Rinkoo D Gupta
Associate Professor
Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (FLSB)
SAU,Akbar Bhawan,Room No.228, Chankyapuri,New Delhi-110021
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Reserach Experience:

 Research Associate, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi (2010-2011)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Israel (2006-2009)

Research Interest:

Protein Engineering has become a valuable tool to design new or enhanced quality proteins for numerous biotechnological applications. It has enormous potential to provide new diagnostic and therapeutic proteins for medical applications in the form of antibodies, enzymes and peptide hormones. We apply cutting edge techniques for the engineering of –

  • scFv-based monoclonal antibodies against the envelope proteins of certain human pathogens
  • Peptidases & Lactonases for organophosphate degradation
  • Chitinases for enhanced antifungal properties

 My research group also contributes in many collaborative projects involving screening and characterization of the synthetic chemical drugs. We have standardized techniques for the screening of antibacterial, antifungal, antimalarial and anticancerous compounds. The screened out compounds are further studied to understand the mechanism of action.


  • PhD in “Environmental Toxicology” Department of Zoology from Banaras Hindu University , in 2005
  • M.Sc. in Molecular, Applied and Clinical Genetics from Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi , in 2001

Awards & Honours

  • DST’s FAST track scheme for young scientists in Chemical Sciences (2012)
  • DST’s FAST track scheme for young scientists in Life Sciences (2011)
  • CSIR-Research Associate (2010)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Weizmann Institute of Sciences (2006)
  • CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship (2004)
  • CSIR –Junior Research Fellowship (2002)

Recent Publications

  • Rathore AS, Sarker A, Gupta RD★. Designing antibody against highly conserved region of dengue envelope protein by in silico screening of scFv mutant library.  PLoS One. 2019 Jan 10; 14(1):e0209576. PMID: 30629625.

  • Sarker A, Rathore AS, Gupta RD★. Evaluation of scFv protein recovery from E. coli by in vitro refolding and mild solubilization process. Microbial Cell Factories. 2019 Jan 14;18(1):5. PMID: 30642336.

  • Chaubey KK, Singh SV, Bhatia AK, Gupta RD, Gupta S, Varshney A, Singh M, Singh MK, Hemati Z and Rathore AS. Detection Limits of Recombinant Secretary Proteins versus Semi-purified Protoplasmic Antigens for the Diagnosis of Spontaneous Cases of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis Infection in Domestic Ruminants. Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 2018, 9(4). ISSN: 2157-7579.

  • Yadav N, Agarwal D, Kumar S, Dixit AK, Gupta RD, Awasthi SK. In vitro antiplasmodial efficacy of synthetic coumarin-triazole analogs. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2018,145:735-745. PMID: 29366931.

  • Rathore AS, Sarker A, Gupta RD★. Recent developments toward antibody engineering and affinity maturation. Protein and Peptide Letters, 2018, 25 (10): 886-896. PMID: 30255742.

  • Rai R, Dutta RK, Singh S, Yadav DK, Kumari S, Singh H, Gupta RD★, Pratap R★. Synthesis, biological evaluation and molecular docking study of 1-amino-2-aroylnaphthalenes against prostate cancer. Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry Letters 2018, 28(9): 1574-1580. PMID: 29606573. ★Corresponding Authors; Equal contribution

  • Rathore AS, Gupta RD★ (2015) Chitinases from Bacteria to Human: Properties, Applications, and Future Perspectives. Enzyme Research, 2015(2):1-8.

  • Gupta RD, Goldsmith M, Ashani Y, Simo Y, Mullokandov G, Bar H, Ben-David M, Leader H, Margalit R, Silman I, Sussman JL and Tawfik DS (2011) Directed evolution of hydrolases for prevention of G-type nerve agent intoxication. Nature Chemical Biology 02/2011; 7(2):120-5.

  • Gupta RD and Tawfik DS. Directed enzyme evolution via small and effective neutral drift libraries. Nature Methods 11/2008; 5(11):939-42.

  • Amitai G, Gupta RD and Tawfik DS. Latent evolutionary potentials under the neutral mutational drift of an enzyme. HFSP Journal, 2007, 1, 67-78.

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