Biotechnology is the backbone of Indian GDP in 21ST Century. – Dr. Saurabh Kumar Jha

Dr. Saurabh Kumar Jha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology
School of Engineering & Technology, Sharda University
Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?

Dr. Saurabh Kumar Jha is working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology (Department of Biotechnology) at Sharda University, Greater Noida. He obtained his M.Sc.(Biotechnology) degree from VIT University, Vellore, and Ph.D. Degree in Biotechnology (Neurobiology) was awarded from Delhi Technological University (Formerly Delhi College of Engineering). His areas of interest in Stem Cell and expertise include molecular chaperone and ubiquitin E3 ligase in neurodegenerative disorders along with therapeutics action of biomolecules in aged neurons and muscles. He has published 19 papers in peer-reviewed and high impact factor International Journals such as JNC, JAD, BBA, APCS, GENE & JTM (h-Index 08; i10-index 7; Cumulative impact factors 50; Citation Index is 300) and Three books chapters in Springer International publishing AG. He has also got “Commendable Research Excellence Award DTU 2018” from Delhi Technological University, Delhi. Recently, Dr. Jha has received “Best Stem Cell Researcher Award 2019” by Prof. (Dr). Michele Zocchi, University of Turin, Italy. He has also presented more than 17 papers in international symposium and proceedings. Further, He has also designed and introduced the two new courses at level of B.Tech/M.Sc./PGD in “Stem Cell Technology and Regenerative Medicine” & “Genetic Engineering” in Sharda University. Dr. Jha has excellent track record in Teaching, Research and Placement in term of B.Tech and M.Tech Biotechnology at Sharda University. Until now, he has currently guided 03 Ph.D., 02 M.Tech, 02 M.Sc. and more than 10 BS students. He has also served various committee Members of Department of Biotechnology as well as University level. He is the life and regular member of various professional societies across the globe.

Q2. What did attract you towards teaching instead of job?

I realised that through teaching I would be able to fulfill my soul’s craving to make a contribution in shaping the world of tomorrow. I chose the profession because of the passionate conviction that in it lies my special destiny. Today after nearly one decades in this profession, each day I can wake up with a song in my heart, each day I can walk with a lighter step, each day I can be elevated to the higher levels of awareness because each day brings with it a set of new challenges and new situations to be tackled. Each day becomes a harbinger of a new dawn of hopes and expectations, of possibilities unanticipated, of experiences untold, of dimensions manifold.

Q3. How do you motivate yourself at every morning?

Time is a precious commodity. Morning hours are typically the only hours of the day that i really have complete control over. After I get to the office, the requests and needs of others start to drift in. Productive mornings start early! Try to wake up an hour or so before i would have to. This precious time in the mornings is for me (and only me). I promise that you will get used to it. Try it out for several weeks, and i’ll never turn back. Some of the most successful people in the world are up before 5am to take advantage of these early morning hours.

Q4. What did attract you towards Biotechnology?

There are some important factors in 21st century the role of biotechnology sector is very important for developing country like India. Biotechnology words means umbrella of biology that’s means combination of research as well teaching. I will give some example like such as after dominating the information technology (IT) scene for decades, India has directed its efforts toward biotechnology. The Indian biotech industry is today what IT was in the 1990s – a sector with a robust growth trajectory and teeming with numerous job opportunities. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the biotech industry is experiencing a fast-paced growth in comparison to the previous years with the biopharma sector contributing about 62% of the total revenue. This is followed by bio-services (18%), bio-agri (15%), bio-industry (four percent), and bio-informatics contributing (one percent).

Therefore, given the interdisciplinary and diverse nature of biotechnology, attract towards to a rewarding career where i can utilize their skills, knowledge and experience to revolutionize life.

Q5. How do you motivate students to excel in their academics and career?

Motivation is key of students to excel success in their academics and career. Motivation is often defined as a need or drive that energizes behavior toward a goal.

Q6. Where do you want to see yourself after 10 years in career?

I hope to have advanced as much as possible. The position I’m really interested in is administration level position in university and but I know they typically have more than 10 years of experience. In 10 years- however- I really hope to be well on my way to achieving that position. I’ve always prioritized commitment to my job- collaboration- and leadership- so I don’t think I would have any trouble at all advancing in this field and moving toward that goal

Q7. What was your Thesis topic in Ph.D? Please share some brief about it?

This is my Ph.D Thesis topic “Signalling Mechanism and Therapeutics action of Biomolecules in Neurodegenerative disorder”. I have mainly focused on characterizations of Plant derived products for the treatment of Parkinson disease. So, we could utilize such type of products for preventing the disease developing country like India.

Q8. Who is your source of motivation?

This is very interesting question for everyone and also for me. My motivation and strength is positivity and never disappoint from my unsuccessful and try to convert into success by the positive thinking. Positive thinking and implementation both are real source of motivation for me in any adverse condition.

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