Faculty Profile

Dr. Uma Shanker
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
School of Health Sciences
Central University of Punjab
Bathinda- 151001
Email Id: usnavik@gmail.com, uma.shanker@cup.edu.in
Mobile: +91-7508463750
Education :
Degree/ Certificate University /Board Year
Ph. D. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER),Mohali, Punjab, India 2014-2019
M.S. (Pharm) National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, Punjab, India 2012-2014
Bachelor of Pharmacy University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University Chandigarh, India 2008-2012
Experience :
Around 7 years of research experience in pharmacological research, drug discovery and development, particularly in diabetes, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis & its complications, fibrosis, epigenetics, ageing, nutrition, cancer and preclinical toxicity testing.
Research Area :
  • In vitro and In vivo pharmacology and toxicology, Molecular pharmacology
  • Assessment of pharmacological interventions in various metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus (secondary complications like cardiomyopathy and nephropathy), Fatty liver diseases, Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and as well as in Cancer.
  • To explore the molecular mechanisms involved in disease pathophysiology targeting metabolic sensors, transcription factors, oxidative stress, inflammation and epigenetic mechanisms.
Publications :
  1. Navik U, Sheth VG, Kabeer S, Tikoo K. Dietary supplementation of methyl donor L-Methionine alters epigenetic modification in type 2 diabetes. Molecular Nutrition and Food research(https://doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.201801401). [I.F-5.3]
  2. Sharma N, Navik U, Tikoo K. Unveiling the presence of epigenetic mark by Lactobacillus supplementation in high-fat diet-induced metabolic disorder in Sprague Dawley rats. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnutbio.2020.108442). [I.F-4.6]
  3. Sheokand S, Navik U, Bansal AK. Nanocrystalline solid dispersions (NSD) of hesperetin(HRN) for prevention of 7, 12- dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced breast cancer in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejps.2018.12.006). [I.F-3.6]
  4. Sheth VG, Navik U, Maremanda KP, Jena G. Effect of diethyldithiocarbamate in cyclophosphamide-induced nephrotoxicity: Immunohistochemical study of superoxide dismutase 1 in rat. Indian Journal of Pharmacology (https://doi.org/10.4103/ijp.IJP_850_16.). [I.F-1.04]
  5. Navik U,Sheth VG, Tikoo K. Assessing the effects of dietary L-Methionine supplementation induced epigenetic alterations in type 2 diabetes.  International Journal of Applied Sciences Research and Review.(10.21767/2394-9988-C1-008).  (Conference Paper)
Research Grants :
  • To check the role of epigenetic markers in diabetes and its association with one- carbon metabolites in type 2 diabetes patients of Malwa region of Punjab.
    Research seed money funded by Central University of Punjab
M.Pharm Students (2019-2021) :
  • Pushkar Rawat
  • Aiswarya Jaiswal

Awards and Achievements :
  • 2019; International Travel Support (ITS)” granted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India [Letter No. : 3/2/TG-99/HRD-2019 (12)].
  • Received the fellowship granted by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizer Govt. of India for PhD Program (2014-19).
  • Received the fellowship granted by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizer Govt. of India during Master Program (2012-14).
  • Provided editorial assistance in CRIPS (Vol. 14, Issue 1, Jan-March 2013, Quarterly publication of NIPER)
  • Participated in the 7th  Chandīgarh science congress CHASCON-2013
  • Miglani Memorial Stipend Award by P.U. Alumni association at Panjab University for the academic session 2011-2012
  • Kamal Bathala Memorial Scholarship Award at alumni function of U.I.P.S., Panjab University 2012
Presentations :
  • Presented a poster at conference Cardiovascular Research Convergence 2017 at THSTI, Faridabad 
  • Oral presentation (as a speaker)at EuroSciCon“European Conference on Epigenetics” at Paris, France (2019).
Exam Qualified :
  1. NIPER-Ph.D.-JEE* entrance, NIPER, Mohali, Punjab, India; AIR-3 (2014).
  2. GPAT* entrance, All India council for Technical Education, New Delhi, India; AIR-564 (2012)
  3. NIPER-JEE* entrance; AIR-153 (2012).
  4. *National level competitive exams, GPAT: Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Tests, AIR: All India Rank, JEE: Joint Entrance Exam