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Dr. Bela Keshan

FACULTY

 

Name: Dr. Bela Keshan

Designation: Associate Professor

Specialization: Insect Endocrinology and Molecular Biology

 

Contact Information:

Insect Endocrinology and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Department of Zoology,
North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793022,
Meghalaya, INDIA

Tel.: +91 364 272 2342 (work)

Email: :bkeshan@nehu.ac, bkeshan@hotmail.com

 

Academic Qualifications:

Degree

Year

University

B. Sc. (Hons.)

1989

University of Calcutta

M. Sc.

1991

-do-

Pre-Doctoral Course Work

1993

Bose Institute

                              Ph. D.

                               1999

                 University of Calcutta

                       (Bose Institute)

 

Competitive exams qualified at National Level:

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), Basic Sciences and Engineering, 1992, Percentile score: 94.08
  • Joint CSIR-UGC Test (National Eligibility Test), Life Sciences, 1991 (December), qualified under CSIR

 

Professional Experiences:

  • Junior Research Fellow (JRF-NET, CSIR), Bose Institute, Kolkata, India, 1992-1994
  • Senior Research Fellow (SRF-NET, CSIR), Bose Institute, Kolkata, India, 1994-1997
  • Lecturer in Zoology, City College, Kolkata, India, 1998-2002
  • Senior Lecturer in Zoology, City College, Kolkata, India, 2002-2007 (on Study leave for 2 years)
  • Research Associate (Postdoc), Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2003-2005
  • Reader in Zoology, City College, Kolkata, India, 2007
  • Reader in Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India, 2007- 2010
  • Associate Professor in Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India, 2010- Present

 

Fellowships/Awards/Recognitions:

National:

  • First Prize for the best oral presentation of a scientific paper, XV National Symposium on Reproductive Biology and Comparative Endocrinology, India, 1997

  • An Award of Senior Research Fellowship, (SRF-NET), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India , 1994-1997

  • An Award of Junior Research Fellowship, (JRF-NET), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India , 1994-1997

  • First Class Second in aggregate in order of merit at M. Sc. (Zoology) Part-II examination, University of Calcutta, India, 1991

  • First Class Fourth in aggregate in order of merit at B. Sc. (Zoology Honours) Part-II examination, University of Calcutta, India, 1989

  • An award under the National Scholarship scheme, Government of India, on the result of B.Sc. Part-II (Zoology Honours) Examination, University of Calcutta, India, 1989-1990

  • Adhiresh Dey Memorial Prize , Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata, India for the best performance in B.Sc. Examination with Zoology Honours, 1989

International:

  • Awarded Programme Enhancement Fund (PEF) by ESA Program Chairs for attending and presenting a paper in a section symposium “ Impact of hormone research on science and economy: A symposium to honour contributions of Professor Lynn Riddiford ” at Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Indianapolis, USA, 2006

  • Post Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2003-2005

 

Memberships of academic societies etc.:

  • Life Member, Zoological Society, Kolkata, India
  • Life Member, The Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, India

Professional training:

  • 2001, May 22 – June 19, UGC Sponsored Orientation Program, held at Academy Staff College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.
  • 2002, December 20, workshop on “Ethics and Guidelines in Animal Experimentation” held at National Institute of Virology (ICMR), Pune, India.
  • 2002, December 2-31, Training course on “Animal Tissue Culture and related basic viral techniques” in the Department of Tissue Culture and Cell Biology, National Institute of Virology (ICMR), Pune, India.
  • 2003, July 2-14, All India Refresher Course on “Molecular and Developmental Genetics”, held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and organized by Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India in association with the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
  • 2003, September, training course on “Principles of Radiation Protection” held at Department of Environmental Health and Safety, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • 2006, March 8–29, UGC Sponsored Refresher Course in Life science, held at Academy Staff College, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, India.
  • 2006, September 1-21, UGC Sponsored Refresher Course in Biochemistry, held at Academy Staff College, University of Burdwan, Burdwan, India.
  • 2012, April 11-13, training course on Real Time PCR, held at State-of-art training facility, Invitrogen Bioservices India Private Limited, Gurgaon, India

Major areas of research:

  • Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Insect Endocrinology
  • Silkworm growth and development under different environmental stress
  • Developmental expressions of various ecdysteroid-induced transcription factors in silkworm and its hormonal regulations
  • Gene expression under environmental stresses in silkworm
  • Cross talk between hormones and gene expression in silkworm
  • Insect hormones and insulin signalling in silkworm

 

Number of Ph. D. students working for the degree: 5

Name

Title of Ph. D. Dissertation

Mr. Satinath Paul

Study of heat stress effect on mRNA expressions of certain genes in silkworm, Bombyx mori and its modulation by insect hormones.

Ms. Thounaojam Bembem

Expression of certain genes involved in insulin signalling in silkworm, Bombyx mori and its hormonal regulation under starved and fed conditions

Ms. Vinapati Yumnam

Effect of heat stress on expression of certain neuropeptides and enzymes involved in biosynthesis of ecdysteroid and juvenile hormone in silkworm, Bombyx mori

Ms. Kh. Sanathoibi Devi

Admitted but yet to be registered

Ms. Daphishisha Pala

Studies on effects of semi-synthetic diets on the development and certain biochemical parameters of eri silkworm, Samia Cynthia ricini (Boisduval)

 

Major Research Projects completed/undertaken:

  1. "Insect hormones and insulin signaling in silkworm, Bombyx mori under fed and starved conditions: a study at molecular level", 2011-2014, funded by DBT, GOI
  2. "Molecular aspect of stress endocrinology: cross-talk between signaling molecules and gene expression in fat body and ovary following temperature stress in silkworm, Bombyx mori”, 2009-2012, funded by DST under SERC Young Scientist Fast Track programme.
  3. " Environmental stress and regulation of gene expression in silkworm”, 2007-2012, funded by UGC-UPE-BIOSCIENCES
  4. " Cloning of E75C and developmental profile and hormonal regulation of transcription factor, E75C, in Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm), 2003-2005, funded by NIH, USA (funded to professor Lynn Riddiford, Department of Biology, University of Washington)

 

Publications:

National: 2
International: 6

Updated by lakmen_zoology on Mar 25, 2013 12:54:53