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Dr. M.N. Saraf

Madhusudan Natvarlal Saraf

Associate Dean, Professor and Section Head, Department of Pharmacology

B Pharm, M. Pharm., Ph.D.



Email Id

Phone No.

022 4233 2000 (Ext-2031)


35 years

Interest areas:

  • Immunopharmacology 
  • Pharmacology of Medicinal Plants 
  • Toxicology 
  • Inflammation


  • Publications – 79 (International-28, National-51) 
  • Book Chapters – 1 
  • Patents – 1 
  • Presentations – 44 (International-2, National-42) 
  • Government funded projects – 24
  • Industry projects – 112

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars attended


Academic activities

Guided 22 PhDs and 55 M.Pharm. students for their research projects.


  • Recipient of Development Fellowship of Association of Commonwealth Universities (London).
  • Recipient of Amrut Mody Distinguished Researcher Award from Indian Pharmaceutical Association in 2015.
  • Recipient of Indo-Hungarian Education Exchange Scholarship by UGC & Hungarian Scholarship Board to visit Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, 2011-12.
  • Recipient of the Fellowship of Indian Pharmaceutical Association.
  • Recipient of the Maharashtra Pharmacist Association award.
  • Recipient of Principal of the year 2004 award conferred by Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India.
  • Recipient of Visiting Professorship Award by Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi (2003-04).
  • Recipient of Indo-Russian Exchange Scholarship by UGC to visit Academy of Sciences at Moscow, Leningrad and Novosibirsk (Russia), 2003.
  • Recipient of UGC National Associate ship & UGC Visiting Associate ship Awards.
  • Recipient of DST Research Scholarship
  • Recipient of AICTE CII based industry institute linkage award.

Professional Memberships

  • Life member of Indian Pharmaceutical Association.
  • Life member of Indian Society of Chronobiology. 
  • Life member of Indian Society of Toxicology. 
  • Life Member of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India. 
  • Member of executive council of Indian Pharmacological Society. 
  • Life member of Indian Society of Pharmacognosy. 
  • Member of American Chemical Society.
  • Life member of Society for Ethno pharmacology.

Assignments Held

  • Chairman, Board of studies in Pharmacy, University of Mumbai. 
  • Inspector on behalf of Pharmacy Council of India. 
  • Member of Expert Committee, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), and TIFAC (DST). 
  • Nominee of the Academic/Management Council of S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai on selection committee for the post of Principal and Professors. 
  • Expert member, Selection Committee, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New-Delhi. 
  • Chairman, Management Committee of SNDT Women's University Employees Cooperative Credit Society Ltd.
  • Member Advisory board, Indian Drugs, Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Indian Journal of Natural Products. 
  • Co-ordinator, ISTE sponsored summer school (Mumbai), AICTE sponsored Faculty Development Programme, WHO sponsored Drug Inspector's Training Programme (Mumbai), AICTE sponsored Industry Institute Partnership Cell Programme. 
  • Member (Permanent Invitee), Central Executive Committee, Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA). 
  • Member of Managing Committee, Pharmaceuticals and Allied Manufacturer’s Association (PAMDAL) 
  • External Examiner for B. Pharm/ M. Pharm/ Ph.D. examinations, University of Goa, Pune, Mangalore, S.N.D.T., Nagpur, Amravati, Sagar, BITS-Pilani, Andhra University, M.S. University, Gujrat University, Shivaji University, Delhi University, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Pondichery University. 
  • Recognized Guide for M. Pharm and Ph.D. (Tech) (Pharmacy), University of Mumbai. 
  • Resource Person a) Workshop on Teaching Methodologies in Pharmacology at Ahmedabad, b) ISTE / AICTE sponsored summer/ winter school at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Wardha, Belgaum, Gandhi Nagar, and Vallabhvidyanagar, c) WHO sponsored Drug Inspector Programme at Mumbai, d) WHO sponsored Training Programme for Pharmacist (organized by Pharmacy Council of India) at Gandhi Nagar, Baroda, Jalgaon, and Mumbai,) AICTE sponsored Quality Improvement Programme/ Faculty Development Programme at Mumbai, Mysore, Belgaum, and Ooty, f) UGC sponsored workshops at Rajkot, and Surat. 
  • Chairman/ Co-Chairman a) Indian Pharmaceutical Congress, at Goa (1991), Visakhapatnam (1995), Chennai (1996), Trivandrum (1997), Mumbai (1998), Indore (1999), Hyderabad (2000), Delhi (2001), Pune (2002), Chennai (2003) and Kolkata (2004), b) National Convention of Indian Pharmaceutical Association-Education Division (1999), c) IPGA Nagpur (2000). 
  • Member-Scientific Committee, Indian Pharmaceutical Congress at Calcutta, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. 
  • UGC nominee on advisory committee for UGC’s Special Assistance Programme. 
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Plasma Fractionation Centre, Mumbai 
  • Member, Executive Committee, Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI). 
  • Member, Project Review Committee, Dept. of Science & Technology. 
  • Evaluator in the oral-scientific presentation session and as a panel Member in the panel discussion on the theme “Indian Pharma Education Assuring Quality and Global Relevance” in the Indian Congress of Pharmacy and Indian Pharmaceutical Association Convention- 2010 (IPA- 2010) held at Chennai (13-14 March 2010). 
  • Member of expert committee for selection of Principal at S.N.D.T. Woman’s University on 29th May 2010. 
  • Member of expert committee in AICTE Scrutiny for extension of approval on 6th June 2010. 
  • Member of expert committee in MPSC selection committee for Sr. Scientific Officer on 15th June 2010. 
  • Convener of Hands on workshop on Innovation in Life Science and Education organized by The Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC) of Bombay College of Pharmacy on 9th September 2011. 
  • Convener of one day workshop with the theme, “Dissolution – An Effective Tool for Quality Testing and NDDS Development”, on 2nd Dec 2011.
  • Convener of AICTE Sponsored two weeks Staff Development Program on “New Paradigm in Pharmaceutical Education”, 2011. 
  • Member of expert committee member, AICTE Model Syllabus committee, for post graduate studies in Pharmacy. 
  • Resource person of one day workshop on “Radioimmunoassay techniques and its applications” on 5th October, 2013 at Bombay College of Pharmacy, Kalina, Mumbai 400098. 
  • Appointed as a Member of Data and Safety Monitoring Board in March 2014. 
  • Judge for Post Graduate Presentation competition on 17, 18 October 2014 in Avishkar at University of Mumbai. 
  • Member and Chairman of the Expert Committee appointed by National Board of Accreditation. 
  • Member of Expert Commission by Maharashtra Public Service Commission. 
  • Appointed as a Member for Career Advancement Scheme. 
  • Chairman of NBA expert committee for evaluation of B.Pharm program at College of Pharmacy, Guwahati in August 2016.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s nominee on CAS committee, Nagpur University in September 2016.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s nominee on the governing bodies of Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Gahlot Institute of Pharmacy and H. K. College of Pharmacy. 
  • Member of research recognition committee, Adhoc Board of Pharmacy, University of Mumbai in November 2016. 
  • Vice-Chancellor’s nominee on CAS committee, Nagpur University in September 2016.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s nominee on the governing bodies of Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Gahlot Institute of Pharmacy and H. K. College of Pharmacy. 
  • Member of research recognition committee, Adhoc Board of Pharmacy, University of Mumbai in November 2016.

Recent Publications

  • Sutariya, B., & Saraf, M. (2018). α-asarone reduce proteinuria by restoring antioxidant enzymes activities and regulating necrosis factor κB signaling pathway in doxorubicin-induced nephrotic syndrome. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 98, 318-324.
  • Sutariya, B., & Saraf, M. (2017). Betanin, isolated from fruits of Opuntia elatior Mill attenuates renal fibrosis in diabetic rats through regulating oxidative stress and TGF-β pathway. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 198, 432-443.
  • Sutariya, B., Taneja, N., & Saraf, M. (2017). Betulinic acid, isolated from the leaves of Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels, ameliorates the proteinuria in experimental membranous nephropathy through regulating Nrf2/NF-κB pathways. Chemico-biological interactions, 274, 124-137.
  • Sutariya, B., Taneja, N., Badgujar, L., & Saraf, M. (2017). Modulatory effect of betanin on high glucose induced epithelial to mesenchymal transition in renal proximal tubular cells. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 89, 18-28.
  • Jhonsa, D. J, Badgujar, L. B, Sutariya, B. K, Saraf, M. N, neuroprotective effect of flavo-noids against paraquat induced oxidative stress and neurotoxicity in Drosophila melanogaster. Current topics in neutraceutical research. 2016; 14 (4), 283-294.
  • Sutariya, B., Jhonsa, D., Saraf, M. N. (2016). TGF-β: the connecting link between nephropathy and fibrosis. Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol., 38(1), 39-49. doi: 10.3109/08923973.2015.1127382.
  • Shirole, R. L., Shirole, N. L., Saraf, M. N. (2015). In vitro relaxant and spasmolytic effects of essential oil of Pistacia integerrima Stewart ex Brandis Galls. J Ethnopharmacol., 168, 61-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.02.001.
  • Sutariya, B. K., Saraf, M. N. (2015). A Comprehensive review on Pharmacological Profile of Butea monosperma (Lam.) Taub. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science. 5(9), 159-166. doi: 10.7324/JAPS.2015.50929.
  • Shirole, R. L., Shirole, N. L., Saraf, M. N. (2015). Embelia ribes ameliorates lipopolysaccharide-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome. J Ethnopharmacol. 168, 356-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.03.009.
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