Dr. Urmi Bajpai

Conferred with the prestigious ‘Excellence Award for Teacher in Service in College’, given to highly deserving individuals who have rendered exemplary service to the University (2017).

Awarded Meritorious Teacher Award by Govt. of NCT of Delhi in 2014.

She is Ph.D in Microbiology from TERI and DU and is the first teacher-in-charge of the department. Her motto is “to make the students independent and oneself progressively unnecessary”. She has been the Principal Investigator of several research projects in the college (funded by DBT, CSIR-OSDD, TCOF, DU, DST) with about Rs 90 Lacks as the received grant. Through her pioneering undergraduate research programs, she has trained more than 150 students so far. Her team has been working towards finding new drugs targets for TB and has developed a repository of cloned genes and proteins of M. tuberculosis and repository of mycobacteriophages. She is recognized as PhD guide and one of her student has submitted his PhD thesis and a ICMR SRF is registered. Five TCOF fellows, three Master’s students from IIT Mumbai and one from Jamia Millia Islamia have carried out research projects. She has been invited at prestigious National & International platforms such as Ohio State University (2012), Young Investigators’ Meeting in Jodhpur (2013), Open Source Pharma. Meet organized by Rockefeller foundation (2014) in Italy, Bangalore University (2016), JNU (2017). She completed her eight-year association with OSDD (2008-2016) as the principal investigator, mentor and TCOF coordinator. She has coordinated/guided course, talks, and projects for the students, through Videoconference/Skype, in collaboration with faculty from Universities of United States, such as Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Michigan.
Research Interest: Multi-target (Mur enzymes) therapy for tuberculosis and to explore the antibacterial potential of Bacteriophages

Title Dr. First Name Urmi Last Name Bajpai Photograph
Designation Associate Professor
Department Biomedical Sciences

Address
(Campus)

Acharya Narendra Dev College
Govind Puri, Kalkaji
New Delhi-110019.

Phone Number
(Campus)

 011-26412547

Fax

 011-26294540

Email

urmibajpai@andc.du.ac.in
Online Articles

1. Teachers weigh in’, an article brought out by "India Bioscience" where her views on teaching methodologies and undergraduate research are published. 2017.

https://indiabioscience.org/columns/education/teachers-weigh-in-1

2. Bacteriophages: Beacon of hope amidst the sea of superbugs (2016).

https://indiabioscience.org/columns/education/bacteriophages-beacon-of-hope-amidst-the-sea-of-superbugs

3. A practical record book by the undergraduate science students (2013).

https://indiabioscience.org/columns/education/a-practical-record-book-by-the-undergraduate-science-students

4. Research experiences for college students (2010).

https://indiabioscience.org/columns/education/research-experiences-for-college-students

Education Subject Institution
 M.Sc.   Biosciences  Jamia Milia Islamia University
 Ph.D.  Microbiology   South Campus, University of Delhi
Research Interests/ Specialization
  1. Facilitation of research at undergraduate level.
  2. Studying the potential of Mur Pathway enzymes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis as potential candidates for multi-target therapy
  3. Exploring Mycobacteriophages for their anti-mycobacterial properties: Genomic diversity and identification & characterization of endolysins.
Teaching Experience

Teaching experience: 19 years. Subjects taught:, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry and Medical Biotechnology

Research/ Academic Projects

S.No

Title

Funding agency

Amount (Rs. in Lakhs)

Status

  1.  

Development of alternative anti-bacterials through Bacteriophage-derived proteins, isolated from India

(For undergraduates)

DST-IEDC

01

Completed (2015 to 2016)

 

TCOF-21 - Computational identification, purification and functional analysis of proteins from Mycobacteriophages and to explore their anti-mycobacterial potential

TATA

CSIR-OSDD

3,90,000

(Fellowship amount)

No. of TCOFS:4

Completed

One year (2015-2016)

  1.  

Mtb Mur pathway enzymes: Potential targets for Multi-targeted therapy” (Screening of chemical libraries using one-pot assay developed for Mur enzymes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

CSIR-OSDD

7.184

Completed

6 months (October 2015 to March 2016)

  1.  

Mtb Mur pathway enzymes: Potential targets for Multi-targeted therapy

CSIR-OSDD

30.38

Completed

Two years (2013-2015)

  1.  

TCOF-13 - Virtual Screening and in-vitro assays for inhibitors of Mur Enzymes.

 

TATA

CSIR-OSDD

66,000

(Fellowship amount)

No. of TCOFS:1

Completed

Six months (2014)

  1.  

TCOWF Investigating

the diversity of

Mycobacteriophages in India- A Pilot study.

TATA

CSIR-OSDD

66,000

(Fellowship amount)

No. of TCOFS:1

Completed

Six Months (2014)

  1.  

Mobile healthcare: The future of health management in India- A Feasibility Study

PI:

D. Urmi Bajpai, Dr. Sarita Kumar, Mr. Vishal Dhingra

(For undergraduates)

DU – innovation project

5

Completed

One year (2013-2014)

  1.  

Cloning and Expression of Mycobacterium tuberculosis genes

(For undergraduates)

CSIR-OSDD

16.85

Completed

Two years (2010-2012)

  1.  

A virtual centre of excellence in coordinated research on tuberculosis: Development of alternate strategies

(For undergraduates)

DBT

24.85

Completed

Three years (2006 -2009)

Publications (Last Five Years)
In Indexed/Peer Reviewed Journals

Year of Publication

Title

Journal

Co-author/s

2016 Development of a one-pot assay for screening and identification of Mur pathway inhibitors in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Scientific Reports. 6: 35134 Kandasamy Eniyan, Anuradha Kumar, Geetha Vani Rayasam, Andrej Perdih and Urmi Bajpai
2015 A comparative molecular dynamics study of MurA enzymes from E. coli and M. tuberculosis. Innovation in Pharamaceuticals and Pharmacotherapy. Vol 03, Issue 03, Pages:673-682, Shahzaib Ahamad, Faez Iqbal Khan, Urmi Bajpai, Shahnawaz Ali, Neerja Dwivedi and Md. Imtaiyaz Hassan
2015 Functional analysis of TPM domain containing Rv2345 of Mycobacterium tuberculosis identifies its phosphatase activity. Protein expression and purification issue. 111 pages 23-27. Avni Sinha, Kandasamy Eniyan, Swati Sinha, Andrew M Lynn, Urmi Bajpai
2015 Building a repository of potential drug targets in Mycobacterium tuberculosis by crowdsourcing. DU Journal of Undergraduate Research and Innovation vol 1. Pages 1-13 Aamod Utpal, Abhinav Tyagi, Akhilesh Kumar, Amit Gaurav, Amrita Singh, Atul Kumar Tiwari, Avantika Singh, Beneeta Kalha, Bharat Bhatt, Bimlesh Yadav, Deepika Kumari, Harsha Rohira, Himanshu Bhatt, Kamlesh Kumari, Kartika Vashistha, Karuna Singh, Khairun Nisaa, Mohit Kumar, Navbhar Sharma, Preeti Yadav, Rajat Sharma, Ritu Arora, Ruchika Pokhriyal, Shahbaz Siddiqui, Sneha Mishra, Sonal Kapur, Srishti Nanda, Sumit Kinger, Sweety Raj, Vartika Channa, Vivek Bhardwaj, Kandasamy Eniyan and Urmi Bajpai
2015 Structure based virtual screening to identify inhibitors against MurE Enzyme of Mycobacterium tuberculosis using AutoDock Vina. Bioinformation. Vol 10 issue 11. Pages 697-702 Shilipi Singh, Urmi Bajpai, and Andrew Michael Lynn
2015 Cloning, Expression, Purification and Bioinformatic analysis of 2-Methylcitrate Synthase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine. Vol. 8 issue.1 pages. 19-23. Kandasamy Eniyan and Urmi Bajpai
2013 Cloning, Expression, Purification and Bioinformatic analysis of 2-Methylcitrate Synthase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine Sharma, R., Kausar T., Dattagupta, S., Chattopadhayay, T.K., Ralhan, R.
2008 Clinical significance of 14-3-3 zeta in human esophageal cancer" International Journal of Biological Markers Sharma, R., Kausar T., Dattagupta, S., Chattopadhayay, T.K., Ralhan, R.
Participation in Corporate Life

i. She has been in-charge and members of various committees in the past years. In charge of: Multi media committee (2004-2005), Faculty enrichment committee (2003-2004), Debating Society (2002-2003), Placement committee (2013-2014); and Member of : Alumni Committee and Career counseling and personality Development committee (2010), Electronics group (2006-2007), Environment club (2006-2007), College Fest organizing committee (2005-2006)

ii. Been the convener/coordinator of two committee setup for developing proposals for infrastructure development projects in the college.

iii.Arranged an interactive session by Prof. Graham Hatfull (pioneer on Mycobacteriophages), University of Pittsburgh, USA by Skype-Videoconference for the summer trainees working on phage discovery program in her lab in the college. Participating students have also contributed to the international database maintained by the University of Pittsburgh. She attended a week-long workshop in Pittsburgh and have been able to successfully complete a pilot study and trained students as well.

Workshops/Course Conducted/Participated

Workshops conducted:

  1. Coordinator for ‘Science Setu’ programme between Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) and Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, 15 and 22 February, 2017.

  2. Member of BoS committee (constituted by the Vice Chancellor of Central Haryana University) in the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Kaushal Kendra, Central Haryana University for development, revision and design of syllabus for B.Voc. Biomedical Science (2015, 2016)

  3. Coordinated a 7-Saturdays (2 March- 20 April 2013) videoconference based course on “Proteomics, Genomics and Bioethics” for twenty students of B.Sc. (H) Biomedical Science (Sem IV) with Ohio State University, USA and Anna University, Chennai.

  4. Member of the following committees in the college:

  5. IT committee (2016-2018)

  6. Alumni committee ( 2010-2012)

  7. Placement committee (2012-2016)

  8. Examination committee (2014-2016)

  9. Faculty Enrichment committee (2014-2015)

  10. Member of the following in the college:

  11. Career council cell (2012-2013, 2013-2014)

  12. Professional development (2009-2015)

  13. Member of course committee (2006 and 2008), Syllabus committee FYUP (2013-2014) and CBCS (2015-2016) at ACBR

  14. Member: Internal quality assurance cell (IQAC) in the college.

  15. Department Research committee (DRC) member, ACBR, University of Delhi (2008-2016)

  16. Mentor of ELITE projects for the undergraduates in the college (2013-2015).

Participated in:

  1. Attended a workshop titled “Research based pedagogy tools (level 1) held from 26 February to 1 March, 2017 at IISER Pune.

  2. Invited to participate in Indo­German seminar on Modeling Chemical and Biological (Re) activity ­ MCBR at IIT Delhi on 7th November 2015.

  3. Attended a workshop on Technology enabled: Teaching-Learning from 21 to 23 Nov, 2013 at ANDC, New Delhi.

  4. Attended NCERT training for ‘Development of training package in biology at higher secondary stage” 25 to 28th October, 2013.

  5. Participated in the tenth annual symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Research at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar center for Biomedical Research from October 29 to 31, 2015.

  6. Presented a poster at the Society for the Advanced Biology Education Research (SABER July 12-15, 2012) at the University of Minnesota, USA.

  7. Got hands-on training on Protein Purification technique (FPLC) in the Department of Biochemistry at Ohio State Univeristy, Columbus, USA, from 30 June to 7 July, 2012.

  8. Participated in the Northstar Summer institute program at University of Minnesota from July 11 to July 16.

  9. Participated in HHMI sponsored Phage hunting Workshop organized by the University of Pittsburgh, USA. June 25-29, 2012.

  10. TB meet organized by IISC and OSDD at IISc, Bangalore (18-20 July, 2013)

Other Academic Contributions
  1. Actively involved in revising the curriculum for B.Sc. (Hons.) Biomedical Sciences.  Has revised the subjects that she teaches as well has given inputs for other subjects such as cell biology, genetics, microbiology and immunology and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR in biology).

  2. Routinely invite eminent scientists in the department (in the capacity of teacher or teacher-in-charge). Prof. GP Talwar (TRF), Dr. Kanury Rao and Dr. Sunil Lal (ICGEB), Dr. R. Bamezai, Prof. Ram Ramaswami, Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar  Dr. Andrew Lynn, Dr. Devapriya Choudhry, Dr. Rajiv Bhat (JNU),  Dr. Arif Ali (JMI), Dr. p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; direction: ltr; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 120%; }p.western { font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; }p.cjk { font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; }p.ctl { font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11pt; }a:link { color: rgb(106, 104, 104); text-decoration: none; }

    1. Dinakar Salunke, Dr. Sushanshu Vrati, Dr. Satyajit Rath and Dr. Vineeta Bal (NII), Dr.Aditya Mittal (IIT), Dr. Ramchandran, Dr. Rajesh Gokhale (IGIB) and Dr. Narayansami (TCGA) have visited the department and given talks on their subjects of specialization. This enables students to get wider perspective on various subjects and stay abreast of the latest developments in biomedical sciences and related areas. 

    2. She has placed BMS students for conducting summer research projects in the various institutes and universities, such as NII, ICGEB, JNU, TRF, BISR (Jaipur), IIT Delhi, TERI, NIB (Noida), Ranbaxy, Dabur, Panacea Biotech, NIH etc.

  3. She has been invited as speaker at various national and international platforms:

  1. Integrating research in undergraduate education” at BIOSPARKS 2017, School of Lifesciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University on March 30, 2017.

  2. Learning Science through research and new teaching methodologies” at a 2-day meet on Teaching of the science in higher education: issues and challenges in Pedagogy and research, Department of Physics, Bangalore University on May 28, 2016.

  3. Crowdsourcing in wet labs with undergraduates” at BELLAGIO 2014 conference, Open source pharma/ Rockfellar Foundation, Italy on July 16, 2014.

  4. Open science: shared gains by educator and the learner” at Workshop on Open Science for Higher Education and Research organized by Creative commons on October 3, 2013.

  5. How to make a paradigm shift from didactic teaching to active learning” at the Young Investigator’s Meeting 2013, organized by Indiabiosciences.org on February 11, 2013.

  6. Undergraduate Research: Building of a repository of Mycobacterium tuberculosis genes and proteins” at Ohio State University, USA on July 10, 2012.

Membership        
  1. Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD)-CSIR 2008-2016

  2. Open source pharma (2014-

  3. Association of Microbiologists of India