Dr K Nandakumar


Department of Pharmacology


    K Nandakumar is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at MCOPS.

    He is involved in

    • Teaching Pharmacology to PharmD and MPharm part I students.
    • Guiding MPharm Part II students and research scholars for research.
    • Handling departmental related industrial research and Pharmacological testing of drugs.
    • Involved in purchasing committee of new equipment required for the department.



Subject Subject code Semester
Pharm D Pharmacology – II (Theory and Practicals) PD 3.1 III year PharmD
MPharm Advances in molecular and cellular Pharmacology (Theory) PHA 601 I year MPharm
MPharm Experiments in Pharmacology (Practicals) PHA 606 I year MPharm
BPharm Pharmacology –II (Practicals) PHA 405 IV year BPharm
Research Projects MPharm Part II


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Pharmacology Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune (Under Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune) 2005


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Pharmacology, MCOPS Assistant Professor 2008-2010
PES College of Pharmacy, Bangalore Assistant Professor and HOD Undergraduate, postgraduate teaching and administrative responsibilities 2006-2008
V L College of Pharmacy, Raichur Assistant Professor Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching 2005-2006
Sinhgad College of Pharmacy, Vadgakon campus, Pune Senior Lecturer Undergraduate teaching 2005


Area of Interest

Drugs for the treatment of Cardiometabolic disorders, inflammation and neurological disorders [animal models for chemobrain]

Area of Expertise

Preclinical testing of drugs (Animal testing and cell based assays), assessment of ayurvedic formulations for chemobrain

Area of Research

Diabetes, inflammation, Alzheimer’s and cognitive dysfunction and chemobrain

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

He is Life Member of APTI and IPS. 

In vivo Evaluation of Two Thiazolidin-4-one Derivatives in High Sucrose Diet Fed Pre-diabetic Mice and Their Modulatory Effect on AMPK, Akt and p38 MAP Kinase in L6 Cells

Mudgal J Shetty P Nayak PG Kumar N Kishore A Kutty NG Nandakumar K Shenoy RR Rao CM Joseph A et al

Front Pharmacol. 2016 Oct 14;7:381.

Pro-apoptotic and cytotoxic effects of enriched fraction of Elytranthe parasitica (L.) Danser against HepG2 Hepatocellular carcinoma

Kumar N Biswas S Mathew AE Varghese S Mathew JE Nandakumar K Aranjani JM Lobo R

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Oct 26;16(1):420

Sambar, an Indian Dish Prevents the Development of Dimethyl Hydrazine-Induced Colon Cancer: A Preclinical Study

Prasad VG Reddy N Francis A Nayak PG Kishore A Nandakumar K Rao MC Shenoy RR

Pharmacogn Mag. 2016 Jul;12(Suppl 4):S441-S445

Female rats induced with mammary cancer as a relevant animal model for doxorubicin-induced chemobrain in vivo

Ramalingayya GV Nayak PG Shenoy RR Rao CM Nandakumar K

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2016 Sep;43(9):862-3. doi: 10.1111/1440-1681.12596. No abstract available. Erratum in: Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2016 Oct;43(10):1017.

Naringin and Rutin Alleviates Episodic Memory Deficits in Two Differentially Challenged Object Recognition Tasks

Ramalingayya GV Nampoothiri M Nayak PG Kishore A Shenoy RR Mallikarjuna Rao C Nandakumar K

Pharmacogn Mag. 2016 Jan;12(Suppl 1):S63-70. doi: 10.4103/0973-1296.176104

Standardised extract of safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) increases aphrodisiac potential besides being safe in male Wistar rats

Das S Singhal S Kumar N Rao CM Sumalatha S Dave J Dave R Nandakumar K

Andrologia. 2016 Dec;48(10):1236-1243. doi: 10.1111/and.12567.

Assessment of female rats for studying episodic memory and its deficit associated with doxorubicin-induced chemobrain

Ramalingayya GV Gourishetti K Kishore A Nandakumar K

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2016 Jun;43(6):644-6. doi: 10.1111/1440-1681.12568

Development of animal model for Type -2 diabetes using combination of monosodium glutamate and high carbohydrate diet

2010-01-01 Kaja SaiKrishna

MPharm - Part II (2010-2011). Evaluation of anti-diabetic activity of standard anti-diabetic drugs and plant product of known anti-diabetic activity on mono sodium glutamate and high carbohydrate diet induced type 2 diabetic model in rats. These studies were performed to fulfil the lacunas in the existing animal model of diabetes.

Pharmacological evaluation of Solanum niagrum for oral mucositis in rats

2011-01-01 Alkesh Patel

MPharm – Part II (2011-2012). After the introduction of chemotherapy for the treatment of oral, head and neck cancer oral mucositis was an important issue. Currently very few animal models are available to test the efficacy of these drugs hence new animal models were developed.

Evaluation of major fraction of acetone barks extract of thespesia populnea for anti-inflammatory activity

2012-01-01 Kantamaneni Chaitanya

MPharm- II (2012-2013).

Antitumor activity of Procyanidin isolated from Bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Debjani Saha [MPharm]