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Prof Gurumayum Jitendra Sharma


Designation Professor
Specialization Genetics & Radiation Biology
Highest Degree M Sc, PhD
  • National Scholarship
  • UGC Junior & Senior Research Fellowship
  • UGC Teacher Fellowship
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship
  • Indo-Italian Cultural Exchange Programme Fellowship
  • Birbal Sahni Centenary Award, 2009
  • UGC-CEC Best Resource Person Award, 1998
Research Projects 7
Research Papers 70+
Area of Research Interest Free Radical Biology, Molecular Radiobiology, Anti-oxidant Research, Food Irradiation, Plant & Animal Tissue Culture, Plant DNA Profiling

Brief Bio-Sketch
Prof Sharma has a consistently good academic background securing positions throughout his career. He received BSc (Hons) degree from Gauhati University (1971), M Sc (Botany) from Banaras Hindu University (1973), M Phil (Life Sciences) in 1974 and PhD (Radiation Biology) in 1983 from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Attn: Prof Robin Willson), Department of Biochemistry, Brunel University, London in the emerging field of Free Radical Biochemistry and as Senior Visiting Professor (Attn: Prof Anna Ferro-Luzzi) at National Institute of Food and Nutrition Research, Rome where he delivered a series of scientific lectures on food irradiation, free radicals and dietary anti-oxidants.

Since 1976, Prof Sharma has been teaching at the Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University (erstwhile Centre of PG Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) where he became a Professor of Genetics & Radiation Biology in 1992 “He was Head, Department of Life Sciences (1994-96), Director, Department of Biotechnology (2006-07), Dean, School of Sciences (2009-10), Dean, School of Life Sciences (2010-12) and currently Co-ordinator, UGC- Centre for Advanced Study in Life Sciences.” Recipient of various scholarships and fellowships, he received National Scholarships, Ministry of Education, Government of India (1967-73), UGC Junior & Senior Research Fellowships (1973-76), UGC Teacher Fellowship (1979-82), Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (1989-90) and Indo-Italian Cultural Exchange Programme Fellowship (2000). Member of various scientific bodies in India and abroad, Prof Sharma has over seventy publications in international and national journals of repute. He has delivered twenty two invited/ plenary/ key note lectures in several international and national fora besides chairing in a few scientific sessions. A Chartered Biologist of the Institute of Biology, London, he was also associated with running an international newsletter, Magnetic Resonance Detection of Irradiated Foodstuffs published from National Institute of Standards and Technology, Maryland, USA.

Prof Sharma has guided eleven M Sc / M Phil dissertations and seventeen Ph D theses in the areas of Genetics, Plant Tissue Culture and Radiation Biology and conducted major research projects sponsored by funding agencies such as UGC, DSTE, DST, DAE, GBPIHED, DBT and ICMR. He has served as Member, Basic Sciences Committee-II (Biology & Medical), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Expert Member, Research Committee on Medicinal Plants, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Prof Sharma has been instrumental in getting Special Assistance Programme and Centre of Advanced Study in Life Sciences. He was the key person involved in establishing DBT Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal and keenly associated with the production of educational films for IGNOU and UGC country-wide classroom. His film, Tupi’s Nanas (a film on pineapples) won him the Best Resource Person Award (1997) in Science, Mathematics & Engineering at the Xth UGC-CEC Audio-visual Competition, New Delhi and was the recipient of the prestigious Birbal Sahni Centenary Award (2009) for outstanding contributions in the field of Life Sciences, particularly Radiation Biology.