Dr K Nandakumar

Professor and Head

Date of Joining: 15.12.2008

Department of Pharmacology


    K Nandakumar is a Professor and Head in the Department of Pharmacology at MCOPS.

    He is involved in

    • Teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology to B.Pharm, Pharm D and Pharmacology to PharmD and MPharm students.
    • Guiding MPharm students and research scholars for research projects.
    • Handling departmental related industrial research and Pharmacological testing of drugs.
    • Involved in purchasing committee of new equipment required for the department.


Subject Semester / Year
PharmD Pharmacology – 2 (Theory and Practicals) III year PharmD
Pharmacological and Toxicological Screening Methods I & II Ist and IInd semester MPharm
Research Projects MPharm Part II
Pharmacology and Toxicology DPharm part- II
Pharmacology- I II year PharmD


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune (Under Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune) 2005
MPharm Pharmacology Poona College of Pharmacy, (University of Pune, Pune) 2001
BPharm - Pallavan College of Pharmacy, The T. N. Dr. M. G. R Medical University, Chennai 1999


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Pharmacology, MCOPS Professor Teaching and Research 2016 till date
Department of Pharmacology, MCOPS Associate Professor Teaching and Research 2011-16
Department of Pharmacology, MCOPS Assistant Professor Teaching and Research 2008-11
PES College of Pharmacy, Bangalore Head and Assistant Professor Teaching, Research and Administrative 2006-08
V. L. College of Pharmacy, Raichur Assistant Profesor Teaching and Research 2005-06
Sinhgad College of Pharmacy, Pune Senior Lecturer Teaching 2005
Department of Pharmacology, MCOPS Head of the department Administration June 2021 till now

Strategies to combat statin- induced diabetes

Diabetes and Obesity K Nandakumar Nitesh Kumar

Funded by DST- SERB under EMR scheme

Industry Collaborations

K Nandakumar C Mallikarjuna Rao Nitesh Kumar Jayesh Mudgal Anoop Kishore Rekha R Shenoy

Several Industrial projects related to efficacy and safety testing of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and Ayurvedic formulations


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. 

Total number of publications: 81

For more details, Please browse the following link. https://manipal.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/krishnadas-nandakumar Some of the important research papers are listed below

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).

Evaluation of Liraglutide for chemobrain in albino rats

2014-2015 Vishwajeet Sonawane

Antitumor activity of Procyanidin isolated from Bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum

2015-16 Debjani Saha

Testing the efficacy of Medhyarasayana for cognitive- induced dysfunction

2016-17 Sawan Ghetia LiginJacob

Evaluation of Phytomolecules in chronic models of depression in rats

2017-18 Badam Prasanth Anuradha Rani

Testing the efficacy of sesamol against psoriasis

2018-19 Nisha

Effect of Ayurvedic formulation against LPS- induced inflammation

2019-20 Kriti