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Dr. V. Tandon

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Name:  Prof. Veena Tandon

Designation:  Professor

Specialization:  Parasitology (Helminthology)

 

Contact Information:

Department of Zoology,
North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793022,
Meghalaya, INDIA

Tel.: +91 364 272 2312 (work), +91 364 2550100 (home)

E-Mail: tandonveena@gmail.com, tandonveena@hotmail.com

 

Academic Qualifications:

Degree

Year

University

B. Sc. Hons. Sch.

1967

Panjab University, Chandigarh

M. Sc. Hons. Sch.

1968

-do-

Ph. D.

1973

-do-

Post-doctoral                        1978-1979 Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine, USA  

 

Fellowships/Awards/Recognitions:

National:

  • National Merit Scholarship (1967-68)
  • Chair in Taxonomy- Animal Sciences, 2003 (for 3 years, MoE&F, GOI)
  • E.K. Janaki Ammal Award in Animal Taxonomy, 2006-MoE&F, GOI)

Fellow:

  • National Academy of Sciences, India (1998)
  • Indian Society for Parasitology (2005)
  • Zoological Society of India
  • Helminthological Society of India 

International:

  • Junior specialist Scientist (1978-79), Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine, USA.

 

Memberships of academic societies etc.:

Member:

  • Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (Govt. of India), 2001- 2007.
  • Task Force of Department of Biotechnology, GOI, 2001- 2004
  • Task Force of Department of Science & Technology, GOI, 2007-
  • Review and Advisory Monitoring Committee of ZSI, MoE&F,GOI, 2011-
  • Member-at Large on Executive Council of World Federation of Parasitologists (2006-2010; 2010-2014)

Life Member:

  • Indian Society for Parasitology
  • Zoological Society of India
  • Helminthological Society of India
  • Indian Science Congress Association
  • Zoo Outreach Organization
 

Professional Experience : Teaching, Research: 38 years

Administrative:

  • Dean, School of Life Sciences, NEHU (November 7, 2005- January 15, 2009)
  • President, Indian Society for Parasitology (2005-07; 2007-09)

Research Publications:  154+

 

Major areas of research:

  • Spectrum of helminth parasites in edible animals (fresh-water fishes, amphibians, chelonians, poultry, pigs and ruminants) with reference to North-East India- species composition, interspecific competition, influence of environmental factors (particularly in super humid, sub-tropical climatic zone) and seasonal prevalence of infection.
  • Helminth body surface as an important interface in the microenvironment offered by the host- its fine topography.
  • Monogenean parasites of Anuran Amphibia - ecology and biology of the species exclusive to the region and endemic amphibian fauna.
  • Neurobiology of helminth parasites: topography and nature of nervous and putative neuroendocrine components -newer targets for chemotherapeutic control.
  • Transmission dynamics of directly transmittable infections (ascarids and hookworms); bioprospection and anthelmintic efficacy of plants used in traditional medicinal practice.

 

Number of M. Phil. /Ph. D. produced:

M. Phil.: 6

Name

Year

Title of Thesis

Jagdishwari Vaidya

1976

Studies on the paramphistome flukes parasitizing some ruminant flukes in Simla and its suburbs.

Pasang Tshering Bhutia

1977

A study on the neurosecretory cells and neurosecretory substances in some helminth parasites

Virinder Sharma

1980

Amphistome fauna of ruminants in Himachal Pradesh

Mamoni Dutta

1991

Studies on the monogenean and cestode parasites of anuran amphibian hosts in Meghalaya

Papri Pal

1994

A study on the efficacy of Flemingia vestita, an indigenous putative anthelmintic plant of Meghalaya

R. Imkongwapang

1997

A study on the helminth parasites spectrum in anuran Amphibia in Nagaland

Ph. D.: 15*

Name

Year

Title of Thesis

R. Chakravarty nee Bhattacharjee

1986

Studies on caryophyllidean cestode parasites of some catfishes and histopathology of the host.

N. Mishra

1987

Studies on the nervous system and neuroendocrine components in some trematode parasites.

C.A.R. Diengdoh

1989

Helminth parasite spectrum of amphibian hosts in Meghalaya.

A.K. Yadav

1990

Studies on some aspects of nematode infections in animals of food value with an evaluation of plausible factors affecting zoonotic infections in Meghalaya.

B. Roy

1990

Spectrum of digenetic trematodes in edible mammalian hosts in North-East India with some biochemical and ultrastructural studies.

R.D. Lyngdoh

1994

Studies on some caryophyllidean cestodes parasitizing edible catfish - a morphological, histocytological and histochemical approach to the host-parasite relationship.

M. Dutta

1995

Studies on the monogenean parasites of anuran Amphibia in Meghalaya, India - morphological, ecological and biological aspects.

Papri Pal

1998

An in-vitro study on the anthelmintic efficacy of the root tuber peel extract of Flemingia vestita against the cestode, Raillietina echinibothrida.

Larisha M. Lyndem

2002

A study on the status of hookworm infections in human populations in Meghalaya (India).

Pradip K. Kar

2002

An in-vitro study on the efficacy of some putative anthelmintic plants against the trematode parasite, Fasciolopsis buski.

Bidyadhar Das

2003

Anthelmintic efficacy of Flemingia vestita: an in-vitro study on carbohydrate metabolism in the cestode, Raillietina echinibothrida.

Pramod Kumar Prasad

2009

Studies on the status and molecular characterization of paragonimiasis and other Crustacea-borne trematode zoonoses in Northeast India

R. Imkongwapang

2010

Studies on the diversity and status of helminth parasites in anuran amphibia of Nagaland (Northeast India)

C. Malsawmtluangi

2011

The helminth faunal spectrum of rodent hosts from bamboo growing areas in Mizoram, Northeast India

 

Number of Ph. D. students working for the degree: 8

Name

Title of Ph. D. Dissertation

Lalit Mohan Goswami (2006)

 

Studies on the status and molecular discrimination of Crustacea-borne zoonoses of trematode origin, with special reference to paragonimiasis in suspected foci of Northeast India

Sunila Thapa (2006)

Studies on Helminth parasite spectrum of edible freshwater fishes and fish-borne zoonoses in Meghalaya, Northeast India

Donald B. Jyrwa (2007)

Studies on helminthoses and molecular taxonomy of caryophyllidean cestodes in freshwater fishes in Meghalaya

Jollin Andrea Shylla (2007)

Status of Amphistomiasis and Molecular Taxonomy of Paramphistomid Parasites (Platyhelminthes: Trematoda: Paramphistomidae) in Mammalian Livestock in Northeast India

Sudeep Ghatani (2007)

Status of amphistomiasis and molecular taxonomy of gastrothylacid parasites (Platyhelminthes: Trematoda: Gastrothylacidae) in mammalian livestock in Northeast India

Voleentina D. Athokpam (2009)

Studies on the spectrum and molecular discrimination of Crustacea- and fish-borne trematode zoonoses in Manipur, Northeast India

Ranjana Sahu (2010)

Molecular Characterization of some zoonotic extra-hepatic and intestinal trematodes prevailing in Northeast India

Shakti Kumar (2010)

An in silico analysis of proteases in helminth and protozoan parasites of mammalian hosts

Current Research Interest:

  • Spectrum of helminth parasites in edible animals (fresh-water fishes, amphibians, chelonians, poultry, pigs and ruminants)- Agents of Zoonoses in North-East India.
  • Bioprospection and anthelmintic efficacy of plants used in traditional medicinal practice.
  • Molecular characterization and development of species-specific molecular markers as tools in diagnostics.

 

Major Research Projects undertaken:

  1. “All India Co-ordinated Project on Capacity Building In Taxonomy - Helminths and Nematodes (AICOPTAX)”. Ministry of Environment and Forests, GOI. (IX-X plan period, continuing through XIth plan) ~ Rs. 7. 00 lakh per annum.
  2. “Status of amphistomiasis and molecular taxonomy of amphistome parasites in mammalian livestock in Northeast India”. Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India (2008- ) = Rs. ~26.00 lakh.
  3. “North-East Parasite Information and Analysis Centre (NEPIAC): an in silico approach" {Prof. Veena Tandon (PI), Mr. Devendra Kumar Biswal, Information officer (Co-PI) NEHU, Shillong and Dr. Srinivasan Ramachandran (Co-PI), Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology Delhi}. Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, GOI (2008-) ~135.0 lakh.
  4. Aspects of helminthiasis in animals of food value and human populations in West Khasi Hills district.- 1985-88; Sponsored by Department of Environment and Forests, Government of India, under Himalayan Eco-Development Programme in NEHU.
  5. Screening of edible host animals in N.E. region for helminth parasitic infections and their plausible role in zoonoses in human populations. 1986-1989. Sponsored by North-Eastern Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
  6. Studies on the biology of Polystoma sp.- a monogenean parasite exclusive to Amphibia of Meghalaya. 1990-91. Science and Technology Cell. Government of Meghalaya.
  7. Aspects of helminthiasis in animals of food value and human populations in Meghalaya- an investigation into transmission dynamics of infection in a high rainfall area. 1992-95. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  8. Aspects of ascariasis and hookworm infections in tropical and mountainous high-rainfall areas of Meghalaya: an investigation into transmission dynamics and anthelmintic efficacy of a putatively curative plant. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (1997-2000).

 

Ongoing Major Research Projects:

  1. “Bio-Informatics Centre” of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, GOI (Sub DIC1999-; DIC, 2011- Deputy Coordinator) ~20.00 lakh per annum.
  2. “Next Generation Sequencing and Genome Information of Parasite Biodiversity of medico-veterinary significance in North-East India” {Veena Tandon (PI), Mr. Devendra Kumar Biswal, Information officer (Co-PI) NEHU, Shillong and Prof. Alok Bhattacharya (Co-PI), JNU, New Delhi. Department of Biotechnology, GOI- DBT-NER Twinning Programme (2011- 2014 ) = Rs. 78.80 lakh.
  3. “ Establishment of Portal for Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN) : “BRIC Biodiversity Informatics: Data Capture and Management – III” (for NEHU, Shillong) [ Project Coordinator:Dr. K.N. Ganeshaiah University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore and Dr. P. S. Roy, Dean Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (NRSC), Dehradun] under the programme on “National Bioresource Development Board (NBDB)” of Department of Biotechnology, GOI (2011-2014) = Rs. 31.84 lakh.
  4. “Molecular characterization of food-borne trematodes and cestodes prevailing in Northeast India”- Prof. Veena Tandon (PI) and Dr. Bishnupada Roy, Prof. A. Chatterjee and Dr. R. Laha (Co-PIs). ICMR-ICAR coordinated Joint project on Zoonoses (2011-2014)~ Rs. 17,01 lakh per annum.
  • Launch of the ‘North East Parasite Information and Analysis Centre’ [NEPIAC]http://nepiac.bicnehu.ac.in
  • Launch of Indian Bioresource Information Network- www.ibin.gov.in as a major activity of the XIth Meeting of Conference Of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11 event, 8-19 October) on 11th October, 2012

 As a collaborating PI in the coordinated project of the Bio Resource Information Centres (BRICs) team and as a core node {for the Indian Bio-Resource Information Network (IBIN) under the aegis of NBDB, DBT, GOI-

Publications:

National: 74
International: 74

Updated by lakmen_zoology on Sep 16, 2013 12:53:03