Assistant Professor (Entomology)



Before starting my career in teaching & research in insect pest management, I obtained basic knowledge of science (Zoology; specialization: Entomology) at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Further study at Universiteit Gent, Belgium boosted me to acquire in-depth knowledge of microscopic nematodes called “entomopathogenic nematodes”. Currently, I am interested in to utilize these beneficial nematodes in the management of insect pests of agricultural importance.

I have carried out research work in different government-funded projects at Dr. YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry (Solan), National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (formerly Project Directorate of Biological Control) (Bangalore), Indian Institute of Pulses Research (Kanpur), SVP University of Agriculture & Technology (Meerut) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (New Delhi) during the period 1998 to 2011, besides the work carried out at Institute for Agriculture & Fisheries Research (University of Ghent, Belgium) under Prof. Maurice Moens.

I was involved in teaching and research of entomology-related courses for 4 years (from 2012 to 2015) at Hamelmalo Agricultural College, Keren, Eritrea (North-East Africa). During this period, I have guided 16 undergraduate students for completion of 4 senior research projects required for award of degree. I was also actively involved in co-curricular activities such as curriculum review, preparation of strategic plan for the department, establishment of plant protection lab and departmental exhibition at college level, and served as plant protection laboratory in-charge.

I have published more than 20 research articles in international / national journals and attended/presented +20 papers in symposia, conferences, congress or workshop.