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Principal Scientist,
Veterinary Biotechnology Division,

Telephone: 0581-2301584
Mobile No.: 9456408509

Field of Specialization Vaccine Vector Designing Total Research Papers 85
No. Patents Granted / Filed 2 Total No. of Book / Manual 4
No. of M.V.Sc. Student Guided 5 No. of PhD Student Guided 8
Present Number of M.V.Sc. Student 0 Present Numberof PhD Student 1

Top 10 Research Papers

  • Gupta, P.K., Dahiya, S.S., Rai, P. Rai, A, Patel, C.L., Sonwane, A.A., Saini, M. (2009) Sindbis virus replicon-based DNA vaccine encoding rabies virus glycoprotein elicits specific humoral and cellular immune response in dogs. Acta virologica 53: 83-88.
  • Narute, P.S., Raut, A.A., Saini, M., Rai, A., Gupta, P.K. (2009). Inhibition of bovine herpesvirus-1 multiplication in MDBK cells by small interfering RNAs. Acta virologica 53: 203-206.
  • Saxena, S., Sonwane, A.A., Dahiya, S.S., Patel, C.L., Saini, M., Rai A., Gupta, P.K. (2009) Induction of immune responses and protection in mice against rabies using a self-replicating RNA vaccine encoding rabies virus glycoprotein. Veterinary Microbiology 136: 36-44.
  • Saxena, S., Dahiya, S.S., Sonwane, A.A., Patel, C.L., Saini, M., Rai A., Gupta, P.K. (2008) A sindbis virus replicon-based DNA vaccine encoding the rabies virus glycoprotein elicits immune responses and complete protection in mice from lethal challenge. V
  • Patial, S., Chaturvedi, V.K., Rai, A., Saini, M. Chandra, R., Saini, Y. and Gupta, P.K. (2007). Virus neutralizing antibody response induced by intramuscular immunization of mice and dogs with a bicistronic DNA vaccine encoding rabies virus glycoprotein a
  • Gupta, P.K., Sharma, S., Walunj, S.S., Patil, A.A., Rai, A. Saini, M. (2006). A DNA vaccine that encodes rabies virus glycoprotein lacking transmembrane domain enhances antibody response but not protection. Acta Virologica 50: 87-92.
  • Gupta, P.K., Sharma, S., Walunj, S.S., Chaturvedi, V.K., Raut, A., Patial, S., Rai, A., Pandey. K.D. and Saini, M. (2005) Immunogenic and antigenic properties of recombinant soluble glycoprotein of rabies virus. Veterinary Microbiology 108:207-214.
  • Gupta P.K., Bind R.B., Walunj, S.S. and Saini, M. (2004). High nucleotide and amino acid sequence similarities of buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) tumor necrosis factor- with cattle and other ruminants. European Journal of Immunogenetics 31: 189-193.
  • Gupta, P.K., Singh, R.K., Sharma, R.N., Rao, Y.U.B. and Butchaiah, G. (2001) Preliminary report on a single tube, non-interrupted reverse-transcription-polymerase chain reaction for the detection of rabies virus in brain tissue. Veterinary Research Commun

Technologies Developed

  • Glycoprotein E (gE) deleted mutant of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus - developed as DIVA-based marker vaccine. (Patent under submission).
  • A rapid, sensitive and user-friendly visual LAMP-based assay - developed for detection of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus in bovine semen. (Patent applied).
  • A Pestivirus based eukaryotic expression vector has been constructed utilizing minimal regulatory elements of classical swine fever (CSFV). (Patent applied).
  • A self-replicating DNA vaccine vector (pAlpha) utilizing Replicase gene of Sindbis virus has been developed for high level expression of immunogenic gene in DNA immunized host.
  • The classical swine fever virus (CSFV) Lapinized vaccine strain has been characterized by complete genome sequencing and analysis. Genbank Accession No. EU857642


  • Fellow of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC, UK).
  • Visiting Scientist to Institute for Animal Health (IAH), UK under Indo-UK ToMBiT programme.
  • CSIR Senior Research Fellow for PhD thesis research.
  • Vice Chancellor's Silver Medal for B.V.Sc. & A.H.
  • Reviewer in Peer Reviewed Journals like, Vaccine (Elsevier), Expert Review of Vaccines (Future Science Group), Pharmacology (Karger Press), African Journal of Microbiology Research (Academic Journals), Indian Journal of Biotechnology (NISCIR), Indian Jour


  • Life Member of Indian 12 Society (IVS)
  • Life Member of Indian Immunology Society (IIS)
  • Life Member of Indian Association of Veterinary Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IAVMI)
  • Life Member of Commonwealth Scholarship Alumni Association

Ongoing Projects

  • Development of recombinant sheeppox vectored Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccine for small ruminants
  • Development and evaluation of DIVA-based vaccine utilizing an Indian isolate of Classical Swine Fever virus
  • Characterization of membrane transporters for urate secretion in avian renal tubular epithelium for their role in drug induced nephrotoxicity
  • Development of multiplexed diagnostic biosensor for infectious reproductive diseases of cattle and buffaloes (DBT-BBSRC, UK)
  • Development of cell culture based genetically modified marker vaccine against classical swine fever
  • Development of recombinant sheep pox vectored Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccine for small ruminants (DBT-Bio-CARe)
  • Development of a bivalent marker vaccine against bovine herpesvirus-1 and brucella (NFBSFARA)
  • Development of prophylactic as well as therapeutic DNA vaccine for canine mammary cancer
  • Niche Area of Excellence NAE - Development of Bio-sensors for diagnosis of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and Brucellosis
  • Development of cell culture based model for in vitro toxicity testing of diclofenac

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