Dr. Ashok Kumar Verma

Educational Profile

  • B.Sc. 1993, with Zoology, Botany, Chemistry from Kumaun University, Nainital, India
  • M.Sc. Biochemistry 1996, from G.B.Pant Univ. of Agric & Tech, Pantnagar, India. (M.Sc. Thesis: Effect of Phytohormones on Alpha Bisabolol Production in callus(es) and cell cultures of Populus deltoides.)
  • Ph.D -Biochemistry 2002,with Minor- Molecular Biology & Biotechnology from G.B.Pant Univ. of Agric & Tech, Pantnagar, India (Ph.D Thesis: Studies on Agrobacterium- mediated transformation of GUS and CryIA(b) Genes in pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.])

Research Areas/ Specialisation/ Consultancy

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Teaching Experience

16 Years (UG and PG)

Awards & Recognisation

  1. Graduate Aptitude Test for Engg 1996 (GATE-96) Qualified
  2. CSIR-UGC-NET-June 2000
  3. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2011 (SRFP 2010) (8 weeks) sponsored by INDIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, Bangalore, INDIAN NATIONAL SCIENCE ACADEMY, New Delhi, THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, INDIA, Allahabad worked under Dr. Anil Grover, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University Of Delhi, South Campus from 30th May 2011-24 July 2011.
  4. UGC Research Award 2014-2016

Courses Teaching/ Taught To

UG level
  1. BBC 261 Elementary Plant Biochemistry 3(2-0-1)
  2. BBC 370 Biochemical techniques and Instrumentation 2(1-0-1)
  3. BBC 380 Enzyme Technology 3(2-0-1)

PG Level

  1. BBC 640 Intermediary Metabolism I 2(2-0-0)
  2. BBC 710 Advance Techniques in Biochemistry 2(0-0-2)
  3. BBC 641 Intermediary Metabolism II 2(2-0-0)
  4. BBC 765 Current Topics in Biochemistry 1(1-0-0)
  5. BBC 501 General Biochemistry 3(3-0-0)
  6. BBC 505 Basic Techniques in Biochemistry 1(0-0-1)

Membership of Professional Societies

  1. The Society of Biological Chemists (India)- Life Member

Thesis Guided

17 M.Sc.
4 Ph.D.

Institutional/ Administrative Experience


Any Other


Research Papers Published/ Presented

    1. Verma, A. K., Gaur, A. K., Pant, A. K., Mishra, D. P., & Garg, G. K. (1998). Calus Induction and suspension Cuture Development from Leaf Buds of Poplar (Populus deltoides).┬┬┬ Physiology And Molecular Biology Of Plants,┬┬┬ 4, 29-32. (Impact factor 0.9) (NAAS 7.35)
    2. Verma, A. K., Chaudhary, U., Kumar, R., Pant, A. K., Gaur, A. K., & Lakhchaura, B. D. (2000). Anthocyanin, bisabolol and phenylammonialyase activity in cell cultures of Populus deltoides.. Indian Journal Of Experimental Biology 38: 1050-1053 (Impact Factor 1.165) (NAAS 7.71)
    3. Verma, A. K., & Chand, L. (2001). Regeneration of Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.) from Cotyledons and Leaf Tissues Through Somatic Embryogenesis.┬┬┬ Journal Of Plant Biology-New Delhi,┬┬┬ 28(3), 265-270.
    4. Verma, A. K., Vikram, A., Gaur, A. K., & Chand, L. (2003). Isoperoxidases are Lined with Differentiation in Callus Cultures of Cajanus cajan L.┬┬┬ Physiology And Molecular Biology Of Plants,┬┬┬ 9, 269-272.. (Impact factor 0.9) (NAAS 7.35)
    5. Verma, A. K., & Chand, L. (2005). Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.) with uidA and cryIA (b) genes.┬┬┬ Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants,┬┬┬ 11(1), 99-109. (Impact factor 0.9) (NAAS 7.35)
    6. Gupta, S., Verma, A. K., & Chand, L. (2006). Isolation and characterization of gene encoding vicilin (7S) protein from cDNA clones of immature seeds of pigeon pea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.].Indian Journal of Biotechnology. 5: 32-36. (Impact Factor 0.386) (NAAS 6.25)
    7. Gupta, S., Mishra, A., Verma, A. K., Pandey, R., & Chand, L. (2009). Heterologous Expression of Legumin Gene in E. coli Isolated from cDNA Clones of Immature Seeds of Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.).┬┬┬ Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology,┬┬┬ 157(3), 377-394. .(Impact factor 1.239) (NAAS 7.61)
    8. Singh, S., Dubey, A., Tiwari, L., & Verma, A. K. (2009). Microbial profile of stored jaggery: A traditional Indian sweetener.┬┬┬ Sugar Tech,┬┬┬ 11(2), 213-216. (NAAS Rating 5.0) (Impact Factor; 0.576)
    9. Dubey, A., Singh, B. R., Tandon, S. and Verma, A. K. (2009) Effect of Apple pomace on wheat flour. National conference on engineering for food &Bio-processing (Fab 27th ľMarch 1, 2009), Pantnagar, Proceeding pp 159-162.
    10. Gupta, Nidhi, Verma, A. K., Dubey, A. and Tewari, Lakshmi (2009) Comarative evaluation of Microbial Isolatiotes of Phoenix dactylifera for alcohol tolerance and bioethanol production from sugarcane juice. National conference on engineering for food &Bio-processing (Fab 27th ľMarch 1, 2009), Pantnagar, Proceeding pp 180-186.
    11. ┬┬┬ Chand, K., Singh, A., Verma, A. K., & Lohani, U. C. (2011). Quality evaluation of jaggery chocolate under various storage conditions.┬┬┬ Sugar Tech,┬┬┬ 13(2), 150. (NAAS Rating 5.0) (Impact Factor; 0.576)
    12. Kumar, V., Singh, P., Sangwan, P., Verma, A. K., & Agarwal, S. (2011). Phytase producing bacteria from Himalayan soil and their tricalcium phosphate solubilizing abilities.┬┬┬ Annals of Biology,┬┬┬ 27(2), 121-128. (NAAS Rating 3.8)
    13. Gupta, S., & Verma, A. K. (2012). Comparative study of different protocols for isolation of RNA from polysaccharides and polyphenolics rich plant tissues.┬┬┬ International Journal of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry,┬┬┬ 4(2), 23-26.
    14. Agrawal, R., Singh, R., Verma, A., Panwar, P., & Verma, A. K. (2012). Partial purification and characterization of alkaline protease from Bacillus sp. isolated from soil.┬┬┬ World J. Agric. Sci,┬┬┬ 8(1), 129-133.
    15. Agrawal, R., Satlewal, A., Chaudhary, M., Verma, A., Singh, R., Verma, A. K., & Singh, K. P. (2012). Rapid detection of cadmium-resistant plant growth promotory rhizobacteria: a perspective of ELISA and QCM-based immunosensor.┬┬┬ J. Microbiol. Biotechnol,┬┬┬ 22(6), 849-855. (NAAS Rating 7.5). (Impact Factor 1.525)
    16. Verma, A. K., Singh, S., Singh, S., & Dubey, A. (2012). 16S rDNA Sequence Based Characterization of Bacteria in Stored Jaggery in Indian Jaggery Manufacturing Units.┬┬┬ Sugar Tech,┬┬┬ 14(4), 422-427. (NAAS Rating 5.0) (Impact Factor; 0.576)
    17. Kumar, V., Singh, G., Verma, A. K., & Agrawal, S. (2012). In Silico characterization of histidine acid phytase sequences.┬┬┬ Enzyme research,┬┬┬ 2012.
    18. Agrawal, R., Satlewal, A., & Verma, A. K. (2013). Development of a ╬▓-glucosidase hyperproducing mutant by combined chemical and UV mutagenesis.┬┬┬ 3 Biotech,┬┬┬ 3(5), 381-388. (Impact Factor 1.361) (NAAS 6.99)
    19. Agrawal, R., Satlewal, A., & Verma, A. K. (2013). Production of an extracellular cellobiase in solid state fermentation.┬┬┬ The Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences,┬┬┬ 2(4), 2339..
    20. Deepak Kumar, Vinod Kumar, A. K. Verma and Ashutosh Dubey (2013) Kinetic characterization and immobilization of partially purified extracellular alkaline protease from rhizospheric soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis strain EN4. Journal of pure and applied microbiology, Volume 7 No. 1, ┬┬┬ 727-732┬┬┬  (NAAS Rating 6.4) (Impact factor 0.073)
    21. Verma, A. K., Saini, S., Nishad, S., Kumar, V., Singh, S., & Dubey, A. (2013). Production, purification and characterization of beta-glucosidase from Bacillus subtilis strain PS isolated from sugarcane bagasse.┬┬┬ Journal of pure and applied microbiology,┬┬┬ 7(1), 803-810. ( NAAS Rating 6.4) (Impact factor 0.073)
    22. Kumar, V., Singh, P., Jorquera, M. A., Sangwan, P., Kumar, P., Verma, A. K., & Agrawal, S. (2013). Isolation of phytase-producing bacteria from Himalayan soils and their effect on growth and phosphorus uptake of Indian mustard (Brassica juncea).┬┬┬ World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology,┬┬┬ 29(8), 1361-1369. (NAAS rating :7.5) ┬┬┬ ┬┬┬ (Impact Factor; 1.779)
    23. Raypa, P., Verma, A. K., Dubey, A., & Tewari, S. K. (2013). In vitro Establishment of a Threatened Plant Species Adina Cordifolia.┬┬┬ Octa Journal of Biosciences,┬┬┬ 1(2)..
    24. Kumar, D., Kumar, V., Verma, A. K., Singh, P., & Dubey, A. (2014). Characterization and immobilization of partially purified alkaline protease extracted from rhizospheric soil bacterium, Bacillus megaterium strain EN-2 and Bacillus subtilis strain EN-3.┬┬┬ African Journal of Microbiology Research,┬┬┬ 8(1), 33-39.
    25. Chand, K., Verma, A. K., Kumar, A., & Shahi, N. C. (2014). Effect of edible coating on quality parameters of jaggery during storage.┬┬┬ Sugar Tech,┬┬┬ 16(1), 80-85. (NAAS Rating 5.0) (Impact Factor; 0.576)
    26. Gupta, A., Kumar, V., Dubey, A., & Verma, A. K. (2014). Kinetic characterization and effect of immobilized thermostable ╬▓-glucosidase in alginate gel beads on sugarcane juice.┬┬┬ ISRN biochemistry,┬┬┬ 2014.
    27. Kumar, V., Sangwan, P., Verma, A. K., & Agrawal, S. (2014). Molecular and biochemical characteristics of recombinant ╬▓-propeller Phytase from Bacillus licheniformis strain PB-13 with potential application in aquafeed.┬┬┬ Applied biochemistry and biotechnology,┬┬┬ 173(2), 646-659. (Impact factor 1.239) (NAAS 7.61)
    28. Kumar, V., Singh, G., Sangwan, P., Verma, A. K., & Agrawal, S. (2014). Cloning, Sequencing, and In Silico Analysis of-Propeller Phytase Bacillus licheniformis Strain PB-13.┬┬┬ Biotechnology research international,┬┬┬ 2014..
    29. Sharma, D., Kumbhar, B. K., Verma, A. K., & Tewari, L. (2014). Optimization of critical growth parameters for enhancing extracellular lipase production by alkalophilic Bacillus sp.┬┬┬ Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology,┬┬┬ 3(4), 205-211.
    30. Verma, A. K., Parinati, R., Nishad, S., & Shalini, S. (2014). Extracellular production, partial purification and biochemical characterization of a ╬▓-glucosidase from Bacillus subtilis strain Ps identified in sugarcane bagasse.┬┬┬ World Journal of Agricultural Sciences,┬┬┬ 10(6), 269-278.
    31. ┬┬┬ Neha Trivedi, A. K. Verma, Ashutosh Dubey (2015) 16S rDNA Based Identification Of Butachlor Degrading Soil Bacterial Isolates From Rice Field In Uttarakhand Terai Region .┬┬┬  Journal of Environmental and Applied Bioresearch. Vol. 03, No. 02, pp. 73 ľ 78 (Impact Factor 1.324)
    32. Bhawna Tyagi, Ashutosh Dubey, A.K. Verma, Salil Tiwari (2015) Antibacterial Activity of Phenolics compounds against Pathogenic Bacteria. Int. J. Pharm. Sci. Rev. Res., 35(1),: 16-18. Impact factor (as of 31st December 2013) = 2.191
    33. Agrawal, R., Verma, A. K., & Satlewal, A. (2016). Application of nanoparticle-immobilized thermostable ╬▓-glucosidase for improving the sugarcane juice properties.┬┬┬ Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies,┬┬┬ 33, 472-482.. (Impact Factor: 3.273) (NAAS 9.0)
    34. Chamoli, S., Kumar, P., Navani, N. K., & Verma, A. K. (2016). Secretory expression, characterization and docking study of glucose-tolerant ╬▓-glucosidase from B. subtilis.┬┬┬ International journal of biological macromolecules,┬┬┬ 85, 425-433. (Impact Factor: 3.096) (NAAS 9.14)
    35. Singh, G., Verma, A. K., & Kumar, V. (2016). Catalytic properties, functional attributes and industrial applications of ╬▓-glucosidases.┬┬┬ 3 Biotech,┬┬┬ 6(1), 3. (Impact Factor 1.361) (NAAS 6.99)
    36. Panwar, P., Dubey, A., & Verma, A. K. (2016). Evaluation of nutraceutical and antinutritional properties in barnyard and finger millet varieties grown in Himalayan region.┬┬┬ Journal of food science and technology,┬┬┬ 53(6), 2779-2787. (NAAS 7.5)┬┬┬  (Impact Factor┬┬┬ 1.241)
    37. Verma A. K. & Singh Deepti (2016) Abiotic Stress and Crop Improvement: Current Scenario.┬┬┬  Advances in Plants & Agriculture Research 4(4): 00149. DOI: 10.15406/apar.2016.04.00149.
    38. Baral, P., Dubey, A., Tewari, S., Vasmatkar, P., & Verma, A. K. (2016) ┬┬┬ Total Polyphenolic Contents and Antioxidant Activity of Leaf, Bark and Root of Adina cordifolia Benth. & Hook. Global┬┬┬ Impact Factor┬┬┬  0.701
    39. Agrawal, R., Srivastava, A., & Verma, A. K. (2016). Immobilization of ╬▓-glucosidase onto silicon oxide nanoparticles and augment of phenolics in sugarcane juice.┬┬┬ Journal of food science and technology,┬┬┬ 53(7), 3002-3012.. (NAAS 7.5)┬┬┬  (Impact Factor┬┬┬ 1.241)
    40. Chand, K., Pant, M., Verma, A. K., & Shahi, N. C. (2017). Optimization of enzymatic saccharification for quality bio-oil from rice straw.┬┬┬ IJCS,┬┬┬ 5(1), 233-239.(NAAS Rating: 5.31)( Impact Factor: GIF: 0.565, RJIF: 4.86)
    41. Agrawal, R., Satlewal, A., and Verma, A. K. (2017). Utilization of Citrus sinensis waste for the production of ╬▓-glucosidase by solid-state fermentation using a Bacillus subtilis mutant. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal. July 2017, Vol.16, No. 7, 1465-1471 (Impact Factor: 0.806).
    42. Sandip Mandal,┬┬┬  T. K. Bhattacharya ┬┬┬ A. K. Verma ┬┬┬ Juma Haydary (2017) Optimization of process parameters for bio-oil synthesis from pine needles (Pinus roxburghii) using response surface methodology. Chem. Pap. (┬┬┬ Impact Factor┬┬┬ 1.258)
    43. ┬┬┬ ANAND KUMAR, KHAN CHAND, N C SHAHI, ANIL KUMAR and A K VERMA (2017) Optimization of coating materials on jaggery for augmentation of storage quality. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 87(10): 1391ľ7 NAAS 6.22
    44. Ranjna┬┬┬ Sirohi, Anupama┬┬┬ Singh, Ayon┬┬┬ Tarafdar, Navin┬┬┬ Chandra┬┬┬ Shahi, Ashok┬┬┬ Kumar┬┬┬ Verma,, Anurag┬┬┬ Kushwaha (2018) Cellulase Production from┬┬┬ Pre-treated Pea Hulls Using Trichoderma reesei Under Submerged Fermentation. Waste and Biomass Valorization https://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-018-0271-4. Impact Factor 1.337 NAAS 7.34
Proceedings
  1. Dubey, A., Singh, B. R., Tandon, S. and Verma, A. K. (2009) Effect of Apple pomace on wheat flour. National conference on engineering for food &Bio-processing (Fab 27th ľMarch 1, 2009), Pantnagar, Proceeding pp 159-162.
  2. Gupta, Nidhi, Verma, A. K., Dubey, A. and Tewari, Lakshmi (2009) Comarative evaluation of Microbial Isolatiotes of Phoenix dactylifera for alcohol tolerance and bioethanol production from sugarcane juice. National conference on engineering for food &Bio-processing (Fab 27th ľMarch 1, 2009), Pantnagar, Proceeding pp 180-186



Books Published/ Edited

Book Chapter

  1. Verma, A. K. (2008) RNAi technology for crop improvement. Ed. G.P. Rao, Y. Zhao, V.V. Radchuk, and S. K. Bhatnagar, Book Advances in plant Biotechnology, published by Studium press. LLL P.O. Box 722200, Houstan, Texas 97272, USA Chapter 2. Page No. 39-61. (Book Chapter).
  2. Priyankar Panwar, Bhupendra Singh Kharayat, Vinod Kumar, Naveen C. Pant, A. K. Verma┬┬┬┬┬  Integrated Pest Management: An Ecofriendly Approach for Crop Improvement. Communicated.
  3. Verma, A. K. Nanotechnology in crop improvement. Communicated
  4. Chamoli Shivangi and Verma A K (2014) Targeting of Metabolic Pathways for Genetic Engineering to Combat Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants. Ed. R.K. Gaur and P. Sharma (eds.), Approaches to Plant Stress and their Management, 2014, pp 23-37 ┬┬┬┬┬┬┬ 
  5. A.K. Verma, 2014,Engineering for hybrid enzyme ,BIOTECHNOLOGY: RECENT ADVANCES AND DIVERSE APPLICATIONS: (Ed by Yadav, Tripathi and Yadav) Publihser: Biotech Books, New Delhi-110 002, ISBN: 978-81-7622-315-7. 153-169

Popular Article

  1. Verma, A.K. and Dubey, Ashutosh (2006) Gur┬┬┬┬┬  Ke Aushdhiye Gun. Kisan┬┬┬┬┬  Bharti. Nev 2006 (Popular Article)
  2. Dubey, Ashutosh,┬┬┬┬┬  Verma, A.K. and Shishir Tandon┬┬┬┬┬  (2007). Tulsi : Rashayanik Shanghatak and Upyog. Kisan┬┬┬┬┬  Bharti December 2007. 29-31 (Popular Article)
  3. Tandon┬┬┬┬┬  Shishir, Dubey, Ashutosh,┬┬┬┬┬  and Verma, A.K. (2009). Caroyceps sinensis (Berk.) Saac.: Amedicinal Mushroom. Dec.34-36.
  4. Dubey Ashutosh and Verma A.K., 2009 MILLETS: Good neutraceutical source http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/?q=content/nutraceutical-factor-millets
  5. Dubey Ashutosh and Verma A.K. 2009 Post Harvest Spoilage prevention of fruits and vegetables. http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/?q=content/ Post Harvest Spoilage prevention of fruits and vegetables
  6. Tyagi, Bhawna, Pashupat Vasmatkar D, Trivedi Neha, Verma A. K., Dubey Ashutosh (2014) Kaim, Mitragyna Parvifolia (Roxb.) : An Endangered Medicinal Plant. Farmersĺ Digest April 2014, pp 21-22.
  • S.R.O./Assistant Professor
  • Biochemistry
  • Residence: VI/1907, TA- Colony, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar
  • Tel: +91-9412981859
  • E-mail: akverma@gbpuat-cbsh.ac.in, akv72@rediffmail.com

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