Dr. Prasad Dandekar (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Prasad completed M. Sc. in Biotechnology in 2010 followed by qualifying CSIR-NET (Lectureship) in the same year. He isolated 11 new, and chemo-taxonomically characterized 4 unclassified endophytic bacterial isolates (with initiation of large scale process optimization of a antibacterial peptide from endophyte Bacillus spp. From Anthocephalus spp. - Kadamba tree) from medicinal plants for a project at Vidya Pratishthan’s School of Biotechnology, Baramati. As a Lecturer at Nowrosjee Wadia college, he taught, examined and supervised undergraduate Biotechnology students. His special achievements at the college included supervising blind students and contributing in an extra credit course as a visiting faculty. He joined Prof. Ameeta Ravikamar’s laboratory at Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University in 2013 and received PhD in Biochemistry in 2021. During his PhD, he elucidated the human pancreatic amylase inhibition mechanism of a phytochemical using enzyme kinetics, binding thermodynamics, and molecular docking. He has published a process patent on the purification process. He continued as a Project Consultant after his PhD followed by assisting on an ICMR project in the Hepatitis Group at the National Institute of Virology alongwith assistance in Computational Data Analysis of Sars-Cov-2 sequences. His research at NIV led to identification of a few potential antiviral drug candidates through RNA-seq data analysis and computational drug repurposing approaches.