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Department of Zoology

University of Delhi,India


The Department of Zoology was established as a premier centre of teaching and research in animal sciences in 1947 with Dr. M.L. Bhatia as the first head of the department . In 1963, it was recognized as the Centre for Advanced Studies(CAS) and continues to enjoy this status by special assistance of the UGC-SAP program. UGC extended its CAS status in 2011 by providing special assistance for another five years. The department has created a central-instrument facilitythrough the generous support of the University and also from DST-FIST programgrants.

In the 60 years of its existence, the department is credited for producing several post-graduate students and awarding nearly 550 doctoral degrees. Its alumni are doing exceptionally well as teachers and scientists at various universities and research laboratories in India and abroad. At present, the department has 186 M.Sc., 14 M.Phil. &101 Ph.D. students. The academic training imparted to the department’s M.Sc. students, equips them to enter doctoral programs of leading institutes in the country and abroad. The current research and teaching in the Department include various aspects of Animal Physiology,Entomology,Fish Biology,Immunology,Developmental Biology, Cell Signalling, Cell Biology, Radiation Biology, Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. Apart from teaching,the faculty has been publishing papers in peer-reviewed research journals. More than 53 papers have been published in last academic years. The department practices interdisciplinary research. Faculty members are presently collaborating with leading institutes of the country like CIFA (NFBSFARA Project), CIFE (DBT Project), CIFRI (NFBSFARA Project), DTU (DBT Project), DCFR, IMTECH, IARI,TERI,NEERI, IGIB, NII, NIHFW, ICGEB, NIT.

Faculty members have received many prestigious awards and honours. In 2007, two faculty members were elected as fellows of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Faculty members are also on the editorial board and/or adhoc reviewers for many prestigious national and international journals and members of project advisory committees (PAC) of DST and DBT. All faculty members have extramural funding for their research projects and the Department has international collaborations with Austria (FAO/IAEA), Germany(DST DAAD) project, Switzerland (Indo-Swiss), Indo-Mexican collaborative Project (DST-CIBNOR), Indo-Norwegian Project (Norwegian Embassy, NTNU), Indo-UK collaborative project (DBT-BBSRC).

The Department has been holding various workshops, symposia, conferences and other teaching courses to provide a platform for scientific exchanges. Keeping pace with time, the faculty members along with fellow colleagues from various colleges of the University revised B.Sc. Zoology (Hons) syllabus in 2003.Department organizes workshops for college teachers to make them adept with current trends in various aspects of animal sciences. Apart from teaching and research, the Faculty members are making substantial contribution to the University system in various capacities. Three faculty members hold senior administrative responsibilities in the University (Director-South Campus, Director-CIC and Dean-Examinations). To further strengthen teaching and research in the Department, an extensive renovation and up-gradation of teaching and research laboratories have been undertaken.

The department has made remarkable strides during the past 60 years and is committed to continue working hard for excellence in Science.






Publication & Research Paper



  • "Chahal, N., Geethadevi, A., Kaur, S., Lakra, R., Nagendra, A., Shrivastav, T. G.,De Pascali, F., Reiter, E., Crepieux, P., Devi, M.G., Malhotra, N., Murlidhar, K., Singh, R. (2020). Direct impact of gonadotropins on glucose uptake and storage. Metabolism, 154458."
  • 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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