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Department :  Microbiology

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Name:Dr. Harvinder Singh Saini
Areas of Interest / SpecializationEnvironmnetal Microbiology
e Mail:sainihs.micro@gndu.ac.in
Best Ten Publications:Biala, Sunil; Priyanka Chauhan; Bhupinder Singh Chadha; Bikram Singh and Harvinder Singh Saini (2013) 'Biotransformation of CI Acid Blue 113 and other dyes by Shewanella sp. P6', Coloration Technology, 129, pp 330-337. Manickam, Natesan; A.Bajaj; Harvinder Singh Saini and Rishi Shanker (2012) 'Surfactant mediated enhanced biodegradation of hexachorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers by Sphingomonas sp. NM 05', Biodegradation, 23, pp 673-682 Bala, N; S.S.Chimni; H.S.Saini and B.S.Chadha (2010), 'Bacillus alcalophilus MTCC10234 catalyzed enantioselective kinetic resolution of aryl glycidyl ethers' Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 63(3-4), April 128-134. Sharma, S., Singh, P. B., Raj, M., Chadha, B. S., Saini, H. S., 2009. Aqueous phase partitioning of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers by biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa WH-2. J. Hazard. Mat. 171, 1178-1182. Singh, P. B., Sharma, S., Saini, H.S., Chadha B.S., 2009. Biosurfactant production by Pseudomonas sp. and its role in aqueous phase partitioning and biodegradation of chlorpyrifos. Lett. Appl. Microbiol. 49, 378-383. Saini, H.S., Barraga´n-Huerta, Blanca E.Lebro´n-Paler, Ariel, Pemberton, Jeanne E., Va´zquez, Refugio R., Burns, Anna M., Marilyn T, Marro, , Seliga, Chistopher J, Gunatilaka, A. A. Leslie, and Maier, Raina M. (2008) Efficient Purification of the Biosurfactant Viscosin from Pseudomonas libanensis Strain M9-3 and Its Physicochemical and Biological Properties. J. Nat. Prod,. 71, 1011-1015 Rampal P., Saini H.S, Mayil Raj, S.S. Chimni, and B.S. Chadha (2007). Enantiocomplementary reduction of 3-phenylthiopropan-2-one by Bacillus sp. Effect of medium components. Bioresource Technology. 98: 725-728. Khehra, Manjinder Singh, H S Saini, D K Sharma, B S Chadha and Chimni S S (2005). Comparative studies on potential of consortium and constituent pure bacterial isolates to decolorize azo dyes Water Research, 39(20): 5135-5141. I Khehra, Manjinder Singh, Saini, H. S., Deepak Kumar Sharma, Chimni, Swapandeep Singh and Chadha, Bhupinder Singh (2005) Decolorization of various azo dyes by bacterial consortium. Dyes and Pigments: 67: 55-61 Sharma, Deepak Kumar, Saini, H. S., Singh, Manjinder, Chimni, Swapandeep Singh and Chadha, Bhupinder Singh (2004). Biodegradation of Acid Blue-15, a textile dye by an up-flow immobilized cell bioreactor. J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol 31: 109-114
Awards and Honours: Awarded DBT National Associateship for one year (1995-1996) and worked at Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, on development of bioremediation strategies for reclamation of polluted sites with help of natural and laboratory adapted strains.  Participated in the workshop on "Latest trends in Bio-informatics" at Distributed Information Sub Center, Department of Biotechnology, GNDU, Amritsar.  Attended 12th International training program in Biotechnology on "Introduction to Biochemical Engineering" at National Research Center for Biotechnology (GBF), Braunschweig, Germany from 7thSeptember, 1998 to 21stOctober, 1998.  Attended UNESCO sponsored "Regional workshop on Environment Biotechnology" held at National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur from 28thNovember, 1999 to 10thDecember, 1999.  Awarded Biotechnology Action Council (BAC) fellowship of UNESCO to work in the laboratory of Prof. Jack T. Trevors, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (April - June, 2000).  Awarded DST SERC visiting fellowship for three months to be availed at NEERI, Nagpur (Dec. 2000).  Awarded DBT Overseas Associateship for one year availed in 2006 at School of Environmental Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA