Dr. Pankaj Suman completed B.V.Sc. (2004) from Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur; M.Sc. (2006; Biotechnology) from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and Ph.D. (2011; Immunology) from the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi. He also worked as a visiting scholar at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (2007-2010). Later, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011-2013) at NII, New Delhi, and then as Assistant Professor (2013-2014) at Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Before joining the NIAB in 2017, he was associated with the Animal Husbandry and Fishery Resources Department, Govt. of Bihar as a Veterinary Clinician.
Research experience and interests
Suman’s experience spans towards development of aptamer, antibodies and nanozymes based technologies for development of diagnostics and therapeutics. These technologies are being used solely or in combination to develop affordable diagnostics for animal diseases; improvement of reproductive efficiency and for enhanced digestibility of plant biomass (cellulose) in the rumen of livestock. His interest is to provide affordable solution to the clinical problems in veterinary medicine while working at the interface of animal physiology, nanotechnology, biosensing and drug delivery. Currently, his laboratory is working on biomarker discovery and development of aptamer and monoclonal antibody based point of care diagnostics for snake venom detection; development of aptamer based technologies for detection of residual antibiotics in animal products (like milk and meat) and for oestrous or pregnancy in farm animals; nanopatch for transdermal drug/hormone delivery; engineering cellulosomal enzyme complex in the form of nanozymes to enhance breakdown of cellulose (present in plant) into simple sugar moieties.