Dr. Nerkar Devidas Punjaji
Food technology Consultant

Welcome to Dr. Nerkar Devidas Punjaji

Designation: Director, Research,
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, L. B. Road,
Pune 411030

Education (Post Graduate Onwards):

Institution Place Place Degree Field of Study

University of Bombay Bombay M.Sc. (Tech) Fermentation Technology

University of Bombay Bombay Ph. D. (Tech) Food Technology

Position and Employment:

Institution Position From To

Bharati Vidyapeeth University Research Director Jan 2009 till date

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Director March 2001 Jan 2008
IT &Biotechnology,
Bharati Vidyapeeth University

Grape Processing & Research Institute Director March 2003 Till date
Bharati Vidyapeeth University

B. A. R. C., Mumbai Head
Microbiology Group

Professional Experience and Training:

Post Doctoral Fellowship for Two years at Max Planck Institute of Immunology,
Freiburg, Germany.

Solubilisation of Uranium from the low grade ores of Uranium using microorganisms.

Isolation and purification of Asparaginase, (an enzyme used in the treatment of leukemia) from Erwinia caratovora.

Coupling of the Asparaginase enzyme to serum albumin with glutaraldehyde to increase its biological half life so that it remains in the circulation for long time to mere efficiently degrade asparagines from blood.

Polyvalent Salmonella vaccine was developed using irradiated cells of the different Salmonella species. This vaccine gave complete protection in mouse model against
The challenge of virulent strains of salmonella.

Radiation induced detoxification of endotoxin (LPS) of Salmonella. Studied the macrophage activation by the detoxified LPS.

Prepared vaccine against ascites tumor cells by coupling the ascites cells(Sarcoma 180) to LPS and Con A through glutarladehyde. This vaccine offered 100% protection against the challenge of ascites tumor cells in mice.

Activation of macrophages by different microorganisms.

Immobilisation of bacterial cells to hydrolyse proteins from trash fish.

Isolation and characterization of the marine bacteria for the production of omega three fatty acids and optimization of cultural conditions for production is being standardized.

Bryonia plant extract was shown to have anticancer properties against MCS human mammary cancer cells in vitro, while there is no toxicity to normal cells.

Established grape precooling and cold storage technology and developed packaging and palletization technology in India. Exported grapes in refer containers from Nasik.

Prepared Manual for the Quality Control Parameters for grapes for export.

Established Biotechnology Institute for Bharati Vidyapeeth University at Pune, and was principal of this Institute from 2001 to 2009.

At present working as Research Director of the Bharati Vidyapeeth University and coordinating R & D activities of 26 constituent units of this University.

Established Wine Institute at Palus, Dist. Sangli, Maharashtra, this is Asia’s First wine institute.

Training farmers and graduates in viticulture techniques and wine manufacture
(Post Graduate Diploma in Wine technology Course).

Established a winery of 2 lakh liters capacity at Wine Park, Palus, Dist. Sangli.

Research is in progress to extract seed oil, anthocyanins and antioxidant compounds from the pomace of grapes after extraction 0f juice.

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Dr. Nerkar Devidas Punjaji

Director, Research,
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, L. B. Road,
Pune 411030

Phone : 9850081034
Fax : 020-25437237
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