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Dr. Vartika Mathur

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Assistant Professor Department of Zoology vmathur@svc.ac.in

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)
  • MPhil (University of Delhi),

Areas of Specialization

  • Insect-plant-microbe interaction, Environmental management

Administrative roles/ responsibilities

    
    •	Supervised 3 PhD students , 54 Bachelors, and 7 Masters students for summer/winter training since 2014; 4 Masters dissertations since December 2016 and one JRF/SRF since 2014.
    
    •	Convener, Sri Venkateswara College research Committee from July, 2019 till date.
    
    •	Convenor of attendance screening committee, Sri Venkateswara College from June 2019-till date.
    
    •	Convener, Eco Club, Sri Venkateswara College from April 2017 till date.
    
    •	Member, IQAC core committee, from 2018 till date.
    
    •	Member of Academic Planning Committee, Sri Venkateswara College from May 2019 till date.
    
    •	Convenor, Department AQAR compilation committee
    
    •	Convenor, Department workload and timetable committee
    
    •	Member, Class mentor and student grievance committee
    
    •	Teacher-in-charge, Zoology, 2019
    
    •	Coordinator for the revision of the Course titled Animal Behaviour and Chronobiology Course Code BS DSE-2 in Programme (CBCS) B.Sc (H) Biological Sciences, under Under-Graduate Curriculum in the light of UGC's Learning Outcome-Based Curriculum Framework (UGC-LOCF) (2020).
    
    •	Convener of the steering committee of the 5-year MoU between Sri Venkateswara College and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2025, for collaborations in environmental and health initiatives, including awareness programs and field-based research activities.
    
    •	Convened webinar on “Connecting the Dots-Hydro-logical and life cycle”, organized by Eco Club, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi on 26 th September, 2020.
    
    •	Convened webinar on “Importance of Butterflies in sustainability of environment”, organized by Eco Club, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi on 18 th September, 2020.
    
    •	Convened webinar on “Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)” organised by IQAC and College Research Committee (CRC), Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi on 29th August, 2020.
    
    •	Convened CoVID-19 webinar series (3 talks) namely, “CoVID-19: Breaking myths and moving forward”, “Mental health issues and solutions and Staying healthy” and “Safe during CoVID-19”, organized by IQAC Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi in association with All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi from 27 th April to 29 th April, 2020.
    
    •	Convened International workshop on ‘Air pollution and public health: Challenges and interventions’ held on 5-7 February 2020 at Radisson Blu, Dwarka, New Delhi, India.
    
    •	Convened Indo-US Symposium on Allergy and Asthma by Indo-US Science and Technology forum (IUSSTF) held on 16-18 December 2018 at AIIMS, New Delhi
    
    •	Convened Faculty Development Program on Wildlife Conservation & Management held on 19 February 2018 at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.
    
    •	Convened International conference and outreach program on Environment and Ecology: Sustainability & Challenges (ENCON2017) held on 4-6 January 2017 at University of Delhi.
    
    •	Convened the 'Green school Initiative' from August to December 2016 to create awareness among school children for conservation of Environment through talks, interactive sessions, screening environmental, documentaries and holding various competitions on environment.
    
    •	Research advisor to Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi from 1st April 2017 till date.
    
    •	Convener of staff council ICT committee from May 2018 till May 2019.
    													
    														

Courses Taught

  • Wildlife Conservation and Management, Animal Behavior, Research Methodology and Ecology
  • 
    •	Sharma G., Malthankar P.A. and Mathur V.* (2020). Insect–Plant Interactions: A Multilayered Relationship. Annals of the Entomological Society of America.   https://doi.org/10.1093/aesa/saaa032 
    
    •	Garima Sharma and Vartika Mathur* (2020). Modulation of insect-induced oxidative stress responses by microbial fertilizers in Brassica juncea. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 96. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa040
    
    •	Sharma G., Rahul, Guleria R. and Mathur V.* (2020). Differences in plant metabolites and microbes associated with Azadirachta indica with variation in air pollution. Environmental Pollution 257: 113595. (ISSN no. 02697491). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113595
    
    •	Rubabura, J.A.K., Sharma G., & Mathur, V.* (2020). Effect of environmentally sustainable microbial fertilizer on Insect-induced plant responses. Environment Conservation Journal, 21(1&2), 1-11.
    
    •	Sharma, G., Anjulo, M.T. and Mathur, V.* (2019). Microbial fertilizer improves constitutive and induced resistance of tomato against a generalist insect. International Journal of Zoology and Animal Biology 2(1): 000135. (ISSN no. 2639-216X)  https://doi.org/10.23880/izab-16000135 
    
    •	van Dam, N.M., Wondafrash, M., Mathur, V. and Tytgat, T.O.G. (2018). Differences in hormonal signaling triggered by two root-feeding nematode species result in contrasting effects on aphid population growth. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 88  https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2018.00088
    
    •	Rai A., Imran, Tora M.A., Sharma G., Azerefegne F. and Mathur V.* (2016). Effect of phosphate solubilizing bacteria on constitutive and induced responses of tomato (Lycopersicum esculantum) against tobacco cutworm (Spodoptera litura Fab) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Natural resource management: Ecological perspectives: Vol.2. Proceedings of the Indian Ecological Society International Conference, Sher-e-kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST), India, 759. (ISBN:978-93-5254-337-3).
    
    •	Mathur V. and Sharma G. (2016). Do microbial fertilizers increase immunity in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea) against insects? Natural resource management: Ecological perspectives: Vol.2. Proceedings of the Indian Ecological society International Conference, Sher-e-kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST), India, 716. (ISBN: 978-93-5254-337-3).
    
    Books
    
    •	Pandey, B.N. and Mathur, V. (2018). Biology of chordates. PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India. ISBN-10: 9387472140; ISBN-13: 978-9387472143
    
    Book chapters and e-chapters
    
    •	Verma, K. and Mathur, V.* (2020). Effect of air polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in food chain: direct and indirect exposure (accepted).
    
    •	Mathur V.* and Sharma, G. (2020). Endosymbionts of Plants and Marine organisms: A Search for Lung Cancer Drug. In Madhunapantula S.V (ed.) Drug development from natural resources, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Pp. 18-36. 
    
    •	Guleria, R., Mathur V.* and Dhanuka, A. (2019). Health effects of changing environment. In Peshin R. and Dhawan A.K. (eds) Natural Resource Management: Ecological Perspectives, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland AG. pp 95-108. doi: 978-3-319-99767-4.
    
    •	Mathur, V.*, Javid, L., Kulshrestha, S., Mandal, A., Reddy, A.A. (2017). World cultivation of genetically modified crops: Opportunities and risks. In Lichtfouse E. (ed) Sustainable Agriculture Reviews. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 45-87. ISBN: 978-3-319-58678-6.
    
    •	Mathur V. and Sharma G. (2016). Do microbial fertilizers increase immunity in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea) against insects? Natural resource management: Ecological perspectives : Vol.2. Proceedings of the Indian Ecological society International Conference, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST), India, 716. (ISBN: 978-93-5254-337-3).
    
    •	Rai A., Imran, Tora M.A., Sharma G., Azerefegne F. and Mathur V.* (2016). Effect of phosphate solubilizing bacteria on constitutive and induced responses of tomato (Lycopersicum esculantum) against tobacco cutworm (Spodoptera litura Fab) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Natural resource management: Ecological perspectives : Vol.2. Proceedings of the Indian Ecological Society International Conference, Sher-e-kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST), India, 759. (ISBN:978-93-5254-337-3).
    
    •	Mathur, V.* and Tytgat, T.O.G. (2016). Plant parasitic nematodes. E-chapter of the paper ‘Biology of Parasitism’ in the online postgraduate course prepared for NME-ICT, MHRD, Govt. of India. Link: Click Here
    
    •	Mathur, V.* and Tytgat, T.O.G. (2016). Nematode plant interactions. E-chapter of the paper ‘Biology of Parasitism’ in the online postgraduate course prepared for NME-ICT, MHRD, Govt. of India. Link: Click Here
    
    Patent
    
    •	Mathur, V * and Sharma, G (2019). A methodology of extraction, isolation and biochemical characterization of plant-associated microorganisms. Indian Patent 201911034376 filed August 26, 2019.
    
    																
    
    •	Young scientist of the year 2015 award in the field of Chemical Ecology in 2nd International Conference on Environment and ecology held on 7th March 2016 at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
    
    •	Selected as one of the twenty Indian supervisors for the year 2014-15, 2015-20176; 2016-17 to host a researcher among candidates from 33 developing countries under the scheme on Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS) selected by NAM S&T Centre, Govt. of India.
    
    •	Only Indian to receive the prestigious Nuffic Fellowship from 2008-2012 from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands to work on the “Temporal dynamics of molecular, chemical and morphological induced responses in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea)”.
    
    •	Received travel award for Promising Researcher at the ISCE annual meeting held on 31st July-4th August 2010 in I.R.B.I.-CNRS- University of Tours, France. 
    
    •	Only Indian to receive the UEB French mobility grant for international laureates (Autumn 2009) from April- August 2010 to perform research on the “effects of nectar in Brassica juncea on the behavior and longevity of above- and belowground parasitoids” University of Rennes, France.
    
    •	Cleared National Eligibility Test (NET) for eligibility for the post of Assistant Professorship held on 22nd June 2003.
    
    •	Recipient of Smt. Sushila Devi Memorial award in October 2000 for obtaining highest marks in Ecology & Zoogeography paper in B.Sc.