Department of Biodiversity and Bioresources

Head of Department

Amrit Poudel, PhD

Amrit Poudel completed Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (B. Pharm.) and Masters of Pharmaceutical Science (M. Pharm.) (Natural Product Chemistry) from Pokhara University, Nepal. He earned PhD in Oriental Pharmacy from Wonkwang University, South Korea. His research interest are

  • Isolation and identification of bioactive natural compounds
  • Standardization of herbs and herbal formulations
  • Conservation of herbs in Nepal and development of herbal museum
  • Development of extract bank
  • Climate change and their impact on herbs
  • Functional food
  • Holistic approach of life and mindfulness

Senior Scientist 

Hari Prasad Devkota, PhD

Dr. Devkota is a registered pharmacist (Nepal Pharmacy Council) and Natural Product Chemistry. Dr. Devkota completed Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (B. Pharm.) from Pokhara University, Nepal in 2005. After working in same institute as Teaching Associate, he entered in graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kumamoto University in 2007 and completed Master and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Dr. Devkota was a Takeda Science Foundation PostDoc Fellow for one year (2013-2014) at School of Pharmacy, Kumamoto University.

Research Interest

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Visiting Scientist

Dhaka Ram Bhandari, PhD

Dhaka Ram Bhandari completed Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (B. Pharm.) from Pokhara University. He earned Master of Science in Advance Spectroscopy from University of Leipzig, Germany, University of Bergen, Norway and University of Lille, France as a Erasmus Mundus fellow. He completed Doctor of Natural Sciences from Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany. His research interest are

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Spectroscopy
  • Bioanalytics and analytical science
  • Proteomics and metabolomics
  • Mass spectrometry and mass spectrometry imaging
  • Natural products

Research Scientist

Krishna Pokharel, PhD

Dr. Pokharel completed MSc in Forestry from University of Freiburg, Germany. After gaining a PhD in wildlife ecology in 2015, he continued his career as a postdoctoral scientist in the same university till 2017. Before leaving for Germany in 2008, he was a biology student [MSc Zoology and BSc Biology] of Tribhuvan University in Nepal. His research interest includes:

  • Species – habitat relationship
  • Prey-predator relationship
  • Urban biodiversity
  • Animal behavior

Research Scientist

Ramakanta Lamichhane, PhD

Dr. Lamichhane completed Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Pokhara University, Nepal. He completed Masters and PhD from Wonkwang University, South Korea. His research interests includes:

  • Drug discovery from Natural Products
  • Isolation and identification of compounds from plants
  • Development of functional foods from plant and plant products

Lab Members

Narendra Lamichhane

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Nepal Sanskrit University, Nepal


Research Interest

  • Ayurvedic medicine and philosophy
  • Herbs and minerals as a drug and their mode of action
  • Panchakarma
  • Yoga and Meditation

Manish Kunwar

Diploma in Pharmacy, CTEVT, Nepal


Research Interest:

  • Natual Product Chemistry
  • Herbarium Preparation of medicinal plants
  • Collection and identifiation of medicinal plants of Nepal