Faculty Details

Faculty Details

  • Name: Dr. Ajay W. Tumaney
  • Mail: ajaytumaneyuohyd.ac.in
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  • Area Of Research:Lipid Metabolism, Metabolic Engineering, Enhancing quality and quantity of oils, Oil based Nutraceuticals.

Ajay W. Tumaney is an MSc Biochemistry Gold medallist from Nagpur University and has a Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. During his Ph.D., he and Prof Ram Rajasekharan discovered the monoacylglycerol (MAG) pathway in plants. He did his Post-doctoral research in Prof John Ohlrogge's laboratory, a world-renowned Lipid Expert at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. He has close to 22 years of experience in lipid sciences, nutrition, nutraceutical, health food discovery research studies, formulations, new product development, and scientific project management both in academic and industrial settings.

His academic research experience is in lipid metabolism, improving the quality and quantity of plant oils for edible and non-edible purposes.

His industrial expertise includes discovering and developing various nutraceuticals for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and bone health, and formulations of nutritionals and functional foods for human and veterinary use. Dr. Ajay has worked in different leadership positions with the Nagarjuna group, Avesthagen, and Himalaya Drug Company. Various products developed by his team are doing well in the prescription-based nutritional market.

After ten years of the industrial stint, he joined CSIR-CFTRI in 2014. He was Head of the Lipid Science Department from 2016 to 2018 and was a Professor of AcSIR. In August 2022, he joined as an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences at the University of Hyderabad.

His research focuses on understanding lipid metabolism and developing food-derived bioactives for lipid metabolism-related disorders. He has guided 5 Ph.D. and various master's students and has executed several Grant in Aid Projects.

He has various specialization courses, including an Executive MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). He has a patent and several publications in renowned national and international journals. He has been part of many institutional committees and has been on the Scientific Expert Panel on Oils and Fats at FSSAI and other national regulatory agencies such as BIS. 

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5 Guggalada Govardhana Yadav, Vallamkondu Manasa, Hosakatte Niranjana Murthy, and Ajay W. Tumaney (2023) , Chemical composition and nutraceutical characterization of Balanites roxburghii seed oil. , Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, ,115,,104952.
4 Palak Daga, Ayushi Dalmia, Salony Raghunath Vaishnav, and Ajay W. Tumaney (2022) , Lipidome analysis and metabolite profiling of fixed oils from selected spices , LWT - Food Science and Technology, ,160,,113308.
3 Vallamkondu Manasa, and Ajay W. Tumaney (2022) , Evaluation of the anti-dyslipidemic effect of spice fixed oils in the in vitro assays and the high fat diet-induced dyslipidemic mice. , Food Bioscience, ,46,,101574.
2 Rahul Gopalam, Vallamkondu Manasa, Salony R. Vaishnav, Palak Daga, and Ajay W. Tumaney (2022) , Profiling of Lipids, Nutraceuticals, and Bioactive Compounds Extracted From an Oilseed Rich in PUFA , Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, ,,10.1007/s11130-021-00945-0,.
1 Rahul Gopalam and Ajay W. Tumaney (2021) , Functional characterization of acyltransferases from Salvia hispanica that can selectively catalyze the formation of trilinolenin , Phytochemistry, ,186,,112712.
Title Year Duration Amount(In Lakhs) PI/I
Evaluation of efficacy of selected spice fixed oils for addressing metabolic syndrome 2022 3 3920000000 PI
Understanding the Mechanism of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Accumulation in Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seeds. 2017 3 3450000000 PI
Isolation and Characterization of Fixed Oils from the Indian Spices - Screening for Novel Fatty Acids and Nutraceuticals. 2017 3 3920000000 PI