Dr. N.Tejo Prakash





Metal Biotransformations




Selenium quantification, bioaccessibility and bioactivity


Dr. N.Tejo Prakash is a Professor at School of Energy and Environment, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, India and is currently heading the School. He received his MS from SV University, India and his PhD from Pondicherry University, India. He worked as post-doctoral visitor at Blaustein Desert Research Institute, Israel and Defence Research and Development Organization, India before eventually joining as faculty at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology as Assistant Professor in 2003. He was a visiting professor to University of Manchester, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA; and Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He is presently working in the areas of Selenium biotransformations, bioaccessibility and bioactivity of environmental toxicants.

Research Projects (as PI)

A. National Projects

S.NO. Project Title Sponsoring Agency Status
1 Biofortification of selenium from in edible mushrooms from Se-rich crop residues DBT-NBDB Ongoing
2 Neuroprotective properties of selenoergothioneine sourced from selenium-rich mushrooms against oxidative stress and nitrosative damage in neuronal cells DBT-Neurobiology Ongoing
3 Studies on anti-inflammatory responses as function of bioavailable selenium from selenium-rich cereal grains CSIR Ongoing
4 Role of plant microbe interactions in removal and volatilization of selenium from seleniferous soils CSIR Completed
5 Biogenesis of metal nanoparticles DRDO Completed
6 Selenium mobilization and biofortification from agricultural solid wastes UGC-SAP DRS II Completed
7 Studies on selenium and its speciation in environmental and biological samples from seleniferous region of Punjab BRNS Completed

B. Bilateral Projects

S.NO. Project Title Name of the collaborating scientist and institute Sponsoring Agency Status
1 Localization of selenium and other trace elements in edible crops cultivated in seleniferous soils Dr. Margarita Skalnaya Professor P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State DST-RFBR Ongoing
2 The effect of bioaccessible selenium in Se-rich wheat on the expression of pro- and anti-Inflammatory genes in macrophages Dr. Sandeep Prabhu, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn. State University, USA DBT-CREST Completed
3 Microbial biotransformation and generation of selenium nanoparticles Prof. Jonathan Lloyd, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester UK Eramus-MESPOM Program (EU) Completed
4 Molecular mechanism of selenium reduction by microorganisms and its application to development of selenium recovery systems Dr. Hisaaki Mihara, Department of Biotechnology, Ritsumeikan University, Japan DST-JSPS Completed
5 Selenium speciation in cereal grains Dr. Francesco Cubadda, Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy Completed (under mutual research cooperation arrangement)  

Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies

  • International Society for Selenium Research (ISSR) – Executive member
  • International Phytotechnology Society – Life Member
  • International Society Environmental Information Systems (ISEIS)) – Life Member
  • Indian Association of Aquatic Biologists (IAAB) – Life Member
  • Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS) – Life Member
  • Mycological Society of India - Life Member
Publications and other Research Outputs SCI: 57 Non-SCI: 10

Awards and Honours

  • 2016-2020 Member, Research Advisory Committee, Global Health Institute, Xian Jiantong University, China
  • 2011-2012 CREST Fellow, DBT Award for research work at Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • 2010 CCSTDS-Kyoto University Grant - Selenium 2010, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2009 IUPAC Thermo-Scientific Award for best cocept presentation
  • 2008 Erasmus Mundus MESPOM Fellow at University of Manchester, UK
  • 2008 Kirkhouse Trust Travel Award, Kirkhouse Trust, Institute of Advanced Study, Oxford University, UK
  • 1996 SETAC – Summer School Visitorship, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) – Italy, Europe
  • 1995MASHAV Fellow, Centre for International Cooperation, Israel

Description of Research Interests:

Please refer to the listed research projects mentioned above