Dr. Amit Seth

Designation: Associate Professor

Specialization: Enzyme Technology, Industrial Microbiology, Bioremediation, Pteridophytes (Ferns) and Biodiversity.

Contact: 9459037197/7018019926

Email: amitseth [AT] manipuruniv.ac.in; amitsethshimla [AT] gmail.com

M.Sc., Ph.D., CSIR/UGC-NET

 

(I) Achievements

S.No

Name of Award

Awarding Agency

Year

1.

Outstanding reviewer award

International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (Impact Factor 4.784), Elsevier

2018

2.

Recognized reviewer award

International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (Impact Factor 4.784), Elsevier

2018

3

Recognized reviewer award

Process Biochemistry (Impact Factor 2.6), Elsevier

2019

4.

S.S.Bir Gold Medal in Pteridology

Indian Fern Society

2018

5.

CSIR-SRF

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

2008

6.

CSIR-UGC NET

(For Lectureship)

UGC/CSIR

2003 and 2005

7.

Certificate of Merit

Indian Fern Society

2014

8.

International Travel Grant

DST

2017

 

(II) Membership of Professional Bodies, Societies, Etc.:

  1. Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association

  2. Fellow and a Life Member of the Association of Plant Taxonomy, Dehradun, India.

  3. Life Member of the Association of Microbiologists of India, India.

  4. Life Member Indian Fern Society, Patiala and Chandigarh, India.

(III) Academic Degrees

  • PhD Biotechnology (2010), Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

Thesis entitled “Studies on nitrilase of Gordonia terrae and its application in synthesis of non-proteinogenic amino acids

  • M Sc Botany with specialization in Applied Microbiology (2004), Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

  • B.Sc. (2002) Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

(IV) Professional Experience (12 years)

  • Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences (Botany), Manipur University, Imphal (2020-present)

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, Shoolini University, Solan (2019-2020)

  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, Shoolini University, Solan (2011-2019)

  • Assistant Professor and Head of Department, Department of Botany, Government Post Graduate College, Karsog, District Mandi, (H.P.) (2010-2011)

  • Two years teaching experience at Department of Biotechnology, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla for M.Sc. Microbiology course (2008-2010)

(V) Publications:

(A) International Journals [SCI/Scopus Listed]

  1. Shweta Chauhan, Varun Jaiswal, Chandrika Attri and Amit Seth 2020. Random mutagenesis of thermophilic xylanase for enhanced stability and efficiency validated through molecular docking. Recent Patents on Biotechnology 14: 5-15 [Scopus listed]

  2. Poonam Singh, Ansu Kumari, Chandrika Attri, Amit Seth 2019. Efficient lactamide synthesis by fed-batch method using nitrile hydratase of Rhodococcus pyridinivorans NIT-36. Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences 9(3): 567-572 [Scopus listed]

  3. Kavita Bhatia, Gorakh Mal, Rasbihari Bhar, Jyoti, Chandrika Attri and Amit Seth 2018 Purification and characterization of thermostable superoxide dismutase from Anoxybacillus gonensis KA 55 MTCC 12684. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 117:1133–1139 [IF: 4.784]

  4. Jyoti, Kavita Bhatia, Kalpana Chauhan, Chandrika Attri and Amit Seth 2017 Improving stability and reusability of Rhodococcus pyridinivorans NIT-36 nitrilase by whole cell immobilization using chitosan. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 103: 8–15 [IF: 4.784]

  5. Pratush A, Seth A and Bhalla T.C. 2017 Expression of nitrile hydratase gene of mutant 4D strain of Rhodococcus rhodochrous PA-34 in Pichia pastoris. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 35(1):19–26 [IF: 1.627]

  6. Kumar, V., Seth, A., Kumari, V., Kumar, V. and Bhalla, T.C. 2015 Purification, characterization and in-silico analysis of nitrilase from Gordonia terrae. Protein and Peptide Letters 22(1): 52-62 [IF: 1.168]

  7. Pratush A, Seth A and Bhalla TC 2013 Purification and characterisation of nitrile hydratase of mutant 4D Rhodococcus rhodochrous PA-34. 3 Biotech 3 (2): 165–171. [IF: 1.786]

  8. Pratush A, Seth A and Bhalla TC 2012 Cloning, Sequencing, and Expression of Nitrile hydratase Gene of Mutant 4D Strain of Rhodococcus rhodochrous PA 34 in E. coli. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 168: 465-486. [IF: 2.140]

  9. Pratush A, Seth A and Bhalla T C 2011 Optimization of process parameters for conversion of 3-cyanopyridine to nicotinamide using resting cells of mutant 4D strain of Rhodococcus rhodochrous PA-34. International Journal Bioautomation 15 (3): 151-158.

  10. Pratush A, Seth A and Bhalla TC 2010 Generation of mutant of Rhodococcus rhodochrous PA-34 through chemical mutagenesis for hyper production of nitrile hydratase. Acta Microbiologica Et Immunologica Hungarica 57(2): 135-146 [IF:1.107]

  11. Raj J, Singh N, Prasad S, Seth A and Bhalla T C 2007. Bioconversion of benzonitrile to benzoic acid using free and agar entrapped cells of Nocardia globerula NHB-2. Acta Microbiologica Et Immunologica Hungarica 54(1): 79-88 [IF:1.107]

  12. Raj J, Seth A, Prasad S and Bhalla TC 2007 Bioconversion of butyronitrile to butyramide using whole cells of Rhodococcus rhodochrous PA-34. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 74: 535-539 [IF:3.670]

(B) National Journals

  1. Amit Seth, Ruchika Sharma, Mamta Sharma And Chandrika Attri 2017 Exploring the catalytic potential of nitrilase from alkalophilic Rhodococcus pyridinivorans NIT-36 for nitrile degradation Int J Pharma Bio Sci 2017 October; 8(4): (B) 75-86

  2. Poonam Singh, Ansu Kumari, Chandrika Attri and Amit Seth 2017 Enhanced production of NHase of alkali stable Rhodococcus pyridinivorans NIT 36 and its application in acrylamide production. International Journal of Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences 6(2): 278-299

  3. Manoj Kumar, Pawan Kumar and Amit Seth 2016 Assessment if genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationship of geometrid moth (Geometridae) in India. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 4(6): 539-544

  4. Bhatia K, Jyoti, Attri C, Seth A. 2016 Statistical optimization for production of thermostable and alkali tolerant superoxide dismutase by Anoxybacillus gonensis KA 55 isolated from thermal hot springs of North Western Himalayas. International Journal of Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences 5 (10): 2485-2500

  5. Kumari A, Singh P, Attri C and Seth A 2016 Batch and Fed-Batch production of Acetohydroxamic acid using amidase of hyperinduced cells of Rhodococcus pyridinivorans NIT-36. Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment. 20 (7): 35-47 [Scopus listed]

  6. Chauhan S, Attri C and Seth A 2015 Bioprospecting thermophilic microorganisms from hot springs of western himalyas for xylanase production and its statistical optimization by using response surface methodology. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology 9(2): 1417-1428 [Scopus listed]

  7. Pratush A, Sharma M, Seth A and Bhalla TC 2011 Seeds of rosary pea, Abrus precatorius: A novel source of hydroxynitrile lyase. Journal of Biochemical Technology 3 (2): 274-279.

  8. Seth A. Seth M K and Misra P K 2005 A review of literature on algal flora of Himachal Pradesh. Phytotaxonomy 5: 35-57.

  9. Seth M K, Seth A and Negi H C 2004c Pteridophytic flora of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Part III: Nine common Pteridophytes belonging to families Dennstaedtiaceae, Thelypteridaceae and Aspleniaceae. Phytotaxonomy 4: 25-35.

  10. Seth M K, Seth A and Negi H C 2004b Pteridophytic flora of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Part II: 13 common pteridophytes belonging to families Hypodematiaceae, Athyriaceae, Dryopteridaceae, Selaginellaceae and Equisetaceae. Indian Fern Journal 21: 63-80.

  11. Seth M K, Seth A and Negi H C 2004a Pteridophytic flora of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Part I: A general account of Kinnaur district and eight species belonging to order Pteridales. Indian Fern Journal 21: 45-62.

  12. Seth M K and Seth A 2003 Early plant collectors of Himachal Pradesh from 1817-1984. Phytotaxonomy 3: 79-96

(C) Book Chapters/Proceedings

  1. Seth A and Seth Attri C 2012 A strategy for chemical and biological disaster risk reduction. Disaster Management and Economic Development (Eds. Dr. G. P. Kapoor). APH Publishing Corp. ISBN 978-93-313-1740-7: 295-298 (BOOK CHAPTER)

(VI) Patents filed

  1. Amit Seth, Shweta Chauhan, Varun Jaiswal and Chandrika Attri Seth 2015. Novel microbe producing xylanase and method of enzyme production thereof. Patent filing number: 1846/del/2015

  2. Amit Seth, Poonam Kumari, Ansu Kumari, Kalpana Chauhan and Chandrika Attri 2017. Improved Bio-Process For Synthesis Of Lactamide Patent filing number: 201711043219

  3. Chandrika Attri, Ankur Kaushal, Amit Seth, Shagun Gupta and Vidushi Dasmana 2018 Composition for enhancing the content of bioactive molecules in Gentiana kuroo and method thereof. Patent filing number: 201811014450

  4. Chandrika Attri, Ankur Kaushal, Amit Seth, Shagun Gupta and Vidushi Dasmana 2018. Nano biosensor based handheld device for detection of gentiopicroside and method thereof. Patent filing number: 201811032607

  5. Amit Seth, Kiran Thakur, Kalpana Chauhan, Chandrika Attri, Kshipra Sen 2020. A gold nanoparticle based colorimetric sensor. Patent filing number: 202011011974


 

(VII) Major Research Projects Undertaken (as Principal Investigator)

1. “Isolation, Optimization and cloning of nitrilase of thermophilic isolate from hot springs of Himachal Pradesh and its application in mandelic acid synthesis” sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi (2013-16)

(VIII) Research Guiding Experience for PhD/MPhil

  1. Ph.D. (07)- Ph.D. awarded

  1. Shweta Chauhan (Ph.D. Biotechnology; 2016) - Isolation, characterization and genetic improvement of xylanase producing thermophilic microorganisms from hot springs of Himachal Pradesh

  2. Anshu (Ph.D. Biotechnology; 2016) - Biotransformation and Mutational Studies on amidase enzyme Of microbial isolate Nit-36

  3. Mamta Sharma (Ph.D. Biotechnology; 2017) - Isolation, optimization and biotransformation studies on nitrilase enzyme from thermophilic isolates for mandelic acid production

  4. Poonam (Ph.D. Biotechnology; 2017) - Studies on nitrile hydratase of microbial isolate NIT-36 and its application in lactamide synthesis

  5. Kavita Bhatia (Ph.D. Microbiology; 2017) - Isolation, production, purification and characterization of thermostable bacterial superoxide dismutase

  6. Jyoti (Ph.D. Biotechnology; 2018) - Characterization and immobilization studies on nitrilase enzyme of Rhodococcus pyridinivorans NIT-36

  7. Manoj Kumar (Ph.D. Biotechnology; 2018) – Molecular characterization of Geometrid moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) fauna of various chir-pine habitats of Himachal Pradesh (India)

(B) M.Phil. (02)

1. Sarita (M.Phil. Biotechnology; 2012) - Studies on nitrilase of microbial isolate from soils of Solan district of Himachal Pradesh

2. Ruchika (M.Phil. Biotechnology; 2013) - Biotransformation on benzoic acid production using free and immobilized cells of microbial isolate NIT 36

(C) Ph.D. students enrolled: One (01)

(IX) Training-Cum-Seminars Organized

  1. Member Organizing Committee for organizing two-day workshop on Competence Building: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation and Office Procedure sponsored by U.G.C. at Government College, Karsog, District Mandi (H.P.) from February 04-05, 2011.

  2. Member Organizing Committee for organizing DBT sponsored Training-cum-Seminar in Molecular Biology Techniques at Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan (H.P.), India from 10-19 November, 2011.

  3. Organizing Secretary for organizing DST and NABARD sponsored National Conference on Food Processing and Technology, Current Status and Future Prospects (NCFPT 2016) from 25th to 26th February, 2016 at Shoolini University, Solan.

  4. Organizing Secretary for organizing 2nd International Conference on New Horizons in Human Health and Nutrition from 2nd to 3rd March, 2017 at Shoolini University, Solan.

 

(X) Additional Academic and Administrative Duties Performed

  1. Head of the Department of Botany at G.C. Karsog, district Mandi (H.P.) (2010-11)

  2. Convener of Campus Beautification Committee for the visit of NAAC Peer Team for 2010-2011.

  3. Invigilator, Internal Examiner and Paper evaluator of HPU Exams for undergraduate classes.

  4. Academic Incharge of the School of Bioengineering and Food Technology of Shoolini University, Solan (H.P.).

  5. Deputy Exam Superintendent of Shoolini University, Solan (H.P.).

  6. Lab. Incharge of the Central Instrumental Facility of Shoolini University, Solan (H.P.).

  7. Member, Admission, Library and Syllabus Formulation Committees.

  8. Delivered several lectures in different colleges of Himachal Pradesh for popularizing 'Life Science, especially Biotechnology and Botany' and to M.Sc. students aspiring for competitive and NET examinations, both at Shoolini Institute of Life Sciences and Business Management, Solan (Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla) and Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Business Management, Bhajoul, Solan (Himachal Pradesh)

  9. External evaluator of answer sheets for B.Sc. and M.Sc. at College of Horticulture and Forestry (Dr. Y.S.P. University of Horticulture and Forestry), Neri, Hamirpur, H.P.

  10. External examiner for practical exams for Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University.

  11. External evalualor and examiner for BSc at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla


 

(XI) Paper presentation in Seminars/Conferences

1. Presented a paper entitled ‘Pteridophytic Flora of Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh’ at National Seminar on Pteridophytes -The Vanishing Plants (2002) organized by Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh (22/11/2002)

2. Presented a paper entitled ‘Cyanophyceae of Himachal Pradesh’ at National Symposium on Phycology in India: Basic to Applied (2009) organized by Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala (12/2/2009)

3. Presented a paper entitled ‘Salient Features of National Green Tribunal Act 2010’ at National Conference on ‘Ecological Strategies to Save the Earth and its Biotic Environment’ (2010) organized by S.B.P.G. College, Varanasi (11/12/2010)

4. Presented a paper entitled Use of Enzyme Technology in mitigation of chemical and biological disasters’ at National Seminar on "Impacts of Disasters on Economic Development (2012) organized by Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration, Fairlawns, Shimla (5/5/2012)

5. Presented a paper entitled Purification and characterisation of nitrilase of Gordonia terrae at National Seminar on Plant Biodiversity, Retrospect and Prospects (2012) organized by Department of Botany, Govt. Post Graduate College, Dharamshala, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh (25/2/2012)

6. Presented a paper entitled Thermophilic cellulases from thermophiles of hot springs of H.P.’ at International Conference on “Microbial World: Recent Innovations and Future Trends (2012) organized by KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (22/11/2012)

7. Presented a paper entitled ‘Role of ferns in bioremediation’ at Modern Approaches to Pteridophytes: Biology, Biodiversity, Bioresource (2014) organized by The Indian Fern Society and CSIR Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur (13/10/2014)

8. Presented a paper entitled ‘Optimization of Cellulase Production by thermophilic bacteria’ at Convocation- 2015 Scientific poster competition (2015) organized by Shoolini University, Solan (2015)

9. Presented a paper entitled ‘Green synthesis of iron nanoparticles from Christella dentata and Cheilanthes bicolor at National Symposium on ‘Pteridological studies in India: Perspectives and Modern Approaches in relation to environment and climate change (2018) organized by Indian Fern Society and Botanical Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre, Itanagar (22/2/2018)

10. Presented a paper entitled ‘Meet Psilotum plant that evolution forgot and Psilotum nudum a new pteridophyte record from Himachal Pradesh’ at National Symposium on ‘Pteridological studies in India: Perspectives and Modern Approaches in relation to environment and climate change (2018) organized by Indian Fern Society and Botanical Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre, Itanagar (22/2/2018)

11. Presented a paper entitled ‘Enzymatic Synthesis of Lactamide and R-mandelic acid by mesophilic and thermophilic nitrile degrading enzymes’ at National Conference cum Industry- Academia meet on Opportunities and Challenges in Fermentation Based Industrial Processes (2018) organized by CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu (14/9/2018)

12. Presented a paper entitled ‘Studies on phytochemical and antibacterial properties of Cheilanthes bicolor from Himachal Pradesh’ at International Conference On Next Generation Pteridology: The Indian Perspective (2019) organized by Indian Fern Society and Bhupendra Nath Dutta Smriti Mahavidyala, Hatgobindapur, Purba Barddhaman 713407, West Bengal, India (8/3/2019)


 

(XII) Resource Person/Session Chair

  1. Session chair of scientific session- Poster session at National Conference cum Industry-Academia meet on Opportunities and Challenges in Fermentation Based Industrial Processes (2018) organized by CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu (14/9/2018)

  2. Resource Person/Session Chair for technical session at International Conference on Next Generation Pteridology: The Indian Perspective (2019) organized by Indian Fern Society and Bhupendra Nath Dutta Smriti Mahavidyala, Hatgobindapur, Purba Barddhaman 713407, West Bengal, India (8/3/2019)