methodology development: Construction of heterocyclic molecular skeletons, C-H bond functionalization, Ylide chemistry, Green chemistry
Email: skguchhait [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Chaaya Iyengar Raje

Designation: Assistant Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Host-Pathogen interaction during Infection
The emergence of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis has contributed to the fact that Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains one of the most successful pathogens. Research has been initiated in the area of host –pathogen interaction using cell biology and recombinant DNA based approaches. The main focus is on identifying multifunctional housekeeping enzymes of the host and pathogen that could be essential in the process of infection and survival of intracellular M.tuberculosis. In addition, a screening assay for anti-mycobacterials is also being developed. Other areas of interest are Iron metabolism and Immune signalling

Email: chaaya [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Sanyog Jain

Designation: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutics
Qualification: M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Area of Interest:
  • Broad Area: Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Systems

  • Targeted drug delivery using nanocolloidal drug carriers e.g. vesicular carriers (liposomes, niosomes etc.) and particulate carriers (polymeric and lipid nanoparticles).

  • Improving oral bioavailability of poorly water soluble/ poorly permeable drugs using different types of nano formulations.

  • Topical drug delivery using nanoparticles for the topical treatment of psoriasis and other fungal skin infections.

  • Functionalization of carbon nanotubes to improve their dispersibilty in aqueous biological fluid, reduce their toxicity and explore their potential in targeted cancer therapy.

  • Development of antigen loaded nano-carrier systems for oral mucosal immunization.  

  • Oral delivery vehicle of insulin for the treatment of diabetes.

  • Non-viral vectors for gene delivery.

  • Radiolabelling and pharmacoscintigraphic evaluation of drug delivery systems.

Email: sanyogjain [at] niper.ac.in ; sanyogjain [at] rediffmail.com

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Dr. Sushma Singh

Designation: Assistant Professor, Biotechnology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Leishmania donovani, sirtuins and Leishmania metabolism, Leishmanial MAP kinases, signal transduction in macrophages, drug targets, drug resistance.

Email: sushmasingh [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Abhay T. Sangamwar

Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Polymeric drug delivery system using nucleation and crystallization inhibition, Solid state pharmaceutics (cocrystal, amorphous solid dispersions, amorphous salt solid dispersions), Polymeric micellar drug delivery systems. Lipid based drug delivery systems.
Email: abhays [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Dipika Bansal

Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Phase I-Phase IV clinical trials, BABE studies, Pharmacovigilance, Neuropathic Pain studies,
Antimicrobial usage

Email: dipikabansal [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Manjinder Singh Gill

Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Technology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:

Synthetic organic, Process chemistry, Synthesis of compounds with anti-diabetic activity, Process chemistry involving therapeutically important  agents, Scale up of new synthetic processes, GMP regulations and Plant Management

Email: msingh [at] niper.ac.in

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Dr. Joydev K. Laha

Designation: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Technology
Qualification: Ph.D.
Area of Interest:
  • Generation of benzyl and acyl radicals, radical cations largely using persulfates, especially their reactions in water, mechanistic study to understand their generation, umpolung reactivity of reactive radical intermediates, and their applications to the synthesis of heterocycles and generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)

  • Understanding organic chemistry of drug degradations and interactions

  • New process development for the synthesis of generic drugs and drug intermediates (APIs) utilizing novel catalytic C-H functionalizations, Tandem/Domino/Cascade reactions, or via C-H bond activation

  • Design and synthesis of biaryl sulfonamides, atropisomerism in biaryl sulfonamdies, preparation of sultams and their ring opening via thermal or photochemical reactions, chemo-enzymatic ring opening of sultams

Email: jlaha [at] niper.ac.in; jklaha [at] gmail.com

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Superannuated Faculty

Dr. C.L. Kaul
Ex. Director
Prof. H.P.S. Chawla
Ex. Dean
Dr. Amarjit Singh Bhatia
Assistant Professor (Statistics)
Prof. K.K. Bhutani
Ex. Officiating Director

Prof. K.P.R. Kartha

Ex. Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry


Prof. Prati Pal Singh

Ex. Professor, In-charge, Centre of Infectious Diseases


Prof. A. K. Chakraborti

Ex. Professor & Head, Medicinal Chemistry

Prof. U. C. Banerjee
Ex. Professor & Head, Pharmaceutical Technology,

Head, Biotechnology (Additional Charge)


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