Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development
Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
DBT-IBSD –Imphal, Manipur/Gangtok,Sikkim/Aizawl, Mijoram/ Shillong, Meghalaya
Takyelpat, imphal 795001, India

Professor Pulok K. Mukherjee is working as the Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), an autonomous Institute under Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India consisting of its four centres in North east India Imphal, Manipur; Aizawl, Mizoram; Gangtok, Sikkim and Shilong, Meghalaya. Previously, he worked as the Director of the School of Natural Product Studies, and Head of the Department and Professor (on Lien) at the Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Prof. Mukherjee has more than 29 years of research and development experience. He also has more than 19 years of experience in managerial/administrative work. His research/academic works highlights on traditional medicine inspired drug discovery from Indian medicinal plants to make them available from ‘Farm to Pharma’. He has made several innovative and outstanding contributions in academic and research in the area of natural product studies, Ethnopharmacology and evidence based validation of herbs used in traditional medicine.

His academic and research career has been outstanding, including globally acclaimed contributions on teaching and research on validation of medicinal plants from Indian systems of medicine, their formulation and standardization, which are useful bio-prospecting tools for the traditional medicine based drug discovery programme. Under his guidance, 33 students have completed their PhD degree and more than 30 students have completed projects for fulfilment of Master degree. Prof. Mukherjee has delivered more than 230 lectures in international and national conferences/workshops/seminars/brain storming sessions. He has to his credit more than 255 publications in peer reviewed impact journals, several patents. Prof. Mukherjee has authored/edited 8 books and 21 book chapters. Prof. Mukherjee has been included among top 2% scientists in the world by the study reported by Stanford University. He has also been ranked among top 0.51% and 0.17% in the field of Medicinal & Biomolecular Chemistry and Pharmacology & Pharmacy.

Prof. Mukherjee is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc), Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS) and has been awarded with so many laurels from Govt. of India and abroad; to name a few: awarded with the prestigious Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship from Association of Commonwealth Universities [ACU], UK; TATA innovation fellowship, by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India; Outstanding Service Award from Drug Information association [DIA], USA; Career Award for Young Teacher from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Govt. of India; Best Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year, from the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers’ of India (APTI); IASTAM Award for Contributions to Development of Ayurvedic and Herbal Pharmaceutics by Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) and many others.

Prof. Mukherjee is serving as Associate Editor of the Phytomedicine plus, Elsevier Science; Frontiers in pharmacology (Ethnopharmacology) and Consulting editor, Pharmacological Research, Elsevier. He is the member of the editorial board of several International journals including Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Phytomedicine, Pharmaceutical analysis, Synergy; Phytochemical Analysis, World Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, India J Traditional Knowledge and many others. He is associated as advisor/member to different organizations and administrative bodies of Government of India and abroad including the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Panel expert, Phytopharmaceutical drugs proposal for regulatory approval, CDSCO, New Delhi; member of the Empowered Committee, Consortium for Academic and Publication Ethics (CARE), UGC, New Delhi; Programme Advisory Committee (PAC), Dept. of Science & Technology, Expert Group on translational research on MAP, NER Twinning R&D program in Medicinal, Aromatic Plants & Drug Development of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Govt. of India; Advisory board of Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board (ASUDTAB), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India. He is the former President of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE), Switzerland.

Major research area:
Metabolomic approaches for research on diseases and biological problems and drug development from natural resources
Traditional medicine inspired drug discovery and drug development
Scientific validation of Medicinal plants of traditional importance
Marker profiling and related aspects of herbal medicines
Chemo profiling of medicinal plants and other natural products
Lead finding from natural resources
Quality control and standardization
Formulation of natural products as therapeutic agent
Therapeutic & pharmacokinetic profiling of drugs
Quality evaluation, validation and bio-prospective aspects of Natural Products
Exploring synergy in MAPs
Documentation and value addition of Medicinal Plants for their quality control and standardization