Neena Singla
Principal Zoologist (Rodents) & Former Head Department of Zoology Punjab Agricultural University

Education and Professional Experience: Dr Neena Singla did M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India. She joined PAU, Ludhiana as an Assistant Zoologist (Rodents) in 2000 and gained the position of Principal Zoologist (Rodents) equivalent to a Professor in 2015. She served as Head of the Department of Zoology for a term of four years (2019-2023). She has handled several research projects and serves as the Project Incharge, All India Network Project on Vertebrate Pest Management financed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India. During the period of >23 years of her service, she conducted and coordinated research, education, and extension on rodent control with the aim to enhance the socio-economic status of farmers.

Awards/Honours/International visits: Besides various best Poster/Oral Presentation Awards, she was conferred with the Overall Outstanding Academic Achievements Award, Dr. M.S. Randhawa Medal, Young Scientist’s Award, and Bharat Jyoti Award for her meritorious services in the field of Zoology. She has widely traveled abroad in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, China, Nepal, USA, Germany, and Tanzania to represent India in the Scientific arena and has bagged International travel grants from national agencies on a competitive basis.

Editorial Experience: Dr. Neena Singla is the Associate editor of two journals ‘Journal of Applied Animal Research’ and ‘Agricultural Research Journal PAU’. She is on the editorial board of several journals and a reviewer for a number of national and international journals.

Student guidance/Publications: She has successfully guided 26 M.Sc. and 7 Ph.D. students as a mentor/major advisor. Her students are well placed, have won fellowships/awards/medals, and are pursuing higher studies abroad. She has published >115 research papers in journals of high impact factor besides publishing review articles, book chapters, monographs, bulletins, extension articles etc.

Research interests: Rodent Ecology, Biology, Behaviour and Management with emphasis on development and testing of techniques like fertility control, biological control, and use of repellents etc. for integrated rodent pest management. Also working on rodent parasites of public health significance and risk factors involved.