Dr. Ram Pratap Singh
PhD (CARI and M. J. P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly)
Areas of Expertise/Research interest:
Dr. Ram Pratap Singh is Associate Professor of Life Science at the Central University of South Bihar. Dr. Singh handles courses related to Animal Science especially Animal Physiology, Developmental Biology and Endocrinology to undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Such courses offer Dr. Singh the opportunity to guide students on their journey to understanding the biology of life, a pursuit he is very passionate about.
Research interests: The primary focus of Dr. Singh’s research is to understand the Physiology and genetics of birds and other animals. His major research interests include the reproductive biology of birds, especially rare and endangered species, mitigating infertility, developing assisted reproductive technologies, gamete cryopreservation, avian forensics, genome resource banking, avian genomics, etc. Dr. Singh and his team has developed semen preservation and assisted reproductive technologies for a variety of common and rare species of birds and other animals. Currently, Dr. Singh is involved in developing species-specific DNA and feather signatures for birds to generate a comprehensive database for Indian birds which could be a valuable reference for forensic analysis and various other fields including phylogenetics. Dr. Singh’s research on plumology soon would lead to India’s first systematic ‘Feather Atlas’.
Professional contributions / achievements: So far, his most important contribution is the establishment of ‘National Avian Forensic Laboratory (NAFL)’ at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore. Under Dr. Singh’s leadership, the NAFL also have started a Genome Resource Bank (GRB) for preserving biomaterials of birds for research and conservation purposes. It has already acquired biomaterials from 20% of the Indian birds and has helped resolve many intricate issues such as the one relating to the Mig-21 crash in Bikaner in 2019 due to bird hit. Dr. Singh has contributed significantly to developing MoEFCC’s Visionary Perspective Plan for Avian Conservation in India for 2020-2030. Dr. Singh has served as member of the ‘ad-hoc Animal Committee’ of the National Board for Wildlife, MoEFCC, Govt. of India. Dr. Singh also served as a member of various other committees of MoEFCC, Govt. of India, on ‘Alteration of Schedules of Wildlife (Protection Act), 1972’, ‘Farming and Trade in Japanese quail’ and ‘Research on the Wild Relatives of Domestic Animal Species’.
Dr. Singh has obtained over 1000 Lakh Rupees funding for research and other academic activities from various national and international agencies such as the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF), Fulbright Commission – USA, Smithsonian Institution – USA, University of Maryland – USA, The Royal Society of Edinburg – Scotland, Government of Australia, Poultry Foundation – The Netherlands, The Society for the Study of Reproduction – USA, World’s Poultry Science Association – Brazil, World’s Poultry Science Association – Australia, and British Poultry Science – UK.
Academic awards / fellowships: Dr. Singh has received several national and international fellowships/awards. International awards/fellowships to his credit include Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, Indo-US Research Fellowship, Endeavour Research Fellowship, Young Scientist Award (24th World’s Poultry Congress, Brazil), Young Scientist Award (17th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Canada), Young Scientist Award (23rd World’s Poultry Science Congress, Australia). National awards/fellowships include the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Young Scientist – 2014, INSA Bilateral Exchange Fellowship – 2019, J. N. Pandey Memorial Award (Society of Animal Physiologists of India, Kolkata), DBT – Research Associateship Award (DBT, Govt. of India), and Best Oral Presentation Award (Indian Poultry Science Association).