Faculty Profile

Dr. Felix Bast
Assistant Professor
Centre for Plant Sciences
School of Basic and Applied Sciences
Central University of Punjab
Bathinda- 151001
Email Id: felix.bast@gmail.com , felix.bast@cup.ac.in 
Mobile: 9872152694
URL: http://sg.sg/bastfelix

 
Education :
Degree University Year Subjects Percentage
B. Sc. (Microbiology) Kannur University, Kerala 2000 Microbiology, Chemistry, Physiology 87.5
(University First Rank)
M. Sc.
(Biotechnology)
University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Madras 2002 Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology 76.49
(First class-Outstanding)
Ph.  D.
(Molecular Phylogenetics)
Kochi University, Japan 2010 Marine Biology/Phylogenetics Awarded (MEXT Japanese Govt. Fellow)
Experience :
Institute Position Period Details
National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR), Bangalore JNCASR-Rajiv Gandhi Student Research Fellow March 2001 - April 2001 Topic: Salt tolerance by Na+/H+ antiporters in Dunaliella salina
Supervisor: Prof. M.K. Mathew
National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellow March 2002 - May 2002 Topic: UV resistance in thraustochytrids.
Supervisor: Prof. SWA Naqvi
National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India CSIR-Junior Research Fellow (Council of Scientific and Industrial research, Govt. of India) June 2002 - July 2003 Topic: Vertical profiles of primary productivity and chlorophyll-a content of phytoplanktons in Indian Ocean.
Supervisors: Drs. N. Ramaiah
Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India CSIR-Junior Research Fellow (Council of Scientific and Industrial research, Govt. of India) August 2003 - February 2005 Topic: "Algae-based Biological desalination: implementation strategies”.
Supervisor: Prof. H. S. Shankar.
Usa Marine Biological Institute, Kochi University, Japan Monbukagakusho:MEXT International  Japanese Govt. Fellow April, 2005-March, 2006 Topic: Phylogenetics of Marine Green Algae of Tosa Bay, Japan
Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), University of Washington, USA Student: Marine Botany Summer Course (With scholarship from National Science Foundation (NSF), USA) July 2007 - August 2007 Trained in DNA barcoding / phylogeny reconstruction methods.
Supervisors: Prof. Charles J O'Kelly and Prof. Paul W Gabrielson.
Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK British Phycological Society annual workshop on molecular phylogenetics of seaweeds 13-15 March, 2013 Trained in Algal identification and phylogenetic reconstruction. With Prof. Juliet Brodie and Prof. Christine Maggs
Teaching Assignments :
  1. Ph.D. Level: Advanced Molecular Systematics
  2. M.Sc. Level: Biosystematics, Evolutionary Biology, Computational Biology
Research Projects :

Handled

S.No. Title Agency Period Grant/ Amount Mobilized (Rs lakh)
1 Genotoxicity of Drinking water from Malwa Region, Punjab UGC-BSR Start-Up Grant 2012-14 6 Lakhs

Ongoing

S.No. Title Agency Period Grant/ Amount Mobilized (Rs lakh)
1 Chemical and Phylogenetic Diversity of Seaweeds in Indian Subcontinent DST-INSPIRE Award 2012-2017 35 Lakhs
2 Phylogenetic Selection Of Target Taxa For Anti-Proliferative And Anti-Metastatic Marine Natural Products From Seaweeds Of Indian Coast Ministry of Earth Sciences-Drugs from the Sea Program 2014-17 91.02 Lakhs
3 Sequence-Based DNA Barcoding, Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics Of Selected Medicinal Plants from Indian Subcontinent Research Seed Money program (Central University of Punjab) 2014-17 3 Lakhs
4 Tracing Evolutionary Legacy of Indian Languages using Computational Phylogenetics ICSSR-Major Research Project 2014-16 7 Lakhs
Professional Recognition /Awards/Scholarship :
  1. DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award 2012
  2. UGC-BSR Start-up Grant 2012
  3. British Phycological Society Student Bursary Award-2009
  4. National Science Foundation-USA Fellowship-2007
  5. Monbukagakusho-Japanese Govt. International Doctorate Fellowship (Nominated by Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Govt. of India)- 2005-2010
  6. CSIR Junior Research Fellow, 2002-2005
  7. CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test Qualified Dec 2001 for JRF and Lectureship
  8. GATE-2002 Qualified (Life Sciences).
  9. GRE General Test and Subject Test (Biology) Qualified-2002
  10. TOEFL Qualified (247/300 Points, 2002)
  11. Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship at NIO, Goa- 2002
  12. JNCASR-Rajiv Gandhi Summer Research Fellowship at NCBS-TIFR, Bangalore- 2001
  13. University  First  Rank  in  B.Sc. (2005, Kannur University, Kerala)
Peer Recognition :
  1. DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award 2012
Area specializations/Research Interest :

Interested with the process of evolution, and tracing it using comparative analysis; be it biological species, biochemical compounds, or even languages. My current research focuses can be broadly grouped into five sections:
Marine Biology:
Taxonomy, phylogeography and molecular systematics of algae, including marine macro and micro algae, epi/endophytic algae, terrestrial algae, and freshwater algae.
Botany:
Taxonomy, phylogeography and molecular systematics of a number of plants, including bryophytes (mosses), mangroves, medicinal shrubs: Tulsi, Sarpagandha, Aswagandha, Brahmi, Betel, Shankapushpa, and Ashoka, trees: Ficus and Salvadora.
Linguistics:
Tracing linguistic phylogeny of Indian languages using computational phylogenetics.
Medicinal Chemistry:
Phylogenetic Selection Of Target Taxa For Anti-Proliferative And Anti-Metastatic Marine Natural Products From Seaweeds Of Indian Coast
Cancer Research:
Phylogenetic structures in clonal evolution of metastatic cancers; Germ-line SNPs in BRCA-1 of Malwa Population, Genotoxicity of drinking water from Malwa region, Punjab.

Publications :

Research Papers

 2015
  1.  BAST, F., BHUSHAN, S. AND JOHN, A.A. 2015. Brown barcoded as red but reality is green! How epiphytic green algae confuse phycologists? Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography (Tailor and Francis, UK) (Accepted) DOI: 10.1080/00837792.2015.1014217 PDF
  2. BAST, F. 2015. A Brief History of Earth. Ocean Digest, 2 (1) p 7-8. ISSN: 23941928 PDF
  3. BAST, F. 2015. Taxonomic reappraisal of Monostromataceae (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta) Based on Multi-Locus Phylogeny. Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography (Tailor and Francis, UK) (Accepted) DOI: 10.1080/00837792.2015.1004845 PDF
  4. BAST, F., KUBOTA, S. AND OKUDA, K. 2015. Phylogeographic Assessment of PanmicticMonostroma Species from Kuroshio Coast, Japan Reveals Sympatric Speciation. Journal of Applied Phycology (IF:2.5) DOI 10.1007/s10811-014-0452-x PDF
  5. BAST, F., JOHN, A.A. AND BHUSHAN, S. 2015.Cladophora goensis- a bloom forming marine algae from Goa, India. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences (Accepted) (IF:0.57) PDF
  6. SINGH, P AND BAST, F. 2015. High-throughput virtual screening, identification and in vitro biological evaluation of novel inhibitors of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3. Medicinal Chemistry Research (IF:1.612) Accepted PDF
 2014
  1. BAST, F., JOHN, A.A. AND BHUSHAN, S. 2014. Strong endemism of bloom-forming tubular Ulva in Indian west coast, with description of Ulva paschima Sp. Nov. (Ulvales, Chlorophyta. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109295 (IF:3.73) PDF
  2. BAST, F., BHUSHAN, S AND JOHN, A.A. 2014. DNA Barcoding of a new record of epi-endophytic green algae Ulvella leptochaete (Ulvellaceae, Chlorophyta) in India. Journal of Biosciences 39:711-716 (IF:1.8) PDF
  3. SINGH, P AND BAST, F 2014. Insilco Molecular Docking Study Of Natural Compounds On Wild and Mutated Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor. Medicinal Chemistry Research 23(12):5074-5085(IF:1.61) PDF
  4. BAST, F 2014. Seaweeds in Japanese Culture: An analysis of medieval Waka poetry. The Phycologist (UK) 86:24-27 ISSN:0965-5301 PDF
  5. BAST, F., BHUSHAN, S. AND JOHN, A.A. 2014. Morphological and molecular assessment of native carrageenophyte Hypnea valentiae (Cystocloniaceae, Gigartinales) in Indian Subcontinent Phykos 44(1) 52-58 ISSN: 0554-1182 PDF
  6. BAST, F., RANI P, AND MEENA D, 2014 Chloroplast DNA Phylogeography of Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) in Indian Subcontinent, The Scientific World Journal (IF:1.731), vol. 2014, Article ID 847482, 6 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/847482 PDF

2013

  1. SINGH, P AND BAST, F 2013 Multitargeted molecular docking study of plant-derived natural products on Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase pathway components. Medicinal Chemistry Research (IF:1.612) DOI: 10.1007/s00044-013-0774-2 PDF
  2. BAST, F 2013. Sequence Similarity Search, Multiple Sequence Alignment, Model Selection, Distance Matrix and Phylogeny Reconstruction. Nature Protocol Exchange. (IF: 7.96) Nature Publishing Group. doi: 10.1038/protex.2013.065 Accessible at: http://www.nature.com/protocolexchange/protocols/2740 PDF

2012

  1. BAST, F. 2012. Cancer Phylogenetics: Computational Modeling of Tumor Evolution.In: Bioinformatics: Genome Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Eds: Editors: Renu Tuteja Nova Publishers, New York. ISBN: 978-1-62100-913-9  pp. 211-230 PDF

2010

  1. BAST, F., and K. OKUDA. 2010. Gametangial Ontogeny in Intertidal Green Alga:  Monostroma latissimum (Kützing) Wittrock. International Journal of Plant Reproductive Biology. 2: 11-15. PDF 

2009

  1. BAST, F., M. HIRAOKA, and K. OKUDA. 2009. Spatiotemporal Sex Ratios of a Dioecious Marine Green Alga: Monostroma latissimum (Kützing) Wittrock. International Journal on Algae. 11: 141-150. PDF
  2. BAST, F., S. SHIMADA, M. HIRAOKA, and K. OKUDA. 2009. Asexual life history by biflagellate zoids in Monostroma latissimum (Ulotrichales). Aquatic Botany (IF:2.250) 91: 213-218. PDF
  3. BAST, F., S. SHIMADA, M. HIRAOKA, and K. OKUDA. 2009. Seasonality and thallus ontogeny of edible seaweed Monostroma latissimum (Kützing) Wittrock (Chlorophyta, Monostromataceae) from Tosa Bay, Kochi, Japan. Hydrobiologia (IF:1.985) 630: 161-167. PDF

Book Chapters

  1. BAST, F., 2014. Creatures of India: Guide to Animals in India with up-to-date systematics. New Delhi Publishers, ISBN: 9789381274484 URL
  2. BAST, F 2011 Monostroma: the Jeweled Seaweed for Future (BOOK). LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, 66121, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-8473-2710-3 PDF

Review Articles

  1. BAST, F 2014. Seaweeds: Ancestors of land plants with rich diversity. Resonance, 19(2) 1032-1043 ISSN: 0971-8044 PDF
  2. BAST, F. 2012 Systematics and Taxonomic Keys for the Marine Green Algal Family Monostromataceae. In Algae: Ecology, Economic Uses and Environmental Impact Eds: Dagmar Krueger and Helga Meyer, Nova Publishers, New York.  ISBN: 978-1-62081-280-8 Pp 105-120 PDF
  3. BAST, F. 2013 “Sequence-based Phylogeography of Seaweeds: How current distribution is shaped by accumulation of past?”, Kuroshio Science (Japan) 7(1) 103-106 ISSN:1882-823X PDF
  4. SINGH, P AND BAST, F 2013 Insulin Receptor (IR) and Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor 1(IGF-1R) Signaling Systems: Novel Treatment Strategies for Cancer. Medical Oncology (IF:2.147) December 2013, 31:805 doi:10.1007/s12032-013-0805-3 PDF
  5. BAST, F 2013 Agronomy and Cultivation Methods for Edible Seaweeds. Int. J. Agriculture and Food Science Technology. 4 (7): 661-666 ISSN: 22493050 PDF
  6. BAST, F 2014. An Illustrated Review on Cultivation and Life History of Agronomically Important Seaplants. In Seaweed: Mineral Composition, Nutritional and Antioxidant Benefits and Agricultural Uses, Eds Vitor Hugo Pomin, 39-70. Nova Publishers, New York ISBN: 978-1-63117-571-8 PDF

Popular Articles

  1. BAST, F. 2014. Low-Carb High-Fat: A Paradigm Shift in Nutrition. Science Reporter Published by CSIR-NISCAIR PDF
  2. BAST, F. 2014. Secret of waking-up fresh and having a great day! Science Reporter 51 (9) 11, Published by CSIR-NISCAIR PDF

Monographs

  1. BAST, F. 2010. Comparative Ecophysiology and Phylogeography of Monostroma in Southern Japan. Ph.D Thesis, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan. PDF
Workshop/Conferences :

Attended

  1. Orientation Programme at UGC-Academic Staff College, Delhi University. 8th December, 2014-5th January, 2015.
  2. National Conference on Recent Advances in Algology, Mycology and Plant Pathology at University of Madras Guindy Campus; 19-20 February 2014. Invited Talk: “Strong Endemism of Bloom-forming Tubular Ulva in Indian West Coast, with Description of Ulva paschima sp. nov. (Ulvales, Chlorophyta)”
  3. National Conference on “Climate Change, Environmental and Sustainable Development” at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi on 9th-10th December 2013. Oral Presentation: “Sargassum zhangii invades India”
  4. 2nd International Conference on "Agriculture, Food Technologies and Environment- New Approaches" (AFTENA- 2013) at JNU, New Delhi, October 2013. Oral Presentation: “Agronomy and cultivation methods for edible seaweeds”.
  5. British Phycological Society annual workshop on molecular phylogenetics of seaweeds at Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, United Kingdom 13-15 March, 2013
  6. International Algal Summit by Indian Phycological Society), New Delhi, February 2012. Oral Presentation “DNA barcoding discovers substantial divergence within interbreeding populations of green alga, Monostroma (Ulvophyceae)”
  7. New Horizons in Cancer Research by American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), New Delhi, December 2011. Poster presentation: Cancer Phylogenetics: Computational Modelling of Tumour Evolution
  8. 57th Winter meeting of the British Phycological Society, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom. January 2009. Supported by student bursary from the BPS (Oral and Poster presentations).
  9. XIX International Seaweed Symposium, Kobe, Japan, March 2007. Supported by Japanese Phycological Society grants. (Poster presentation).
  10. Marine Botany Summer Course (With scholarship from National Science Foundation (NSF), USA), Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, USA. August 2007.
Research Grants :
S. No. Title Agency Period Grant/ Amount Mobilized (Rs lakh)
1 Chemical and Phylogenetic Diversity of Seaweeds in Indian Subcontinent DST-INSPIRE Award 2012-2017 35 Lakhs
2 Genotoxicity of Drinking water from Malwa Region, Punjab UGC-BSR Start-Up Grant 2012-14 6 Lakhs
3 Phylogenetic Selection Of Target Taxa For Anti-Proliferative And Anti-Metastatic Marine Natural Products From Seaweeds Of Indian Coast Ministry of Earth Sciences-Drugs from the Sea Program 2014-17 91.02 Lakhs
4 Sequence-Based DNA Barcoding, Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics Of Selected Medicinal Plants from Indian Subcontinent Research Seed Money program (Central University of Punjab) 2014-17 3 Lakhs
5 Tracing Evolutionary Legacy of Indian Languages using Computational Phylogenetics ICSSR-Major Research Project 2014-16 7 Lakhs
Other Achievements :
  • Founded a charity foundation for popularization of science (Felix & Swapna Foundation; http://bit.ly/FnS-F
  • Press releases from the CUPB concerned with achievements of my team: http://bit.ly/PR-Felix
  • Published 33 DNA sequences at NCBI-GenBank
  • Discovered and named 3 species of marine algae : Monostroma kuroshiensis Bast, Cladophora goensis Bast and Ulva paschima Bast
Collaboration :
  • Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow as part of “Drugs from the Sea” programme, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
  • British Phycological Society (Development of Algae-L Database)