Felix Bast, Ph. D., IFA

 

 

Mailing Address:                                  DST-INSPIRE Assistant Professor,

Centre for Plant Sciences

Central University of Punjab

City Campus, Mansa Road

Bathinda, 151001 Punjab

felix.bast@gmail.com

Date of Birth:                                        27th May, 1980

Summary of Significant Contributions:

I have been working in the field of phylogeography and phylogenetic systematics for the last one decade, having received training from Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, USA and Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK. During the course of my doctoral works from Kōchi University, Japan (MEXT, Govt. of Japan), I discovered the existence of sympatric speciation in a panmictic population of the alga Monostroma-a first such record for any eukaryotes. I had also discovered the salinity-mediated switch in the life history of Monostroma kuroshiensis Bast (a new species discovered by myself). This alga sexually reproduces in habitats with a wider range of salinity while asexually reproduces in habitats with a narrower range of salinity. After my Ph.D., I began working on the phylogenetic systematics of algae and plants from the Indian subcontinent. As part of the INSPIRE Faculty Award, which I received in 2012 from DST, I conducted GPS and SCUBA aided field expeditions to ca. 3000 km stretch of Indian Subcontinent, including East & West Coasts, Sundarbans and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. My research had revealed the existence of two new bloom-forming marine green algae endemic to the Indian subcontinent, which were the first algal species discovery from India in almost 40 years. The algae were named Ulva paschima Bast, and Cladophora goensis Bast- both were promising candidates for biofuel production and Carbon Capture and Sequestration. I had also discovered the existence of endophytic algae for the first time in Indian Ocean. Previously, endophytic algae were reported only around British Islands and East China Sea. My recent studies have revealed that the terrestrial green microalgal spores of species Trentepohlia annulata were behind Blood Rain that occurred in South India and Sri Lanka in 2011. Mysterious blood rains had been reported since time immemorial, with instances of blood rain can even be found in Homer's Iliad. Various pseudoscientific claims including divine spell and alien involvement were widely circulated prior to this discovery. This finding indicated the existence of areal dispersal of algal spores on continental and global scales through “clouds over oceans”- a phenomenon earlier reported for bacteria and fungi, but for the first time in algae. Using DNA sequence based phylogeography, I was able to trace the geographical origin of Tulsi, Ocimum tenuiflorum in the Indian subcontinent to North Central India. I had also used same technique to discover that West-Coast population of Hypnea valentiae, an important carrageenan-producing red alga, is ancestral to that of the East Coast. I have research interests in liberal arts as well. In 2014, I received a major research grant from ICSSR to work on linguistic phylogeny of Indian Languages-an interdisciplinary work with a merge of humanities and sciences. Using computational phylogenetics my group is at present working on a phylogram of Indian languages, in collaboration with group from Harvard University. In addition, I am involved with science education and popularization with regular contributions appearing in Resonance, Science Reporter, The Hindu and so on. I have recently published a well-received popular science book on Indian Animals, “Creatures of India”. In 2015, I had been recognized as “President’s Inspired Teacher” by the President of India and spent one week (6th June-12th June, 2015) with the President of India as Invited In-Residence Intern at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. In 2016 I undertook an expedition to Antarctica, and stayed in India’s research stations, Bharti and Maitri, as part of Ministry of Earth Sciences “Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica-36 delegation from December 2016 to April 2017.

 

Educational Qualifications:

Degree

University

Year

Subjects

Percentage

B. Sc. (Microbiology)

Kannur University, Kerala

2000

Microbiology, Chemistry, Physiology

87.5

(University First Rank)

M. Sc.

(Biotechnology)

University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Madras

2002

Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

76.49

(First class-Outstanding)

Ph.  D.

(Molecular Phylogenetics)

Kochi University, Japan

2010

Marine Biology/Phylogenetics

Awarded (MEXT Japanese Govt. Fellow)

 

Details of Professional Research Experience:

Position

Institute

From-To

Details

JNCASR-Rajiv Gandhi Student Research Fellow

National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR), Bangalore

March 2001 - April 2001

Topic: Salt tolerance by Na+/H+ antiporters in Dunaliella salina

Supervisor: Prof. M.K. Mathew

Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellow

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India

March 2002 - May 2002

Topic: UV resistance in thraustochytrids.

Supervisor: Prof. SWA Naqvi

CSIR-Junior Research Fellow (Council of Scientific and Industrial research, Govt. of India)

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India

June 2002 - July 2003

Topic: Vertical profiles of primary productivity and chlorophyll-a content of phytoplanktons in Indian Ocean.

Supervisors: Drs. N. Ramaiah

CSIR-Junior Research Fellow (Council of Scientific and Industrial research, Govt. of India)

Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India

August 2003 - February 2005

Topic: "Algae-based Biological desalination: implementation strategies”.

Supervisor: Prof. H. S. Shankar.

Monbukagakusho:MEXT International  Japanese Govt. Fellow

Usa Marine Biological Institute, Kochi University, Japan

April, 2005-March, 2006

Topic: Phylogenetics of Marine Green Algae of Tosa Bay, Japan

Student: Marine Botany Summer Course (With scholarship from National Science Foundation (NSF), USA)

Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), University of Washington, USA

July 2007 - August 2007

Trained in DNA barcoding / phylogeny reconstruction methods.

Supervisors: Prof. Charles J O'Kelly and Prof. Paul W Gabrielson.

British Phycological Society annual workshop on molecular phylogenetics of seaweeds

Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK

13-15 March, 2013

Trained in Algal identification and phylogenetic reconstruction. With Prof. Juliet Brodie and Prof. Christine Maggs

 

Details of Employment (Excluding PhD Period)

Employer

From-To

Centre for Biosciences, Central University of Punjab (DST-INSA-INSPIRE Assistant Professor)

May 2010 – Till Date (5 years 4 months)

Monbukagakusho:MEXT International  Japanese Govt. Fellow

Apr 2005- March 2006 (1 year)

 

Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay Junior Research Fellow (CSIR)

August 2003-Feb 2005 (1 year 6 months)

National Institute of Oceanography-Goa Junior Research Fellow (CSIR)

 

June 2002-July 2003 (1 year 2 months)

National Institute of Oceanography-Goa Junior Research Fellow (CSIR)- Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellow

 

March-2002-May 2002 (3 months)

National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR), Bangalore – JNCASR Rajiv Gandhi Summer Fellow

March 2001-April 2001 (2 months)

 

Research Grants

S.

No.

Title

Agency

Period

Grant/ Amount Mobilized (Rs lakh)

1

Chemical and Phylogenetic Diversity of Seaweeds in Indian Subcontinent

DST-INSPIRE Award

2012-2017

35 Lakhs

2

Genotoxicity of Drinking water from Malwa Region, Punjab

UGC-BSR Start-Up Grant

2012-14

6 Lakhs

3

Phylogenetic Selection Of Target Taxa For Anti-Proliferative And Anti-Metastatic Marine Natural Products From Seaweeds Of Indian Coast

Ministry of Earth Sciences-Drugs from the Sea Program

2015-18

40 Lakhs

4

Sequence-Based DNA Barcoding, Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics Of Selected Medicinal Plants from Indian Subcontinent

Research Seed Money program (Central University of Punjab)

2014-16

3 Lakhs

5

Tracing Evolutionary Legacy of Indian Languages using Computational Phylogenetics

ICSSR-Major Research Project

2014-16

7 Lakhs

 

List of Publications

2016

1.        BAST, F. (2016) The Blood Rain Mystery. DREAM 2047 (Vigyan Prasar, DST, GOI) 19 (3) 22-25 PDF

2.        REHMAN, W.U., MAJEED, A., MEHRA, R., BHUSHAN, S., RANI, P., SAINI, K.C., BAST, F. (2016) Gelatin: A comprehensive report covering its indispensable aspects. In: Natural Polymers: Derivatives, Blends and Composites, Edition: Volume I, Chapter: 10, Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Editors: Saiqa Ikram and Shakeel Ahmed, pp.209-222 PDF

3.        REHMAN, W.U., MAJEED, A., RANI, P., SAINI, K.C., NAJAR, R., MEHRA, R., SINGH, A., BAST, F. (2016) Carrageenan based hydrogels and composites: A systematic investigation reporting their multidimentional essence. In: Natural Polymers: Derivatives, Blends and Composites, Edition: Volume I, Chapter: 3, Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Editors: Saiqa Ikram and Shakeel Ahmed, pp.65-80 PDF

4.        SINGH, P., SINGH, S.R., RANI, A AD BAST,F. (2016) Homology modeling of chemokine CCR7, molecular docking, and in vitro studies evidenced plausible immunotherapeutic anticancer natural compounds. Med Chem Res (2016) 25: 2410. doi:10.1007/s00044-016-1647-2 (IF:1.6)

5.        BAST,F, JOHN, AA and BHUSHAN, S (2016) Molecular assessment of invasive Carrageenophyte Kappaphycus alvarezii from India based on ITS-1. Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography (Taylor and Francis, UK). 71 (2) 287-292 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00837792.2016.1221187

6.        BAST,F, JOHN, AA and BHUSHAN, S (2016) New record of Sargassum zhangii (Sargassaceae, Fucales) in India based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA barcodes. Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography (Taylor and Francis, UK). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00837792.2016.1221188

7.        BAST, F. 2016 Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Human Gene Pool. J  Phylogen  Evolution Biol 4 (2)

8.        BHUSHAN, S., MEHRA, R., RANI, P. AND BAST, F 2016 "DbIndAlgae: Online resource of Seaweeds of Indian coasts". Current Science (IF: 0.8) 111 (4):717-723

9.        BAST,F. 2016. The Crux of Time Management for Students. Resonance 21(1) 71-88 PDF

10.     BAST, F. 2016 Primary succession recapitulates phylogeny. J  Phylogen  Evolution Biol 4 (1) PDF

11.     BAST, F., JOHN, A.A. AND BHUSHAN, S. 2016.Cladophora goensis- a bloom forming marine algae from Goa, India. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 44 (12) 1874-1879 (IF:0.57) PDF

 

 2015

1.        BAST, F. 2015. Science Information Resources. Science Reporter Published by CSIR-NISCAIR 52(10): 40-43 PDF

2.        BAST, F. 2015. The Arctic Circle: Six Remarkable Short Stories for the Young Adults Covering the Crux of Personal Productivity. Published by Amazon South Asia. ASIN:B013QWIFNC

3.        BAST,F. 2015. Extraordinary Tales: Parasites Hijacking the Minds of Hosts. Resonance, 20(10): 893-902 October 2015 PDF

4.        BAST, F. 2015 Time Calibration Of Linguistic Phylograms: A Molecular Clock For Historical Linguistics. J  Phylogen  Evolution  Biol 3:e115. doi:10.4172/2329-9002.1000e115 PDF

5.        MEHRA. R, YADAV. D.S., KUNDU, P., REHMAN, W.U. AND BAST, F (2015) First report of Zoanthus pulchellus from India. Journal of Marine Biosciences 1(1):1-4 PDF

6.        BAST, F. 2015. Pale Blue Dot. Science Reporter (accepted) Published by CSIR-NISCAIR PDF 

7.        SINGH, P AND BAST, F. 2015. Screening of multitargeted natural compounds for receptor tyrosine kinases inhibitors and biological evaluation on cancer cell lines; in silico and in vitro. Medical Oncology 32(9):678 (IF:2.147) PDF

8.        SINGH, P AND BAST, F. 2015. Screening and Biological Evaluation of Myricetin as a Multiple Target Inhibitor Insulin, Epidermal Growth Factor, and Androgen Receptor; In Silico and In Vitro. Investigational New Drugs (IF:2.8) PDF

9.        BAST, F. 2015:A Call for Indianization of Science Syllabi in University Curriculum. Editorial, The Hindu (National newspaper) 10th April, 2015 PDF

10.     BAST, F. 2015. Tutorial on Phylogenetic Inference Part-2. Resonance 20 (5) 445-457 PDF

11.     BAST, F. 2015 Phylogenetics: Tracing the Evolutionary Legacy of Organisms, Metastatic Clones, Bioactive Compounds and Languages. J  Phylogen  Evolution  Biol  3 (2) PDF

12.     BAST, F. 2015. Baywatch India: Top Five pricey Reds. Ocean Digest, 2 (2) 2-5. ISSN: 23941928 PDF

13.     BAST, F. 2015. Tutorial on Phylogenetic Inference Part-1. Resonance 20 (4) 360-367 PDF

14.     BAST, F. 2015. Low-Carb High-Fat: A Paradigm Shift in Nutrition. Science Reporter 52(3) 31-32 Published by CSIR-NISCAIR PDF

15.     BAST, F, BHUSHAN, S., JOHN A.A., ACHANKUNJU, J., PANIKKAR N.M.V., HEMETNER, C., AND STOCKER-WÖRGÖTTE, E. 2015 European Species of Subaerial Green Alga Trentepohlia  annulata  (Trentepohliales,  Ulvophyceae)  Caused  Blood  Rain  in  Kerala,  India.  J  Phylogen  Evolution  Biol  3:  144.  PDF

16.     BAST, F., BHUSHAN, S. AND JOHN, A.A. 2015. Brown barcoded as red but reality is green! How epiphytic green algae confuse phycologists? Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography (Taylor and Francis, UK) 70(1) 59-63 DOI: 10.1080/00837792.2015.1014217 PDF

17.     BAST, F. 2015. A Brief History of Earth. Ocean Digest, 2 (1) p 7-8. ISSN: 23941928 PDF

18.     BAST, F. 2015. Taxonomic reappraisal of Monostromataceae (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta) Based on Multi-Locus Phylogeny. Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography (Taylor and Francis, UK) 70 (1): 43-57 DOI: 10.1080/00837792.2015.1004845 PDF

19.     BAST, F., KUBOTA, S. AND OKUDA, K. 2015. Phylogeographic Assessment of Panmictic Monostroma Species from Kuroshio Coast, Japan Reveals Sympatric Speciation. Journal of Applied Phycology (IF:2.5) DOI 10.1007/s10811-014-0452-x PDF

20.     SINGH, P AND BAST, F. 2015. Molecular Docking Study of Natural Compounds against Non Receptor Protein Tyrosine Kinases Src. International Journal of Pharmacy 5(2): 561-567

21.     SINGH, P AND BAST, F. 2015. High-throughput virtual screening, identification and in vitro biological evaluation of novel inhibitors of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3. Medicinal Chemistry Research 24 (6) 2694-2708 (IF:1.612)   PDF

 2014

1.        BAST, F., 2014. Creatures of India: Guide to Animals in India with up-to-date systematics. New Delhi Publishers, ISBN: 9789381274484

2.        BAST, F., JOHN, A.A. AND BHUSHAN, S. 2014. Strong endemism of bloom-forming tubular Ulva in Indian west coast, with description of Ulva paschima Sp. Nov. (Ulvales, Chlorophyta). PLoS ONE 9(10): e109295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109295 (IF:3.73) PDF

3.        BAST, F. 2014. Secret of waking-up fresh and having a great day! Science Reporter 51 (9) 11, Published by CSIR-NISCAIR PDF

4.        BAST, F., BHUSHAN, S AND JOHN, A.A. 2014. DNA Barcoding of a new record of epi-endophytic green algae Ulvella leptochaete (Ulvellaceae, Chlorophyta) in India. Journal of Biosciences 39:711-716 (IF:1.8) PDF

5.        SINGH, P AND BAST, F 2014. Insilco Molecular Docking Study Of Natural Compounds On Wild and Mutated Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor. Medicinal Chemistry Research 23(12):5074-5085(IF:1.61) PDF

6.        BAST, F 2014. Seaweeds in Japanese Culture: An analysis of medieval Waka poetry. The Phycologist (UK) 86:24-27 ISSN:0965-5301 PDF

7.        BAST, F., BHUSHAN, S. AND JOHN, A.A. 2014. Morphological and molecular assessment of native carrageenophyte Hypnea valentiae (Cystocloniaceae, Gigartinales) in Indian Subcontinent Phykos 44(1) 52-58 ISSN: 0554-1182 PDF

8.        BAST, F 2014. Seaweeds: Ancestors of land plants with rich diversity. Resonance, 19(2) 1032-1043 ISSN: 0971-8044 PDF

9.        BAST, F., RANI P, AND MEENA D, 2014 Chloroplast DNA Phylogeography of Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) in Indian Subcontinent, The Scientific World Journal (IF:1.731), vol. 2014, Article ID 847482, 6 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/847482 PDF

10.     BAST, F 2014. An Illustrated Review on Cultivation and Life History of Agronomically Important Seaplants. In Seaweed: Mineral Composition, Nutritional and Antioxidant Benefits and Agricultural Uses, Eds Vitor Hugo Pomin, 39-70. Nova Publishers, New York ISBN: 978-1-63117-571-8 PDF

 

 

2013

 

1.        BAST, F. 2013 “Sequence-based Phylogeography of Seaweeds: How current distribution is shaped by accumulation of past?”, Kuroshio Science (Japan) 7(1) 103-106 ISSN:1882-823X PDF

2.        SINGH, P AND BAST, F 2013 Insulin Receptor (IR) and Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor 1(IGF-1R) Signaling Systems: Novel Treatment Strategies for Cancer. Medical Oncology (IF:2.147) December 2013, 31:805 doi:10.1007/s12032-013-0805-3 PDF

3.        BAST, F 2013 Agronomy and Cultivation Methods for Edible Seaweeds. Int. J. Agriculture and Food Science Technology. 4 (7): 661-666 ISSN: 22493050 PDF

4.        SINGH, P AND BAST, F 2013 Multitargeted molecular docking study of plant-derived natural products on Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase pathway components. Medicinal Chemistry Research (IF:1.612) DOI: 10.1007/s00044-013-0774-2 PDF

5.        BAST, F 2013. Sequence Similarity Search, Multiple Sequence Alignment, Model Selection, Distance Matrix and Phylogeny Reconstruction. Nature Protocol Exchange. (IF: 7.96) Nature Publishing Group. doi: 10.1038/protex.2013.065 Accessible at: http://www.nature.com/protocolexchange/protocols/2740 PDF

 

2012

 

1.        BAST, F. 2012. Cancer Phylogenetics: Computational Modeling of Tumor Evolution.In: Bioinformatics: Genome Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Eds: Editors: Renu Tuteja Nova Publishers, New York. ISBN: 978-1-62100-913-9  pp. 211-230 PDF

2.        BAST, F. 2012 Systematics and Taxonomic Keys for the Marine Green Algal Family Monostromataceae. In Algae: Ecology, Economic Uses and Environmental Impact Eds: Dagmar Krueger and Helga Meyer, Nova Publishers, New York.  ISBN: 978-1-62081-280-8 Pp 105-120 PDF

2011

1.        BAST, F 2011 Monostroma: the Jeweled Seaweed for Future (BOOK). LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, 66121, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-8473-2710-3 PDF

 

2010

 

1.        BAST, F., and K. OKUDA. 2010. Gametangial Ontogeny in Intertidal Green Alga:  Monostroma latissimum (Kützing) Wittrock. International Journal of Plant Reproductive Biology. 2: 11-15. PDF

2.        BAST, F. 2010. Comparative Ecophysiology and Phylogeography of Monostroma in Southern Japan. Ph.D Thesis, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan. PDF

 

2009

 

1.        BAST, F., M. HIRAOKA, and K. OKUDA. 2009. Spatiotemporal Sex Ratios of a Dioecious Marine Green Alga: Monostroma latissimum (Kützing) Wittrock. International Journal on Algae. 11: 141-150. PDF

2.        BAST, F., S. SHIMADA, M. HIRAOKA, and K. OKUDA. 2009. Asexual life history by biflagellate zoids in Monostroma latissimum (Ulotrichales). Aquatic Botany (IF:2.250) 91: 213-218. PDF

3.        BAST, F., S. SHIMADA, M. HIRAOKA, and K. OKUDA. 2009. Seasonality and thallus ontogeny of edible seaweed Monostroma latissimum (Kützing) Wittrock (Chlorophyta, Monostromataceae) from Tosa Bay, Kochi, Japan. Hydrobiologia (IF:1.985) 630: 161-167. PDF

 

Professional Recognition, Awards, Fellowship Received

 

1.       “President’s Inspired Teacher” by the President of India and spent one week with the President of India as Invited In-Residence Intern at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi 6-12 June, 2015

2.       Young Faculty Award -2015 (in discipline Bioscience) by Venus International Foundation

3.       Member of editorial board of Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology, International Journal of Advances in Botany and Botanical research, and Journal of Cell Science & Molecular Biology

4.       Member of British Phycological Society, Phycological Society of America, Phycological Society, India and International Society for Environmental Botanists.

5.       ICSSR-Major Research Grant-2014

6.       MoES-Drugs From Sea Grant 2014

7.       DST-INSA-INSPIRE Faculty Award 2012

8.       UGC-BSR Start-up Grant 2012

9.       British Phycological Society Student Bursary Award-2009

10.    National Science Foundation-USA Fellowship-2007

11.    Monbukagakusho-Japanese Govt. International Doctorate Fellowship (Nominated by Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Govt. of India)- 2005-2010

12.    CSIR Junior Research Fellow, 2002-2005

13.    CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test Qualified Dec 2001 for JRF and Lectureship

14.    GATE-2002 Qualified (Life Sciences).

15.    GRE General Test and Subject Test (Biology) Qualified-2002

16.    TOEFL Qualified (247/300 Points, 2002)

17.    Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship at NIO, Goa- 2002

18.    JNCASR-Rajiv Gandhi Summer Research Fellowship at NCBS-TIFR, Bangalore- 2001

19.    University  First  Rank  in  B.Sc. (2000, Kannur University, Kerala)

Scientific Meetings/Workshops/Training

1.       "SRFP, DST-INSPIRE IFA, MEXT, ISEA and RTF-DCS". DST-CII sponsored workshop on Outreach Workshop on Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research, 3rd May 2017. "SRFP, DST-INSPIRE IFA, MEXT, ISEA and RTF-DCS," CUPB, Bathinda  PPT

2.       Science Outreach presentation 10th March 2017 at Maitri station, Antarctica PPT

3.       Science Outreach Presentation 9th February 2017 at Bharati Station, Antarctica PPT

4.       Delivered an oral presentation on “Subgroup structure of Indian Languages revealed using computational linguistics” in International Conference of Linguistic Society of India, IIT-Guwahati from 10-12 Nov, 2016

5.       Delivered an oral presentation on “Phylogenetic systematics and diversity of Seaweeds from Indian Coast” in International Seaweed Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark on 19-24 July, 2016

6.       Delivered an oral presentation on “Linguistic gender in Indian languages and its relation with sex ratio” in “National Seminar on Gender equality for Sustainable Development”, Central University of Punjab on 22nd March, 2016

7.       Served as a resource person in DBT sponsored workshop on medical genetics and bioinformatics at Central University of Punjab 9th-23rd March, 2016

8.       Delivered an oral presentation on “DNA barcoding of mangrove plants in Sundarban Delta, West Bengal and Payyanur, Kerala reveals hidden biodiversity” in “New Vistas in Plant and Microbial Sciences”, Jammu University on 12th March, 2016

9.       Delivered a poster presentation on “Multilocal phylogeography of Ficus religiosa in India reveals cryptic speciation” at Young Investigator’s Meeting-2016 organized by DBT, UNESCO-RCB 29th February to 2nd March, 2016

10.    Coordinated Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on Recent Breakthroughs in Plant Sciences at Central University of Punjab, 22nd to 24th February, 2016

11.    Coordinated Science Academies’ Refresher Course on Environmental Biology at Central University of Punjab, 1st to 15th February, 2016

12.    Delivered an invited Popular Talk on “Tree Of Life: Disentangling the Tangled Bank” at Vikrama Simhapuri University, Nellore, AP on 17th December, 2015

13.    Delivered talk on “DNA Barcoding reveals cryptic diversity of mosses from the springs of Himalayas”, Himalayan Studies Conference, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla on 4th November, 2015

14.    Delivered an invited Popular Talk (Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan) on “Fascinating world of plants” at Central University of Punjab on 16th September, 2015

15.    Participated in two days workshop: “Capacity Building of Higher Education Teachers on e-content Development Using Moodle. 15th to 16th September, 2015

16.    Delivered an invited Talk on “Fascinating world of plants” at Centre for Plant Sciences, Central University of Kerala, on 31st July, 2015

17.    Delivered an invited Talk on “Evolution and Humanity” at Centre for Animal Sciences, Central University of Kerala, on 31st July, 2015

18.    Delivered an invited Talk on “Computational Phylogenetics” at St. Pius X College, Rajapuram, Kerala, on 29th July, 2015

19.    Delivered a Talk on “Invisible world of marine plants” at Central University of Punjab in connection with Fascination of Plants Day, on 18th May, 2015

20.    Delivered an Invited Talk at S. Govt. College of Science & Technology, Jagraon, Punjab on 16th February, 2015 on “Phylogenetic Systematics of Aquatic Plants.”

21.    Orientation Programme at UGC-Academic Staff College, Delhi University. 8th December, 2014-5th January, 2015.

22.    National Conference on Recent Advances in Algology, Mycology and Plant Pathology at University of Madras Guindy Campus; 19-20 February 2014. Invited Talk: “Strong Endemism of Bloom-forming Tubular Ulva in Indian West Coast, with Description of Ulva paschima sp. nov. (Ulvales, Chlorophyta)”

23.    National Conference on “Climate Change, Environmental and Sustainable Development” at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi on 9th-10th December 2013. Oral Presentation: “Sargassum zhangii invades India”

24.    2nd International Conference on "Agriculture, Food Technologies and Environment- New Approaches" (AFTENA- 2013) at JNU, New Delhi, October 2013. Oral Presentation: “Agronomy and cultivation methods for edible seaweeds”.

25.    British Phycological Society annual workshop on molecular phylogenetics of seaweeds at Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, United Kingdom

26.    International Algal Summit by Indian Phycological Society), New Delhi, February 2012. Oral Presentation “DNA barcoding discovers substantial divergence within interbreeding populations of green alga, Monostroma (Ulvophyceae)”

27.    New Horizons in Cancer Research by American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), New Delhi, December 2011. Poster presentation: Cancer Phylogenetics: Computational Modelling of Tumour Evolution

28.    57th Winter meeting of the British Phycological Society, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom. January 2009. Supported by student bursary from the BPS (Oral and Poster presentations).

29.    XIX International Seaweed Symposium, Kobe, Japan, March 2007. Supported by Japanese Phycological Society grants. (Two poster presentations).

30.    31st Annual International meeting of the Japanese Society of Phycology, Kobe, Japan organized by Japanese Society of Phycology, Kobe, Japan March 2007

31.    Marine Botany Summer Course (With scholarship from National Science Foundation (NSF), USA), including attendance in FHL conference 2007. Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, USA. August 2007.


 

Other Achievements

1.    Founded a charity foundation for popularization of science (Felix & Swapna Foundation; http://bit.ly/FnS-F

2.    Press releases from the CUPB concerned with achievements of my team: http://bit.ly/PR-Felix

3.    Published 55 DNA sequences at NCBI-GenBank

4.    Discovered and named 3 species of marine algae : Monostroma kuroshiensis Bast, Cladophora goensis Bast and Ulva paschima Bast

5.     Involved with Japanese Language teaching program (voluntary) to the students of Central University of Punjab

 

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