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Dr. Seema Makhija

Dr. Seema Makhija, a protozoologist has excelled in cellular and molecular research using heterotrophic protists as model organisms. In addition to fulfilling academic responsibilities, she has enriched the departmental library as the convenor of departmental library committee and magazine committee. She is friendly to students and is a much admired teacher.

Title Dr. First Name Seema Last Name Makhija
Designation Associate Professor
Department Zoology


Acharya Narendra Dev College
Govind Puri,
New Delhi-110019.
Phone Number(Campus) + 91 11 2629 4542
Fax + 91 11 2647 5406

Education Subject Institution
B.Sc(Hons) Zoology Miranda House
M.Sc Zoology Miranda House
Ph.D Zoology Delhi University
Research Interests/ Specialization
 Stress response in ciliates/ Cell Biology.
Teaching Experience
16 years: Presently teaching Evolutionary biology, Cell biology & Molecular biology.
Scholarships/ Awards

Distinguished Teachers Award by Univ. of Delhi in 2009.

Awarded GSF-ICMR fellowship to work in Tuebingen University, Germany in 1995.

CSIR- Research Associate 1999-2001.

UGC- CSIR JRF 1993-1995.

UGC- CSIR  1995-1998.

Research/ Academic Projects
  1. “A study on heavy metal induced stress response at cellular and molecular level in ciliates for the development of a potential biosensor”. Sanctioned by Department of Science & Technology. 
  2. “Stress induced induction of metallothioneins (MTs) gene in ciliates and its use as biomarker to assess environmental pollution”. Sanctioned by University Grants Commission.
  3. “Use of Bioluminescent Ciliate Sensors as an Alternative Method for Measuring Heavy Metals in Fresh Water Samples”. Sanctioned by Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Department of Science & Technology.
  4. A low cost microbiotest for detecting insecticides by exploring behavioral and ecotoxicological response of fresh water ciliates. Submitted to Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Department of Science & Technology.
Publications (Last Five Years)
In Indexed/Peer Reviewed Journals
Year of Publication Title Journal Co-author/s
1999 Influence of cadmium on development of surface ciliary structures in the ciliate Stylonychia Seema mytilus (Ciliophora, Oxytrichidae). European Journal of Protistology. 35, 281-289 Renu Gupta, Swati Machwe and Gulshan Rai Sapra.
1999 Characterization of Paraurostyla coronata sp. n. including a comparative account of other members of the genus. Acta Protozoologica. 38, 133-144 Renu Gupta, Komal Kamra, and Gulshan Rai Sapra
2001 Stylonychia ammermanni sp. n. a new oxytrichid (Ciliophora, Hypotrichida) ciliate from the river Yamuna, Delhi, India. Acta Protozoologica. 40, 75-82 Renu Gupta, Komal Kamra, and Gulshan Rai Sapra
2001 Cisplatin induces modifications in the development of cell surface patterns of ciliates. Cell Biology International. 25 (11), 1131-1138 Renu Gupta, Komal Kamra, and Gulshan Rai Sapra
2002 Developmental toxicity of lithium in the ciliate, Stylonychia The Jap. Journ. of Protozoology, Vol. 35 (suppl.), 42. Gupta, R., Sapra, G. R.
2002 Biodiversity of genus Oxytricha in Delhi region of the Indian The Jap. Journ. Of Protozoology, Vol. 35 (suppl.)42 Gupta, R., Sapra, G. R.
2003 Pleurotricha curdsi (Shi, Warren and Song 2002) nov. comb. (Ciliophora : Hypotrichida ) : morphology and ontogenesis of an Indian population; redefinition of the genus. Euro.J.Protistol. 39, 275-285. Gupta, R., komal kamra Sapra, G. R.

Authored one chapter 


  • Origin of Life


e-book being developed by NISCAIR, Delhi.  

Authored five chapters 


  • To Perform Agarose Gel electrophoresis of DNA
  • To perform Western Blotting.
  • To perform Southern blotting.
  • DNA Fingerprinting.


Biology Laboratory Course Workshop (B.Sc. Programme LS part II) Manual. Workshop was organized by Acharya Narendra Dev College in collaboration with the Institute of life long learning 

2009 Uploaded contents of e-learning  
2013 Cadmium induced ultrastructural changes in the ciliate, stylonychia mytilus (Ciliophora, Hypotrichida) (Submitted) Acta Protozoologica  
Conference Publications
Year of publication Title Journal Co-author/s
2000 Inhibition of membrane associated cellular functions by cadmium chloride in unicellular ciliates International Congress on Differentiation and Cell Biology Gupta R and Sapra GR
2001 Pleurotricha yamunii n. sp., a new hypotrich ciliate: description and systematic relationships. Int. Cong. Protozool Gupta, R., Kamra, K., Arora, S., Sapra, G. R
2001 Lithium chloride induces alterations in the ciliary pattern of ciliated protozoa, Stylonychia. Int. Cong. Protozool> G. R>Gupta, R., Machwe, S., Sapra, G>
2001 Characterization of nine species of Stylonychia (including three new descriptions) from Delhi, India. Int. Cong. Protozool. Gupta, R., Arora, S., Kamra, K., Sapra, G. R
2007 Ultrastructural changes in Stylonchia(Hypotrichida; Oxytrichidae) exposed to cadmium International Symposium on Ciliate Biology Gupta, R. and Sapra, G. R.
2007 Modification of the cortical pattern by metals in the ciliate, Stylonychia lemnae International Symposium on Ciliate Biology Gupta, R. and Sapra, G. R.
2007 Inhibition of Membrane Associated cellular functions by cadmium in unicellular ciliates International Symposium on Ciliate Biology Gupta, R. and Sapra, G. R.
2013 Use of Bioluminescent Ciliate Sensors as an Alernative Method for Measuring Heavy Metals in Fresh Water Samples. Redefining Science Teaching: Future of Education  
2013 Ciliate microbial biodiversity at Sanjay Lake, Delhi. 54th Annual confrence of AMI  
2013 Bio-Monitoring heavy metal pllution in fresh water bodies by single celled eukaryotic microorganisms. 54th Annual confrence of AMI  
Participation in Corporate Life
  • Editor of the Zoology Magazine "Probe"and organized a Zoological Fest 'Oikos'  in which various Intercollegiate competitions like Science Quiz, Rangoli, Poster making etc. were held in 2006-07. A lecture on 'Role of ciliate in waste water management' by Prof Allen Warren, from the London Museum of Natural History, on 18 December 2006 for undergraduate students.
  • Part of Educational tour to Simla, Kulu & Manali, Himachal Pradesh organized for B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology students in 2007 for collection of various species of insects.
  • Worked as a Resource person in a ten day workshop "Understanding complexities of life from molecules to system: Concepts and tools" for undergraduate students of Biology in the college from 12th to 23rd May, 2008.
  • Worked as a Resource person in four days Biology Laboratory Course Workshop, B.Sc. Programme LSIII, organized by Institute of Life long Learning, University of Delhi and Acharya Narendra Dev College from 21-24 October, 2008.
  • Organized a one day demonstration of  ELISA technique for the Undergraduate students.
  • Member of Sashakt a committee for female students (2005-2007).
  • Actively involved in preparation of Annual Report (2007) of the College.
  • Enthusiastic member of the College Editorial Committee (2005-2010, 2012-2014).
  • Active member of the College Proctorial Committee (2008-2010)
  • Participated in Three week workshop entitled “Easy Now - A Course Material Preparation Module” held at Acharya Narendra Dev College. The course material is uploaded on website
  • Attended one day seminar on Use of Animals in Education and Research held at Department of Zoology, University of Delhi in 2012.
  • Attended five day workshop on Science Education and Research co-organized by Vidya Bhavan Society and Acharya Narendra Dev College in 2012.
Workshops Conducted
  • Worked as a Joint Secretary and presented papers in the International symposium on Ciliate Biology 'Biodiveristy, ultrastructure, development, genome and parasitism' organised by SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi from February 6-7 2007.
  • Organized and Attended National symposium on Biotechnology: Expanding Horizons" organized by Acharya Narendra Dev College and held at INSA auditorium.
  • Organized, Attended and Participated paper in the National symposium on Chemistry in Biology: The Future of Life Sciences" organized by Acharya Narendra Dev College and held at IIC auditorium.
  • Member of the organizing committee for organizing two day workshop on Hands on Training, Molecular Phylogenetics: Understanding Evolutionary Histories, (Workshop for Students) organized in Acharya Narendra Dev College.
  • Coordinator of one day workshop on practical related to paper Evolutionary Biology held at SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi in 2013.