Life Sciences

Dr. S. S. Kanwar
Professor [Biotechnology]
Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, HP University

Dr. S. S. Kanwar obtained his Master’s Degree in Microbiology from Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Sciences, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (India) in year 1987. He was awarded CSIR-NET-JRF in the year 1988 and he did his Ph.D. (Gastroenterology-Virology) Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh (India) in year 1992. Dr. Kanwar started his teaching career as a Lecturer in Department of Biotechnology at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (India) and taught to Post Graduate students the subject(s) of Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Animal Biotechnology, Biochemical & Biophysical Techniques and Fermentation. The overlapping experience in the fields of microbiology, immunology/ cell culture and fermentation was immensely beneficial in supporting his research activities and imparting practical training to the Post Graduate students. So far he has guided more than 100 students for their Post Graduate (Master’s) Degree in Science, 23 candidates for their M.Phil. degree in Biotechnology and 12 candidates for Ph.D. Degree in Biotechnology. He pursues his research activities by developing bio-products and bio-processes for a variety of extracellular microbial enzymes such as cholesterol oxidase, ribonucleases, L-methionase, alkaline proteases, dye-degrading peroxidases, besidesisolation and identification of anti-microbial and antilipolytic biomolecules (Natural products) from pteridophytes as an alternative to traditional antibiotics & antilipolytic drugs.

He has been awarded Visiting Fellowship for year 1998-99 by Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi for conducting research in molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis at CDRI, Lucknow; Visiting Fellowship for the year 1999-2000 by Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi for research on Multi Drug Resistant (MRD) strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis at National Institute of Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra; Biotechnology Overseas Associateship 2005-06 by Ministry of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India to work on interaction of HIV-Tat & drug abuse on human neural cells at Kansas University Medical College, Kansas, USA, and he was a Visiting Scholar to a Program on Mouse Adult Pluripotent Cells at Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA in May-June 2008. His biographical profile has been published in Marquis Worlds Who and Who, USA in 14th Edition onwards.

He has published 124 research papers and 16 articles in the books/ e-books. He is a Fellow of United Writers Association of India [FUWAI], Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India, Life member of Punjab Academy of Sciences and have also availed Membership of American Chemical Society, Washington, USA. He has received research grants from UGC, AICTE, ICMR and Department of Environment, Science &Technology (DEST). Moreover, to develop human resources he has been regularly conducting workshops, seminars and delivering lectures to participants of Academic staff colleges, PG Colleges, Rotary club etc.

Faculty of Life Sciences
The Faculty of Life Sciences formulates various UG and PG programs in Life Sciences for their implementation and teaching in government and private colleges/ institutions as well as in the Himachal Pradesh University. The UG courses in Biotechnology, Botany, Environment Science, Microbiology and Zoology have been run under CBCS RUSA since year 2013. The PG as well as Ph.D. programs are being offered in the subjects of Biotechnology, Botany, Microbiology and Zoology.
The Faculty of Life Sciences includes the following departments;
  • Department of Biosciences
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Environment Science [Under Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies- A UGC funded scheme.

Faculty at a glance

Department of Biosciences
S. No. Name Designation Research area
1 Dr. (Mrs.) Sushma Sharma Professor & Chairperson Animal Physiology & Biochemistry
2 Dr. D. C. Gautam Professor Cytogenetics& Molecular Genetics
3 Dr. Shati S. Sharma Professor Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
4 Dr. (Mrs.) Sashi Sharma Professor Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
5 Dr. AnandSagar   Professor Mycology & Microbiology
6 Dr. D. R. Thakur Professor Animal Biodiversity & Entomology


Department of Biotechnology
S. No. Name Designation Research area
1 Dr. (Mrs.) Reena Gupta Professor & Chairperson Biochemistry& Immunology
2 Dr. T. C. Bhalla ProfessorEmeritus-UGC(BRS) Enzyme Technology, rDNA& Bioinformatics
3 Dr. S. S. Kanwar Professor Microbiology&Animal Cell Biotechnology
4 Dr. Duni Chand Professor Molecular Biology, Environmental Biotechnology & Plant Biotechnology
5 Dr. Arvind K. Bhatt Professor Industrial Biotechnology & Plant Biotechnology 
6 Dr. Wamik Azmi Professor Biochemical & Metabolic Engineering


Department of Environment Science
S. No. Name Designation Research area
1 Dr. Virender Santvan Assistant Professor Environmental Science