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Department of Zoology

University of Delhi,India

A training programme on "Recent Advances in Fish Nutrition" was organized by Aqua Research Lab, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi during March 15-17, 2019.


Welcome To Department of Zoology



The Department of Zoology is a constituent entity of the Faculty of Science, University of Delhi.Since its inception in 1947, it has been the foremost centre for learning in all aspects of Animal Sciences in India.Initial teaching efforts in the department was tailored to train students leading them to a B.Sc. degree and subsequently Masters and Ph.D programme were rolled out in 1951. The present premises of the department was built in 1959 resulting in an expansion of research (representing a wide spectrum of disciplines in Animal Sciences) activities,coinciding with the attraction of eminent faculties to work in the Department.

Though being one of the youngest departments,it was selected as the maiden Centre for Advanced Study in Zoology by the UGC in recognition to its outstanding research profile in 1963 and it continues to hold this honour till date. Many extra mural funding grants was won by its faculties from different agencies like WHO, Ford Foundation, USDA, USAID, CSIR, ICAR, DBT etc. Thus enhancing the research infrastructure and help maintain its eminent position in the area of Animal Sciences. Being a part of this illustrious department,we are privileged to invite you explore these webpages,wherein we have showcased the different facets of activities undertaken by our department. Further,we shall be extremely happy to provide further information on any subject related to our department. The contact details of the different faculty members and the office have also been provided.

Prof. Umesh Rai
Head, Department of Zoology
University of Delhi






Publication & Research Paper



  • Bakshi, A. and Rai, U (2020). Reproductive phase-dependent variation, sexually dimorphic expression and sex steroids-mediated transcriptional regulation of lep and lepr in lymphoid organs of Channapunctata. Scientific Reports. 10:999.
  • T. Batra, I. Malik, A. Prabhat, S. K. Bhardwaj and V. Kumar (2020). Sleep in unnatural times: Illuminated night negatively affects sleep and associated hypothalamic gene expressions in diurnal zebra finches. Proceedings of Royal Society B. doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2952
  • A. Sharma, S. das, R. Komal, S. Malik, S. Rani and V. Kumar (2020) Seasonal reproductive state determines gene expression in the hypothalamus of a latitudinal migratory songbird during the spring and autumn migration. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2020.110794.
  • I. Mishra, N. Agarwal, A. Prabhat, T. Batra, S. K. Bhardwaj and V. Kumar (2020) Changes in brain peptides associated with reproduction and energy homeostasis: Putative roles of GnRH-II and TH in determining the reproductive performance in response to daily food availability times in diurnal zebra finches. Journal of Neuroendocrinology doi: 10.1111/jne.12825.
  • Purohit, JS., Neetika Singh, Shah S. Hussain and Chaturvedi, MM(2020). Attaining Epigenetic Rejuvenation: Challenges Ahead. Models, Molecules and Mechanisms in Biogerontology. 159-179. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-32-9005-1
  • Goswami, R. K., Shrivastav, A. K., Sharma, J. G., Tocher, D. R. and Chakrabarti, R. (2020). Growth and digestive enzyme activities of rohuLabeorohita fed diets containing macrophytes and almond oil-cake. Animal Feed Science and Technology (Elsevier). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2020.114456
  • Vijay,P.&Sehgal, N. (2020). Structural analysis and Characterization of Egg-envelope in the Indian freshwater murrel, Channapunctatus. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. 1-10.
  • Dhaulaniya, A. S., Balan, B., Yadav, A., Jamwal, R., Kelly, S., Cannavan, A., &Singh, D. K. (2020). Development of an FTIR based chemometric model for the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of cane sugar as an added sugar adulterant in apple fruit juices. Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, 1-13.
  • Balan, B., Dhaulaniya, A. S., Jamwal, R., Sodhi, K. K., Kelly, S., Cannavan, A., &Singh, D. K. (2020). Application of Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy coupled with chemometrics for detection and quantification of formalin in cow milk. Vibrational Spectroscopy, 107, 103033.
  • Kumari, S., Jamwal, R., Mishra, N., &Singh, D. K. (2020). Recent Developments in Environmental Mercury Bioremediation and its Toxicity: A Review. Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management, 100283.
  • Seth, R.K., Patil,B.V., Zarin, M., Khan, Z., Hanchinal, S.G., Haveri, R.V., Gopalkrishna, A., and Seth, R. (2020). Studies on the ontogenic radio-sensitivity in Callosobruchusspecies complex to establish a generic dose of phytosanitary irradiation as a post harvest quarantine treatment for disinfestation of pulses. Radiation Physics and Chemistry 171:DOI:10.1016/j.radphyschem.2020.108686 (IF: 2.226)
  • Seth, R.K., Patil,B.V., Khan, Z., Zarin, M., Hanchinal, S.G., Haveri, R.V. &Gopalkrishna, A. (2020). Radiation biology of a serious tropical pigeon pea pest, Marucavitrata(Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) and potential of radiation mediated ‘inherited (F1) sterility technique’ for the pest suppression. International Journal of Radiation Biology 96 (4): 532-544. DOI: 10.1080/09553002.2020.1707323 (IF: 2761)
  • Chauhan, N., Shrivastava, N. K., Agrawal, N., &Shakarad, M. N. (2020). Wing patterning in faster developing Drosophila is associated with high ecdysone titer and wingless expression. Mechanisms of Development, 103626. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mod.2020.103626
  • Jyoti, Agrawal, N., &Shrivastava, A. (2020). An interplay between immune responses and neurodegenerative diseases progression: An assessment using Drosophila as a model. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 577302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroim.2020.577302
  • Venkateswaran, K., Shrivastava, A., Prasad, A. K., Parmar, V. S., &Dwarakanath, B. S. (2020) Developing polyphenolic acetates as radiation countermeasure agents: current status and future perspectives. Drug Discovery Today, 25(4): 781-786.
  • Sharma, P., Jain, P. Shrivastava, A.& Saran, S. (2020). Can Autophagy Stop the Clock: Unravelling the Mystery in Dictyosteliumdiscoideum. In Models, Molecules and Mechanisms in Biogerontology, Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-32-9005-1_13
  • Goel, H., Singhal, S., Mathur, R., Syeda, S., Gupta, R. K., Kumar, A., Shrivastava, A., Jha, A. K. (2020). Promoter Hypermethylation of LATS2 Gene in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) Among North Indian Population. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 21(5), 1283-1287.
  • Shukla S., Jadli M., Thakur K., Shishodia G., Mahata S., Basir SF., Das BC., Bharti AC (2019). Level of phospho-STAT3 (Tyr705) correlates with copy number and physical state of human papillomavirus 16 genome in cervical precancer and cancer lesions. PLoS One14(9):e0222089. PMID: 31487312
  • Rajaram, S., Sathija, P.K., Gupta, B., Arora, V.K., Bharti, A.C., &Goel, N. (2019). Evaluation of Biomarkers p16/Ki-67 in Cervical Cytology for Diagnosis of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia. Ind J GynecolOncol. 17: 46.
  • Sharma K., Mishra N. and Shakarad MN. 2020. Evolution of reduced minimum critical size as a
    response to selection for rapid pre-adult development in Drosophila melanogaster. R. Soc. Open Sci. 7: 191910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191910
  • Chauhan N., Shrivastava NK., Agrawal N. and Shakarad MN. 2020. Wing patterning in faster developing Drosophila is associated with high ecdysone titer and wingless expression. Mechanisms of Development 163 (2020) 103626. doi.org/10.1016/j.mod.2020.103626.
  • Khurana, H., Singh, D.N., Singh, A., Singh, Y., Lal, R., and Negi, R.K. 2020. Gut microbiome of endangered Tor putitora(Ham.) as a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes and pathogens associated with fish health. BMC Microbiology.
  • Kumar,R., Verma, H., Singhvi, N. Sood,U. Gupta, V., Singh,M., Kumari, R., Hira, P., Nagar,S., Talwar,C., Nayyar,N., Anand,A., Rawat,C., Verma,M., Negi, R. K., Singh,Y. and Lal,R. 2020. Comparative Genomic Analysis of Rapidly Evolving SARS-CoV-2 Viruses Reveal Mosaic Pattern ofPhylogeographicalDistribution.mSystems.
  • Khurana, H., Singh, M., Verma, H., Lopes, B.S., Lal, R., and Negi, R.K. 2020. Genomic insights into the phylogeny of Bacillus strains and elucidation of their secondary metabolic potential. Genomics. 112: 1391-3200. ISSN: 0888-7543.
  • Khan, N. A., Ninawe, A. S., Sharma, J. G. and Chakrabarti, R. 2019. Effect of Light Intensity on Survival, Growth and Physiology of Rohu, Labeorohita (Cyprinidae) Fry. International Journal of Radiation Biology (Taylor & Francis) 96: 552-559. https://doi.org/10.1080/09553002.2020.1704905
  • Bakshi, A. and Rai, U (2019). Tissue-specific sexual dimorphism in the expression of kisspeptin and its receptors in spotted snakehead Channa punctatus. Current Science. 116(5):802-810.
  • Vijay, P., Sharma, L. &Sehgal, N. 2019. Protein profiling and Precursor-product relationship between Vitellogenin and Lipovitellin in the African catfish, Clariasgariepinus. Bulletin of Pure & Applied Sciences-Zoology 38A (2): 67-81.
  • M. Gaur, A. Vasudeva, A. Singh, V. Sharma, H. Khurana, R.K. Negi, J.K. Lee, V.C. Kalia, R. Misra, andY. Singh (2019).Comparison of DNA Extraction Methods for Optimal Recovery of MetagenomicDNA from Human and Environmental Samples. Indian J Microbiol. 59, 482-489
  • L. Das, R. Virmani, V. Sharma, D. Rawatand and Y. Singh (2019). Human Milk Microbiota: Transferring the Antibiotic Resistome to Infants. Indian J Microbiol. 59, 410-416.
  • Minhas V, Kumar R, Moitra T, Singh R, Panda AK, Gupta SK (2019). Immunogenicity and contraceptive efficacy of recombinant fusion protein encompassing Sp17 spermatozoa specific protein and GnRH: Relevance of adjuvants and micro-particles based delivery to minimize number of injections" American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 83(4):e13218. doi: 10.1111/aji.13218.
  • Sood U., Singh DN., Hira P., Lee JK., Kalia VC., Lal R., and Shakarad M. (2019). Rapid and solitary production of mono-rhamnolipidbiosurfactant and biofilm inhibiting pyocyanin by taxonomic outlier Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain CR1. Journal of Biotechnology. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotech.2019.11.004
  • Rana, V.S., Popli, S., Saurav, G.K., Raina, H.S., Jamwal, R., Chaubey, R., Ramamurthy, V. V.,
    Natarajan, K. and Rajagopal, R. (2019). Implication of the Whitefly, Bemisiatabaci, Collagen ProteininBegomoviruses Acquisition and Transmission. Phytopathology 109(8), 1481-1493.
  • Pandey, N., Rajagopal, R. (2019). Comparative Analysis of the Difference in the Midgut Microbiota between the Laboratory Reared and the Field-caught Populations of Spodopteralitura. Microbiol. Biotechnol. Lett.; Vol.47(3): 423-433.
  • Saurav, G.K., Rana, V.S., Popli, S., Daimei, G. and Rajagopal R. (2019). A thioredoxin-like protein of Bemisiatabaciinteracts with coat protein of begomoviruses. Virus Genes 55: 356.
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Department of Zoology

University of Delhi

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Email : head@zoology.du.ac.in

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