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Avian Physiology and Genetics


Avian Physiology and Genetics

The division of Avian Physiology and Genetics conducts basic and applied research, especially in the fields of avian reproductive and endocrine sciences, and biomaterials management, to understand biological mysteries and implement practical solutions to help species survive. Avian Physiology and Genetics scientists have pioneered innovative approaches to help improve reproductive outcome of birds and other wild animals around the world. Currently, we are establishing an avian bio-bank and an avian forensic facility at the centre.

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 Dr. Ram Pratap Singh
Senior Scientist
Ph. +91-422-2203136;

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma,  Project Scientist

Ms. Swapna Devi Ray, Junior Research Biologist

Mr. Prateek Dey, Junior Research Biologist


  1. Understanding dispersal patterns in the monomorphic edible-nest swiftlet of Andaman Islands using biotechnological tools
  2. Establishment of National Avian Forensic Laboratory at SACON for National Certification for Illegal Trafficking of Birds


  1. Thongkittidilok C, Singh RP, Comizzoli P, Wildt D, Songsasen N. (2018). Insulin promotes cat preantral follicle growth and antrum formation through temporal expression of genes regulating steroidogenesis and water transport. Reproduction Fertility and Development (In press).
  2. Brown ME, Singh RP, Pukazhenthi B, Keefer CL, Songsasen N. (2018). Cryopreservation eff ects on sperm function and fertility in two threatened crane species. Cryobiology, doi: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2018.01.010
  3. Khillare GS, Sastry KVH, Agrawal R, Saxena R, Mohan J, Singh RP. (2018). Expression of gonadotropin and sex steroid hormone receptor mRNA in the utero-vaginal junction containing sperm storage tubules of oviduct during sexual maturation in Japanese quail. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 259: 141-146.
  4. Khillare GS, Sastry KVH, Agrawal R, Prakash A, Mohan J, Singh RP. (2018). Molecular and biochemical events in sperm storage tubules of oviduct in birds. World’s Poultry Science Journal, 74: 35-44.
  5. Panyaboriban S, Pukazhenthi B, Brown ME, Crowe C, Lynch W, Singh RP, Techakumphu M, Songsasen N. (2016). Influence of cooling and thawing conditions and cryoprotectant concentration on frozen-thawed survival of white-naped crane (Antigone vipio) spermatozoa. Cryobiology, 73: 209-215.
  6. Panyaboriban S, Singh RP, Songsasen N, Padilla L, Brown J, Reed D, Techakumphu M, Pukazhenthi B. (2016). Relationship between season, semen characteristics, and frozen – thawed semen quality in tufted deer (Elaphodus cephalophus). Theriogenology, 86(4):914-923.
  7. Singh RP, Shafeeque CM, Sharma SK, Sing R, Mohan J, Sastry KVH, Saxena V K, Azeez PA. (2016). Effects of Bisphenol-A on male reproductive success in adult Kadaknath chicken. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 128: 61-66.
  8. Singh RP, Shafeeque CM, Sharma SK, Sing R, Mohan J, Sastry KVH, Saxena V K, Azeez PA. (2016). Chicken sperm transcriptome profiling by microarray analysis. Genome, 59: 1–12.
  9. Singh RP, Shafeeque CM, Sharma SK, Pandey NK, Sing R, Kolluri G, Mohan J, Sastry KVH, Saxena M, Sharma B, Kataria JM, Azeez PA. (2015). Bisphenol A reduces fertilizing ability and motility by compromising mitochondrial function of sperm. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 34: 1617-22.
  10. Farooq U, Cho S, Rybnik-Trzaskowska PK, Singh RP, Malecki IA. (2015). Effect of proctodeal gland foam on sperm kinetics in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Theriogenology, 83: 162-167.