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Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh
Assistant Professor
School of Biochemical Engineering IIT BHU
Area of Interest: 
Bacterial genetics, gene expression, small bio-molecules and metagenomics.

Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh is an Assistant Professor at School of Biochemical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He did his M.Sc. (2001) from Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University (BHU). He has done his Ph.D. (2009) from CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. He was a Post Doctoral Fellow (June 2008 to May 2013) at University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA), National Institutes of Health (NIH/NCI, Frederick, USA) and Trudeau Institute (Saranac Lake, New York, USA). Before joining IIT (BHU), he was Assistant Professor (June 2013 to June 2016) at Centre of Biotechnology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad and Assistant Professor (June 2016 to October 2016) at Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

  1. Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2001) conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur securing All India Rank 12thwith percentile 99.46                                                               
  2. Qualified CSIR-NET/JRF (2001) in Life Sciences  
  3. Qualified Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR 2001) for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)  
  4. Cash prize award of $ 115.00  for outstanding poster presentation by National Cancer Institute at Frederick and US Army, Fort Detrick, Frederick (USA)                                                       
  5. DST Young Scientist Grant Recipient, Government of India (2014)  
  6. Member of Indian Arctic Expedition Team 2014 during 18th August to 4th September 2014 to Ny-Alesund (Arctic, North pole) fully sponsored by “National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research”, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India  
  7. Young Scientist Grant Recipient (CST, UP), Government of Uttar Pradesh (2016) 
  8. Organized a national conference "Biokumbh-2016" as Organizing Secretary at Centre of Biotechnology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad during 20-21 Feb, 2016
  9. Organized a summer course "Hands on Training in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering" as Organizing Secretary at Centre of Biotechnology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad during 20-27th May 2016
  10. Organized a summer course "Hands on Workshop in Stem Cell Biology Techniques" as Co-organizing Secretary at Centre of Biotechnology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad during 1-8th September 2016
S. No. Name of the project  Duration Sources
1. Establishment of Bacterial Biodiversity from Effluent of Leather Industry: search of a novel species (Principal Investigator)  August (2014-16)    UGC,
 New Delhi
2. Screening of Novel Psychrophilic Alkaline Protease from the Metagenome of Antarctic Soil (Principal Investigator)  August (2014-17)    DST,
New Delhi
3. Application of genetic engineering to enhance the lipid content in microalga Scenedesmus obliquus: a step towards biodiesel (Principal Investigator)  March (2017-20)   CST (UP),
4. Screening  of Novel   Antibiotics from the Metagenome of Himalayan Glacial Soil (Principal Investigator)  December (2017-20)   DRDO,
New Delhi
5. Construction of cold inducible expression system (Principal Investigator)  February (2017-20)     DBT,
New Delhi
6. Identification of Gene Responsible for Degradation of Poly (ethylene terephthalate) in Ideonella sakaiensis (Principal Investigator)  February (2017-20)    DBT,
New Delhi
Characterization of psychrophilic lipase from Arctic soil (Principal Investigator)  February (2017-20)  IIT (BHU),
8. Bioremediation approach for removal of Atrazine herbicide from farming field (Principal Investigator)  January (2018-21)  IIT (BHU),


1.  *Jha, A., *Singh, A. K., Weissgerber, A. P., Freichel, M., Flockerzi, V., Flavell, R. A. and Jha, M. K. Essential role for Cavβ2 and Cav1 channels in Thymocyte development and T cell homeostasis. Science Signaling. Vol. 8 (399) (2015), 1-10. (*Equal contribution). (IF=7.4)
2. *Singh, A. K., Sad, K., Singh, S.K. and Shivaji, S. Regulation of gene expression at low temperature: role of cold-inducible promoters. Microbiology. Vol. 160 (2014), 1291-1297. Review (IF=3.12)
3. Gade, P., Singh, A.K., Roy, S.K., Reddy, S.P. and Kalvakolanu, D.V. Down regulation of the transcriptional mediator subunit Med1 contributes to the loss of expression of Metastasis associated dapk1 in cancer cells. Int J Cancer; Vol. 125 (7) (2009) 1566-74. (IF=6.513)
4.  Singh, A.K., Pindi, P.K., Dubey, S., Sundareshwaran, V.R. and Shivaji, S. Importance of trmE for growth of the psychrophile Pseudomonas syringae at low temperature. Applied and Environmental Microbiology; Vol. 75 (13) (2009) 4419-26. (IF=4.04)
5.  Chintalapati, S., Prakash, J.S.S., Singh, A.K., Ohtani, S., Suzuki, I., Murata, N. and Shivaji, S. Desaturase genes in a psychrotolerant Nostoc sp. are constitutively expressed at low temperature. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. (2007);362(1):81-87. (IF=2.67)


S.N. Name Cell Phone Email ID
(Ph.D. Student)
+91-8853067616 vipul.rs.bce16@itbhu.ac.in
(Project JRF)
+91-9918365063 arunpal33005@gmail.com
(M.Tech Student)
+91-9753162881 twinklebiswas.bce17@itbhu.ac.in
(IDD Student)
+91-7275774126 rahul.ranjan.bce14@itbhu.ac.in


The following positions are always available for talented and hardworking students to join our group: 
1. PDF (Post Doctoral Fellow)
2. Ph.D. 
3. Project JRF
4. Training