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Dr. A.K. Yadav


Name:  Prof. Arun Kumar Yadav

Designation:  Professor

Specialization:  Parasitology & Ethnopharmacology


Contact Information:

Department of Zoology,
North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793022,
Meghalaya, INDIA

Residential: P-1, NEHU Campus, Shillong 793022, India

Tel.: +91 364 272 2328 (work), +91 364 2726328 (home), Mobile: 09436161572, Fax: +91 364 2550108



Academic Qualifications:




B. Sc.


Agra University, Agra

M. Sc.


Agra University, Agra



Agra University, Agra

Ph. D.


North-Eastern Hill University


Professional Experiences:

  • Junior/Senior Research Fellow under the Himalayan Eco-development Programme of Department of Environment, Govt. of India at the Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (1985-1988).
  • Senior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (1990-1992).
  • Research Associate, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Division of Parasitology, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow (1992).
  • Research Officer, Regional Medical Research Centre, N. E. Region (Indian Council of Medical Research, Dibrugarh (1993).
  • Lecturer /Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (1993-2002).
  • Reader/Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (2002-2008).
  • Professor, Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (2009- continuing at present).
  • Head, Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (2018-continuing at present).




  • LEAP Fellow, UGC-MHRD, Govt. of India, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, (2020).

  • Expert STRIDE Scheme, UGC-MHRD, Govt. of India, Trans-disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy.

  • Member, Technical Expert Committee, DBT-NER, Govt. of India, Medical Biotechnology.

  • Fellow of Zoological Society, Kolkata (F.Z.S.)

  • Gold Medal for securing highest marks in M.Sc. Zoology exam of Agra, University, Agra.

  • Dr. B.P. Pandey Memorial Oration Award (2015) by the Indian Society for Parasitology for outstanding contribution towards teaching of parasitology.

  • SERC Fellow of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi to work at Visva Bharati, Santi Niketan (1998-1999).


  • DBT-NER Overseas Fellowship, NER Scientist to work at Centrum Für Naturkunde (CeNAK), University of Hamburg, Germany (2016).

  • Travel Grants from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Korean Association of Health Promotion, South Korea to attend International conferences at United States of America, France, Germany, Thailand.

  • Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Overseas Associateship for N.E. Scientists-2013, to visit Universidade Estadual, Paulista, SP, Brazil (2013, did not avail)..


Memberships of academic societies, etc.:

  • Associate Editor, BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies (Springer, Nature)
  • Academic Editor, PLOS ONE
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Parasitic Diseases (Springer)
  • Editorial Advisory Member, Humanitis Medicine, South Korea
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Parasitology
  • Life Member, Zoological Society, Kolkata
  • Member-Secretary, Institutional Ethics Committee (Animal Models), NEHU


Major areas of research:

  • Traditional medicine-inspired antiparasitic drug development
  • Toxicity assessment, isolation/characterization of natural therapeutics
  • Validations of Ayurvedic formulations
  • Structure-activity studies on heterocyclic compounds
  • Biodiversity of Nematomorpha

Research activities of group:

After serving as a Research Associate at Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow and as a Research Officer at Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, Arun K. Yadav joined the North-Eastern Hill University as a Lecturer in Zoology in 1993. Presently, he is a Professor in Zoology in the same university. Dr. Yadav’s current research focuses on efficacy and safety of medicinal plants that are used traditionally to treat helminth parasitic infections among native tribes of Northeast India.

Using some selected in vitro bioassays or conventional host-parasite models, his group has successfully established the anthelmintic effects and safety profiles of some lesser-known folklore medicinal plants of native tribes. The research work of his team has been well recognized and appeared in reputed journals, including Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Parasitology Research, Pharmaceutical Biology, Fitoterapia, Veterinary Parasitology, Health & Hygiene, Zootaxa, etc. Dr. Yadav teaches major topics in Parasitology, Immunology, and Techniques in Biology at PG level. He’s currently serving on the Editorial Board of Journal of Parasitic Diseases (Springer), besides acting as adhoc reviewer for PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Journal of Ethnopharmacology.


Number of M. Phil./Ph.D. produced: 9



Title of Thesis

Dr. L. M. Lyndem




A Study on the Status of Hookworm Infections in Human Populations in Meghalaya, India.” (Supervised jointly with Prof. Veena Tandon, Department of Zoology, NEHU) (Abstract Thesis)

Dr. Lalramliana



Faunal composition and distribution of entomopathogenic nematodes and their bioefficacy against major insect pests in Ri-bhoi District of Meghalaya. (Abstract Thesis)

Dr. V. Tangpu



Study on antidiarrhoeal and anticestodal efficacy of some plants used in the traditional medicine system in Manipur. (Abstract Thesis)

Dr. Temjenmongla



Anthelmintic Efficacy of some Indigenous plants used in the Traditional Remedies of Naga Tribes. (Abstract Thesis)

Dr. Purobi Nath


Evaluation of anthelmintic activity of some medicinal plants used in the folk-lore medicine system of Riang tribe in Tripura

Dr. Khirod Deori


Studies on therapeutic efficacy and safety profile of some traditional anthelmintic plants used by tribes of upper Assam.

Dr. Vijaya


Anthelmintic and toxicological evaluation of some known chemical constituents of traditional medicinal plants used by Naga tribes in North-east India. 

Dr. Shyamalima Gogoi


Anthelmintic effects and toxicity assessment of Caesalpinia bonducella (L.) Roxb. and Croton joufra Roxb., used by the Mishing tribe in Assam.

Dr. A.D. Soren


Studies on anthelmintic efficacy and safety profile of some plants used in the traditional medicine of Santhal tribe in Assam.


Number of Ph. D. students working for the degree: 6


Title of Ph. D. Dissertation

Ms. E. D. Dhar

Studies on anthelmintic efficacy and potential toxicity of some selected coumarin derivatives (Jt- Supervisor: Prof. G. Bez, Department of Chemistry)

Ms. Risa Chen

Evaluation  of nematocidal and cestocidal activities of selected anthelmintic Ayurvedic  formulations in rodent models 

Mr. Bhushan Chhetri

Synthesis of some quinazoline derivatives and evaluation of anthelmintic efficacy in rodents (Jt. Supervisor: Dr. R. L Nongkhlaw, Department of Chemistry) 

Ms. Aparmita Das

Studies on anthelmintic efficacy and toxicity of tuber extract of Flemingia vestita Benth and Hooker using rodent models (Jt. Supervisor: Prof. B. Roy) 

Ms. Keleni-i-Negi

Studies on cestocidal activity of some traditional medicinal plants consumed by Angami tribe of Nagalands (Main Supervisor Prof. B. Roy) 

Mr. Precious Thabah

Undertaking Ph.D. Course Work during 2029-2020 session



National: 30
International: 63

Updated by lakmen_zoology on Jul 03, 2020 11:59:08