Dr. Raj Kumar Singh
Dr R. K. Singh has rich experience in veterinary and animal sciences with specialization in Microbiology, Biotechnology, and Equine Science spanning over 25 years in different capacities at Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Izatnagar (1988-2002)/Mukteswar (December 2002 to December 2008), National Research Centre on Equines at Hisar/Bikaner (December 2008 to January 2014); National Research Centre on Camel (Director Additional Charge; February to June , 2010), and Central Institute for Research on Buffalo (Director Additional Charge; March 2013), and finally as Director-cum-Vice Chancellor, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (February 5, 2014 onwards). Dr Singh has served in many Committees of ICAR, DAHD&F, and DBT. He has been Member in Management Committees/Boards of IVRI, PDFMD, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar; Nanaji Deshmukh University of Veterinary Sciences, Jabalpur; Indian Agricultural Research Institute; Member Scientific Advisory Committee of National Institute of Animal Biotechnology; and Member, Executive Research Council of Indian Immunologicals Ltd Hyderabad, etc. Dr Singh is recipient of many Awards like ICAR Team Research Award (2008); Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award (2012), Agriculture Research Leadership Award (2012); Awards and Fellowships of many societies, etc.
Major research achievements of Dr Singh include contributions in Animal Health (disease diagnostics, animal vaccinology, microbial epidemiology & evolution, disease pathogenesis, host-virus interaction, microbial biodiversity characterization & conservation, DNA Amplification Fingerprinting (DAF) in microbial characterization, cancer biology, anti-microbial, & anti-cancer activity of indigenous medicinal plants, RNA Interference (RNAi), use of heavy water in thermostabilization of biomolecules including rec. proteins, development of cell lines, etc) and animal production (DAF of eukaryotic genomes, MHC class 2 genes & disease resistance, cytokines in animal health & production, etc). Dr Singh’s work spans research and development on health, production and welfare aspects in almost all animal species including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat, pig, camel, horse, donkey, mules, deer, yak, mithun, and poultry. Dr Singh has developed many live attenuated vaccines (like thermo-adapted TCRP vaccine, goatpox vaccine, sheeppox vaccine, camelpox vaccine, orf vaccine, thermo-adapted PPR vaccine (sheep isolate) for sheep, thermo-adapted PPR (goat isolate) vaccine for goat, Highly Attenuated Goatpox (HAGP) vaccine, PPR+Goatpox double combination vaccine, tsPPR + HAGP double combination vaccine, PPR+Goatpox+Orf triple combination vaccine for goat, PPR+sheeppox+Orf triple combination vaccine for sheep, deuterated PPR vaccine (Sungri) and a few vaccine candidates) and a host of diagnostics (like PCRs for disease diagnosis, characterization, and epidemiology of Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis differentiation, buffalopox virus, camelpox virus, sheeppox virus, goatpox virus, orf virus; RT-PCRs for Rabies, Bluetongue, PPR, equine influenza; qPCRs for camelpox, buffalopox, goatpox and PPR; recombinant protein antigen-based Diagnostic ELISAs for Bluetongue, PPR, Capripox, Burkholderia mallei, equine influenza; monoclonal antibody-based ELISAs like sELISA and cELISA for Bluetongue, etc.). Dr Singh’s contribution through his efforts not only through R&D but also by way of development of quality human resource as an intellect trust and physical infrastructure ij animal sciences division will go a long way in augmenting sustainable livestock production and productivity while ensuring animal welfare, healthy ecosystem, and human wellness.