Assistant Professor in the field of Physics
Dr. Nihar Ranjan Jena received his PhD degree from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), India in 2006. Subsequently, he did his Postdoctoral from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel and National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. He has also worked as a Guest Scientist in the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany and a research scientist in the Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is also a recipient of the Indo-Australia visiting fellowship (2013-2014) from the Indian National Science Academy, which was availed in the University of Queensland, Australia. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in Physics at the PDPM-Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur, India.
Artificial DNA, Biosensors, Drug design, DNA-Protein interactions, Enzymatic catalysis.
Banaras Hindu University
- - Research Scientist
Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
- - Guest Scientist
German Cancer Research Centre, Germany
- - Postdoc
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
- - Postdoc
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- - Lecturer
Physics Department, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack
- - Member of the IWD Tender Committee
- - Member of Central Purchase Committee
- - Warden, Hall-III
- Senior Research Fellowship Award from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
- International Travel Award from DST
- Late Shri Harbansh Singh Memorial Best Young Scientist Award by Laser & Spectroscopy Society of India
- Young Scientist Award from Indian Science Congress
- Visiting Academic at the University of Queensland, Australia
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Australia
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Areas or Specialisation / Project Activities / Publications / Books
- Understanding of DNA Damage and Repair by Enzyme Residues.
DST (2009-2012) Funds Approved: ~ Rs 14,000,00
- Computational Design of Functional Nucleotides for Artificial Life.
SERB (2017-2020). Funds approved: Rs 50,00160.00
- Mechanisms of Activation of Type I Cytokine Receptors.
Indian National Science Academy (as a part of Indo-Australia S&T programme) Funds approved: ~Rs 20,000,00
- Mutational properties of DNA base Lesions.
IIITDM Jabalpur Funds approved: ~10,000,00
- National Symposium on Innovations in Product Design.
Innovations in Product Design was organized from May 11-13, 2015 at IIITDM Jabalpur. Conferences/Symposia Grants Received: 1. Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India 2. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India 3. MP Council of Science and Technology (MPCOST), India
- Few Selected Publications:
1. B. Behera, P. Das, N.R. Jena (2019) Accurate Base Pair Energies of Artificial Genetic Alphabets: Clues for Their Mutagenic Characteristics. J. Phys. Chem. B 123, 31, 6728-6739.
2. N.R. Jena (2019) Manganese Coordinated Tyrosine Bio Materials for the Sensing of Reactive Oxygen Species. ChemistrySelect 4, 6945-6953.
3. N.R. Jena, P. Das, B. Behera, P.C. Mishra, (2018) Analogues of P and Z as Efficient Artificially Expanded Genetic Information System., J. Phys. Chem. B., 34, 8134-8145.
4. N.R. Jena, Manju Bansal, P.C. Mishra (2016) Conformational Stabilities of Iminoallantoin and its Base Pairs in DNA: Implications for Mutagenicity, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 12774-12783.
5. 9. N.R. Jena, A.E. Mark, P.C. Mishra (2014) Does Tautomerization of FapyG Influence its Mutagenicity? ChemPhysChem, 15, 1779-1784.
6. N.R. Jena, P.C. Mishra (2012) Formation of Ring-opened and Rearranged Products of Guanine: Mechanisms and Biological Significance. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 53, 81-94.
7. N.R. Jena (2012) DNA Damage by Reactive Species: Mechanisms, Mutation and Repair. J. Biosci. 37, 503-517.
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