Dr. Alka Prakash
Educational Qualification - M.Sc. Zoology, Ph.D. in Zoology (Molecular Genetics)
Department of Zoology
Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University)
Dayalbagh, Agra 282 005 (UP), India
Tel.: (0562) 280 1545
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Dr. Alka Prakash teaches Cell Biotechnology; Research Methodology & Instrumentation, Water & Food Microbiology; Biochemistry, Molecular techniques, Gene, Genome & Bioinformatics, Genetic Diversity Assessment andquantitative biology at UG, PG, and Research Degree levels. She is currently engaged in research on food borne pathogenic bacteria including L. monocytogenes, S. aureus, E. coli, Salmonella typhimurium and Cronobacter sakazakii as well as the probiotic bacteria from milk and milk products. Her research Interests are Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics, Water & Food Microbiology and bioremediation. 

She is a member of BOS for curriculum designing in Zoology, Proctor (Girls) Science Faculty, and Associate Editor of DEI Journal of Science & Engg. Research and Lab consultant for analysis of microbial quality of water. She is a life time member of STOX (Society of Toxicology), AMI (Association of Microbiologists of India) and Associate Member of SPHEEHA (Society for Preservation of Healthy Environment and Ecology and Heritage of Agra).She has served as NSS Programme Officer (2002-2006) and as member GKC Advisory Committee and Examination Committee. She is the chief proctor for girls at the faculty of Science and a council member with dean of student’s affair.

She has received the following distinctions and awards:

  • Best Poster award:Shruti Sharma and Alka Prakash: “Prevalence and control of Cronobacter sakazakii possessing putative virulence genes from dairy products”. The International Symposium on Emerging Discoveries in Microbiology organized by Association of Microbiologists of India at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from December 7-10, 2015.
  • Young Scientist Award: For the paper Survival of Cronobacter sakazakii under various stress conditions by Shruti Sharma at International Conference on Emerging Challenges in Biotechnology, Human Health and Environment and 8th Annual convention of Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy, December 18-20, 2014 at Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India.
  • Best Poster award for: Alka Prakash and Garima Sharma: “Biochemical Characterization of Cronobacter sakazakii biofilms using Raman Spectroscopy”. XXXII Annual Conference of Society of Toxicology (STOX) (India) & International Symposium on New Frontiers in Toxiccology, held on December 5-7, 2012 organized by CSIR-IITR, Lucknow.
  • 3rd prize Poster presentation for: Chetnaa Gupta and Alka Prakash: Effect of UV radiation on Lactococus lactis and Pediococus acidilactici. XXXI Annual Conference of STOX, India and International Symposium on Current Trends in Environmental Toxicology, 2011.
  • Best Poster Award for: Aurora R, Alka Prakash and Sant Prakash: Isolation of pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes from milk products. Intern. Conf. On Env. Parasitology and community health care initiative, ENPARACOHI, 2007.
  • Gold Medal MSc Zoology, NEHU, Shillong, 1985.

Project:UGC Innovative Teaching and Research Project on “Molecular Techniques in Genetic Diversity Assessment” 2007 -2012.

She has guided 8 Ph.D.s, 5 ongoing, 13 M.Phil. dissertations and 50 M.sc. Projects.

She has authored 39 research articles, 3 Book chapters/Technical Reports.

Gene bank sequences (41) contributed to NCBI, Global Gene Bank, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. 


Significant Publications:-

  1. Richi Nagayach, U.D.Gupta and AlkaPrakash (2017), “Expression profiling of hsp70 gene during different seasons in goats (Capra hircus) under sub-tropical humid climatic conditions.” Small ruminant research 147, 41-47
  2. Mahima Verma and Alka Prakash(2016), Incidence of Coagulase positive Staphylococcus in raw camel milk from different regions of India: A possible threat to Diabetic Consumers”, Pelagia Research Library, Advances in Applied Science Research, 7 (4), 121-126
  3. Garima Sharma and Alka Prakash (2014) “Combined use of Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy to study planktonic and biofilm cells of Cronobacter sakazakii.” Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 4.
  4. Garima Sharma and Alka Prakash(2013)“Susceptibility of C. sakazakii to plant products, antibiotics and to lactic acid bacteria.” International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology and Neurological Diseases. Vol.3, p.263-268.
  5. Garima Sharma and Alka Prakash(2013)“Comparison of Cronobacter sakazakii from Agra region grown in biofilms, agar surface associated and planktonic mode by proteomic analysis”. Chronicles of Young Scientist, Vol. 4, (1), p.36-39
  6. Priyanka Singh and Alka Prakash (2012)"Natural products as inhibitory agents of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes”. Pelagia Research Library, Advances in Applied Science Research, 3 (6), 3640-3645.
  1. Priyanka Singh and Alka Prakash (2010)“Prevalence of Coagulase positive pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus in milk and milk products collected from unorganized sector of Agra”. Acta agriculturae Slovenica, 96 (1), 37-41.
  2. Ritu Aurora, Alka Prakash and Sant Prakash(2009) “Genotypic characterisation of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from milk and ready- to -eat indigenous milk products.” Food Control, 20: 835-839.
  3. Priyanka Singh and Alka Prakash (2008) “Isolation of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureusand Listeriamonocytogenes from milk products sold under from milk products sold under market conditions at Agra region.” Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 92 (1), 83-88.
  4. Ritu Aurora, Alka Prakash, Sant Prakash, D.B.Rawool , S.B. Barbuddhe (2008)“Comparison of PI-PLC based assays and PCR along with  in vivo pathogenicity tests for rapid detection of pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes.” Food Control, 19, 641-647.
  5. Niti Sharma and Alka Prakash (2008) “Determination of persistent pesticide residues in ground water of Agra region using solid phase extraction and gas chromatography.” Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution.” Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution, 5,(1), 91-94.
  6. Ritu Aurora, Alka Prakash, Sant Prakash (2008) “A comparative study of conventional culture and PCR method for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes from artificially inoculated milk.” Indian Journal of Dairy Science, 60,(5), 331-337.
  7. Niti Sharma and Alka Prakash (2007), “Pesticide Induced Variations in Six Natural Isolates of Escherichia coli from Drrnking Water Using A Cullure Dependent Approach.” Pesticide Research Journal, 19(1), 93-97.
  8. Ritu Aurora, Alka Prakash, Sant Prakash (2006) “Occurrence of pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk and ready to eat milk products in Agra city, India.” Indian Journal of Comparative Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, 27, (2), 87-93.
  9. Alka Prakash and Sant Prakash (1997)“Alcohol dehydrogenase Isozyme expression in the Air- breathing fish, Clarias batrachus and Heteropneustes fossilis, of North-eastern India.” Zoocriaderos, 2, (2), 17-19.
  10. Sant Prakash and Alka Prakash (1995) “Nucleolar Organizer Regions (NORs) localization in the Karyotype of the streaked frog, Rana limnocharis.” Journal of Advanced Zoology, 16, (1), 48-51.