Prof. A. K. Misra

Botany Department

Designation: Professor


Ph. D. (Meerut Univ.)

Professor Arvind K. Misra graduated from Hans Raj College, University of Delhi. He obtained his postgraduate degree from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Meerut, securing first position in the university and specializing in Genetics and Plant Breeding. He obtained M. Phil. And Ph. D. degrees from the same Institute under the supervision of Prof. P. K. Gupta, FNA. Prof. Misra was a Lecturer at Gauhati University (1977-1988) and joined as Reader at NEHU in 1988. He became Professor in 1998.

He is a Fellow of the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Life Member of the Association for DNA and related Technologies. Professor Misra was Head of the Department of Botany from September 2001 to December 2004 and worked in various academic and administrative capacities including Co-ordinator for UGC-COSIST and DST-FIST programmes. He was Visting Professor at the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department of the Tezpur Central University. Eight students have obtained their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision and all of them are well placed; two of them in USA.

Professor Misra was awarded Junior Research Fellowship of the NCER&T, New Delhi. He was awarded Biotechnology National Associateship of the Department of Biotechnology in 1989 and worked at the laboratory of Dr. Sushil Kumar at Biotechnology Centre, IARI. He had further training under the same award at the laboratory of Dr. Philippe Normand at Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. Prof. Misra has visited and presented papers/ invited lectures at University of California, USA University of Firenze, Italy and Cary-le-route, France. He has been collaborating with Dr. Philippe Normand, Université Claude Bernard, France and Prof. David Myrold, Oregon State University, USA. He has successfully completed research projects supported by the CSIR, DST, DBT, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (World Bank FREEP), Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research and US National Science Foundation. He is Editorial Board Member for the Online Biomarkers Journal and has been a referee for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, Plant and Soil, Indian Journal of Microbiology, etc. He has published over fifty research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals with impact factors ranging from 1.0 to 4.0 and contributed over 60 nucleotide sequences to the global data banks (GenBank and EMBL). His work has been cited by about two hundred fifty research publications and books. His research contributions include molecular phylogeny of Myrica spp., molecular ecology and diversity of Frankia and its hosts like alder, seabuckthorn, etc. He has extensively worked on various aspects of actinorhizal symbiosis including genus specific primer designing, emendation of family Frankiaceae, co-evolution of host and micro-symbiont, and alginate bead based technique for genetic purification of Frankia.

His current research interests include molecular genetics and diversity of actinorhizal associations with special reference to DNA fingerprinting, molecular phylogeny, molecular marker assisted biodiversity assessment for designing conservation strategy, marker assisted selection of superior genotypes of trees, plantation crops and microsymbionts, molecular ecology and molecular typing of bioinoculants for addressing IPR issues.