Pharmacology and Toxicology Laboratory, Food and Nutraceuticals Division
M. Pharm., Ph.D.

Research Area:

1. Currently in our laboratory we are working to validate the therapeutic potential of traditional medicinal herbs of Western Himalayan region, including elucidation of pharmacodymnamics of bioactive metabolites. Research is in progress to find out mTOR ligands of natural origin for neurological disorders.

2. Another reserch aspect involve development of food-based therapies for prophylaxis of chronic conditions.


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List of Publications:

27. Mazumder, A.G., Patial, V., Singh, D*., (2018). Mycophenolate mofetil contributes to downregulation of the hippocampal interleukin type 2 and 1β mediated PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway hyperactivation and attenuates neurobehavioral comorbidities in a rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 

26Rana, A.K., Singh, D*., (2018).Targeting Glycogen synthase kinase-3 for oxidative stress and neuroinflammation: Opportunities, challenges and future directions for cerebral stroke management. Neuropharmacology. 006.

25. Sharma, P., Sharma, S., Singh, D*., (2018). Apigenin reverses behavioral impairments and cognitive decline in kindled mice via CREB-BDNF upregulation in the hippocampus. Nutritional Neuroscience. doi: 10.1080/1028415X.2018.1478653.

24. Mazumder, A.G., Sharma, P., Patial, V., Singh, D*., (2017) Ginkgo biloba L. attenuates spontaneous recurrent seizures and associated neurological conditions in lithium-pilocarpine rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy through inhibition of mammalian target of rapamycin pathway hyperactivation. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 204: 8-17.

23. Sharma S, Sharma P, Kulurkar P, Singh D, Kumar D, Patial V (2017). Iridoid glycosides fraction from Picrorhiza kurroa attenuates cyclophosphamide-induced renal toxicity and peripheral neuropathy via PPAR-γ mediated inhibition of inflammation and apoptosis. Phytomedicine 36: 108-117. 

22. Mazumder, A.G., Sharma, P., Patial, V., Singh, D*., (2017). Crocin attenuates kindling development and its associated cognitive impairments in mice via inhibiting reactive oxygen species-mediated NF-κB activation. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology 120: 426-433. 

21. Mazumder, A.G., Padwad, Y.S., Singh, D*., (2016). Anticancer mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway inhibitors: current status, challenges and future prospects in management of epilepsy. CNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets 15: 945-955. 

20. Singh, P., Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2016). Protective effect on phenytoin-induced cognition deficit in pentylenetetrazol kindled mice: a repertoire of Glycyrrhiza glabra flavonoid antioxidants. Pharmaceutical Biology 54:1209-1218.

19. Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2016). Anticonvulsant mechanism of saponins fraction from adventitious roots of Ficus religiosa L.: Possible modulation of GABAergic, calcium and sodium channel functions. Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia 26: 579–585. 

18. Gupta, M., Pallavi, S., Mazumder, A.G. Patial, V., Singh, D*., (2015). Dwindling of cardio damaging effect of isoproterenol by Punica granatum L. peel extract involve activation of nitric oxide-mediated Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway and apoptosis inhibition. Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry 50:105-113. 

17. Patial, V., Mahesh, S., Sharma, S., Partap, K., Singh, D., Padwad, Y.S. (2015). Synergistic effect of curcumin and piperine in suppression of DENA-induced hepatocellular carcinoma in rats. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 40: 445-452. 

16. Singh, D*. (2015). Neuropharmacological aspects of Crocus sativus L.: a review of preclinical studies and ongoing clinical research. CNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets 14: 880-902. 

15. Singh, P., Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2014). Ficus religiosa L. figs a potential herbal adjuvant to phenytoin for improved management of epilepsy and associated behavioral comorbidities. Epilepsy and Behavior 41:171-178. 

14. Sharma, P., Sharma, S., Patial, V., Singh, D*., Padwad, Y.S. (2014). Zebrafish (Danio rerio): a potential model for nephroprotective drug screening. Clinical Queries: Nephrology 3: 97-105.   

13. Singh, D., Gawande, D., Singh, T., Poroikov, V., Goel, R.K. (2014). Revealing pharmacodynamics of medicinal plants using in silico approach: A case study with wet lab validation. Computers in Biology and Medicine 47: 1-6. 

12. Singh, P., Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2014). Phytoflavonoids: antiepileptics for the future. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 6: 51-66. 

11. Singh, D., Mishra, A., Goel, R.K. (2013). Effect of saponins fraction from Ficus religiosa on memory deficit, behavioral and biochemical impairments in pentylenetetrazol kindled mice. Epilepsy and Behavior 27: 206-211. 

10. Goel, R.K., Singh, D. (2013). Exploring selective serotonergic modulation involved in the anticonvulsant effect of Ficus religiosa fig extract. Indian Journal of Pharmacology 45: 537-538. 

9. Singh, B., Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2012). Dual protective effect of Passiflora incarnata in epilepsy and its associated post-ictal depression. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 139: 273-279.

8. Singh, D., Singh, B., Goel, R.K. (2012). Role of saponins for the anticonvulsant effect of adventitious roots of Ficus religiosaPharmaceutical Biology 50: 816-822.

7. Goel, R.K., Singh, D., Lagunin, A., Poroikov, V. (2011). PASS-assisted exploration of new therapeutic potential of natural products. Medicinal Chemistry Research20: 1509-1514. 

6. Singh, D., Singh, B., Goel, R.K. (2011). Traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Ficus religiosa: a review. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 134: 565-583. 

5. Singh, D., Singh, B., Goel, R.K. (2011). Hydroethanolic leaf extract of Ficus religiosa lacks anticonvulsant activity in acute electro-and chemo-convulsion mice models. Journal of Pharmaceutical Negative Results 2: 58-61. 

4. Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2010). Proconvulsant potential of cyproheptadine in experimental animal models. Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology 24: 451-455. 

3. Kaur, H., Singh,D., Singh, B., Goel, R.K. (2010). Anti-amnesic effect of Ficus religiosa in scopolamine-induced anterograde and retrograde amnesia. Pharmaceutical Biology 48: 234-240. 

2. Singh, D., Goel, R.K. (2009). Anticonvulsant effect of Ficus religiosa: role of serotonergic pathways. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 123: 330-334. 

1. Singh, D*., Chopra, A., Dhar, V.J. (2009). Gene as a medicine: a light on gene therapy. Pharma Buzz 4: 38-43.   

                                                                             (*): Corresponding author



2. Early Research Award by SERB, DST, New Delhi (2016).

3. Saroj V.N. Sharma by INDIAN PHARMACOLOGICAL SOCIETY at IPSCON-2017, Mumbai for best paper published in National or International journal in last 3 years on cardiovascular pharmacology the work is to carried out in Indian laboratory. Mahesh Gupta, Pallavi Sharma, Arindam G. Mazumder, Vikram Patial, Damanpreet Singh*. Nitric Oxide. 2015, 50: 105-113 (Received by Ms. Pallavi Sharma).

4. Dr. Hardyal Award by INDIAN PHARMACOLOGICAL SOCIETY at IPSCON-2017, Mumbai for best publication in the field of anti-inflammatory pharmacology. Arindam G. Mazumder, Pallavi Sharma, Vikram Patial, Damanpreet Singh*. Basic Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. 2017, 120:426-433 (Received by Mr. Arindam G. Mazumder).

5. Late Smt. Bimla Devi Memorial Best Paper award to Pallavi Sharma (Ph.D. student) for research paper “Pallavi Sharma, Supriya Sharma and Damanpreet Singh, Investigating the effect of 4’,5,7-Trihydroxyflavone in seizure-induced depression” at National Conference on "Chronic Ailments & Ayurveda" at Ayurvedic College Paprola (2017). 


Membership of Professional Bodies/Organizations

1.    Life member of Indian Pharmacological Society

2.    Life member of Indian Academy of Neuroscience

3.    Life member of Indian Science Congress Association

4.    Registered with Punjab State Pharmacy Council

5.    External Examiner for several Indian Universities

6.    Grant evaluator for several government funding agencies

7.    Member Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) AcSIR, CSIR-IHBT

8.    Member Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC), CSIR-IHBT

9.    Member Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC), CSIR-IHBT

10. Member Board of Studies of the Chandigarh University


Invited Talks/Articles

1. Novel targets for management of epilepsy: Focus on therapeutic switching in 10th NIPER (R) Symposium on Nano Based Therapy for Neurodegenrative Diseases at NIPER, Raebareli (2018).

2. Natural products as potential therapeutic agents for comprehensive management of epilepsy in 8th NIPER (RBL)-CSIR-CDRI Symposium on Current Trends in Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences in Drug Discovery at NIPER, Raebareli (2016).

3. Alternative to Experimental Animals: Zebrafish as an Ideal Model in Faculty Development Program at Chandigarh University, Mohali (2015).

4. Quality, Safety and Regulatory Aspects in Food and Herbals in awareness seminar “Value Added Food Products” sponsored by Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises at CSIR-IHBT (2014).

5. Pharmacological Evaluation of Cardiovascular Drugs at GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Ludhiana, Punjab (2013).

6. Pharmacological Evaluation of Centrally Acting Drugs at GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Ludhiana, Punjab (2013).

7. Cardiovascular Drugs at Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, Punjab (2013).

8. Adverse Drug Reactions at Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, Punjab (2012).

9. Reviewer for several international journals including, British Journal of Pharmacology, Scientific Reports (Nature), Recent Patents on Biotechnology, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Food Research International, Journal of Applied Biomedicine, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A., Nutritional Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Biology and Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology. 


Ph.D. Scholars

1.    Mr. Arindam Ghosh Mazumder (DST-INSPIRE-SRF)

2.    Ms. Supriya Sharma (CSIR-SRF)

3.    Ms. Pallavi Sharma (ICMR-SRF)

4.    Mr. Anil K. Rana (DST-INSPIRE-JRF)

Project Assistant

1.    Ms. Savita (DST Project Fellow)


1.    Mr. Pierre Nobosse (Completed)

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