Dr Shikha Khandelwal obtained her Masters degree in Biotechnology (Gold Medalist, 2007) from Rajasthan agricultural University and Ph.D (Biotechnology, 2016) with specialization in Bioinformatics from Amity University Haryana. She started as a trainee under “Biotech Industrial Training Programme 2007-08” at IBI Biosolutions Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Panchkula, organized by Biotech Consortium India Limited. After this she joined International College for girls (ICG), Jaipur (2008) as Assistant Professor for six months and then she joined Amity University Haryana in September 2010. She is having more than 8 years of teaching and research experience. She worked on various aspects of Bioinformatics tools and techniques including in silico drug designing, Programming Language (PERL) and comparative sequence analysis in Bioinformatics. During doctoral degree, she has done work on isolation and identification of bioactive components from medicinal plants and Molecular Modeling. She has guided various projects to graduate and post graduate student for their dissertation program related to drug designing and molecular modeling such as in silico Structure based Drug Designing against HIV Reverse Transcriptase protein against AIDS disease, against Tuberculosis disease, against memapsin protein involved in Alzihmer’s disease and against sPLA2 (Soluble Phospholipase A2) protein involved in Asthma disease. Currently she is focusing on medicinal plant research to understand genes and enzymes that are involved in biological metabolic process to produce bioactive compounds and understand the interaction mechanism for the classification and authentication of medicinal plants, identify functional genes and enzymes that control bioactive compound production, identify new active compounds to improve the quality of traditional medicinal materials with the help of drug designing.
Dr Shikha Khandelwal Research interests are 1. Isolation of Bioactive components from medicinal plants: 2. Comparative Sequence analysis in Bioinformatics 3. In silico Drug Designing and Molecular Modeling The plant proteins/secondary metabolites can be used as natural bioactive products that may serve for development of new drugs. Hence, my interest involves identification of plants extracts having antimicrobial activity through the compounds/proteins present in them and their in silico bioinformatics analysis.