Dr. N.Tejo Prakash
Professor

     

Designation:

Professor

Specialization:

Metal Biotransformations with focus on Metalloids

Email:

ntejoprakash@thapar.edu

Biography

Dr. N.Tejo Prakash is associated with Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India, since 2003. 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. He was a Visiting Professor to University of Manchester, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA; and Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He is also a research advisory board member at Xian Jiaotong University, China.

His research group is presently working in the areas of Selenium biotransformations, bioaccessibility and bioactivity of environmental toxicants. As an offshoot exploration, the group is also exploring biogenesis of selenium nanoparticles and their biological and environmental applications. The group has published more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Research Tags/ Areas

Selenium – biotransformations, bioavailability and bioactivity

Research Projects

National Projects

S.No. Project Title Sponsoring Agency Status

S.No

Project Title

Sponsoring Agency

Status

1

Studies on anti-inflammatory responses as function of bioavailable selenium from selenium-rich cereal grains

CSIR

Completed

2

Applications of ionizing radiation in AOP based degradation of persistent pollutants from aqueous streams

BRNS

Completed

(as co-PI)

3

Biofortification of selenium from in edible mushrooms from Se-rich crop residues

DBT-NBDB

Completed

4

Neuroprotective properties of selenoergothioneine sourced from selenium-rich mushrooms against oxidative stress and nitrosative damage in neuronal cells

DBT-MED

Completed

5

Role of plant microbe interactions in removal and volatilization of selenium from seleniferous soils

CSIR

Completed

6

Biogenesis of metal nanoparticles

DRDO

Completed

7

Selenium mobilization and biofortification from agricultural solid wastes

UGC-SAP DRS II

Completed

8

Studies on selenium and its speciation in environmental and biological samples from seleniferous region of Punjab

BRNS

Completed

9

Strain improvement of Aspergillus sp. for enhanced transesterification of waste cooking and non-edible oils using induced mutation by gamma irradiation

BRNS

Completed (as co-PI)

10

Fungus mediated biodiesel generation from waste edible oils

CSIR

Completed

(as co-PI)

11

Characterization and Molecular Analysis of some PAHs Degrading Pathways …. Metabolic Engineering

DBT

Completed

(as co-PI)

12

Biodiesel preparation from low quality feed stock using immobilized biocatalyst

DRDO

Completed

(as co-PI)

13

Study of arsenic and selenium using NAA

UGC-CRS

Completed (as co-PI)

Bilateral Projects

S.NO Project Title Name of the collaborating scientist and institute Sponsoring Agency Status

14

Localization of selenium and other trace elements in edible crops cultivated in seleniferous soils

Dr. Margarita Skalnaya

Professor

P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University,Yaroslavl, Russia

DST-RFBR

Ongoing

15

The effect of bioaccessible selenium in Se-rich wheat on the expression of pro- and anti-Inflammatory genes in macrophages

Dr. Sandeep Prabhu, Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn. State University, USA

DBT-CREST

Completed

16

Microbial biotransformation and generation of selenium nanoparticles

Prof. Jonathan Lloyd, SEAES, University of Manchester UK

Eramus-MESPOM Program (EU)

Completed

17

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

18

Selenium speciation in cereal grains

Dr. Francesco Cubadda, Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy

Completed

(under mutual research cooperation arrangement)

Membership of Professional Societies:

  • Mycologists Society of India (MSI)
  • International Society of Selenium Researchers (ISSR)

Research Publications (SCI only)

  • Dhanjal NI, Sharma S, Prabhu KS, Tinkov AA, Skalny A, Skalnaya M, Ajsuvokova O, Zhang F, Guo X, Tejo Prakash N, 2019, Selenium rich rice modulates the expression of prostaglandin genes in lipopolysaccharide stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages, Food and Function,10: 2839-2846.
  • Sharma A, Melo JS, Tejo Prakash N, Prakash R, 2018, Effect of feedstocks and chain lengths of alcohols on the whole-cell catalyzed generation of alkyl esters, Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, 40: 2612-2619
  • Jaiswal SK, Prakash R, Skalny AV, Skalnaya MG, Grabeklis AR, Skalnaya AA, Tinkov AA, Zhang F, Guo X, Tejo Prakash N, 2018, Synergistic effect of selenium and UV-B radiation in enhancing antioxidant level of wheatgrass grown from selenium rich wheat, Journal of Food Biochemistry, DoI: 10.1111/jfbc.12577
  • Ning Y, Wang X, Zhang P, Skalny VA, Tejo Prakash N, Li, Zhou R, Lammi M, Zhang F and Guo X, 2018, Imbalance of dietary nutrients and the associated differentially expressed genes and pathways may play important roles in juvenile Kashin-Beck disease, Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 50: 441-460
  • Skalnaya M, Jaiswal SK, Prakash R, Tejo Prakash N, Grabeklis AR, Zhegalova IV, Zhang F, Guo X, Tinkov AA, Skalny, AV, 2018, The level of toxic elements in edible crops from seleniferous area (Punjab, India), Biological Trace Element Research, 184: 523-528
  • Solovyev N, Tejo Prakash N, Bhatia P, Prakash R, Drobyshev E, Michalke B, 2018, Selenium-rich mushrooms cultivation on a wheat substrate from seleniferous area in Punjab, India, Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 50: 362-366.
  • Verma A. Tejo Prakash N, Toor AP, Bansal P, Sangal VK, Kumar A, 2018, Concentrating and non-concentrating slurry and fixed bed solar reactors for degradation of herbicide Isoproturon, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 140:021006:1-9.
  • Sharma A, Melo JS, Tejo Prakash N, Prakash R, 2018, Fuel properties of blend and biodiesel generated from acid oil using whole cell biocatalyst, Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, 40: 148-154.
  • Jaiswal SK, Prakash R, Prabhu KS, Tejo Prakash N, 2018, Bioaccessible selenium sourced from Se-rich mustard cake facilitates protection from TBHP induced cytotoxicity in melanoma cells, Food and Function, 9: 1998-2004.
  • He A, Wang W, Tejo Prakash N, Tinkov AA, Skalny AV, Wen Y, Hao J, Guo X, Zhang F 2017, Integrating Genome-Wide Association Study Summaries and Element-gene Interaction Datasets Identified Multiple Associations between Elements and Complex Diseases. Genetic Epidemiology, 42:168-173

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Books/ Book Chapters

  • Vidhyalaxmi C, Garg MK, Tejo Prakash N, Khanna S, 2007, In situ Bioremediation of Chlorpyrifos-Contaminated Site. In: In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation (Eds Gavaskar AR and Silver CF), Battelle Press, Columbus, OH, Pp L02-L08
  • Srivastava A, Tejo Prakash N, Prakash R, 2006, Study of selenium in soils and plants using NAA, In: Current Trends and Perspectives of Neutron Activation Analysis, BARC Publication, India, Pp.114-115
  • Gupta S, Kaur H, Prakash R, Ganguli A, Tejo Prakash N, 2004, Bioreduction and crystallization of selenium oxyanions by aerobic bacterium, Bacillus cereus. In: Biotechnological Approaches in Sustainable Development (Eds. Reddy MSR, Khanna SK), Allied Publishers, New Delhi, Pp. 323-33
  • Tejo Prakash N, Prakash R, Srivastava RB, 2002, A method for testing material susceptibility to biocorrosion in oil-water interface. In: Biodeterioration of Materials Vol. 2 (Eds. Srivastava RB, Mathur GN, Agarwal OP), INTACH-DMSRDE Publication, Lucknow, Pp. 42-45