Dr. Urmi Bajpai is a faculty and the founder teacher in-charge of the Department of Biomedical Science, introduced by the University of Delhi at Acharya Narendra Dev College in 1999. She got her PhD degree in Microbiology from the University of Delhi. Her vision and hard work has richly contributed in shaping B.Sc.(Hons) Biomedical Science course. Her focus is on giving hands on training to the students and make them independent learner. She is the pioneer of the Undergraduate research program in the college and has trained about hundred and fifty students since 2007. She has been sanctioned four research projects (funded by Govt of India) with a total grant of Rs. 7.7 Million and has established a well-equipped and modern molecular biology research laboratory. Through crowd sourcing undergraduates, she has developed a repository of gene (75) clones and recombinant proteins (21) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative organism of Tuberculosis.
Urmi is recognized by the University as a PhD guide. Her research interest is in finding multi-target therapy for tuberculosis. She is currently working on Mur pathway enzymes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the targets for discovering new TB drugs. She is also exploring the potential of Mycobacteriophages (a Pilot study) in finding diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to tuberculosis. Here again, by crowd sourcing, an attempt is being made to explore the diversity of Mycobacteriophages in India. Through these research projects, college students not only get trained in the modern techniques but also contribute in building of repositories, useful for the research community.
Dr. Bajpai is invited as a speaker in various national and international platforms on new models of education. She is one of the national coordinators of Tata CSIR OSDD Fellowships and is contributing in a program on improving education in Life Sciences across colleges in India. Urmi has been selected for the meritorious teacher award from Govt of Delhi for year 2014, which includes a citation and cash Prize.