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Department :  Botanical & Environmental Sciences

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Name:Dr. Avinash Kaur Nagpal
Areas of Interest / SpecializationEnvironmental mutagenesis, Antigenotoxicity, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Dabases, Environmental monitoring
Best Ten Publications: 1. Savita., Virk, G.S. and Nagpal, A. (2012). In vitro selection of calli of Citrus jambhiri Lush. for tolerance to culture filtrate of Phytophthora parasitica and their regeneration. Physiol Mol Biol Plants. 17:41–47. 2. Sharma, S., Singh, B., Rani, G., Zaidi, A.A., Hallan, V.K, Nagpal, A.K. and Virk, G. S. (2008). In vitro Production of Indian Citrus Ringspot Virus (ICRSV) Free Kinnow Plants employing Thermotherapy coupled with Shoot Tip Grafting. Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture. 92: 85 – 92. 3. Rani G, Talwar, D., Nagpal, A and Virk, G. S. (2006). Micropropagation of Coleus blumei from nodal segments and shoot tips. Biologia Plantarum 50: 496-500. 4. Arora S., Dhillon, S., Rani G. and Nagpal A. (2004). The in vitro antibacterial synergistic activities of Withania somnifera extracts. Fitoterapia. 75: 385-388. 5. Kaur, K., Rani G., Widodo, N., Nagpal A., Taira, K., Kaul S.C. and Wadhwa R. (2004) Evaluation of the anti-proliferative and antioxidative activities of leaf extract from in vivo and in vitro raised Ashwagandha. Food and chemical toxicology. 42: 2015-2020. 6. Rani, G., Virk, G. S. and Nagpal, A. (2003). Callus induction and plantlet regeneration in Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal. In vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. Plant 39: 468-474. 7. Rani G., Arora S. and Nagpal A. (2003). Direct rhizogenesis from in vitro leaves of Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal. J. Herbs, Spices and Med. Plants. 10: 47-54. 8. Nagpal, A., Meena, L.S., Kaur, S., Grover, I.S., Wadhwa, R. and Kaul, S.C. (2000). Growth suppression of human transformed cells by treatment with bark extracts from a medicinal plant, Terminalia Arjuna. In vitro Cell Dev. Biol.- Animal 36 : 544-547. 9. Nagpal, A. and Grover, I.S. (1994). Genotoxic evaluation of some systemic pesticides in Allium cepa following in situ and direct treatments I Mitotic effects. The Nucleus. 37: 99-105. 10. Dhingra, A. K., Grover, I.S. and Adhikari, N. (1990). Chromosomal aberrations and micronuclei assays of some systemic pesticides in bone marrow cells of rat. The Nucleus. 33: 14-19.
Awards and Honours:• 2nd position in Merit List in M.Sc. (Hons. School) Biology (1982). • Cleared National Level Compitition for JRF of CSIR in 1983. • Attended XIV International Botanical Congress held at Berlin from July 24 to August 1, 1987. Awarded a grant of DM 900 from the Organizers of the Congress for maintainance abroad. To and fro airfare was provided by CSIR (India). • Awarded Research Associateship of G.N.D.U., Amritsar in 1988. • Awarded Research Associateship of UGC (New Delhi) in 1989. • Awarded Biotechnology National Associateship for the year 1995-96 for training at Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi for a period of nine months (27.11.1995 to 26.8.1996). • Awarded three months overseas training component under Biotechnology National Associateship to have training at National Institute of Biosciences and Human Technology, Tsukuba, Japan (15.07.1998 to 14.10.1998). • Invited to National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan for collaborative work on antitumor effects of some plant extracts (13.05.02 – 20.06.02). • Conferred with “Vocational Award-2011” by Rotary Club Amritsar North East on 1st May, 2011. • Conferred with “Senior Scientist Award” at Fourth International Conference of Life Science Research for Rural and Agricultural Development organised by International Consortium of Contemporary Biologists and Madhawi Shyam Educational Trust (MSET) at Central Potato Research Station, Patna, Bihar during 27th to 29th December 2011.