Md. Shahbaz Akhtar
Dr. Ashoktaru Barat
Designation: Scientist, ARS (Fish & Fishery Science)
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Area of Interest:
Fundamental and applied fish nutrition, development of efficient low cost aquafeeds, nutrigenomics, fish stress physiology, nutritional strategies to adapt climate change.
Research Projects:
Sr. No. Projects Funding Agency Duration
1. Performance of Chocolate mahseer (Neolissochilus hexagonolepis) in freshwater systems in North Eastern and Western Himalayan region. Institutional
4 years
2. Evaluation of seed rearing techniques of common carp and golden mahseer for stock enhancement in semi-temperate Himalayan lakes using floating cages Institutional
4 years 
3. Performance evaluation of improved strain of common carp, Champa-1 & Champa-2 at different thermal regimes Institutional
3 Years
4. Fish Feed- An Outreach Activity Fisheries Division, ICAR
4 Years
5. Nutrient profiling and evaluation of fish as a dietary component. Fisheries Division, ICAR
4 Years
A. Research papers
Akhtar, M.S., Pal A.K., Sahu N.P., Alexander C., and Meena, D. K., 2011. Dietary pyridoxine enhances thermal tolerance of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) fingerlings reared under endosulfan stress, Journal of Thermal Biology, 36, 84-88
Akhtar, M.S., Pal A.K., Sahu N.P., Ciji, A. and Kumar, N.  2011. Effects of dietary pyridoxine on haemato-immunological responses of Labeo rohita fingerlings reared at higher water temperature. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, (accepted: DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2011.01181.x).
Akhtar, M.S., Pal A.K., Sahu N.P., Alexander C., Gupta S.K., Choudhary A.K., Jha A.K. Rajan M.G., 2010. Stress mitigating and immuno-modulatory effect of dietary pyridoxine in Labeo rohita (Hamilton)fingerlings. Aquaculture Research 41(7): 991-1002.
Gupta, S. K., Pal, A. K., Sahu, N. P., Dalvi, R. S., Akhtar, M.S., Jha, A. K., Baruah, K., 2010. Dietary microbial levan enhances tolerance of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) juveniles to thermal stress. Aquaculture, 306, 398-402
Alexander, C., Sahu, N. P., Pal, A.K. and Akhtar, M. S. (2011). Haemato-immunological and stress responses of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) fingerlings: Effect of rearing temperature and dietary gelatinized carbohydrate. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 95, 653-663. Doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2010.01096.x
Alexander, C., Sahu, N. P., Pal, A. K., Akhtar, M.S., Saravanan, S. and Xavier, B. (2011). Higher water temperature enhances dietary carbohydrate utilization and growth performance in Labeo rohita (Hamilton) fingerlings. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 95, 642-652. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2010.01096.x
Meena, D.K, Singh, S.D., Sekar, M., Akhtar, M. S., Das, P. and Gupta, S. 2011. Molecular cloning of partial delta 6-desaturase gene of HUFA biosynthesis from Catla catla. Indian Veterinary Journal.Vol. 88:127pp.
Jha, G.N; Sarma, D; Qureshi, T.A; Akhtar, M.S. (2012) Effect of beetroot and marigold flower meal on growth performance, carcass composition and total carotenoids of snow trout, Schizothorax richardsonii. Israeli Journal of Aquaculture-Bamidgeh. Vol. 64.752-762.
B. Popular Articles
Akhtar, M. S and Wanglar, C., 2007. Fish Transgenesis-Realities and Issues. Fishing Chimes, Vol.27 No.9: 37-40
Akhtar, M. S., Saravanan, S and Shivendra Kumar. 2008. Iron – Is its Strength Recognized in Fish Nutrition? Fishing Chimes, Vol. 28 No. 3: 39-41.
Akhtar, M.S., Saravanan. S, Ciji Alexander, Das, P., Singh, S.K. and Mandal, S.C. (2009). Fish Nutritional Research: Towards Sustainable Development of Aquaculture. Fishing Chimes, Vol. 29 (7): 22-26.
Akhtar, M.S., Saravanan. S, Ciji Alexander, and Suma. D (2009). Single Cell Proteins in Aquafeed, Fishing Chimes, Vol. 28 No. 6: 21-23.
Saravanan. S., Akhtar, M. S and Ciji Alexander 2009. Cobalt: Though a micronutrient but has mega role in fish nutrition. Fishing Chimes, Vol.29 No. 2: 23-26.
Das P., Meena, D.K, Singh, S.K, Akhtar, M.S. Gupta, S.K., Alexander, C. and Mandal, S.C. (2010). Molecular markers (protein and DNA origin): Application in fisheries and aquaculture, World Aquaculture, 41(4): 11-14.
Gupta S.K, Das P., Singh S.K, Akhtar, M.S., Meena D. K and Mandal S.C. (2011). Microbial levan, an ideal prebiotic and immunonutrient in aquaculture. World Aquaculture, 42(1): 61-66.
Das P., Mandal S.C., Singh S.K, Gupta S.K, Akhtar, M.S. and Meena D. K (2010). Cryopreservation of Indian Major Carp spermatozoa: a tool for conservation and aquaculture, Aquaculture Europe, 35(1): 9-14.
Ciji A., Akhtar M. S., Das P. and Mandal S. C. (2011). Nutri-biotechnological interventions for growth maximization in carps of India. World Aquaculture, 42 (6): 6-11.
Rather, M.A., Sharma, R., Aklakur, M., Akhtar, M. S., Ciji, A., Ahmad, S. and Khan, M. (2011). Nanotechnology: An Emerging Avenue for Aquaculture and Fisheries. World Aquaculture 42(3): 9-11.
Das P., Bhagbati, S.K., Mandal S.C., Singh S.K, Akhtar, M.S. and Kalita, K (2009). Professional Fisheries Education in India: Present Status and Strategies for Improvement. Fishing Chimes, Vol. 29 (6): 17-20.
Mandal S.C., Das, P., Akhtar, M.S., Singh S.K. and Ciji Alexander. (2010). Broodstock management of siamese fighting fish to enhance breeding performance. Infofish International, 4: 14-18.
Gupta S.K, Das P., Akhtar, M.S. and Singh S.K. (2009). Carotene rich Dunaliella salina: An alternative to astaxanthin source in shrimp feed. Aqua International, July/August issue: 26-31.
Meena, D.K., Das, P. and Akhtar, M.S. (2011). Cytogenetics: Its role and perspective in fisheries. Fishing chimes, Vol. 31(7): 44-46.
Rather, M.A., Akhlakur, M., Kumar, N., Ahmed, S., Khan, M. and Akhtar, M.S. (2011). Boost for aquaculture and fisheries- Through Nanotechnology. Fishing chimes. Vol. 31(1): 46-47.
Sarma, D., Akhtar, M.S., Shahi N., Pandey, N.N., Mohanty, B.P and Mahanta, P.C. 2011. Nutrient profile and health benefits of coldwater fishes, Bulletin No. 18, DCFR. 58p
Book Chapter:
Akhtar, M.S, Sarma, D. and Ciji, A. 2010. Nutritional research and management for sustainable aquaculture, In: Coldwater Fisheries Mangement (Mahanta, P.C and Sarma, D. editors). Pp. 297-308.
Awards and Honours
Awarded KC Naik Gold Medal for securing First Rank in the selection of “Best Fisheries Graduate of India 2006” by Professional Fisheries Graduate Forum (PFGF), Mumbai.
Hiralal Chaudhary Gold Medal for securing 1st position in M.F.Sc degree in Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry from Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai in 2008
Sir Dorabji TATA Endowment Award for overall topper in MFSc courses in the university (CIFE) in 2008.
Received ‘Award of Professional Competency and Academic Excellence’ from the Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai in 2009.
Secured first Rank in All India Competitive Examination for Admissions to Post Graduate Programmes, 2006 conducted by Indian council of Agriculture (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, and Govt. of India.
Awarded with Junior Research Fellowship by ICAR to pursue Post Graduation (2006-2008) in Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry in Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai.
Received Institutional Fellowship of Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai for pursuing PhD in Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry.