Scientific Staff

Dr. Kausar Mahmood Ansari
Principal Scientist
Food, Drug & Chemical Toxicology
CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research
Vishvigyan Bhawan, 31, Mahatma Gandhi Marg
Lucknow - 226 001. Uttar Pradesh, India.
Email: kmansari[at] | Alternate Email: ansari.kausar[at]
Tel: +91-522-2217497 | Extension: 641
Fax: 522-2628227

Areas of Specialization
Cancer Biology and Molecular Toxicology
Current R&D/S&T Activities

Presently, my research work embodies the assessment and elucidation of biochemical and molecular mechanism of toxicity of commonly encountered natural food contaminants, mycotoxins. In addition, our research work is focused on discovering and evaluating anticancer activities of small molecules (phytochemicals) and providing a scientific basis (mechanisms) for their effectiveness in controlling carcinogenesis. Of specific importance is the understanding of mechanisms at all levels viz., molecular, cellular and organ levels in both in vitro as well as in vivo systems by using latest techniques. The goal is to develop mechanism-based non-toxic anticancer agents for their potential use in cancer chemoprevention and treatment. 

Partial List of Research Publications
Awards/Honours/ Distinctions
  • Awarded Senior Research Fellowship by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India. (Since September 14, 2002 to November 8, 2004).

  • Awarded Post-Doctoral Fellowship by University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center, TX, USA. (Since November 10, 2004 to January 31, 2008.
  • Awarded best paper award for the year 2005 by Alumni Association of Department of Biochemistry, Lucknow, India.
  • Visited Bari, Italy to attend “Detection Techniques for Mycotoxins and Toxigenic fungi in Food Chain” organized by Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA) and National Research Council from September 29 – October 3, 2008. (UnderInternational Travel Support Scheme for Young Scientist of DST).
  • Awarded“Young Scientist Award for 2008-09” by Council of Science and Technology, Lucknow, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Invited presentation at University of Allahabad, Allahabad. Title: Molecular Mechanism of Dermal Toxicity of Patulin, a Mycotoxin”. On January 23-24, 2010.
  • Invited presentation, at “International Conference & Humboldt Kolleg; Frontiers of Environmental & Health Science Useful to Mankind: A Multidisciplinary Approach” on 25-27 February, 2010 at University of Lucknow, Lucknow (U.P).
  • Invited presentation at Regional Science City, Lucknow. Title: “Argemone oil: Induced Toxicity and its Modulation by Bio-antioxidants” on September 21, 12010.
  • Invited presentation at “International Mycotoxin Conference 2010”, held at Park Royal Hotel, BatuFeringghi, Penang, Malaysia, 1-4 December 2010.
  • Visited Penang, Malaysia to attend “International Mycotoxin Conference 2010” held at Park Royal Hotel, BatuFeringghi, Penang, Malaysia, 1–4 December 2010. (Under   International Travel Support Scheme of ISTAD, CSIR)
  • Awarded“Rashtriya Gaurav Award, 2011” by Non-Government India International Friendship Society, New Delhi, India.
  • Awarded “Young Investigator Award” for the presentation entitled “Nexrutine Induces Apoptosis and Cell Cycle Arrest in Human Squamous Carcinoma and Human Melanoma Cancer Cells and Inhibits Chemically-induced Tumor Growth in Mice”  in International symposium on “Recent Advances in Cancer Research: Therapeutics to Chemoprevention” at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India, February 8-9, 2012.
  • Awarded “ICMR International Fellowship for Young Bio-medical Scientists” to visit Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Sc​hool of Pharmacy, Mail Stop C238, 12850 E. Montview Blvd. V20-2118, Aurora, CO 80045 from October 1 to December 31, 2014.
  • Elected Academic Editor for PLOSONE.
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Cancer Prevention.
  • Awarded“Life Fellowship” by Academy of Environmental Biology, India.
  • Awarded “CSIR-Raman Research Fellowship (2018-2019)” to visit Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, University of Vienna, Währingerstraße 38
  • 1090 Vienna from January 8 to July 5, 2019.
  • Associate Editor for Cancer Cell International

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