Saurabh Kumar

Young Policy Professional

Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi


Saurabh completed his B.Sc in Zoology (Hons) from Shivaji College, University of Delhi, followed by Masters in Life Sciences from the Central University of Punjab. He pursued his research from the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He has more than four years of research experience with several publications in National & International Journals. He has also acted as an invited reviewer for various renowned international journals, including Annals of Neurosciences, Medical Science Monitor, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, and OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying. He has been awarded the Bharat Nirman Award in the behavioral change category at India International Science Festival (IISF-2017). He is an avid learner and is currently working as a Young Policy Professional at DST, New Delhi. At present, he is a part of the STIP secretariat and is working on the new Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.


Journal Publications:

  1. Ravi P Cholia, Sanju Kumari, Saurabh Kumar, Manpreet Kaur, Manbir Kaur, Raj Kumar, Monisha Dhiman, and Anil K. Mantha. An in vitro study ascertaining the role of H2O2 and glucose oxidase in modulation of antioxidant potential and cancer cell survival mechanisms in glioblastoma U-87 MG cells. Metabolic Brain Disease. 32 (5), 1705-1716. DOI: 10.1007/s11011-017-0057-6 PMID: 28676971
  2. Deepak Kumar Pal, Ashish Bhalla, Sridhar Bammidi, Shirley Telles, Adarsh Kohli, Saurabh Kumar, Pooja Devi et al. Can yoga-based diabetes management studies facilitate integrative medicine in india? Current status and future directions. Integrative Medicine International. 4 (3-4), 125-141. DOI:
  3. Atul Kumar Goyal, Sanjay Bhadada, Neeru Malik, Abhilasha Anand, Raman Kumar, Sridhar Bammidi, Rahul Tyagi, Shweta Modgil, Kaushal Sharma, Parul Bali, Deepak Kumar Pal, Saurabh Kumar, et al. Guinness world record attempt as a method to pivot the role of Yoga in Diabetes management. Annals of Neurosciences. 26 (1), 21-24. DOI: 10.5214/ans.0972.7531.260105 PMID: 31975768
  4. Akshay Anand, Avijit Banik, Gillipsie Minhas, Sridhar Bammidi, Keshav Thakur, Kaushal Sharma, Rahul Tyagi, Shweta Modgil, Parul Bali, Natasha Sayal, Paramvir Kaur, Deepak Kumar Pal, Atul Kumar Goyal, Vinod Bhatt, Navneet Kaur, Saurabh Kumar, al. Creating a role model for “Academicians” Social Responsibility (ASR) synergizing with Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: A campus hygiene initiative by PGIMER, Chandigarh. Annals of Neurosciences. 2019. 26 (2), 75-81. DOI: 10.5214/ans.0972.7531.260207 PMID: 31975777
  5. Gurwattan S Miranpuri, Justyn Nguyen, Neydis Moreno, Noemi A Yutuc, Jason Kim, Seah Buttar, Greta R Brown, Sydney E Sauer, Chandra K Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Daniel K Resnick. Folic Acid Modulates Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Expression Following Spinal Cord Injury. Annals of Neurosciences. 2019. 26 (2), 60-65. DOI: 5214/ans.0972.7531.260205 PMID:31975775
  6. Parul Bali, Navneet Kaur, Abha Tiwari, Sridhar Bammidi, Vivek Podder, Chandra Devi, Saurabh Kumar, Madhava Sai Sivapuram, Abdul Ghani, Shweta Modgil, Neeru Malik, Akshay Anand. Effectiveness of Yoga as the Public Health Intervention Module in the Management of Diabetes and Diabetes Associated Dementia in South East Asia: A Narrative Review.Neuroepidemiology. 54 (4), 287–303. DOI: 10.1159/000505816 PMID: 32074622
  7. Saurabh Kumar*, Shweta Modgil, Sridhar Bammidi, et al. Allium cepa exerts neuroprotective effect on retinal ganglion cells of pterygopalatine artery (PPA) ligated mice. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 11 (4), 489-494. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaim.2019.08.002 PMID: 32088091
  8. Vivek Podder, Vinod Srivastava, Saurabh Kumar*,et al. Prevalence and Awareness of Stroke and Other Comorbidities Associated with Diabetes in Northwest India. Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice. 11 (3), 467. DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1709369 PMID: 32753814
  9. Saurabh Kumar*#. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: Hope and search for effective therapeutic agent. Letters in Drug Design & Discovery. 17 (8), 940-942. DOI:10.2174/1570180817999200612095513
  10. Saurabh Kumar*, Richa Shri, Sushmita Kaushik, Varinder Singh, Akshay Anand. Electrophysiological assessment of retinal functions by ERG in Ischemia/Reperfusion (I/R) Allium cepa pre-treated mice. Integrative Medicine Case Reports. 2020. 1 (1), 18-28. DOI: 38205/imcr.010118
  11. Saurabh Kumar*, Priya Mehra, Akshay Anand. Policy research into Quality assessment of published data from Medical Institutes can increase the authenticity of translation. Annals of neurosciences. 27 (2), 45-46. DOI: 10.1177/0972753120965877
  12. Saurabh Kumar*#, Sandeep Kumar, Adil Karim, Kamlesh Bisht, Abdul Ghani, Vimal Singh Munda. Outbreak of respiratory infection: nCoV-2019 current status and its impact on global health. Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews. 16 (3), 156-164. DOI: 10.2174/1573398X16999201203162129
  13. Saurabh Kumar*#, Vinit Sharma, and Kanu Priya. Battle against COVID-19: Efficacy of Convalescent Plasma as an emergency therapy. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 41, 244-246. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.05.101 PMID: 32505474
  14. Saurabh Kumar*, Akshay Anand, Raghuram Nagarathna, et al. Prevalence of prediabetes, and diabetes in Chandigarh and Panchkula region based on glycated haemoglobin and Indian diabetes risk score. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. 4 (1), e00162. DOI: 10.1002/edm2.162
  15. Saurabh Kumar*#, Sakshi Sudha, Madhu Chopra, Famida Khan, Kanupriya Sharma. Physical Exercise and Yoga: as an alternative approach towards COVID-19 management. Current Traditional Medicine. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.2174/2215083807666210322152352
  16. Saurabh Kumar*#, Divya Dwivedi, Madhu Chopra. COVID-19 Outbreak: Neurological Manifestations beyond Cough and Fever. CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets. 20 (2), 101-104. DOI: 10.2174/1871527319666201120143654 PMID: 33222680
  17. Saurabh Kumar*#. AIDS and COVID-19 infections: impact on vulnerable Indian population. New Microbes and New Infections. 2021. 42 (July 2021), 100903. DOI: 10.1016/j.nmni.2021.100903
  18. Saurabh Kumar*#. Second wave of COVID-19: Emergency situation in India. Journal of Travel Medicine. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1093/jtm/taab082 PMID: 34037783

Book Chapters

  1. Saurabh Kumar*, Shweta Modgil, Kaushal Sharma, Akshay Anand. The need for alternative therapies in eye disorders. Essentials in Ophthalmology, Springer Nature. Advances in Vision Research, Volume III. 2021. pp.425-434. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-9184-6_29
  2. Kaushal Sharma, Rahul Tyagi, Priya Battu, Saurabh Kumar, NK Sharma, Akshay Anand. Contribution of rare allele and Junk Genome in AMD complexity. Essentials in Ophthalmology, Springer Nature. Advances in Vision Research, Volume III. 2021. pp.89-96. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-9184-6_7
  3. Saurabh Kumar*#, Chandra Devi, Subhabrata Sarkar, et al. Convalescent Plasma: An Evidence-Based Old Therapy to Treat Novel Coronavirus Patients. Biotechnology to Combat COVID-19. 2021. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.97073

Online content

  1. Saurabh Kumar*#, Madhu Chopra. COVID-19 vaccine development: need for a pre-planned vaccination program. Science Policy Forum. Link:
  2. Saurabh Kumar. Rapid Response: Re: Covid-19: India sees new spike in cases despite vaccine rollout. BMJ. Link: