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Prof. Shweta Rana

Prof. Shweta Rana

Ph.D. Microbiology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Gold Medalist in M.Sc Microbiology, H P Agricultural University, Palampur.


BIO

Dr. Shweta Rana is the Head of the Department of Physical and Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the FLAME University. Her Masters's and Doctorate degrees are in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry. She is a recipient of a Gold medal and Certificate of Excellence in Academics awarded by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India. She was awarded a merit scholarship from her university as well as the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for her Doctoral Studies. She was granted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship on the Rice Genome Project funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.


She has over twenty years of experience in teaching and research in various academic institutes and universities of repute in India. Her areas of research interest are in the fields of Plant Sciences, Biodiversity Studies, Sustainable Agriculture and Food production, Environmental Health, and Citizen Science. She has published and reviewed many articles. Currently, she is a reviewer for Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer Nature; Journal of Biotechnology, Elsevier; Environmental Sustainability, Springer Nature; Journal of Phytology.


She has been associated with FLAME University for the last 14 years where she has immensely contributed to developing programs, curricula, and teaching resources in the department. She enjoys designing workshops, practicals, and scientific activities that enhance the conceptual understanding of the subject matter. She has set up the science labs right from designing the workstations to identification, purchasing, verification, and installation of the required lab instruments and equipment. Along with other important administration-related responsibilities, she has chaired the Discover India Program and Developmental Activity Program which are the flagship programs for FLAME University. She has initiated activities that resonate with the university’s core value of Ecological Balance.


RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

Recent articles:



  • Jain S, Rai P, Singh J, Singh VP, Prasad R, Rana S, Deshmukh R, Tripathi DK, Sharma S (2021): Exogenous addition of silicon alleviates metsulfuron-methyl induced stress in wheat seedlings. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Vol 167, Pg- 705-712.

  • Rana, Shweta and Patel Tirtha (2017): El Nino and Vector-Borne Diseases: Life Sciences International Research Journal, Vol 4, Issue 2, Pg-50-57.

  • Rana Shweta and Singh Sanjana. (2015). Nipah Virus: Effects of Urbanization and Climate Change. Biological, Chemical, and Environmental Sciences, IICBEE; pp. 64-68. Adjudged the best paper of the session.

  • Rana Shweta and Lunia Palak (2015). Reemergence and Global Spread of Chikungunya. Biological, Chemical, and Environmental Sciences, IICBEE; pp. 64-68. pp. 69-74.

  • Rana, Shweta and Parekh Devanshi (2021): Human-driven speciation: A peek into how we may alter the morphology of African elephants. Down to Earth-Wildlife and Biodiversity.

  • Rana, Shweta and Parekh Devanshi (2021): World Nature Conservation Day 2021- Stories of some Conservation trailblazers from India. The CSR Journal.

  • Rana, Shweta and Desai Vibhavari (2021): Evolution and Science-fiction: Marriage of facts and fantasy. Down to Earth- Science, and Technology.

  • Rana, Shweta (2021): International Biodiversity Day 2021: We are part of the solution. Wildlife and Conservation. Down to Earth.

  • Rana Shweta (2020): Positives from the pandemic. Telangana Today, pp-6.

  • Rana, Shweta (2020): Microbes-Solutions for Environmental Conservation, IGNITE, FLAME.

  • Rana Shweta (2020): Resilient Viruses: The Most Successful Inhabitants. FLAME.

  • Rana, Shweta (2019): Can the change in food habits contribute to solving some global issues? FLAME


Memberships:



  • Editorial Board, International Institute of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, IICBE.

  • Member of Core technical Committee of Scientific Board of Biological, Pharmaceutical & Medical Sciences for Intl Inst of Chemical, Biological, and Env. Engineering-2021-2023.

  • Life Member, Food Studies, C G Scholar Network, the research, and technology arm of Common Ground Research Networks.

  • Member of Core technical Committee of Scientific Board of Biological, Pharmaceutical & Medical Sciences for Intl Inst of Chemical, Biological, and Env. Engineering, 2016-2017.

  • Member of Core technical Committee of Scientific Board of Biological, Pharmaceutical & Medical Sciences for Intl Inst of Chemical, Biological, and Env. Engineering,2017-2018.

  • Member Program Committee, AACBMS- International Conference on Advances in Chemical, Biological and Medical Sciences, Aug 6-8, 2018, Pattaya Thailand