Welcome to Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

Department of Zoology


A Central University


Major Identified Areas of Research

Environmental & Molecular Endocrinology: Reproductive Biology, Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Hormone profiles of Himalayan Inhabitants, Thyroid Physiology & Mechanism of action

Animal Behaviour & Molecular Physiology: Biological Clock, Migration, Chemoreception, Pheromones & Sexual Behaviour, Olfactory & Foraging Behaviour

Conservation Biology: Himalayan Biodiversity, Human, Avian & Ichthyo-Genome Diversity, Aquatic diversity, Faunal Resource Management

Bioinformatics: Data base on incidence of disease in Uttarakhand, Molecular Phylogeny

Fish Ecology & Taxonomy: Molecular Phylogeny, Evolution, Diversity and Population Dynamics of Cold Water Fishes with emphasis on Himalayan Mahseer & Snow Trout

Coldwater Fish Culture: Ornamental, game and food fishes

Community and Population Ecology: Aquatic communities (fish, benthic macroinvertebrates & diatoms)

Freshwater Biology: Lake, stream and river ecology, productivity & bioenergetics & Habitat Ecology


  • MoU with National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resource (ICAR), Lucknow

  • MoU with Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CSIR), Lucknow

  • MoU with Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries (ICAR), Bhimtal

  • Drs Lalji Singh & K Thangaraj CCMB Human Genome Diversity

  • Molecular phylogeny Himalayan fish Dr S Shivaji, LACONS, CCMB Genetic diversity of Himalayan finches

  • Dr B C Das Director ICPO, ICMR Molecular diagnosis of cervical cancer

  • Dr V K Batish, NDRI Karnal Goat cheese production through RDT

  • Health Department, Govt. of Uttarakhand Incidence of diseases in Uttarakhand

  • Dr Amlava Bhattachrya On palaeoenvironment

  • Birbal Sahani Institutue of Palaeobotany, Lucknow

  • The Institute of Low Temperature science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Research LandMarks

  • The myth that animals in tropics do not use day length to time seasonal phenomenon (viz., reproduction, molting) demolished.

  • Basic concepts in photoperiodism & hormone (thyroid) action challenged.

  • Radioimmunoassay standardized for thyroid hormones in animal sera first time in the country.

  • First data base on thyroid hormone profiles for management of Goitre & Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Himalaya–a health hazard in mountains.

  • Erstwhile circulating protein bound iodine (PBI) universally used in thyroid diagnosis first demonstrated to be an erroneous parameter.

  • First unequivocal evidence provided for the hormonal basis of bird migration.

  • A novel approach to study Himalayan biodiversity commenced integrating molecular, phenotypic (morphological, osteological), behavioral & ecological aspects.

  • First DNA finger prints of Himalayan fish species, registered with NCBI, USA (in collaboration with CCMB, Hyderabad).

  • Human Genome diversity and molecular basis of diseases (with CCMB).

  • Application of Bioinformatics Tools to distribution & evolution of Himalayan fauna, Human tribes, Incidence of diseases.

  • Role of pheromones in reproductive behaviour and physiology of fish has been evaluated for the first time in Indian Subcontinent. Studies carried out include the isolation, identification, chemistry, release mechanism & mode of action of sex pheromones in fish.

  • Successful development of hatchery and stocking facilities for hillstream fishes including the Snow trout (Schizothorax richardsonii) and Himalayan Mahseer (Tor putitora).

  • Morpho-histological and histochemical basis of organogenesis from Pre to Post flexing stages in hillstream fishes have been revealed.

  • DNA isolation and sequencing of Glyptothorax spp. have been accomplished.

  • Strong knowledge base on the fishery biology, ecology and population dynamics, over a period of more than two decades, has been developed to assess the status of the Himalayan mahseer, a threatened fish species, to compliment conservation.

  • Based on evaluation of microhabitat characteristics of early life stage (0+ Year) of threatened Himalayan Mahseer, habitat suitability for its conservation recommended.

  • Inventorization of the aquatic biodiversity of Garhwal Himalaya, organisms of interest being benthic diatoms, macroinvertebrates and fish.

  • Community structure, productivity and distribution of macroinvertebrate benthos at watershed and basin scale revealed in the Himalayan region.

  • Valuable lipase enzyme producing novel bacterium Bacillus pumilus RK31was isolated and its DNA sequence was registered with NCBI, USA.

  • Pioneering study to determine the ecological (including trophic and saprobic) state of streams and rivers vis-à-vis land use across all major river basins of the Uttarakhand State.

  • Developing strategies for sustainable use of mountain fishery resources.

Last Updated on 03/12/2019