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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 (CSIR), Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (1990-1992).
  • Research Associate (CSIR), Division of Parasitology, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow (1992).
  • Research Officer, Regional Medical Research Centre, N. E. Region (ICMR), 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-present)
  • Head, Department of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong (2018- present)



Awards (International/National):

  • Fellow, Zoological Society, (FZS), Kolkata.
  • Gold-Medal (Securing Highest Marks in M. Sc. Zoology Examination of Agra University, Agra).
  • Invited talks and presentations in international conferences held in USA, France, Thailand, Germany, South Korea.
  • Dr. B.P. Pandey Memorial Oration Award (2015) of Indian Society for Parasitology for outstanding contribution towards teaching of parasitology.
  • M. M. Chakravorty Commemoration Lecture Award, 2018 by the Zoological Society of Kolkata, Kolkata University.

Fellowships (International/National):

  • SERC Fellowship of DST, New Delhi to work as a visiting Fellow at Visva Bharati, Santi Niketan (1998-1999).
  • SRF (2001-2002)/Research Associateship (2003) by CSIR, New Delhi.
  • DBT-NER Overseas Fellowship to work at CeNAK, University of Hamburg, Germany (2016).


Memberships of academic societies, etc.:

  • Associate Editor, BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine (Springer Nature, U.K)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Parasitic Diseases (Springer, India).
  • Editorial Member, Journal of Alternative Medical Research (USA)
  • Editorial Advisory Member, Humanitas Medicine (South Korea)
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Parasitology
  • Life Member, Zoological Society, Kolkata.
  • Member, Technical Expert Committee, DBT-NER, Govt. of India, Medical Biotechnology
  • Member-Secretary, Institutional Ethics Committee (Animals Models), NEHU
  • Expert, UGC-MHRD, Govt. of India, Trans-disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy


Major areas of research:

  • Anthelmintic activity and safety profiles of traditional anthelmintic plants.
  • Validation   of anthelmintic Ayurvedic formulations.
  • Structure-activity studies on anthelmintic organic compounds.  
  • Faunal diversity of Horsehair worms (Phylum, Nematomorpha).
  • Biological control of insect pests by Entomopathogenic Nematodes.


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 is currently serving as Associate Editor of BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine (Springer-Nature), Editorial Member, Journal of Parasitic Diseases (Springer), and Journal of Alternative Medical Research (USA), besides acting as adhoc reviewer for PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, PLOS ONE, BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Journal of Pharmaceutics (Elsevier), Experimental Parasitology.


Number of 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: 5


Title of Ph. D. Dissertation

Ms. E. D. Dhar

Studies on anthelmintic efficacy and potential toxicity of selected coumarin derivatives

Ms. Risa Parkordor Chen

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

Ms. Aparmita Das

Studies on anthelmintic efficacy and toxicity of tuber extract of Flemingia vestita Benth. & Hook. in rodent models

Mr. Bhushan Chettri

Synthesis of some quinazoline derivatives, and evaluation of their anthelmintic efficacy in rodents

Ms. Keleni-i Nagi

Studies on cestocidal activities of traditional medicinal plants consumed by Angami tribe of Nagaland (Joint-supervisor)



National: 30
International: 60

Updated by lakmen_zoology on Dec 17, 2019 11:04:41