Sunil Kumar Verma, a doctorate in Molecular Medicine from the University of Oxford, UK, is an Indian molecular biologist, currently working in the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), located in Hyderabad, India. In the year 2001, he had invented, along with Dr Lalji Singh, a “Novel Universal Molecular Technology for Wildlife Identification”. This technology later led to the establishment of India’s first ‘National Wildlife Forensic Cell’ in the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) to provide the Wildlife Forensics Services to the Nation. This innovation was later honoured with the CSIR Technology Award for Life Science for the year 2008, BioAsia Innovation Award-2009, and most recently, the Meritorious Invention Award of the Year-2009 from NRDC, DSIR, Govt. of India. This technology is currently being used to establish the identity of confiscated meat, and other animal parts and products to establish the crime with the criminal in the cases pertaining to Wildlife Crime and food purity testing.

 

Dr Verma has been honoured with  many national, international Awards and Honours for his contribution to science, mentioning a few – The Emerging Forensic Scientist Continental Award from the International Association of Forensics Sciences (IAFS), USA; and the Commonwealth Scholarships of the Commonwealth Commission, UK. Dr. Verma had been the Lindau Fellow during 2003, and most recently he has been admitted as the Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin and the Research Ambassador of DAAD (German Academic Exchange), to promote the bidirectional research endeavors between India and Germany.

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Research Interests

 

Dr S. K. Verma is interested in the Socially relevant, Biomedical and Translational research.

 

Selected publications of Dr. S. K. Verma:

 

Verma, S.K., Sarkar, M.K. (2014). Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph & V. Chandras.) Venter, an endemic and endangered ethno medicinal plant from Western Ghats, India. Natural Products Research 18: 1-2. Pubmed Link

 

Verma, S.K., Goswami GK. (2014). DNA evidence: Current perspective and future challenges in India. Forensic Science International 241, 183-189. Pubmed Link

 

Saxena, S. K., Swamy, M. L. A., Verma, S. K. and Saxena, R. (2012). The Intolerable Burden of Chikungunya: What’s New, What’s Needed? Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. Sect B. Sci. DOI: 10.1007/s40011-011-0012-y.

 

Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S., Kishore, U., Parker, P. J. (2011). The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel effector of small G protein Rap1A. Protein Cell 2, 237-249.

 

Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K., Agrawal G. P., and Vyas, S. P. (2011). Viral protein complexed liposomes for intranasal delivery of recombinant antigen vaccine. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 413, 211-219.

 

Nayak, A, Ansar, R., Verma, S. K., Bonifati, D.M., and Kishore, U. (2011). Huntington’s disease – An Immune Perspective. Neurology Research International, Article ID 563784, 7 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/563784.

 

Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. (2008). The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel substrate of PKC. FEBS Letters 582, 2270-2276. (Published as cover article).

 

Funk, S. M., Verma, S. K., Larson, G., Prasad, K., Singh, L., Narayan, G. and Fa, J. E. (2007). The pygmy hog is a uniquegenus: 19th century taxonomists got it right first time round. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45, 427-436.

 

Gupta, S. K., Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. (2005). Molecular insight into a wildlife crime: the case of a peafowl slaughter.Forensic Science International 154, 214-217.

 

Verma, S. K., Sinha, R. K. and Singh, L. (2004). Phylogenetic position of Platanista gangetica: insights from the mitochondrial cytochrome b and nuclear interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein gene sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33, 280-288.

 

Shivaji, S., Kholkute, S. D., Verma, S. K., Gaur, A., Umapathy, G., Singh, A., Sontakke, S., Shailaja, K., Reddy, A., Monika, S. et al. (2003). Conservation of wild animals by assisted reproduction and molecular marker technology. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 41, 710-723.

 

Verma, S. K., Prasad, K., Nagesh, N., Sultana, M. and Singh, L. (2003). Was elusive carnivore a panther? DNA typing of faeces reveals the mystery. Forensic Science International 137, 16-20.

 

Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. (2003). Novel universal primers establish identity of enormous number of animal species for forensic application. Molecular Ecology Notes 3, 28-31.

 

Verma, S. K., Khanna, V. and Singh, N. (1999). Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of Indian scented basmati rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm for identification of variability and duplicate accessions, if any. Electrophoresis 20, 1786-1789.

 

Khanna, V. K., Singh, N. K., Singh, U. S. and Verma, S. K. (1998). The identification of variability and duplicate accessions in scented basmati rice using RAPD analysis. Rice Biotechnology Quarterly 34, 18-19.

 

Book & Book Chapter(s):

 

The preparation, optimization and characterization of viral protein complexed liposomes. In: Nanoformulation (2012) Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K., Vyas, S. P. (Gordon, J. T. Tiddy, and Reginald B. H. Tan Eds) The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC Publishing), Cambridge, UK Chapter 2 20-37.

 

Population status and conservation of the Ganges river dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) in the Indian subcontinent. In: Biology, Evolution and Conservation of River Dolphins within South America and Asia (Wildlife Protection, Destruction and Extinction) (2010) Sinha, R. K., Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. (Ruiz-Garcia M and Joseph Mark Shostell J Eds) Nova Science Ed New York USA Chapter 22 419-443.

 

Wildlife forensics: The science for justice.  In: You deserve, we conserve: A biotechnological approach to wildlife conservation (2007) Verma, S. K. (Pandit, M. W., Shivaji, S. and Singh, L. Eds) IK International Publishing House Pvt Ltd New Delhi India Chapter 11 83-90.

 

Patents Granted

 

1.  Verma S. K., Singh, L. Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. PCT Patent Application No: PCT/IN01/00055, First Filling Date: 28/03/2001; Priority date: 28/03/2001.

 

2. Verma S. K., Singh, L.  (USA Patent Application No: 09/821782, date of  filling: 29/03/2001). Universal Primers for wildlife identification. US Patent no. 7141364 (28/11/2006); Status: In-force.

 

 3. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (ZA Patent Application No: 2003-7489, date of filling: 26/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. South Africa Patent no. 2003/7489 (24/11/2004); Status: In-force.

 

4. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (CN Patent Application No: 01823181.0, date of filling: 24/10/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. China Patent no. ZL01823181.0 (16/05/2007); Status: In-force.

 

5. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (AU Patent Application No: 2001258719, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Australia Patent no. 2001258719 (20/12/2007); Status: In-force.

 

6. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (IN Patent Application No: 01534DELNP2003[FN:7842], date of filling: 24/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. India Patent no. 224401  (14/10/2008); Status: In-force.

 

7. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (JP Patent Application No: 2002-575320, date of filling: 25/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Japan Patent no. 2002-575320 (09/05/2012); Status: In-force.

 

8. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (DE Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Germany Patent no. 01932045.6  (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

9. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (FR Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. France Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

10. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (GB Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Great Britain Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

11. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (IE Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Ireland Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

12. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (NL Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Netherlands Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

 

Conferences & Abstracts

 

Recombinant protein based liposomal combination vaccine for intranasal immunization against Hepatitis and Influenza (2012) Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K., Agarwal, G. P., Vyas, S. P. In: Bioasia 2012: The global Bio Business Forum held in Hyderabad India during 9-11 February 2012 (Tiwari S. won BioAsia Innovation Award – 2012 for this work).

 

The Science of DNA Fingerprinting in justice to wild animals (2012) Verma, S. K. In: BIOVISION-2012: Modern Perspectives in Biology and Chemistry held in National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER) Balanagar, Hyderabad during 21 January 2012 (Invited lecture).

 

The Science of DNA Fingerprinting in justice to wild animals (2011) Verma, S. K. In: DNA 2011: The science of DNA Fingerprinting – Past, present and future held in Geological Survey of India (GSI) Lucknow Uttar Pradesh India during 12-13 November 2011 (Invited lecture).

 

Viral protein complexed liposomes for intranasal delivery of recombinant antigen vaccines (2011) Tiwari, S, Verma, S. K., Agarwal, G. P., Vyas, S. P. In: Nanoformulation 2011: International conference on materials for Advanced technologies held in Singapore during 26 June-1 July 2011.

 

A novel universal technique to establish the identity of enormous number of animal species for forensics applications (2011) Verma, S. K. In: Conference on Socio-Economic Empowerment of North East through Innovations held in Guwahati India during 26-27 May 2011 (NRDC Societal Innovation Award lecture).

 

From sequences to the science for justice and more: an endeavour to help wildlife (2011) Verma, S. K. In: TIECON2011: International Conference on Tropical Island Ecosystems: issues related to Livelihood, Sustainable Development and Climate Change held in CARI, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands India during 23 -26 March 2011 (Invited lecture).

 

Viral protein complexed liposomes for intranasal delivery of recombinant antigen vaccine (2011) Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K, Agarwal, G. P., Vyas, S. P. In: Bioasia 2011: The global Bio Business Forum held in Hyderabad India during 21-24 February 2011.

 

From sequences to the science for justice and more (2010) Verma, S. K. In: DNA2010: 2nd International Conference on The Science of DNA Fingerprinting in Crime investigation held at IETE Auditorium Osmania University Hyderabad India during 29-30 October 2010 (Invited lecture).

 

Novel universal primers establish identity of enormous number of animal species for forensic applications (2009) Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. In: BioAsia2009: The Global Bio Business Forum held in Hyderabad India during 2-4 February 2009 (Verma, S. K. won BioAsia Innovation Award – 2009 for this work).

 

From sequences to the science for justice and more (2009) Verma, S. K. In: Perspectives and current trends in Bioinformatics: A bioinformatics training program for Senior Scientists and Technologists working with Government of India held at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Hyderabad India (Invited lecture).

 

The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel substrate of PKC (2008) Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. In: International Symposium on Novel Strategies for Targeted Prevention and Treatment of Cancer held at School of Life Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi India (NSTPTC-2008 Young Scientist Award lecture).

 

Rap1 targets and signalling (2006) Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. In: Beatson International Cancer Conference: 24 years of Ras and Human Cancer held in the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research Glasgow Scotland.

 

Differential expression profiles in Oral Cancers using DNA microarrays (2004) Reddy, V. R., Dhawan, S., Ch Kumar, R., Gautami, B., Verma, S. K., Madhavi, M. B. and Singh, L. In: 8th ADNAT convention on Comparative and Functional Genomics held in Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Hyderabad, India.

 

DNA typing: a powerful, modern, biological approach of species identification for forensic applications (2002) Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. In: Third International conference of Indian congress of forensic medicine and toxicology held in All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi India (SKV was given Scroll of Honour for this contribution).

 

A universal approach of species identification for forensic applications (2002) Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. In: The 16th meeting of International Association of Forensic Sciences held in Montpellier, France.

 

RAPD analysis of Indian scented basmati rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm for identification of variability and duplicate accessions, if any (1999) Verma, S. K., Khanna, V. K. and Singh, N. K. In: 5th International DNA Fingerprinting Conference held in Port-Elizabeth Eastern Cape South Africa.

 

DNA microsatellites based identification of a wild animal (1999) Verma, S. K. and Rao, G. V. In: 15th Triennial Meeting of International Association of Forensic Sciences held in University of California Los Angeles USA (IAFS Young Scientist Award lecture).

 

Fingerprinting genome for identification of variability and duplicate accessions within the germplasm collection of basmati rice using RAPD analysis (1998) Verma, S. K. , Khanna, V. K., Singh, N. K. and Singh, U. S. In: National Seminar on plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Hill Agriculture held in Pithoragarh India.

 

Invited/Keynote Lectures:

 

 Approximately 25

Research

Honours and Awards

 

2014: Research Ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany) (Second Term)  to promote the bidirectional research endeavours between Indian and Germany.

 

2013: Appointed as Expert Member on the Scientific Panel in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

 

2011: Meritorious Invention Award of National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), DSIR, Govt. of India (Will be presented on 26th May 2011 in Guwahati, India).

 

2010: Research Ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany) to promote the bidirectional research endeavours between Indian and Germany.

 

2010: Fellow of Max Planck Institute of Infection Biology, Berlin.

 

2010: DST Young Scientist Fast Track Grant for the project entitled ‘Dissecting the role of the small GTPase Rap1 in Cancer’

 

2010: DBT Young Scientist RGYI Grant for the project entitled ‘Studies on the functional consequences of PKC phosphorylation of the tumour suppressor RASSF1A’

 

2009: Sanofi Pasteur Award to participate in the Fondation Merieux conference ‘Current challenges and new methodological approaches to assess vaccine effectiveness and vaccination impact’ held during 28 September 2009 to 1 October 2009 in Les Pensieres, Annecy, France.

 

2009: BioAsia Innovation Award conferred by the BioAsia, the Global Bio Business Forum.

 

2008: Young Scientist Award in the International Symposium on ‘Novel Strategies for Targeted Prevention and Treatment of Cancer’ held in School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

 

2008: CSIR Technology Award for Life Sciences conferred by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

 

2003: Commonwealth Scholarship from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK for doctoral studies in Medical Oncology at the University of Oxford, UK.

 

2003: DST- DFG Award to attend the Global annual meet of Nobel Laureates (Medical Sciences) and Young Researchers in Lindau, Germany.

 

1999: Emerging Forensic Scientist Continental Award conferred by the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in its 15th Triennial Meeting held in the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

 

1998: Junior Research Fellowship of Department of Immunology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow, India.

 

1998: Junior Research Fellowship of Department of Pharmacology, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow, India (Fellowship declined due to other commitments).

 

1995-1997: National Merit Scholarship of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India for studies leading to Masters in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

 

1991-1995: University Merit Scholarship of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India during B.Sc. for outstanding Grade Point Average obtained throughout the degree program (Scholarship declined due to other scholarship in place during this period).

 

1991-1995: Merit Scholarship of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India during Bachelors degree program.

Distinctions

Professional Positions

 

[1] Principal Scientist at CCMB, Hyderabad: June 2010 to Present

[2] Senior Scientist at CCMB, Hyderabad: July 2006 to June 2010
[3] Scientist C, Gr. IV (II) at CCMB, Hyderabad: June 2003 to June 2006
[4] Commonwealth Scholar at The University of Oxford, UK: October 2003 to December 2007
[5] Scientist B, Gr. IV (I) at CCMB, Hyderabad: June 2000 to May 2003
[6] Scientist II at CDFD, Hyderabad: May 1998 to May 2000
[7] Jr. Research Fellow at SGPGI, Lucknow: Feb 1998 to April 1998
[8] Teaching Assistant at G. B. Pant University, Pantnagar: Nov 1997 to Jan 1998

 

Honourary Positions

 

[1] Max Planck-India Fellow (2010-2014)
[2] Research Ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany)

[3] Expert Member in the Scientific Panel for Biological Hazard of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

Affiliations

Dr. Sunil Kumar Verma
S212, Socially relevant, Biomedical and Translational Research
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Uppal Road, Hyderabad 500 007, India
Mobile: +91-9908607728
Email: sunilverma@ccmb.res.in

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Sunil Kumar Verma, a doctorate in Molecular Medicine from the University of Oxford, UK, is an Indian molecular biologist, currently working in the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), located in Hyderabad, India. In the year 2001, he had invented, along with Dr Lalji Singh, a “Novel Universal Molecular Technology for Wildlife Identification”. This technology later led to the establishment of India’s first ‘National Wildlife Forensic Cell’ in the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) to provide the Wildlife Forensics Services to the Nation. This innovation was later honoured with the CSIR Technology Award for Life Science for the year 2008, BioAsia Innovation Award-2009, and most recently, the Meritorious Invention Award of the Year-2009 from NRDC, DSIR, Govt. of India. This technology is currently being used to establish the identity of confiscated meat, and other animal parts and products to establish the crime with the criminal in the cases pertaining to Wildlife Crime and food purity testing.

 

Dr Verma has been honoured with  many national, international Awards and Honours for his contribution to science, mentioning a few – The Emerging Forensic Scientist Continental Award from the International Association of Forensics Sciences (IAFS), USA; and the Commonwealth Scholarships of the Commonwealth Commission, UK. Dr. Verma had been the Lindau Fellow during 2003, and most recently he has been admitted as the Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin and the Research Ambassador of DAAD (German Academic Exchange), to promote the bidirectional research endeavors between India and Germany.

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Research Interests

 

Dr S. K. Verma is interested in the Socially relevant, Biomedical and Translational research.

 

Selected publications of Dr. S. K. Verma:

 

Verma, S.K., Sarkar, M.K. (2014). Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph & V. Chandras.) Venter, an endemic and endangered ethno medicinal plant from Western Ghats, India. Natural Products Research 18: 1-2. Pubmed Link

 

Verma, S.K., Goswami GK. (2014). DNA evidence: Current perspective and future challenges in India. Forensic Science International 241, 183-189. Pubmed Link

 

Saxena, S. K., Swamy, M. L. A., Verma, S. K. and Saxena, R. (2012). The Intolerable Burden of Chikungunya: What’s New, What’s Needed? Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. Sect B. Sci. DOI: 10.1007/s40011-011-0012-y.

 

Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S., Kishore, U., Parker, P. J. (2011). The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel effector of small G protein Rap1A. Protein Cell 2, 237-249.

 

Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K., Agrawal G. P., and Vyas, S. P. (2011). Viral protein complexed liposomes for intranasal delivery of recombinant antigen vaccine. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 413, 211-219.

 

Nayak, A, Ansar, R., Verma, S. K., Bonifati, D.M., and Kishore, U. (2011). Huntington’s disease – An Immune Perspective. Neurology Research International, Article ID 563784, 7 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/563784.

 

Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. (2008). The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel substrate of PKC. FEBS Letters 582, 2270-2276. (Published as cover article).

 

Funk, S. M., Verma, S. K., Larson, G., Prasad, K., Singh, L., Narayan, G. and Fa, J. E. (2007). The pygmy hog is a uniquegenus: 19th century taxonomists got it right first time round. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45, 427-436.

 

Gupta, S. K., Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. (2005). Molecular insight into a wildlife crime: the case of a peafowl slaughter.Forensic Science International 154, 214-217.

 

Verma, S. K., Sinha, R. K. and Singh, L. (2004). Phylogenetic position of Platanista gangetica: insights from the mitochondrial cytochrome b and nuclear interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein gene sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33, 280-288.

 

Shivaji, S., Kholkute, S. D., Verma, S. K., Gaur, A., Umapathy, G., Singh, A., Sontakke, S., Shailaja, K., Reddy, A., Monika, S. et al. (2003). Conservation of wild animals by assisted reproduction and molecular marker technology. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 41, 710-723.

 

Verma, S. K., Prasad, K., Nagesh, N., Sultana, M. and Singh, L. (2003). Was elusive carnivore a panther? DNA typing of faeces reveals the mystery. Forensic Science International 137, 16-20.

 

Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. (2003). Novel universal primers establish identity of enormous number of animal species for forensic application. Molecular Ecology Notes 3, 28-31.

 

Verma, S. K., Khanna, V. and Singh, N. (1999). Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of Indian scented basmati rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm for identification of variability and duplicate accessions, if any. Electrophoresis 20, 1786-1789.

 

Khanna, V. K., Singh, N. K., Singh, U. S. and Verma, S. K. (1998). The identification of variability and duplicate accessions in scented basmati rice using RAPD analysis. Rice Biotechnology Quarterly 34, 18-19.

 

Book & Book Chapter(s):

 

The preparation, optimization and characterization of viral protein complexed liposomes. In: Nanoformulation (2012) Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K., Vyas, S. P. (Gordon, J. T. Tiddy, and Reginald B. H. Tan Eds) The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC Publishing), Cambridge, UK Chapter 2 20-37.

 

Population status and conservation of the Ganges river dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) in the Indian subcontinent. In: Biology, Evolution and Conservation of River Dolphins within South America and Asia (Wildlife Protection, Destruction and Extinction) (2010) Sinha, R. K., Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. (Ruiz-Garcia M and Joseph Mark Shostell J Eds) Nova Science Ed New York USA Chapter 22 419-443.

 

Wildlife forensics: The science for justice.  In: You deserve, we conserve: A biotechnological approach to wildlife conservation (2007) Verma, S. K. (Pandit, M. W., Shivaji, S. and Singh, L. Eds) IK International Publishing House Pvt Ltd New Delhi India Chapter 11 83-90.

 

Patents Granted

 

1.  Verma S. K., Singh, L. Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. PCT Patent Application No: PCT/IN01/00055, First Filling Date: 28/03/2001; Priority date: 28/03/2001.

 

2. Verma S. K., Singh, L.  (USA Patent Application No: 09/821782, date of  filling: 29/03/2001). Universal Primers for wildlife identification. US Patent no. 7141364 (28/11/2006); Status: In-force.

 

 3. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (ZA Patent Application No: 2003-7489, date of filling: 26/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. South Africa Patent no. 2003/7489 (24/11/2004); Status: In-force.

 

4. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (CN Patent Application No: 01823181.0, date of filling: 24/10/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. China Patent no. ZL01823181.0 (16/05/2007); Status: In-force.

 

5. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (AU Patent Application No: 2001258719, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Australia Patent no. 2001258719 (20/12/2007); Status: In-force.

 

6. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (IN Patent Application No: 01534DELNP2003[FN:7842], date of filling: 24/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. India Patent no. 224401  (14/10/2008); Status: In-force.

 

7. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (JP Patent Application No: 2002-575320, date of filling: 25/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Japan Patent no. 2002-575320 (09/05/2012); Status: In-force.

 

8. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (DE Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Germany Patent no. 01932045.6  (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

9. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (FR Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. France Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

10. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (GB Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Great Britain Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

11. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (IE Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Ireland Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

12. Verma S. K., Singh, L. (NL Patent Application No: 01932045.6, date of filling: 22/09/2003). Universal Primers to establish the identity of animal parts and products. Netherlands Patent no. 1373558 (25/12/2013); Status: In-force.

 

 

Conferences & Abstracts

 

Recombinant protein based liposomal combination vaccine for intranasal immunization against Hepatitis and Influenza (2012) Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K., Agarwal, G. P., Vyas, S. P. In: Bioasia 2012: The global Bio Business Forum held in Hyderabad India during 9-11 February 2012 (Tiwari S. won BioAsia Innovation Award – 2012 for this work).

 

The Science of DNA Fingerprinting in justice to wild animals (2012) Verma, S. K. In: BIOVISION-2012: Modern Perspectives in Biology and Chemistry held in National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER) Balanagar, Hyderabad during 21 January 2012 (Invited lecture).

 

The Science of DNA Fingerprinting in justice to wild animals (2011) Verma, S. K. In: DNA 2011: The science of DNA Fingerprinting – Past, present and future held in Geological Survey of India (GSI) Lucknow Uttar Pradesh India during 12-13 November 2011 (Invited lecture).

 

Viral protein complexed liposomes for intranasal delivery of recombinant antigen vaccines (2011) Tiwari, S, Verma, S. K., Agarwal, G. P., Vyas, S. P. In: Nanoformulation 2011: International conference on materials for Advanced technologies held in Singapore during 26 June-1 July 2011.

 

A novel universal technique to establish the identity of enormous number of animal species for forensics applications (2011) Verma, S. K. In: Conference on Socio-Economic Empowerment of North East through Innovations held in Guwahati India during 26-27 May 2011 (NRDC Societal Innovation Award lecture).

 

From sequences to the science for justice and more: an endeavour to help wildlife (2011) Verma, S. K. In: TIECON2011: International Conference on Tropical Island Ecosystems: issues related to Livelihood, Sustainable Development and Climate Change held in CARI, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands India during 23 -26 March 2011 (Invited lecture).

 

Viral protein complexed liposomes for intranasal delivery of recombinant antigen vaccine (2011) Tiwari, S., Verma, S. K, Agarwal, G. P., Vyas, S. P. In: Bioasia 2011: The global Bio Business Forum held in Hyderabad India during 21-24 February 2011.

 

From sequences to the science for justice and more (2010) Verma, S. K. In: DNA2010: 2nd International Conference on The Science of DNA Fingerprinting in Crime investigation held at IETE Auditorium Osmania University Hyderabad India during 29-30 October 2010 (Invited lecture).

 

Novel universal primers establish identity of enormous number of animal species for forensic applications (2009) Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. In: BioAsia2009: The Global Bio Business Forum held in Hyderabad India during 2-4 February 2009 (Verma, S. K. won BioAsia Innovation Award – 2009 for this work).

 

From sequences to the science for justice and more (2009) Verma, S. K. In: Perspectives and current trends in Bioinformatics: A bioinformatics training program for Senior Scientists and Technologists working with Government of India held at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Hyderabad India (Invited lecture).

 

The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel substrate of PKC (2008) Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. In: International Symposium on Novel Strategies for Targeted Prevention and Treatment of Cancer held at School of Life Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi India (NSTPTC-2008 Young Scientist Award lecture).

 

Rap1 targets and signalling (2006) Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. In: Beatson International Cancer Conference: 24 years of Ras and Human Cancer held in the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research Glasgow Scotland.

 

Differential expression profiles in Oral Cancers using DNA microarrays (2004) Reddy, V. R., Dhawan, S., Ch Kumar, R., Gautami, B., Verma, S. K., Madhavi, M. B. and Singh, L. In: 8th ADNAT convention on Comparative and Functional Genomics held in Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Hyderabad, India.

 

DNA typing: a powerful, modern, biological approach of species identification for forensic applications (2002) Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. In: Third International conference of Indian congress of forensic medicine and toxicology held in All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi India (SKV was given Scroll of Honour for this contribution).

 

A universal approach of species identification for forensic applications (2002) Verma, S. K. and Singh, L. In: The 16th meeting of International Association of Forensic Sciences held in Montpellier, France.

 

RAPD analysis of Indian scented basmati rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm for identification of variability and duplicate accessions, if any (1999) Verma, S. K., Khanna, V. K. and Singh, N. K. In: 5th International DNA Fingerprinting Conference held in Port-Elizabeth Eastern Cape South Africa.

 

DNA microsatellites based identification of a wild animal (1999) Verma, S. K. and Rao, G. V. In: 15th Triennial Meeting of International Association of Forensic Sciences held in University of California Los Angeles USA (IAFS Young Scientist Award lecture).

 

Fingerprinting genome for identification of variability and duplicate accessions within the germplasm collection of basmati rice using RAPD analysis (1998) Verma, S. K. , Khanna, V. K., Singh, N. K. and Singh, U. S. In: National Seminar on plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Hill Agriculture held in Pithoragarh India.

 

Invited/Keynote Lectures:

 

 Approximately 25

Research

Honours and Awards

 

2014: Research Ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany) (Second Term)  to promote the bidirectional research endeavours between Indian and Germany.

 

2013: Appointed as Expert Member on the Scientific Panel in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

 

2011: Meritorious Invention Award of National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), DSIR, Govt. of India (Will be presented on 26th May 2011 in Guwahati, India).

 

2010: Research Ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany) to promote the bidirectional research endeavours between Indian and Germany.

 

2010: Fellow of Max Planck Institute of Infection Biology, Berlin.

 

2010: DST Young Scientist Fast Track Grant for the project entitled ‘Dissecting the role of the small GTPase Rap1 in Cancer’

 

2010: DBT Young Scientist RGYI Grant for the project entitled ‘Studies on the functional consequences of PKC phosphorylation of the tumour suppressor RASSF1A’

 

2009: Sanofi Pasteur Award to participate in the Fondation Merieux conference ‘Current challenges and new methodological approaches to assess vaccine effectiveness and vaccination impact’ held during 28 September 2009 to 1 October 2009 in Les Pensieres, Annecy, France.

 

2009: BioAsia Innovation Award conferred by the BioAsia, the Global Bio Business Forum.

 

2008: Young Scientist Award in the International Symposium on ‘Novel Strategies for Targeted Prevention and Treatment of Cancer’ held in School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

 

2008: CSIR Technology Award for Life Sciences conferred by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

 

2003: Commonwealth Scholarship from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK for doctoral studies in Medical Oncology at the University of Oxford, UK.

 

2003: DST- DFG Award to attend the Global annual meet of Nobel Laureates (Medical Sciences) and Young Researchers in Lindau, Germany.

 

1999: Emerging Forensic Scientist Continental Award conferred by the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in its 15th Triennial Meeting held in the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

 

1998: Junior Research Fellowship of Department of Immunology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow, India.

 

1998: Junior Research Fellowship of Department of Pharmacology, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow, India (Fellowship declined due to other commitments).

 

1995-1997: National Merit Scholarship of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India for studies leading to Masters in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

 

1991-1995: University Merit Scholarship of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India during B.Sc. for outstanding Grade Point Average obtained throughout the degree program (Scholarship declined due to other scholarship in place during this period).

 

1991-1995: Merit Scholarship of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India during Bachelors degree program.

Distinctions

Professional Positions

 

[1] Principal Scientist at CCMB, Hyderabad: June 2010 to Present

[2] Senior Scientist at CCMB, Hyderabad: July 2006 to June 2010
[3] Scientist C, Gr. IV (II) at CCMB, Hyderabad: June 2003 to June 2006
[4] Commonwealth Scholar at The University of Oxford, UK: October 2003 to December 2007
[5] Scientist B, Gr. IV (I) at CCMB, Hyderabad: June 2000 to May 2003
[6] Scientist II at CDFD, Hyderabad: May 1998 to May 2000
[7] Jr. Research Fellow at SGPGI, Lucknow: Feb 1998 to April 1998
[8] Teaching Assistant at G. B. Pant University, Pantnagar: Nov 1997 to Jan 1998

 

Honourary Positions

 

[1] Max Planck-India Fellow (2010-2014)
[2] Research Ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany)

[3] Expert Member in the Scientific Panel for Biological Hazard of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

Affiliations

Dr. Sunil Kumar Verma
S212, Socially relevant, Biomedical and Translational Research
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Uppal Road, Hyderabad 500 007, India
Mobile: +91-9908607728
Email: sunilverma@ccmb.res.in

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