Dr. Nafisa H. Balasinor






Scientist 'F'

Phone : +( 91-22) 2419 2025
Email  : balasinorn@nirrh.res.in

Academic Background

  • B.Sc. Sophia College University of Mumbai, 1980
  • M.Sc. Sophia College , University of Mumbai (Life Sciences, 1982)
  • Ph.D. Institute for Research in Reproduction, University of Bombay (Biochemistry, 1989)

Professional Experience

2015-till date 

National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH)

Scientist F


National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH)

Scientist E   


National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH)

Scientist D


National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH)

Scientist C

1996 - 2001

National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH)

Research Officer   






Research Interests

  • Reproductive Neuroendocrinology
  • Epigenetics

Awards & Achievements

  • Awarded Overseas Research Associateship from Department of Biotechnology for training under Prof. Rex Hess, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Illinois, USA. 2002-2003
  • Prof. G. P. Talwar Middle Career Scientist Award received at theInternational Conference on Frontiers in Reproductive Biotechnology & 21 st Annual meeting of ISSRF, February 9-11 2011 at NDRI, Karnal, Haryana, in recognition of the outstanding contributions in the field of Reproductive Health
  • ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award - 2009
  • Receipient of ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award - 2009

Publications (Last 10)

    • Ankolkar M, Salvi V, Warke H, Vundinti BR, Balasinor NH. Methylation status of imprinted genes DLK1-GTL2, MEST (PEG1), ZAC (PLAGL1), and LINE-1 elements in spermatozoa of normozoospermic men, unlike H19 imprinting control regions, is not associated with idiopathic recurrent spontaneous miscarriages. Fertil Steril. 99(6):1668-73, (2013).
    • Kedia-Mokashi NA, Kadam L, Ankolkar M, Dumasia K,  Balasinor NH. Aberrant methylation of multiple imprinted genes in embryos of tamoxifen-treated male rats. Reproduction. 146(2):155-68 , ( 2013 )
    • Upadhyay RD, Kumar AV, Sonawane S, Gaonkar R,  Balasinor NH. Estrogen effects on actin cytoskeletal and endocytic proteins associated with tubulobulbar complex disruption in rat testes. Reprod Sci. 10:1162-74 , (2013)
    • Upadhyay RD , Yadav AK, Sonawane S, Goankar R, Dash D, Balasinor NH . Differential Proteomic and Phospho-proteomic Analysis of Normal versus Failed Spermiation in Adult Rats by Label-Free LC-MS/MS. Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques 4(4):1000172 , (2013)
    • Upadhyay RD, Kumar A, Balasinor NH., Localization of proteins involved in endocytosis at tubulobulbar complexes in rat testes. Advances in Reproductive Sciences  2: 1-7 (2014)
    •  Anita Kumar, Kushaan Dumasia, Reshma Gaonkar, Shobha Sonawane, Leena Kadam  and  NH. Balasinor; Estrogen and androgen regulate actin-remodeling and endocytosis-related genes during rat spermiation. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 404: 91–101 (2015)
    • Dumasia K, Kumar A, Kadam L, Balasinor NH. Effect of estrogen receptor-subtype-specific ligands on fertility in adult male rats. J Endocrinol.225(3):169-80 ( 2015)
    • Dumasia K, Kumar A, Deshpande S, Sonawane S, Balasinor NH. Differential roles of estrogen receptors, ESR1 and ESR2, in adult rat spermatogenesis. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 428: 89-100.  (2016)
    • Ankolkar M, Balasinor NH. Endocrine control of epigenetic mechanisms in male reproduction. Horm Mol Biol Clin Investig. 2016 Jan 1;25(1):65-70.
    • Neelam Kedia, Leena Kadam, Kushaan Dumasia and Balasinor NH. Possible Role of Paternal Aberrant Imprinting in Placental Development: A Study in Tamoxifen Treatment Rat Model. Journal of Clinical Epigenetics 2: 1 (2016)


    • Kushan Dumasia
    • Anita Kumar
    • Sharvari Deshpande
    • Sweta Mohan

    Projects with funding agency

    Ongoing Research Projects

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    Funding Agency

    Date of Sanction and Duration


    Genetic and epigenetic changes in male partners of women experiencing recurrent spontaneous abortions


    DST, New Delhi



    Completed Research Projects

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    Date of Sanction and Duration


    Genomic imprinting : A paternal contribution to embryogenesis

    ICMR “Functional Genomics



    Effect of estrogen/antiestrogen on germ cell maturation in the testis

    DBT, New Delhi under Indo-US CRHR



    Teratological studies of an ayurvedic contraceptive: Pippaliyadi vati




    Role of imprinting cluster on rat chromosome 1 in embryogenesis

      DBT, New Delhi



    Studies to elucidate estrogen mediated mechanism for gametic imprint mark at Igf2-H19 locus in the male germ line

    ICMR Innovation fund

    2007 –2010


    Characterization of placental defects in embryos following paternal tamoxifen treatment




    Characterization of molecular events during spermiation

      DST, New Delhi

       2008 -2011


    Embryo loss due to epigenetic abnormalities in the male germ line: A study in recurrent spontaneous abortions

      DBT, New Delhi



    Studies to elucidate molecular mechanism of estrogen action during spermiation

    DST, New Delhi