Dr. Umesh Kumar

Dr. Umesh Kumar

Assistant Professor,
Ph.D (Biotechnology from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune-2011)
Postdoc (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA). .

School for Nano Sciences,

Research Expertise:

  • Biological/Chemical synthesis and characterization of metal/metal oxide, polymeric nanoparticles.
  • Surface functionalization/bio-conjugation or modification of polymeric nanoparticles.
  • Handling as well as maintenance of mammalian (Primary and cancer) and microbial cultures.
  • High resolution microscopy e.g TEM, SEM, HR-TEM, Confocal, Fluorescence, Atomic Force Microscopy etc.
  • Biophysical studies of cells; Cellular nanoparticle binding/uptake and their toxicity studies.

Professional experience:

Worked as Scientist (Research Associate) in TERI-Deakin Nano-Biotechnology Centre, (2014-2016).

Awards and honours:

  • Honorary Associate Fellow at Deakin University, Australia (2016).
  • CSIR-UGC-NET (2005).
  • Called for prestigious Shyama Prasad Mukherjee fellowship from CSIR, for being among the top 100 CSIR awardees in India (2006)
  • DBT-JRF (2005).

Research Interest:

His research Interest at School of Nano Sciences, Central University of Gujarat is focused towards development of multifunctional, biodegradable and biocompatible nano-carriers for delivering small molecules to plants or humans with enhanced bioavailability and efficacy.

Best five publications:

  • Extracellular bacterial synthesis of protein functionalized ferromagnetic Co3O4 nanocrystals and imaging of self-organization of bacterial cells under stress after exposure to metal ions.Chemistry of Materials 2008, 20, 1484‾1491. (Impact factor-9.4, Citations-40)
  • Real-time nanomechanical and topographical mapping on live bacterial cells Brevibacterium casei under stress due to their exposure to Co2+ ions during microbial synthesis of Co3O4 nanoparticles. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2009, 113, 7927‾ 7933. (Impact factor-3.2, Citations-9) .
  • Green approach towards size controlled synthesis of biocompatible antibacterial metal nanoparticles in aqueous phase using lysozyme. Current Nanoscience, 2012, Vol-8, No-1. (Impact factor-1.09, Citations-8)
  • Membrane potential mediates the cellular binding of nanoparticles. Nanoscale, 2013, Vol‾5, No13, 5879 -86. (Impact factor-7.3, Citations-18) .
  • Cellular binding of anionic nanoparticles with diverse compositions is inhibited by serum proteins. Biomaterial Science 2013, Vol-1, No-9, 975-982. (Impact factor-3.6, Citations-26)

Book Chapters:

  • Sunar, Kiran, Kumar, Umesh and Deshmukh, S. K. (2015) Recent applications of enzymes in personal care products In “Agro-industrial wastes as feed stock for enzyme production” Editors Dhillon, G. S. Elsevier, Philadelphia pp.
  • Umesh Kumar, Nihar Ranjan and Sunil K. Deshmukh (2016) Novel targets and advancements in drug discovery: the case of HIV-AIDS In Bioresources and Bioprocess in Biotechnology (Volume I - Status and Strategies for exploration) Springer (Communicated).