Dr. Sanjai Saxena



Plant- microbe interactions | Bioactive molecules- Drug Discovery | Screening platforms | Food Security


ssaxena@thapar.edu; Date of Joining: 07-03-2002


Plant- microbe interactions | Bioactive molecules- Drug Discovery | Screening platforms | Food Security


ssaxena@thapar.edu; Date of Joining: 07-03-2002

Professional Summary:

I have ensued over 22 years of exceptional leadership experience at the intersection of biotechnology, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. My research primarily focuses on investigating the intricate interactions between plants and microbes in their natural environments. These interactions rely on a diverse array of signal molecules that play a vital role in facilitating communication. My work revolves around harnessing these plant-microbe interactions and delving into the exploration of novel biomolecules involved in the process. These biomolecules hold immense potential for enhancing agricultural productivity and can be utilized as valuable therapeutic agents in healthcare. To achieve this, I have spearheaded the development of innovative screening platforms for evaluating various biological activities.

My research encompasses a range of screening assays, including phytotoxic assays and physiological assays to assess both abiotic and biotic stresses in plant systems. Additionally, I have conducted extensive studies to identify antimicrobial agents, antioxidants, and anti-cancer compounds. Furthermore, I have dedicated efforts to discovering novel molecules that interfere with the mechanisms underlying the development of diseases such as Alzheimer's Dementia, Parkinson's disease, obesity, anti-gout/arthritic conditions, and type II diabetes. In recent years, I have ventured into the captivating realms of bioinformatics and machine learning. By integrating these cutting-edge disciplines into my research, I aim to unravel complex patterns and predict crucial outcomes in the realms of food security and medicine.

Through my multifaceted research career, I have consistently demonstrated a passion for pioneering breakthroughs at the intersection of biology, technology, and agriculture. I am committed to driving innovation, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, and translating scientific discoveries into practical solutions with profound societal impact.

RESEARCH SUB-DOMAINS: Plant-microbe interaction| Drug discovery (incl. ethnopharmacology) | Cellular Biochemistry and Cell biology| Microbial Biochemistry| Clinical microbiology| Bioinformatics (Machine learning, AI, Big Data) | Crop protection and Food Security.


ACADEMIC IDENTITIES: Google, Vidwan, Orcid, Scopus

SKILLS :  R&D&I (Research & Development & Innovation) | Nurturing innovations into spinoffs| Project Planning| Project Management| Knowledge Management| Technology Consulting| Technology Transfer and Brand development.


  • Ph.D. Biological Sciences sp. Fungal Biotechnology (ICFRE Fellowship1997-2000) | Department of Biological Sciences, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur (MP) India | 2000| One Indian Patent

  • M.Sc. Biological Sciences spl.  Biotechnology|Department of Biological Sciences, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur (MP) India| 1996 | Gold Medallist

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany| University of Delhi | 1992


  • PROFESSOR: Department of Biotechnology | TIET | 2015 - to date | Research/ Admin. & Teaching
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Department of Biotechnology | TIET | 2009 -2015 | Research/ Admin. & Teaching
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (old scale/ reader): Department of Biotechnology | TIET | 2006 -2009 | Research & Teaching
  • LECTURER: Department of Biotechnology | Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) | 2002 -2006 | Research & Teaching
  • RESEARCH SCIENTIST: | TCIRD (Thapar R&D Centre) | 2000-2002 | Research & Teaching



DST- Lockheed Martin- FICCI- Tata Trusts IIGP 2.0- University Challenge (2018) |Challenge for Change, Govt. of Rajasthan (2018) | Eminent Microbiologist Award, AABS (Assoc. of Advancement of Biodiversity Science), Dharwad, Karnataka (2014) |FABSc, AABS, Dharwad Karnataka (2013)| Bharat Jyoti Award, IIFS, New Delhi (2012)|M.J. Thirumalachar Merit Award, MSI, Chennai (2012)| Biographed in Marquis Who’s Who (2010) | Biographed in Marquis Who’s Who (2006)|ICSU-INSA Travel Award (2001)|T.D. Dharmadhikari Gold Medal and Certificate of Merit (1996)


Best Early-Stage Startup-ROAR, Punjab Idea hunt, by IM Punjab & Startup Punjab (2022) |AIM Coffee table book on Agriculture and Allied Sectors (2021) | Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations 1.0 (2020)


  • World Economic Forum (WEF), Public Member | since 2023 onwards
  • Association of Fungal Biologists, Life Member | since 2023 onwards
  • Association of Advancement of Biodiversity Science, Life Member | since 2014
  • International Society of Fungal Conservation, Life Member | since 2012
  • Society for Basic and Applied Mycology, Life Member |since 2009
  • Mycological Society of India (MSI), Life Member | since 2007
  • Association for promotion of DNA fingerprinting and other related technologies (ADNAT) India, Life Member | since 2007


  • PATENTS: 03 (01 US; 02 INDIAN)
  • SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED: 12.075 million INR / 1.25 crore INR (till date)
  • Leading an independent research group in the area of Natural products-DD; Plant- Microbe interactions and Sustainable biotechnology
  • Scientific contribution includes >78 peer reviewed international publications| 13 Book chapters|02 books- Applied Microbiology & Fungi Bioactive Compounds: Integration with Pharmaceuticals (Springer Publishing)
  • Several Invited presentations in Seminars/ Conference / Refresher Courses and Webinars
  • Research networking: Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil|National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Education (NIPER), Mohali, India| Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
  • Intota Expert in providing consultancy in the area of Anti-microbial drugs and Clinical Microbiology (Expert 728374)
  • Research guidance & supervision:
    • Doctoral Thesis: Awarded-09| Submitted - 03 | Ongoing -03
    • Graduate Dissertations: Awarded- 68| Ongoing- 01
      • M.Tech. | Biotechnology (13) | Civil Engineering (01) |Mechanical Engineering (01)
      • M.Sc.| Biotechnology (45) | Microbiology (03) | Biochemistry (01) | Chemistry (03) | Master of International Business (01)


  • MEMBER, Board of Studies (BoS) | Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University (PSRU), Raipur, Chattisgarh | 2024 onwards
  • EXPERT | Goa State Research Foundation (GSRF), Bardez, Goa |2023 onwards
  • JURY MEMBER| NBEC (National Bio Entrepreneurship Competition), CCAMP, Karnataka, Bengaluru, India |2023
  • SCIENCE CHAMPION | 20 Outreach event at Chitkara University under the G20 Presidency on 31st July 2023
  • EXPERT (Projects/ Fellowships) |University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India |
  • EXPERT (Projects/ Fellowships) | All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, India
  • MEMBER| Research Advisory Council (RAC), Chitkara University Institute of Engineering & Technology (CUIET); Rajpura, Punjab |2019-2022
  • LEAD (CHAIR) |Screening LoI’s under the 5th BioCARe Projects Call, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI |2018|
  • EXPERT MEMBER| Review committee of BioCARe Projects, DBT, Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI |2016-2018
  • MEMBER|PMB (Planning & Monitoring Board) | TIET| 2013-2016
  • HEAD [COORDINATOR] | TIFAC-CORE (CENTRE FOR RELEVANCE AND EXCELLENCE) IN Agro and Industrial Biotechnology, TIET, PATIALA | September 2013-February 2017
  • MEMBER|Board of Studies (UG &PG)- Biotech Department |TIET| 2013-2015
  • EXPERT| SERB (Science & Engineering Research Board) projects, DST, GoI |2014
  • EXPERT | Review committee for NER Twinning projects (Aromatic & Medicinal Plants), DBT, GoI |2013
  • MEMBER| Senate UG committee| 2013
  • MEMBER |Senate-TIET | Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology | 2013- to date
  • MEMBER| Governing Body, STEP-TIET, Patiala | 2007
  • DEPUTY COORDINATOR |STEP(Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park) in Industrial and Food Biotechnology, TIET, Patiala, Piunjab, India |2006-2007
  • EXPERT | Central Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Testing Reference Laboratory, Patiala|2008-2009
  • EXPERT |Review of International Collaborative Projects, DBT, GoI |2008-2009
  • EXPERT| Biotechnology and Life Sciences Research for Science and Technology Roadmap of 10 (ten) life sciences Laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) |2007
  • Industry Associated Project (IAP) Coordinator| B.Tech. Biotechnology, TIET | 2005-2007
  • Doctoral thesis adjudicator || Evaluation of Ph.D. theses from Panjab University (Chandigarh)| Punjabi University (Patiala)| Sri Guru Ram Rai University (Dehradun) | CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), AcSIR (Jammu)| Manipal Academy of Higher Education[MAHE] (Manipal) | Lovely Professional University (Jalandhar) | Chandigarh University (Mohali)| North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) (Shillong) | Bharathiar University (Coimbatore)
  • Editorial Responsibilities || Editor, Archives of Microbiology| Associate Editor, Frontiers in Fungal Biology | Review Editor, Frontiers in Microbiology | Review Editor, Frontiers in Biotechnology/ Bioengineering | Editorial Board Member, MycoAsia (2019) | Editorial Board Member, Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology. Research and Management (2014 onwards) | Adhoc reviewers in 05 areas- Pharmacology (06 Journals) | Microbiology (09 Journals) | Pest Management (02) | Mycology (02) | Biotechnology & Allied areas (05)



Renu Narain, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, April 2021| Thesis title: Development of a cardiovascular disease prediction system|Presently: Clinical Research Scientist in Canada 
Vagish Dwibedi, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, March 2020|Thesis title: Isolation Characterization and Process Optimization of Resveratrol Production from Endophytic Fungi| Presently: Postdoctoral Researcher, The Volcani Centre, Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Israel (January 2023 onwards)| Previously: Asstt. Professor, Chandigarh University, Gharuan, Mohali, Punjab, India                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Divya Singhal, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, October 2019|Thesis title: Designing inhibitors of Fem A protein to combat methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus |Previous position: Assistant Professor, University Institute of Biotechnology, Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab 140413,  India                                                                                       
Vinit Meshram, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, January, 2017|Thesis title: Studies on Fibrinolytic activities of Endophytic Fungi|Presently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Plant Protection, The Volcani Centre, Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Israel (2017-2023) | Previously: Post-doctoral Researcher, The Volcani Centre, Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Israel                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Birinder Jit Singh, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, July 2017|Thesis title: Evaluation of Microbial Bioherbicides for Eichhornia crassipes to rejuvenate water bodies of Punjab|Previously: Professor & Dean (Engineering), Desh Bhagat University, Punjab                                                                                                                                                       
Neha Kapoor, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, August 2017|Thesis title: Isolation and characterization of xanthine oxidase inhibtors from endophytic fungiPresently: Associate Professor, Department of Applied Sciences, Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur (Rajasthan) India (2020 onwards)|Previously: Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, Uttaranchal(PG) College of Biomedical Sciences and Hospital, Dehradun (Uttarakhand) India                                                                                                             
Mahiti Gupta, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, September 2016|Thesis title: Isolation and Screening of Pancreatic lipase inhibitors from endophytic fungi | Presently: Assistant Professor, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Distt. Ambala (Haryana) India (2019 onwards) | Previously: Assistant Professor, Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar-Delhi Grand Trunk Road, Phagwara, Punjab 144001
Charu Gomber, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, February 2011|Thesis title: Antimicrobial activity of a natural product of Callistemon rigidus and its mechanism of action against Staphylococcus aureus |Presently: Director, Andromeda Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram (Haryana) (2016 onwards)| Previously: Consultant, BioXcel Corporation, Gurugram (Haryana), India    


Sheetal Vats, Ph.D. in Biotechnology (December 2023)| Thesis title: α-synuclein inhibitors from endophytic fungi

Gurleen Kaur Sodhi, Ph.D. in Biotechnology (January 2024)| Thesis title: Exploration of salinity and drought stress tolerant endophytic fungi for rice cultivation

Ramandeep Kaur, Ph.D. in Biotechnology (April 2024)| Thesis title: Development of bioinoculant from endophytic fungi to overcome abiotic stress in wheat(Triticum aestivum)   


Shreya Gupta, Ph.D. in Biotechnology |Thesis title: Endophytic fungi as biocontrol agents against fungal pathogens of Malus domestica Borkh.
Ankita Arora, Ph.D. in Biotechnology | Thesis title: Exploration and identification of α-Glucosidase inhibitor(s) from fungal endophytes of Cinnamomum tamala 
Pushkar Bharti, Ph.D. in Biotechnology | Thesis title: Isolation and characterization of tyrosinase inhibitor(s) from endophytic fungi

PUBLICATIONS (2023-2014)


  1. Gurleen Kaur Sodhi and Sanjai Saxena (2023). Plant growth-promoting endophyte Nigrospora oryzae mitigates abiotic stress in Rice (Oryza sativa L.). FEMS Microbiology Ecology 99(9) fiad094. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiad094  (SCI-IF: 4.2)
  2. Gurleen Kaur Sodhi and Sanjai Saxena (2023). Promising drought and salinity tolerance features of Nigrospora species existing as endophytes in Oryza sativa. 3Biotech 13(8):262 (SCI-IF: 2.8) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-023-03679-9
  3. Shreya Gupta and Sanjai Saxena (2023). Endophytes: saviour of apples from post-harvest fungal pathogens. Biological Control 182:105234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2023.105234 (SCI-IF: 4.2)
  4. Sheetal Vats and Sanjai Saxena (2023): Endophytic Fusarium species, a unique bioresource for disaggregator of misfolded alpha-synuclein. Arch Microbiol 205(6), 224. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00203-023-03575-z  (SCI-IF: 2.8)
  5. Ramandeep Kaur and Sanjai Saxena (2023). Evaluation of drought-tolerant endophytic fungus Talaromyces purpureogenus as a bioinoculant for wheat seedlings under normal and drought-stressed circumstances. Folia Microbiologica https://doi.org/10.1007/s12223-023-01051-1  (SCI-IF: 2.6)
  6. Ramandeep Kaur and Sanjai Saxena (2023). Penicillium citrinum, a drought-tolerant endophytic fungi isolated from wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) leaves with plant growth-promoting abilities. Current Microbiology 80(5): 184 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00284-023-03283-3  (SCI-IF: 2.6).
  7. Gurleen Kaur Sodhi and Sanjai Saxena (2023): Plant growth promotion and abiotic stress mitigation in rice using endophytic fungi: Advances made in the last decade. Environmental and Experimental Botany https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2023.105312 (SCI-IF: 5.7)
  8. Geetika Gupta, Manoj Baranwal, Sanjai Saxena, MS Reddy (2023). Utilization of banana waste as a resource material for biofuels and other value-added products. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery; https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-022-02306-6 (SCI-IF: 4.0)                                                                         
  9. Vagish Dwibedi, Santosh Kumar Rath, Sahil Jain, Nayeli Martínez‑Argueta, Ranjana Prakash, Sanjai Saxena, Leonardo Rios‑Solis (2023): Key insights into secondary metabolites from various Chaetomium species. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 107:1077–1093, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-023-12365-y (SCI-IF: 5.0)
  1. Geetika Gupta, Sanjai Saxena, Manoj Baranwal and M. Sudhakara Reddy (2022). In vitro evaluation of bioactive properties of Banana sap. Biologia 77, 2989–3000.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11756-022-01159-8 (SCI-IF: 1.653) 
  2. Sheetal Vats, Rajesh Kondabala, Sanjai Saxena (2022). Identification of a-Synuclein Disaggregator from Camellia sp. Insight of Molecular Docking and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. ChemistrySelect 7(10): e202104131. https://doi.org/10.1002/slct.202104131 (SCI-IF: 2.1)  
  3. Sunil K. Deshmukh, Laurent Dufossé, Hemraj Chhipa, Sanjai Saxena, Girish B. Mahajan and Manish Kumar Gupta (2022). Fungal Endophytes: A Potential Source of Antibacterial Compounds. Journal of Fungi 8, 164. https://doi.org/10.3390/jof8020164 (SCI-IF: 4.7)  
  4. Vagish Dwibedi, Sahil Jain, Divya Singhal, Anuradha Mittal, Santosh Kumar Rath, Sanjai Saxena (2022). Inhibitory activities of grape bioactive compounds against enzymes linked with human diseases. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 106: 1399–1417. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-022-11801-9  (SCI-IF: 5.0)            
  5. Meshram, V., Kapoor N., Dwibedi, V., Srivastava, A. and Saxena, S (2022). Extracellular Resveratrol producing endophytic fungus, Quambalaria cyanescens. South African Journal of Botany 146:409-416; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2021.11.026  (SCI-IF:  3.1)                       
  6. Dwibedi, V and Saxena, S (2022). Effect of precursor feeding, dietary supplementation, chemical elicitors, and co-culturing on Resveratrol production by Arcopilus aureus. Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology; 52(4): 404-412. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826068.2021.1955709  (SCI-IF: 2.9)


  1. Dwibedi, V., Rath, S.K., Prakash, R., Saxena, S (2021). Response surface statistical optimization of fermentation parameters for resveratrol production by the endophytic fungus Arcopilus aureus and its tyrosinase inhibitory activity. Biotechnology Letters 43(3): 627-644.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10529-020-03032-7 (SCI-IF: 2.7) 
  2. Sanjai Saxena & Gary A. Strobel (2021). Marvelous Muscodor spp.: Update on Their Biology and Applications. Microbial Ecology 82: 5-20; https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-020-01644-0  (SCI-IF: 3.6)


  1. Lokesh Gambhir, Neha Kapoor, and Sanjai Saxena (2020). The anti-staphylococcal potential of Fusarium sp: fungal endophyte isolated from Rauwolfia serpentina. J. of Microbiol. Biotech Food Sci.10 (2): 235-240. (Scopus)  https://doi.org/10.15414/jmbfs.2020.10.2.235-240
  2. Vagish Dwibedi, Sanjai Saxena (2020). In vitro antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-staphylococcal Activity of Resveratrol-Producing Endophytic Fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Sec B.90: 207–221 (Scopus)  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40011-019-01098-6    
  3. Raj Agarwal, Vivek Jain, Vishal Gupta, Sanjai Saxena, Vagish Dwibedi (2020). Effect of surface topography on pull-out strength of cortical screw after ultrasonic bone drilling: an in vitro study. Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering 42: 363 (SCI-IF: 2.361) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40430-020-02449-5


  1. Geetika Gupta, Manoj Baranwal, Sanjai Saxena, and M. Sudhakara Reddy (2019). Utilization of Banana Stem Juice as a Feedstock Material for Bioethanol Production. Clean – Soil, Air, Water 47(9):1900047 (SCI-IF: 2.404)  https://doi.org/10.1002/clen.201900047 
  2. Vagish Dwibedi, S Kalia, Sanjai Saxena (2019). Isolation and enhancement of resveratrol production in Xylaria psidii by exploring the phenomenon of epigenetics: using DNA methyltransferases and histone deacetylase as epigenetic modifiers. Molecular Biology Reports 46: 4123–4137 (SCI-IF: 2.742)  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11033-019-04862-z                                                              
  3. Sanjay Kumar, Amol Dilip Pagar, Furkan Ahmad, Vagish Dwibedi, Aabid Wani, Prasad V. Bharatam, M. Chhibber, Sanjai Saxena, Inder Pal Singh (2019). Xanthine oxidase inhibitors from an endophytic fungus Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae. Bioorganic Chemistry 87: 851-856 (SCI-IF: 5.307)   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2018.12.008  
  4. Vagish Dwibedi and Sanjai Saxena (2019). Diversity and phylogeny of resveratrol-producing culturable endophytic fungi from Vitis species in India. 3Biotech 9:182  (SCI-IF: 2.8) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-019-1712-x                                                                                                   
  5. Neha Kapoor, Lokesh Gambhir, and Sanjai Saxena (2019). Fungal endophytes as the repository of xanthine oxidase inhibitors. Indian Drugs 56(3): 07-11 (Scopus) https://doi.org/10.53879/id.56.03.11371                                                                                                                                                             
  6. Lokesh Gambhir, Vineet Sharma, Pankaj Kandwal, Sanjai Saxena (2019). Perturbation in cellular redox homeostasis: Decisive regulator of T cell-mediated immune responses. International Immunopharmacology 67: 449-457 (SCI-IF: 5.714)  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intimp.2018.12.049    
  7. D Singh, A Babbar, V Jain, D Gupta, S Saxena, V Dwibedi (2019). Synthesis, characterization, and bioactivity investigation of biomimetic biodegradable PLA scaffold fabricated by the fused filament fabrication process. J Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci. Eng. 41:121 (SCI-IF: 2.2) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40430-019-1625-y  
  8. Sanjai Saxena, Manmohan Chhibber, and I. P. Singh (2019). Fungal bioactive compounds in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Current Bioactive Compounds 15 (2): 211-231(SCOPUS) https://doi.org/10.2174/1573407214666180622104720


  1. Neha Kapoor, Lokesh Gambhir and Sanjai Saxena (2018). Secondary structure prediction of ITS rRNA region and Molecular phylogeny: An integrated approach for precise speciation of Muscodor species. Annals of Microbiology 68 (11): 763-772 (SCI-IF: 3.0) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13213-018-1381-8
  2. Sunil Kumar Deshmukh, Manish K. Gupta, Ved Prakash and Sanjai Saxena (2018). Endophytic Fungi: A Source of Potential Antifungal Compounds. Journal of Fungi 4(3): 77 (SCI-IF:4.7) https://doi.org/10.3390/jof4030077
  3. Neha Kapoor and Sanjai Saxena (2018). Endophytic fungi of Tinospora cordifolia with anti-gout properties. 3Biotech 8: 264 (SCI-IF: 2.8) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-018-1290-3  
  4. Vagish Dwibedi and Sanjai Saxena (2018). Arcopilus aureus, resveratrol producing endophytic fungi from Vitis vinifera. Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology 186(2): 476-495 (SCI-IF: 3.0) https://doi.org/10.1007/s12010-018-2755-x


  1. Vineet Meshram, Sanjai Saxena, Karan Paul, Mahiti Gupta, and Neha Kapoor (2017). Production, purification, and characterization of a potential fibrinolytic protease from endophytic Xylaria curta by solid substrate fermentation. Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology 181: 1496-1512 (SCI-IF: 3.0) https://doi.org/10.1007/s12010-016-2298-y
  2. Meshram V, Kapoor N, Chopra G and Saxena S (2017). Muscodor camphora, a new endophytic species from Cinnamomum camphora. Mycosphere 8(4): 568-582. (SCI-IF: 14.6) https://www.mycosphere.org/pdf/Mycosphere_8_4_6.pdf
  3. Divya Singhal and Sanjai Saxena (2017). Catechin gallate is a promising resistance modifying candidate to potentiate β-lactam antibiotics to overcome resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. Current Medicine Research and Practice 7: 224–228   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmrp.2017.10.004
  4. Renu Narain, Sanjai Saxena and Achal Kumar Goyal (2017). A Novel Heart Disease Prediction System Based on Quantum Neural Network Using Clinical Parameters. Annual Research & Review in Biology 14(2): 1-10 (SCOPUS) https://doi.org/10.9734/ARRB/2017/10456


  1. Ramandeep Kaur Mehton, Vineet Meshram, Sanjai Saxena and Manmohan Chhibber (2016). Synthesis and Anti-Staphylococcal Activity of 2, 4-Disubstituted Diphenylamine. Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society 27(7): 1236-1244. (SCI-IF: 2.135) https://doi.org/10.5935/0103-5053.20160020
  2. Alka Sharma, Vijay Luxami, Sanjai Saxena and Kamaldeep Paul (2016). Benzimidazole Based Quinazolines In Vitro Evaluation, Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship, and Molecular Modeling as Aurora Kinase Inhibitors. Archiv der Pharmazie 349 (3): 193-201. (SCI-IF: 4.613)https://doi.org/10.1002/ardp.201500281
  3. Vineet Meshram, Sanjai Saxena and Karan Paul (2016). Xylarinase: a novel clot-busting enzyme from an endophytic fungus Xylaria curta. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry 31 (6): 1502-1511. (SCI-IF: 5.756)  https://doi.org/10.3109/14756366.2016.1151013
  4. Birinderjit Singh, Sanjai Saxena, Maneek Kumar and Vineet Meshram (2016). Mycoherbicidal potential of Phaeoacremonium italicum, a new pathogen of Eichhornia crassipes infesting Harike wetland, India. Mycobiology 44(2):85-92. (SCI-IF: 1.946) https://doi.org/10.5941/MYCO.2016.44.2.85
  5. Vineet Meshram, Neha Kapoor and Sanjai Saxena (2016). Endophytic Fusarium isolates from Aegle marmelos in Western Ghats of India and their fibrinolytic properties. Sydowia 68: 119–130 (SCI-IF: 1.140) https://www.sydowia.at/syd68/T15-Meshram.htm
  6. Vineet Meshram and Sanjai Saxena (2016). Fibrinolytic potential of endophytic Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae from Western Ghats of India. 3Biotech 6(1): 114 (SCI-IF: 2.893) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-016-0428-4
  7. Renu Narain, Sanjai Saxena and Achal Goyal (2016). Cardiovascular Risk Prediction: A Comparative study of Framingham and Quantum Neural Network based approach. Patient Preference and Adherence 10: 1259-1270. (SCI-IF: 2.314)  http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S108203
  8. Neha Kapoor and Sanjai Saxena (2016). Xanthine oxidase inhibitory and antioxidant potential of Indian Muscodor Species. 3Biotech 6:248. (SCI-IF: 2.893) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-016-0569-5
  9. Birinderjit Singh, Sanjai Saxena, Vineet Meshram and Maneek Kumar (2016). First report of Botryosphaeria species as a pathogen on Water hyacinth in Harike wetland, India. Journal of Biopesticides 9(2):180-188 (Scopus) http://www.jbiopest.com/users/lw8/efiles/vol_9_2_180-188.pdf
  1. Mahiti Gupta, Sanjai Saxena and Dinesh Goyal (2015). Potential pancreatic lipase inhibitory activity of an endophytic Penicillium species. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry 30(1):15-21 (SCI-IF: 5.756) https://doi.org/10.3109/14756366.2013.871007
  2. Sanjai Saxena, Vineet Meshram and Neha Kapoor (2015). Muscodor tigerii sp. nov. volatile antibiotic producing endophytic fungus from North-eastern Himalayas. Annals of Microbiology 65: 47-57 (SCI-IF: 3.168) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13213-014-0834-y
  3. Jaspreet Kaur Boparai, Sanjai Saxena and Vineet Meshram (2015). In vitro antimicrobial potential of Indian Muscodor species. Journal of Basic and Applied Mycology 11(I &II): 22-25.
  4. Meshram V., Gupta M. and Saxena S. (2015). Muscodor ghoomensis and Muscodor indica: new endophytic species based on morphological features, molecular and volatile organic analysis from Northeast India. Sydowia 67: 133–146 (SCI-IF: 1.140) https://www.sydowia.at/syd67/T13-Meshram.htm
  5. Divya Singhal and Sanjai Saxena (2015). Screening and Toxicity Analysis of Catechin Isomers against Fem A Protein: a possible target for drug development. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 77 (6): 758-763 (SCI-IF: 0.664)
  1. Sanjai Saxena (2014). Microbial metabolites for the development of ecofriendly agrochemicals. Allelopathy Journal 33(1): 01-24 (SCOPUS, SCI IF: 0.962) https://www.cabidigitallibrary.org/doi/full/10.5555/20143245245
  2. Neha Kapoor and Sanjai Saxena (2014). Potential Xanthine Oxidase inhibitory activity of endophytic Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 173 (6): 1360-1374 (SCI-IF: 3.094) https://doi.org/10.1007/s12010-014-0927-x
  3. Sanjai Saxena, Vineet Meshram and Neha Kapoor (2014). Muscodor darjeelingensis, a new endophytic fungus of Cinnamomum camphora collected from the northeastern Himalayas. Sydowia 66(1): 55-67 (SCI-IF: 1.140) https://www.webofscience.com/wos/WOSCC/full-record/000339125500006
  4. Vineet Meshram, Sanjai Saxena and Neha Kapoor (2014). Muscodor strobelii, a new endophytic species from South India. Mycotaxon 128: 93-104   http://dx.doi.org/10.5248/128.93
  5. Renu Narain, Sanjai Saxena and Achal Kumar Goyal (2014). Cardiovascular Disease Prediction based on Physical factors using Quantum Neural Network. International Journal of Information Processing 8 (3): 83
  6. Sanjai Saxena and Anugya Srivastava (2014). Resveratrol: Biological activities and therapeutic potential. Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology, Research, and Management 2(2): 145-157
  7. Mahiti Gupta, Sanjai Saxena, and Dinesh Goyal (2014). Lipase inhibitory activity of endophytic fungal species of Aegle marmelos: a bioresource for potential pancreatic lipase inhibitors. Symbiosis 64(3):149-157 (SCI-IF: 2.268)   https://doi.org/10.1007/s13199-015-0311-9
  8. Vineet Meshram, Neha Kapoor and Sanjai Saxena (2014). Muscodor kashayum sp. nov. – a new volatile anti-microbial producing endophytic fungus. Mycology 4(4): 196-204 (WoS, SCI: 4.2) https://doi.org/10.1080/21501203.2013.877990
  • Convener | 2018 | International Conference on Drug Discovery: Biotech and Pharma at Crossroads, 15-17th Feb 2018| TIET 
  • Coordinator | 2017| Summer Training Program “Advances in Modern Biotechnology”, 05th June-12th July 2017 | TIET         
  • Coordinator | 2014 | Summer Training Program “Modern Biotechnology”, 09th June-15th July 2014 | TIET                               
  • Organizing Secretary |2007| National Conference “Fungal Diversity: Impact & Exploitation” & 34th Annual Meeting of MSI, 05-06 October 2007 | TIET
  • Course Coordinator & Resource Person | 2006| Short term course on “In vitro antimicrobial susceptibility testing systems: a road to antimicrobial drug discovery” sponsored by TIFAC-CORE in Agro & Industrial Biotechnology & AB Biodisk Sweden |TIET
  • Course Coordinator & Resource Person | 2002 |  Short-term course in "Microbial Technology ", Centre of Relevance & Excellence in Agro & Industrial Biotechnology | TIET
Current Semester [Even Semester 2023-2024]: UBT835- Drug Design and Development | UBT841- Molecular Diagnostic 
Previous Semester [Odd Semester 2023-2024]: UBT303 -Biochemistry-II
Courses taught previously 

UG (B.Tech. Biotech Program): Applied Microbiology (BT003) | Bioanalytical Techniques (BT005) | Biomanufacturing (UBT014) |   Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (UBT014) | Biochemistry II (UBT303) | Medical Biotechnology (UBT609) | Drug Design & Development (UBT835) | Biosafety, Bioethics, and IPR (UBT801) | Molecular Diagnostics (UBT841)

PG (M.Sc./ M.Tech. Program): Bioenergetics & Metabolism (PBC201) | Industrial Enzyme Tech (PBY 204) | Microbial Technology (PBT 206) | Drug Discovery & Design (PBC 401) | Animal Biotechnology (PBC 301) | Pharmaceutical Microbiology (PBC 301) | Drug Discovery & Development (PBY 305) | Biopharmaceuticals & Pharmaceutical Technology (PBY202)

  • Coordinated | Development of M.Sc. Microbiology Program | TIET

  • Coordinated & Developed | M.Tech. Biotech Program| Started in July 2012 |TIET

  • Developed the state-of-the-art laboratory for Human and Animal Cell Line (UG/PG/Ph.D.) | 2011| TIET


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