Dr. Parween is an experienced Senior Research Scientist with a proven track record in developing affordable Point of Care assay devices. Has successfully developed a prototype for lipid profiling, whole blood glucose monitoring, paper-based blood group typing, subclinical mastitis detection, image-based ELISA, and ultra-fast ELISA for cytokines detection. Adept in developing novel methods for quantitative measurement of therapeutics and biomarkers. She has a strong experience of more than 14 years in biosciences and biomedical research which is evidenced by her high-impact publications in internationally leading journals. At MNR FRI her team focuses on developing novel and low-cost point-of-care (POC) diagnostic methods with applicability for commercialization. Currently, she is working on 2 Govt. funded projects.

  • Research Project: Remodeling Technology Integrated Validation of Ayurveda Jihva: Corroborating Saam Jivha Pariksha to Multiple Biomarker Detection Using Point of Care Paper-based Device.
    Funding Agency: The IKS Division of Ministry of Education@AICTE,Govt. of India.

  • Research Project: Nanoparticle Enthused Point of Care, Assay Device Aiming Simultaneous Detection and Severity Status of Acute Pancreatitis.
    Funding Agency: DST SERB Start-up Research Grant (SERBSRG), Govt. of India, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) File Number: SRG/2022/000576.

Dr. Prasun Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, India. He is presently working as a Research Scientist at MNR-FRI, Telangana. Previously he worked as a Scientific Officer at DBT-IOC Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research, Faridabad. He has over seven years of experience in applied microbiological research including about 2 years of experience in industrial R&D. He has strong research experience in various bio-products – Polyhydroxyalkanoates, Biolipids, Astaxanthin, Enzymes and Bio-hydrogen at lab and pilot scale. Developed fungal mutants and process for high titer hydrolytic enzyme production (continuous culture) using rice straw for on-site applications. Good knowledge on analytical instruments (HPLC, LC-MS, FTIR, UV-Vis and fluorescence, and optical microscopy) and characterization techniques. Good experience in project handling, management with team members and providing the time targeted deliverables. He has worked with 5, 30 and 150 Liter scale bioreactors, and industrial spray dryer. To his credit, there are over 35 articles in SCI journals, 7 books, and 16 chapters with international publishers. He has been serving the scientific society by reviewing articles for several SCI journals and delivering guest lectures. Publons awarded him the peer review award in the year 2018. He also serves as the editorial board member of a few international journals. His main areas of research are biopolymers, microbial biodiversity, bioenergy, microbial biofilms, quorum sensing, quorum quenching, and genomics. Currently, he is developing enzyme mimetic nanoparticles for antibiofilm activities.