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Dr. Archana Upadhya

Dr. Archana Upadhya

Assistant Professor


Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
B.Pharm, M.Sc.Tech, Ph.D (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

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022-42332000 (Extn- 2023)

Experience: Total in years~ 16 (Academics ~10 yrs, Industry 1.5 yrs, Research Institutes-5 yrs)

Industrial research revolved around protein purification and virus purification using chromatographic and non-chromatographic methods. Academic research in ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology), UNH (University of New Hampshire, USA), ACTREC (Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer) involved study of resins for expanded bed chromatographic applications, DNA cloning techniques, DNA and RNA isolation, molecular biology for preparation of probes, designing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers, application of PCR and real time PCR techniques, cell culture techniques involving cancer cell lines, study of protein expression on cancer cells versus normal cells employing western blotting and mass spectroscopic techniques, gene delivery methods using cell lines, study of tumour biology.  Instructed M.Pharm and B.Pharm students on basics in cell and molecular biology, advances in pharmaceutical biotechnology including use of bioinformatics, advanced drug evaluation techniques, biochemistry, pharmaceutical microbiology, and pharmaceutical analysis. She has qualified in GATE-1998 (All India Ranking 77) and is also CSIR-UGC NET-2009  qualified (All India Ranking 149).  

With respect to administrative duties she has been faculty in-charge for sports activities (2011-2012, 2012-2013), faculty in charge of MIS (monthly information system) committee (2014-2015, 2015-2016), faculty in-charge newsletter committee (2016-2017), faculty in-charge extracurricular committee (2017-2018) and is currently the convener faculty of the (IIC) institute innovation council (2019-2020). She has contributed in the organization of various events for the institute such as DST (Department of Science and Technology) Internship 2012 & 2014, BPCON 2012, National Seminar on Techno-Managerial Skills for Pharmaceutical Industry 2016, etc.

Interest areas:

  • Nucleic acid delivery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Biomolecule Purification


  • Publications – Total number (International- 07, National- 01)
  • Book Chapters- 01
  • Presentations- Total number (International- 01 , National- 03)

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars attended- 25

Academic activities:

She has guided 29 M.Pharm. students

She is currently co-guiding 1 Ph.D student.

Professional Memberships

  1. Member of Indian Peptide Society.
  1. Life Member of The Indian Pharmaceutical Association.
  2. Life Member of The Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India.
  3. Registered Pharmacist under Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council.

Recent Publications

  1. Shaily S, Upadhya A. Zika virus: Molecular responses and tissue tropism in the mammalian host. Rev Med Virol (2019); 29(4):e2050.
  2. Shetty SR and Upadhya A. Magnetic nano-systems in drug delivery and biomedical applications. In Multifunctional Nanocarriers for Contemporary Healthcare Applications. (2018): 157-191, IGI Global.
  3. Upadhya A. and Sangave P.C. A cell penetrating peptide, MTS-AR8, for transfection of 4T1 murine breast cancer cells. Drug Deliv Lett (2017); 7(1): 62-68.
  4. Upadhya A. and Sangave P.C. Hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions between cell penetrating peptides and plasmid DNA are important for stable non-covalent complexation and intracellular delivery. J of Pept Sci (2016) 22:647-659.
  5. More SK, Srinivasan N, Budnar S, Bane SM, Upadhya A, Thorat RA, Ingle AD, Chiplunkar SV, Kalraiya RD. N-glycans and metastasis in galectin-3 transgenic mice. Biochem Biophys Res Commun (2015) 460; 2: 302-307.
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