Dr. Sanjay Barua

Dr. Sanjay Barua
Principal Scientist
Qualifications : Ph.D.
Field of Specialization : Veterinary Virology

Research Interests:

The Scientist is working towards the development of a repository of animal pathogens besides evincing interest in exploring the viral diversity across livestock and poultry including molecular epidemiology of pathogenic microbes in the country and is also engaged in understanding virus-host interactions & mixed infections


Recent research papers in last five years:

  1. Kumar N*, Khandelwal, N, Riyesh T, Chaubey KK, Sharma S, Rawat KD, Singh SV, Tripath BN* and Barua S*. 2019. Inhibitor of Sarco/endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-ATPase Impairs Multiple Steps of Paramyxovirus Replication. Frontiers in Microbiology, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00209 (*Corresponding author).
  2. Kumar N, Sharma S, Barua S, Tripathi BN and Rouse BT. 2018. Virological and Immunological outcomes of coinfections. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 31, e0011-17
  3. Kumar R, Khandelwal, N, Riyesh T, Tripathi BN, Kashyap SK, Maherchandani S*, Barua S* and Kumar N*. 2018. MNK1 inhibitor as an antiviral agent suppresses buffalopox virus replication. Antiviral Research, 160, 126-136. (*Corresponding author).
  4. Kumar R, Khandelwal, N, Riyesh T, Tripathi BN, Maherchandani S, Kashyap SK, Barua S and Kumar N. 2018. Role of MAPK/MNK1 pathway in virus replication, Virus Research, 253, 48-61.
  5. Khandelwal, N, Chander Y and Rawat KD, Riyesh T, Sharma S, Jindal N, Tripathi BN*, Barua S* and Kumar N*. 2017. Emetine inhibits replication of RNA and DNA viruses without generating drug-resistant virus variants, Antiviral Research, 144, 196-204 (*Corresponding author).
  6. Kumar N*, Barua S*, Riyesh T and Tripathi BN. 2017. Advances in Peste des petits ruminants vaccine, Invited Review. Veterinary Microbiology, 206:91-101 (*Corresponding author).
  7. Kumar N, Barua S, Riyesh T and Tripathi BN. (2016). A systems perspective of morbillivirus replication Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology 26, 389-400.
  8. Kumar N, Barua S, Riyesh T, Singh SV, Sharma DK, Sharma S and Tripathi BN. (2016). Complexities in isolation and purification of multiple viruses from mixed viral infection: viral interference, persistence and exclusion, PLOS One, 11(5)e:0156110
  9. Thachamvally Riyesh, Sanjay Barua, Naveen Kumar, Naresh Jindal, Bidhan Chandra Bera, Gulshan Narang, Nand Kishore Mahajan, Devan Arora, Taruna Anand, Rajesh Kumar Vaid, Mansi Yadav, Surender Singh Chandel, Praveen Malik, Bhupendra Nath Tripathi, Raj Kumar Singh: Isolation and genetic characterization of swinepox virus from pigs in India. Comp. Immunol. Microbiol. Infect. Dis., 46 (2016) 60–65
  10. Taruna Anand, Rajesh. K. Vaid, Bidhan. C. Bera, Sanjay Barua, T. Riyesh, Nitin Virmani, Neeraj Yadav, Shashank Bhardwaj, B.N. Tripathi: Isolation and characterization of bacteriophages against equine pathogens-novel phages revealed as phage therapy candidates. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 04/2016; 39: S40. DOI:10.1016/j.jevs.2016.02.087
  11. Taruna Anand, Rajesh Kumar Vaid, Bidhan Ch Bera, Jitender Singh, Sanjay Barua, Nitin Virmani, Rajukumar K, Neeraj Kumar Yadav, Dinesh Nagar, Raj K Singh, B.N. Tripathi: Isolation of a lytic bacteriophage against virulent Aeromonas hydrophila from an organized equine farm. Journal of Basic Microbiology 01/2016; DOI:10.1002/jobm.201500318
  12. Taruna Anand, Rajesh K Vaid, Bidhan Ch Bera, Sanjay Barua, T Riyesh, N Virmani, Neeraj Yadav, Praveen Malik: Isolation and characterization of a bacteriophage with broad host range, displaying potential in preventing bovine diarrhoea. Virus Genes 07/2015; 51(2).
  13. Kumar N, Barua S, Riyesh T and Tripathi BN. Peste des Petits Ruminants: A Deadly Animal Plague to be Eradicated. Austin J. Microbiology 2015; 1(1): 1004.
  14. Taruna Anand, Bidhan C Bera, Rajesh K Vaid, K Shanmugasundaram, Gautam Sharma, Nitin Virmani, Brihaspati N Shukla, Sanjay Barua, Praveen Malik and Raj K Singh. Molecular characterization of virulence-associated protein (Vap) family genes of pathogenic Rhodococcus equi isolates from clinical cases of Indian equines. Indian Journal of Biotechnology. 13:15-202.
  15. T Anand, B C Bera, Riyesh T, R K Vaid, S Barua, Nitin Virmani, Praveen Malik, D Kumar, P S Yadav and R K Singh. (2013). Cytopathogenicity of buffalopox and camelpox virus in buffalo fibroblast cells. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 83 (12): 14–00.
  16. B C Bera, S Barua, K Shanmugasundaram, T Anand, T Riyesh, R K Vaid, N Virmani, S Kundu, N K Yadav, P Malik, R K Singh: Genetic characterization and phylogenetic analysis of host-range genes of Camelpox virus isolate from India. Virus Disease 09/2015; 26(3):151-62.
  17. G.G. Sonawane, B.N. Tripathi, Riyesh, T, S. Barua, F. Singh, Vinodh Kumar, S.K. Dixit, J. Kumar and R.K. Singh. Clinicopathological features and management of an outbreak of Contagious ecthyma in an organized goat farm in Rajasthan. The Indian Journal of Small Ruminants 2015, 21(2): 264-268
  18. N. Jindal, S. Barua, T. Riyesh, Anshul lather and G. Narang. 2015. Molecular Detection of Swinepox Virus in Two Piggery Units in Haryana State. Haryana Vet. 54 (1), 72-74.
  19. Bera, B.C., Barua, S., Shanmugasundaram, K., Anand, T., Riyesh, T., Vaid, R.K., Virmani, N., Kundu, S., Yadav, N.K., Malik, P. and Singh, R.K. 2015. Genetic characterization and phylogenetic analysis of host-range genes of Camelpox virus isolate from India. Virus Disease, 26: 151-162.
  20. Riyesh T., Shanmudasundaram K., Bera B.C., Barua S., Virmani N., Yadav S., Vaid R.K., Anand T., Bansal M., Malik P., Pahuja I and Singh R.K. 2014. Laboratory-acquired Buffalopox Virus Infection, India. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20 (2): 325-326.
  21. Tarang Goyal, Anupam Varshney, S. K. Bakshi, Sanjay Barua, B. C. Bera and R. K. Singh. 2013. Buffalopox outbreak with atypical features: a word of caution and need for early intervention.  International Journal of Dermatology. 52: 1224-1230.
  22. 22. Anand, T., Bera, B. C., Riyesh T., Vaid, R.K., Barua S., Virmani N., Malik P., Kumar D., Yadav P.S. and Singh R.K.. 2013. Cytopathogenicity of buffalopox and camelpox virus in buffalo fibroblast cells. 2013. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences 83 (12): 1256–1260.


Awards/ Fellowships/Recognition

S.N. Name of Award Awarding Agency Year
1. Appreciation for outstanding scientific contribution (Publication in Clinical Microbiology Reviews – impact factor of 20.64) CAR-NRCE 2018
2 International Training in Advanced Biorisk Management at Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) Geelong, Victoria Australia FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP) 2011
3. International training in Bio-security at Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, MN, USA NAIP, ICAR 2010
4. ICAR Committee member – Developed protocols & strategic roadmap for the conservation of microbes ICAR 2008
5. First prize in the poster competition Indian Society of Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB) 2008
6. Third prize in an oral presentation Indian Society of Veterinary Medicine (ISVM) 2004
7. Senior Research Fellowship ICAR- Indian Veterinary Research Institute 1999
8. National Eligibility test in Veterinary Microbiology (ICAR-NET) Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB), ICAR 1994
9. Junior Research Fellowship for Post Graduation CAR- Indian Veterinary Research Institute 1991


  • Member – American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Washington, USA (ASM Member ID: 39143379)
  • Member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) (ISID Membership Number: 00057804 )
  • Life Member- Indian Virological Society (IVS)
  • Life Member- Indian Society of Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB)
  • Life Member- Society for Immunology and Immunopathology (SIIP)
  • Life Member- Indian Society for Sheep and Goat Production and Utilization (ISSGPU)
  • Life Member- Indian Association of Veterinary Microbiologists, Immunologists and Specialists in Infectious Diseases (IAVMI)
  • Life Member- Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research (IAAVR)


Students guided (Master’s & PhD):5+1

  • Authentication and Accessioning of Viruses of animal origin, Institute project, (NCVTC- ICAR), 2015- Continuing (Principal Investigator). Rs. 52.56 lakhs
  • Development of knockout cells by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing, 2018-Continuing (Co-PI). Rs. 26.34 lakhs
  • Isolation, characterization and reposition of enteric viruses of poultry, (NCVTC- ICAR), 2018-Continuing (Co-PI). Rs. 22.45 lakhs
  • Prevalence studies for porcine respiratory viruses and development of their repository (Institute funded) 2016- Continuing (Co-PI)
  • 5. Advanced Animal Disease Diagnosis and Management Consortium (ADMaC) (DBT-NER funded) 2014- Continuing NCVTC- (Co-PI) Rs 367.16 lakhs
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