Ashwani Kumar Thakur

PhD (I.M.T. & Punjab University)

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering (BSBE)

Research Interest



  • PhD, Institute of Microbial
    Technology & Punjab University, 2002
  • M.Sc., Punjab University, 1995
  • B.Sc., Himachal Pradesh University, 1993



  • Singh V, Rai RK, Arora A, Sinha N and Thakur AK (2014) Therapeutic implication of L-phenylalanine aggregation mechanism and its modulation by D-phenylalanine in phenylketonuria. Scientific Reports; 4:3875.

  • Thakur AK, Jayaraman M, Mishra R, Thakur M, Chellgran VM, Byon IJ, Conway JF, Gronenborn AM and Wetzel R (2009), Polyglutamine disruption of the huntingtin exon 1 N-terminus triggers a complex aggregation mechanism. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology; 16(4), 380-9.

  • Thakur AK, Yang W, Wetzel R (2004) Inhibition of polyglutamine aggregate toxicity by a structure-based elongation inhibitor. FASEB J; 18(7):923-925

  • Thakur AK, Wetzel R. (2002) Mutational analysis of the structural organization of polyglutamine aggregrates. Prot Natl Acad Sci (USA); 99(26):17014-17019

  • Thakur AK, Kishore R (1999) Novel hydrogen bonding ring motifs in a model peptide: crystal and molecular conformation. Chemical Communications; 1643-1644.

  • 2018 Bio-SPMs Collaborative Research Grant at The Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI), Institute for Frontier Science Initiative, Kanazawa University. Japan

  • Erasmus Mundus-Namaste academic staff fellowship (2014-2017 period)

  • Rapid Young investigator grant from DBT (2011-2014)

  • Runner up award from the high commissioner of UK in Indo-UK Biopharma Business Plan 2012.

  • Scholarship for completing office of enterprise development course: from bench top to bedside what every scientist needs to know, university of Pittsburgh USA -2007.

  • Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for post-doctoral research, Germany-2003

  • Junior and senior research fellowship UGC-CSIR for PhD completion, India

  • Agriculture research scientist examination (Animal Biotechnology)-96, India

  • Graduate aptitude test for engineering-96, India.

  • Department of biotechnology fellowship for completion of MSc degree, India

  • National merit scholarship holder, HP Board of School Education

  • Scholarship holder in middle school, HP Board of School Education

Dr Reddy’s Lab Hyderabad: Manager, Senior Manager & Quality Control head (2008-2010)

  • In the middle management role at Dr Reddy’s laboratory, biologics development centre for two years, I was involved in multiple projects in managing development, quality, regulations, manufacturing, assurance, technology transfer, data analytics, manpower & efficiency planning, career planning and system improvement in the area of biopharmaceuticals. Many reports were written and reviewed by me to cater different businesses of biopharmaceutical manufacturing. I was responsible for assigning job responsibilities to scientists and managers. I was signatory of auditable quality documents, approving authority for: leaves, company resources, training, recruiting people, discrepancies management, cross functional documentation, handling market complains and regulatory queries. As Head of Quality control, I was the authority to release the drug through Certificate of Analysis to the market.


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Kanpur 208016

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