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Dr. Bela Keshan

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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 (Office), +91 364 272 2342 (Lab), +91 9436349361(Mobile)

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

 

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:

  • Adhiresh Dey Memorial Prize from the Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata, for the Best Performance in B.Sc. Examination with Zoology Honours, 1989
  • Rank in the University  at the Graduate level -First Class Fourth in aggregate in order of merit at the B.Sc. (Zoology Honours) Part-II examination, University of Calcutta, 1989
  • Rank in the University  at the Master’s level:  First Class Second in aggregate in order of merit at the M. Sc. (Zoology) Part-II examination, University of Calcutta, 1991
  • National level scholarship at the Master’s level:  An award under the National Scholarship scheme, Government of India, on the result of B.Sc. (Zoology) Examination, University of Calcutta, 1989-1990
  • National level scholarship at the Ph.D. level:  An award of Junior Research Fellowship, (JRF-NET, CSIR), 1992-1994
  • National level scholarship at the Ph.D. level: An award of Senior Research Fellowship (SRF-NET, CSIR), 1994-1997
  • Best Oral Presentation at National Level Symposium: First Prize for the best oral presentation of a scientific paper at the “XV National Symposium on Reproductive Biology and Comparative Endocrinology”, Hyderabad, 1997
  •  Young Scientist Scheme Award -Research project sanctioned under SERC FAST Track Scheme for Young Scientist by  Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2008
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Zoology, University Of Tripura, 2017, April 10-17.

International:

  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2003-2005

  • Awarded Programme Enhancement Fund (PEF) by ESA Program Chairs for attending and presenting a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Indianapolis, USA, 2006

 

Memberships of academic societies etc.:

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

Professional training:

  • 2000, March 16-19: UGC Sponsored Interactive Workshop on 'Teaching Methods in Zoology: Looking Beyond Year 2000', held in Calcutta at Department of Zoology, Maulana Azad College, Government of West Bengal.
  • 2001, March 28: Workshop on Sustainable Life Style through proper utilisation and conservation of natural resources under the National Environmental Awareness Campaign (NEAC), A project of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India
  • 2001, May 22–June 19: UGC Sponsored Orientation Program, held at Academy Staff College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata.
  • 2002, December 20: Workshop on “Ethics and Guidelines in Animal Experimentation” held at National Institute of Virology (ICMR), Pune.
  • 2002, December 2- 31: Training course on “Animal Tissue Culture and related basic viral techniques” in the Department of Tissue Culture and Cell Biology, at the National Institute of Virology (ICMR), Pune.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2006, September 1-21: UGC Sponsored Refresher Course in Biochemistry, held at Academy Staff College, University of Burdwan, Burdwan
  • 2010, March 27: Workshop on “Innovative Methodologies in Teaching of Life Sciences Laboratory Courses”, Department of Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University, g and MGDC, Bharathidasan University, held at Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong.
  • 2012, April 11-13: Training course on Real Time PCR,  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
  • RNAi and Pest Management

Number of M.Phil/Ph.D produced: 1

Name

Year

Title of Thesis

Dr. Bembem Thounaojam

 

2016

 

Expression of certain genes involved in insulin signaling in silkworm, Bombyx mori and its hormonal regulation under fed and food deprived conditions.

Number of Ph. D. students working for the degree: 4

Name

Title of Ph. D. Dissertation

Ms. Kh. Sanathoibi Devi

Studies on effects of insulin and insect hormones on carbohydrate metabolism in silkworm, Bombyx mori  in fed and food deprived conditions.

Ms. Karen Rowena Rangad Mihsill 

Studies on the potential insecticidal activity of identified dsRNA of ecdysone receptors (EcR) and ecdysone-induced early gene E75, in citrus trunk borer, Anoplophora versteegi.

Ms. Kanmoni Malakar

Studies on the effect of RNA interference-mediated knockdown of trehalose-6-phosphate synthase and trehalase gene on carbohydrate reserves and survival of citrus trunk borer, Anoplophora versteegi 

Mr. Creminar Shira

Registration not yet done

 

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: 4
International: 10

Updated by lakmen_zoology on Feb 13, 2018 11:31:14