Dr. Prashant Singh

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (BHU)
Contact Information:
Tel. +91 7755830009 Fax:+91 542 2368174
Email Id:sps.bhu@gmail.com, prashantsingh.bot@bhu.ac.in

 
 
Academic Qualifications:
 
S. No.DegreeInstitutionYear
1.B.Sc.(Hons.) in BotanyBanaras Hindu University2006
2.M.Sc.Banaras Hindu University2008
3.Ph. D.Banaras Hindu University2013
 
 
Area of specialization:
 

Our group is interested to study the systematics and taxonomy of cyanobacteria using the polyphasic approach. Cyanobacterial taxonomy is still plagued by inconsistencies with no clarity on what exactly constitutes the polyphasic approach. Morphological inconsistencies have particularly contributed to the confusing situation for a long time now. In the modern times, a concerted approach with a carefully drafted taxa specific scheme is needed. For the past few years, we have been instrumental in discovering and describing new cyanobacterial taxa, both at the species level and even at the genus level. With active collaboration from groups both inside and outside India, we have tried to study cyanobacteria from different ecosystems and interesting habitats with particular focus on freshwater, soil and polar habitats. The use of morphology, ecology, molecular (both sequencing and ITS folding) and rigorous phylogenetic approaches have been a hallmark of our work (e.g. Aliinostoc gen. nov.; Neowestiellopsis gen. nov). We have also paid focus on complex taxa like Nostoc, Scytonema, Calothrix and the entire true branched heterocytous forms. Another aspect of our group has been studying Arctic cyanobacteria and we are collaborating with different labs for proper characterization of these cyanobacteria both at the genomic and proteomic levels.

 
Current Research Project:
 

S. No.Name of the Project DurationSource of FundingAmount of Funding (Rs)
1. "studying the Phylogenomics and evogenomics of cyanobacteria of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, India " (P.I) 2015- 2018SERB (DST)20.61 lacs

 
Awards/Achievements if any:

  • Qualified GATE-2008 in Life Sciences with All India Rank 310 and percentile 97.65.
  • Awarded CSIR-Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in 2008 in Life Sciences.
  • Awarded CSIR-International Grant in 2012 (did not avail).
  • Awarded DBT-International Grant in 2012.
  • Member of the 6th Czech Arctic Research Expedition in Svalbard, Norway.
  • Awarded Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) Grant in 2013.
  • Awarded DST-International Travel Grant in 2014.
  • Selected in the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Bilateral Exchange Programme of Indian Scientists for the year 2015.
  • Young Investigator Grant, 2015 of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India for working on the taxonomy of Indian cyanobacteria
  • Scientist on Deputation to the Indian Arctic Station ‘Himadri’ in Svalbard, Norway in 2017.
  • Additional informations if any:

  • Worked as Scientist B in Microbial Culture Collection (MCC), National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune from April 2014 - March 2018
  • Worked as Scientist B in National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR), National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune from April 2018 - September 2018
  • Curator of the Cyanobacteria Culture Collection at MCC and NCMR (April 2014 - September 2018)
  • Handled Reviewing Assignments of Journals like International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Current Science etc.
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    List of 10 major Publications:
    1. Sara Kabirnataj, Ghorban Ali Nematzadeh, Ahmad Farhad Talebi, Meisam Tabatabaei, Prashant Singh* (2018) Neowestiellopsis gen. nov, a new genus of true branched cyanobacteria with the description of Neowestiellopsis persica sp. nov. and Neowestiellopsis bilateralis sp. nov., isolated from Iran. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 304: 501-510.
    2. Suvendra Nath Bagchi, Neelam Dubey, Prashant Singh* (2017) Phylogenetically distant clade of Nostoc-like taxa with the description of Aliinostoc gen. nov. and Aliinostoc morphoplasticum sp. nov.. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 67(9): 3329-3338.
    3. Prashant Singh, Neelam Dubey, Suvendra Nath Bagchi (2017) Westiellopsis ramosa sp. nov., intensely branched species of Westiellopsis (cyanobacteria) from a freshwater habitat of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 303: 1239-1249.
    4. Archana Suradkar, Chelsea Villanueva, Lira A Gaysina, Dale A Casamatta, Aniket Saraf, Gandhali Dighe, Ratnaprabha Mergu, Prashant Singh* (2017) Nostoc thermotolerans sp. nov., a soil dwelling species of Nostoc. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 67(5): 1296-1305.
    5. Prashant Singh, Robin Anigo Minj, Kikku Kunui, Zaid Muneef Shaikh, Archana Suradkar, Yogesh S Shouche, Arun Kumar Mishra and Satya Shila Singh (2016) A new species of Scytonema isolated from Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh, India using the polyphasic approach. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 303: 249-258.
    6. Prashant Singh*, Zaid Muneef Shaikh, Lira A. Gaysina, Archana Suradkar, Upasona Samanta (2016) New species of Nostoc (Cyanobacteria) isolated from Pune, India using morphological, ecological and molecular attributes. Plant Systematics and Evolution 302: 1381–1394.
    7. Prashant Singh, Robin Anigo Minj, Kikku Kunui, Zaid Muneef Shaikh, Archana Suradkar, Yogesh S Shouche, Arun Kumar Mishra and Satya Shila Singh (2016) A new species of Scytonema isolated from Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 54: 519-527.
    8. Prashant Singh, Satya Shila Singh, Marina Aboal and Arun Kumar Mishra (2015) Decoding cyanobacterial phylogeny and molecular evolution using an evonumeric approach. Protoplasma. 252: 519-535.
    9. Prashant Singh, Arshia Fatma and Arun Kumar Mishra (2015) Molecular phylogeny and evogenomics of heterocystous cyanobacteria using rbcl gene sequence data. Annals of Microbiology. 65: 799-807.
    10. Prashant Singh, Satya Shila Singh, Arun Kumar Mishra and Josef Elster (2013) Molecular phylogeny, population genetics and evolution of heterocystous cyanobacteria using nifH gene sequences. Protoplasma 250: 751-764.
    Full List of Publications:
    Referred Scientific Articles:
    1. Sara Kabirnataj, Ghorban Ali Nematzadeh, Ahmad Farhad Talebi, Meisam Tabatabaei, Prashant Singh (2018) Neowestiellopsis gen. nov, a new genus of true branched cyanobacteria with the description of Neowestiellopsis persica sp. nov. and Neowestiellopsis bilateralis sp. nov., isolated from Iran. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 304: 501-510.
    2. Neelam Dubey, Prashant Singh, Suvendra Nath Bagchi (2018) A calcium-stimulated serine peptidase from a true-branching cyanobacterium, Westiellopsis ramosa sp. nov. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. 24: 261-273.
    3. Suvendra Nath Bagchi, Neelam Dubey, Prashant Singh* (2017) Phylogenetically distant clade of Nostoc-like taxa with the description of Aliinostoc gen. nov. and Aliinostoc morphoplasticum sp. nov. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 67(9): 3329-3338.
    4. Prashant Singh, Neelam Dubey, Suvendra Nath Bagchi (2017) Westiellopsis ramosa sp. nov., intensely branched species of Westiellopsis (cyanobacteria) from a freshwater habitat of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 303: 1239-1249.
    5. Archana Suradkar, Chelsea Villanueva, Lira A Gaysina, Dale A Casamatta, Aniket Saraf, Gandhali Dighe, Ratnaprabha Mergu, Prashant Singh* (2017) Nostoc thermotolerans sp. nov., a soil dwelling species of Nostoc. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 67(5): 1296-1305.
    6. Sumantha Narayana, R. Mohanraju, Prashant Singh, Viresh Thamke, Savita Tapase, Yogesh Shouche, Kisan Kodam (2017) New record of a bloom forming, genotoxic strain Nodularia strain (KT447209) from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Chemosphere 174: 315-320.
    7. Prashant Singh, Robin Anigo Minj, Kikku Kunui, Zaid Muneef Shaikh, Archana Suradkar, Yogesh S Shouche, Arun Kumar Mishra and Satya Shila Singh (2016) A new species of Scytonema isolated from Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh, India using the polyphasic approach. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 303: 249-258.
    8. Prashant Singh*, Zaid Muneef Shaikh, Lira A. Gaysina, Archana Suradkar, Upasona Samanta (2016) New species of Nostoc (Cyanobacteria) isolated from Pune, India using morphological, ecological and molecular attributes. Plant Systematics and Evolution 302: 1381–1394
    9. Prashant Singh, Robin Anigo Minj, Kikku Kunui, Zaid Muneef Shaikh, Archana Suradkar, Yogesh S Shouche, Arun Kumar Mishra and Satya Shila Singh (2016) A new species of Scytonema isolated from Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 54: 519-527.
    10. Manish Singh Kaushik, Prashant Singh, Balkrishna Tiwari and Arun Kumar Mishra (2016) Ferric Uptake Regulator (FUR) Protein: Properties and implications in cyanobacteria. Annals of Microbiology. 66: 61-75.
    11. Prashant Singh* (2016) Cyanobacterial taxonomy and systematics: A brief review. In Plants and Microbes in Ever Changing Environment. Nova Science Publishers.
    12. Om Prakash, Rohit Sharma, Prashant Singh, Amit Yadav (2015) Strategies for taxonomical characterization of agriculturally important microorganisms. Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity 1, 85- 101. Springer
    13. Robin Anigo Minj, Prashant Singh, Kikku Kunui and Satya Shila Singh (2015) Diversity and phylogenetic analysis of some heterocystous cyanobacteria using morphological, Nitrogen fixation and molecular attributes. Indian Journal of Biotechnology (Accepted)
    14. Arun Kumar Mishra, Pawan Kumar Singh, Prashant Singh, Anumeha Singh, Satya Shila Singh, Amrita Srivastava, Alok Kumar Srivastava and Hridip Kumar Sarma (2015) Molecular Phylogeny and evolutionary genetics of Frankia strains based on 16S rRNA and nifD-K gene sequences. Journal of Basic Microbiology. 55: 1013-1020.
    15. Prashant Singh and Satya Shila Singh (2015) Cyanobacteria: Diversity and Applications in Biotechnology. Environmental Biotechnology: A New Approach Daya Publishing House, New Delhi
    16. Prashant Singh, Satya Shila Singh, Marina Aboal and Arun Kumar Mishra (2015) Decoding cyanobacterial phylogeny and molecular evolution using an evonumeric approach. Protoplasma. 252: 519-535.
    17. Prashant Singh, Arshia Fatma and Arun Kumar Mishra (2015) Molecular phylogeny and evogenomics of heterocystous cyanobacteria using rbcl gene sequence data. Annals of Microbiology. 65: 799-807.
    18. Prashant Singh, Manish Singh Kaushik, Meenakshi Srivastava and Arun Kumar Mishra (2014) Phylogenetic analysis of heterocystous cyanobacteria (Subsections IV and V) using Highly Iterated Palindromes as molecular markers. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. 20: 331-342.
    19. Satya Shila Singh, Kikku Kunui, Robin Anigo Minj and Prashant Singh (2014) Diversity and distribution pattern analysis of cyanobacteria isolated from paddy fields of Chhattisgarh, India Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity. 7: 462-470.
    20. Prashant Singh, Satya Shila Singh, Arun Kumar Mishra and Josef Elster (2013) Molecular phylogeny, population genetics and evolution of heterocystous cyanobacteria using nifH gene sequences. Protoplasma 250: 751-764.
    21. Prashant Singh, Arun Kumar Mishra, Satya Shila Singh and Anumeha Singh (2012) Structural, functional and molecular basis of Cyanophage-cyanobacterial Interactions and its significance. African Journal of Biotechnology 11: 2591-2608.
    22. Ekta Shukla, Satya Shila Singh, Prashant Singh and Arun Kumar Mishra (2012) Chemotaxonomy of heterocystous cyanobacteria using FAME profiling as species markers. Protoplasma 249: 651-661.
    23. Prashant Singh (2012) Diversity of cyanobacteria in Petuniabukta, Central Svalbard. Research Activities Svalbard 2012.
    24. Satya Shila Singh, Anju Singh, Amrita Srivastava, Prashant Singh, Anumeha Singh, Arun Kumar Mishra (2010) Characterization of Frankia strains based on physiological, SDS-PAGE of whole cell proteins and RAPD-PCR analyses. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26: 985-992.
    25. Arun Kumar Mishra, Prashant Singh, Satya Shila Singh, Ekta Shukla, Amrita Srivastava, Anumeha Singh (2010) Role of Blue Green Algae in Rural Development. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Transformation in Rural Economy of North East Hills Region in India: Status, Determinant and Prospects held on 7-8th May, 2010, National Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern Regional Centre, Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam.
    26. Arun Kumar Mishra, Prashant Singh, Anumeha Singh, Amrita Srivastava, Satya Shila Singh (2009) Role of Frankia in Agroforestry. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Agroforestry for Socioeconomic Development of North Eastern Region held on 11-12th December, 2009, NERIST, Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh.
    27. Amrita Srivastava, Prashant Singh, Anumeha Singh, Satya Shila Singh and Arun Kumar Mishra (2009) Cyanobacteria: Phenotypic to the Genotypic Diversity. In: Microbial Biotechnology & Ecology (eds) Pandey et al., Daya Publications, Darya Ganj, New Delhi

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