The Department has 3 research laboratories which perform cutting-edge scientific research. These include:

Microbial Technology Laboratory – Incharge Dr Monisha Khanna (Click on Research Profile in Research Tab)

Insect Pest & Vector Laboratory – Incharge Dr Sarita Kumar (Click on Research Profile in Research Tab)

Ciliate Biology Laboratory – Incharge Dr Ravi Toteja and Dr Seema Makhija (Click on Research Profile in Research Tab).


Undergraduate students have been given exposure to independent thinking by promoting research activities at UG level. Students were benefitted by several projects funded by IEDC-DST and Innovative projects funded by the University of Delhi. College also promotes UG research by several schemes like ELITE and DBT STAR Scheme. Following are the list of projects done under the mentorship of Zoology Faculty:

INNOVATIVE PROJECTS (Funded by the University of Delhi)

Faculty Title of the Project

Dr Monisha Khanna , Mr Ravinder K Sagar and Dr Sunita Hooda

Biodegradation of wastes by microbial extracellular enzymes

Dr Ravi Toteja and

Dr Seema Makhija

Ciliate diversity as cellular tool to assess soil quality(DU-303)

Dr Charu K Gupta and Dr Sarita Kumar

Development of low-cost, robust, portable water purifier prototype with physical, chemical and biological filtration for field water disinfection and potable water generation in natural calamity afflicted zones with harsh conditions

Dr Monisha Khanna , Dr Ravi Toteja and Dr Vikrant Kumar

Exploring useful bacteria from soil


Mentor Title of the Project

Dr Sarita Kumar

Formulation of Mehndi Remover Using Natural Products

Dr. Ravi Toteja

Dr. Seema Makhija

A low cost microbiotest for detecting insecticides by exploring behavioral and ecotoxicological response of fresh water ciliates

Dr. Sarita Kumar

Evaluation of the beneficial properties and formulation of certain useful products from the waste peels of banana

Dr. Seema Makhija

Dr. Ravi Toteja

Use of Bioluminescent Ciliate sensors as an alternative method for measuring heavy metals in fresh water samples

Dr Sarita Kumar

Mr. Sanjay Vohra

Formulation of medically important products from Silk Cocoons waste

Dr. Sarita Kumar

Identification and formulation of products from weed extracts exhibiting anti-mosquito potential

For Details Click on Research Tab.


For advanced research, funding has been received from MoEF, DST and UGC. Following is the list of completed and ongoing research projects:

Principal Investigator Title of the Project Funding Agency Status

Dr. Monisha Khanna

Isolation and characterization of actinomycetes and analysis of their antibacterial potential



Dr Sarita Kumar

Larvicidal properties of certain botanicals against mosquito larvae - Alternative for mosquito control



Dr Seema Makhija and Dr Ravi Toteja

A study on heavy metal induced stress response at cellular and molecular level in ciliates for the development of a potential biosensor.



Dr Seema Makhija and Dr Ravi Toteja

Stress induced induction of metallothioneins (MTs) gene in ciliates and its use as biomarker to assess environmental pollution.



Dr. Monisha Khanna

Extraction and activity analyses of extracellular enzymes from soil




Dr Sarita Kumar

Developing and documenting innovative practices for learning physics and biology through experimentation for children and young adults

DST Women Scientist Scheme-B Project


Prof. Sarita Kumar (Zoology)

‘Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait (ATSB) methods to control mosquitoes in different regions of Delhi and NCR’



Prof. Seema Makhija
Prof. Ravi Toteja

DNA barcoding for ciliate species identification of Delhi, India



In recognition of the potential of the faculty members of the Zoology department to conduct independent research, four teachers have been recognized as Ph.D. supervisors by the University of Delhi. Currently, ten research scholars are carrying out doctoral programmes in the Zoology Department of the college.

Dr Sarita Kumar


Roopa Rani Samal

Biochemical Characterization of Development of Acetamiprid and Deltamethrin Resistance in Larvae of

Aedes aegypti L

Registered in January 15, 2016

Vinay Singh Dagar

Evaluation of Emamectin Benzoate as a Potential Control Agent of Cotton Bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Registered on September 7, 2016

Kungreiliu Panmei

Studies of the Effects of Lufenuron on the Growth and Development of Insects

Registered on April 15, 2018

P. Lanbiliu

Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of Resistance to Beta-Cyfluthrin in Cotton Stainer, Dysdercus koenigii (Fabr.) (Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae)

Registered on November 15, 2018

Manu Sankar

Effect of Insecticide on Growth and Development of Hemipterans

Registered on November 14, 2019


Taxonomic Studies on Non-Apis Pollinators of North India

Registered in November 14, 2019

Dr Monisha Khanna Kapur


Prateek Kumar

Structural Analysis of Antimicrobial Compounds from Actinobacteria and Identification of their Biosynthetic Gene Clusters

Registered in January, 2016

Munendra Kumar

Structural Analysis and Cloning of Genes Producing Extracellular Enzymes from Actinomycetes

Registered on November 15, 2017

Dr Seema Makhija and Dr Ravi Toteja


Jeeva S. Abhraham

Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Molecular Systematics of Ciliates from Delhi, India

Registered in November, 2017

Swati Maurya

Microorganisms as Bioindicators in Diverse Environments

Registered in April, 2018

It is a matter of pride for the entire college that 6 Research Scholars have been awarded with their doctoral degree and 1 student has submitted their Ph.D. thesis this year. Following is list of research scholars registered under zoology faculty who have submitted/Awarded the Doctoral degree:

S.No Name of the Research scholar Mentor Title of the thesis Year of Award/Submission


Dr Renu Solanki

Dr Monisha Khanna

Isolation and characterization of actinomycetes and analysis of their antimicrobial potential

Ph.D. awarded in 2014


Dr Radhika Warikoo

Dr Sarita Kumar

Studies on the Efficacy of Mexican Prickly Poppy, Argemone mexicana (Papaveraceae) as the Potential

Control Agent of an Indian Strain of Dengue vector, Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae)

Ph.D. awarded in 2015


Dr Monica Mishra

Dr Sarita Kumar

Behavioural Implications of Host-Parasite Interactions in Helicoverpa armigera

Ph.D. awarded in 2016


Dr Payal Das

Dr Monisha Khanna

Microbial extracellular enzymes: Purification, Molecular characterization and Applications

Ph.D. awarded in 2017


Dr Aarti Sharma

Dr Sarita Kumar

Synthesis, Evaluation and Characterization of Phyto-mediated Silver Nano composites against Indian Strain of Dengue Vector, Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae

Ph.D. awarded in 2019


Dr Rajiv Kumar


Dr Sarita Kumar

Isolation, Identification and Biochemical Characterization of Bacteria as Potential Biological Control

Ph.D. awarded in 2019


Ms S. Sripoorna

Dr Seema Makhija

Dr Ravi Toteja

Ciliates as cellular tool to assess heavy metal toxicity

Ph.D. Thesis Submitted in February 2020

Faculty and Research scholars have published their work in peer reviewed journals. The research work is recognized internationally. Their work has been presented at several National and International Conferences.