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Dr. Anu Prasanna Vankara

Dr. Anu Prasanna Vankara
Associate Professor

M.Sc., Ph.D.
Department of Zoology
Yogi Vemana University
Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Ph.D. (2004) – Department of Zoology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.

PDF/ Teaching Experience

• Dec 2021-Till date: Associate Professor of Zoology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa.
• Associate Professor (Grade-III) of Zoology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: Dec 2021 – Till date.
• Assistant Professor (Grade-III) of Zoology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: Jul 2018 – Nov 2021.
• Assistant Professor (Grade-II) of Zoology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: Jul 2013 – Jul 2018.
• Assistant Professor (Grade-I) of Zoology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: Jul 2009 – Jul 2013.
• CSIR Senior Research Fellow, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam: Oct 2006 – Feb 2009.
• CSIR Junior Research Fellow, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam: Oct, 2004- Sep 2006.

Administrative Experience

• Member, Disha Committee/ Women Protection Committee w.e.f., 28.11.2020.
• Member, Innovation cell, IQAC w.e.f., 19.11.2020.
• Committee member, Green Audit and Environment Audit w.e.f., 13.11.2020.
• Co-ordinator, Department of Zoology w.e.f., 15.09.2018- 30.11.2020.
• Member, Self-study Report preparation Committee, 2nd cycle assessment for NAAC w.e.f., 05.09.2020.
• Member of the Transport Committee (2013-Till Date) .
• Member, IQAC, YVU (12.02.2020- till now) .
• Member, Tender Committee, YVU w.e.f., 02.12.2019.
• Member, Nature Club w.e.f., 30.03.2016- till date.
• Invigilators for M.Sc Examinations.
• BOS chairperson for UG/PG courses.
• Observer-cum sitting squad for Degree Examinations.
• NSS Programme Co-ordinator (2014-2016).

Research Projects

• Research proposal entitled “Studies on parasite-fauna of elasmobranchs off Nellore coast, Bay of Bengal with special reference to ecological aspects” submitted to CSIR, New Delhi (Tenure-2013-2016) CSIR Grant No. No. 37(1592)/13/EMR-II, dated 09-04-2013 as a PI - Project Outlay: Rs.16.3 Lakhs till the FY 2015-2016.

Research Students

Ph.D Awarded

• Miss. M. Hemalatha (RGNF Awardee No. F1-17.1/2011-12/RGNF-SC-AND-5015) | Study on infestation of wild-caught frogs of Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh by multiple species of metazoan parasites with special emphasis on ecological aspects | February, 2018.
• Awardee No.F1-17.1/2016-17/NFST-2015-17-ST-AND-2107) | Metazoan parasites of Sharks and rays from Nellore coast, off Bay of Bengal | October, 2018.
• Mrs Asha Kiran Modi (FDP- No.APSC021/001(TF)ZOOLOGY/PH.DXII PLAN/2016-17 dt. July 2016) | Micro-ecological studies of ectoparasites of selected freshwater fishes of River Penna, YSR (Kadapa) District, Andhra Pradesh” | April, 2021.

Ph.D Pursuing

• Mr. Peddinti Rafeeq Ahammad under part-time PhD on 03.09.2020. | Metazoan parasite fauna of native fishes of Jeedipalli Reservoir and Gollapalli Reservoir of Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh.
• Mrs. D. Rajeswari under Full-time PhD on 06.08.2022). | Green synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity of herbal plants mediated selected nanoparticles against fish pathogens.
• Mrs. D. Sumalatha under Part-time Research Scholar 08.08.2022. | Evaluation of ecosystem health of selected water bodies in Tummalapalli mining area using health assessment index and parasite diversity as indicators.
• Mr. A. Ananda Rao (Part-time) | Metazoan parasite fauna of fishes of Gowthami-Godavari Estuary of Andhra Pradesh with reference to ecological and pathological aspects.
• Mr. G. L. Narasimha Prasad (Part-time) | Pathogenesis in fish, fish products including renewable fuels and fish waste management.
• Ms. V. Sivayamini (DST-INSPIRE) Selected for 2nd round evaluation) | Biomonitoring of heavy metals using helminth parasites of fish in mining areas of Cuddapah basin, India.

Achievements / Awards : 10

• Guru Spandana Puraskar 2022 presented to Teachers by Spandana Eda International Foundation in association with Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa on 20.11.2022.
• Dr. (Mrs.) Jagadeswari Rao Women Scientist Award, 2022 in XVIII AZRA International Conference on “Advances in Applied Zoological Researches towards Food, Feed & Nutritional Security and Safer Environment” to be held on 10-12 November, 2022 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
• Young Fishery Scientist Award, 2021 in a 3rd National Conference on “Recent Advances in Crop Protection including IPM and Environmental Sciences from GLP Perspective” by BVDF, Chennai on 17.10.2021.
• Certificate of appreciation in ‘recognition to contribution and accomplishment in Zoology’ from Vice-chancellor and Registrar, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa on 15.08.2021.
• Eminent Parasitologist Award-2020 in International Conference (Web) on Environment and Society-2020.
• Recipient of Associate fellow in A.P. Akademy of Sciences at A.P. Science Congress-2019.
• First Best Paper Award for Parasitology in International conference on aquatic animal health and parasitic diseases” at Annamalai University, Chidambaram during 6th and 7th March 2017.
• Served as Jury member for the District level Science exhibition for Inspire awardees conducted from 25th to 27th June, 2011 at Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh
• Recipient of Young Scientist Award on Biodiversity at the National seminar on “Recent advances in Veterinary, Fisheries sciences and Biodiversity’ held at Department of Zoology and Aquaculture, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur from 12-14th February, 2009.
• Recipient of Best poster Award- (Third prize) for the research at the ‘AZRA-2009- National conference on Biodiversity conservation and Management of Bioresources’ held at Andhra University on 28th -29th October, 2009.
• Recipient of the Best Poster Award for the Research paper at the 19th National Congress of Parasitology and International Symposium on Parasitic Diseases of Man and Animals (26th-28th October, 2007).

Research Publications in National & International SCI Journals : 63

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Number of Book Chapters (National / International) : 02
Number of Books Published (National / International) : Nil
Number of Conference / symposia/ Workshop organized : 01
Number of Conference / Symposia Attended : 85
Number of Workshops Attended: 24
Invited Lectures delivered: 07
Number of articles published in Local magazine (Prajamanipusa Partika): 06
Membership in Prestigious Academic Bodies

• Life member of Indian science congress association (L32181).
• Life member of Indian society of parasitology (LM-909).
• Life member of Applied Zoologists Research Association (AZRA) 2020 (L340/20).
• Life member of Asian Biological Research Foundation (ABRF), Prayagraj, India (231/2020).
• Editorial Board Member of South Asian Journal of Life Sciences, Nexus Academic Publishers.

Reviewed Research Papers of Various Scientific Journals

UP Journal of Zoology, Journal of Veterinary Sciences .

Ph.D. Thesis Adjudication


Parasitology: Molecular Systematics of Vertebrate parasites, Histopathology and Ecology, Biodiesel production from fish wastes, Application of nanoparticles against fish pathogens.
  The main area of research includes various aspects such as taxonomy, histopathology molecular systematics and ecology of parasites within the fish host inhabiting both freshwater and marine environments. Research surveys were conducted on various groups of parasites such as digeneans, monogeneans, cestodes and copepods of freshwater and marine fishes from various localities of Andhra Pradesh, India to provide host-parasite database. Molecular systematics and ecology of metazoan parasites of elasmobranchs off Nellore Coast, Bay of Bengal was carried out under CSIR project with CSIR grant No. No. 37(1592)/13/EMR-II, dated 09-04-2013 worth Rs.16.3 Lakhs till the FY 2015-2016. Molecular systematics and ecology of metazoan parasites of amphibians of YSR Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh was carried out under RGNF fellowship of PhD student. Micro-ecological studies of ectoparasites of freshwater fishes of River Penna, YSR (Kadapa) District, Andhra Pradesh was carried out under UGC-FDP program of PhD student.

  • Dr. Anu Prasanna Vankara, M.Sc, Ph.D
    Associate Professor
    Department of Zoology
    YOGI VEMANA UNIVERSITY, Kadapa – 516 005
    Y. S. R District, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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What they say?


I am indebted to the faculty of the University, who inculcated scientific temper and research aptitude and I think YVU is a happening place for qualitative research.

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Ph.D. in Biotechnology

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M.Sc. in Physics

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Ph.D. in English

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