Prof. N.K. Chrungoo

Botany Department

Designation: Professor

Qualifications:

  • M.Sc (University of Kashmir)
  • M.Phil.(University of Kashmir)
  • Ph.D. (University of Kashmir)

Areas af Interest/Specialization:  

Nutritional genomics, dormancy regulation, underutilized crops and Biodiversity profiling.

Experience:   

  • 35 Years (Research)
  • 31 years (PG teaching)

Awards 

  • Biotechnology National Associateship in Plant Molecular Biology for the year 1994-95 by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  • INSA National Visiting Associateship (2001-2002)

Ph. Ds Awarded/Supervised

  • Dr. S. Paulsamy (1995) Studies on uptake and assimilation of nitrate nitrogen in common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum, Moench)
  • Dr. M.K.Rout (1997) Studies on seed storage protein metabolism in common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum, Moench)
  • Dr. Sangeeta Bharali (2003) Isolation, cloning and molecular analysis of legumin gene of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)
  • Dr. Anusuya Rout (2007) Analysis of molecular diversity in accessions of Buckwheat (Fagopyrum  spp) from Himalayan Ranges.
  • Dr. Lalliansanga (2010)  Studies on roles of calcium ions and abscisic acid in modulating detoxification pathway in osmotic stress in seedlings of maize (Zea mays)
  • Dr. Shiny Ch. Sangma (2011) Identification and functional characterization of the promoter of endosperm specific legumin type seed storage protein gene in Fagopyrum esculentum, Moench.
  • Dr. Cressida Jamir (2011) Isolation and functional characterization of novel abundantly expressed seed storage protein genes in maturing grains of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum, Moench)
  • Dr. Nabanita Devadasan (2011) Isolation and functional characterization of the waxy locus in common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum, Moench)
  • Dr. Ayam Ganagarani Devi (2014) Molecular profiling of selected accession of rice (Oryza sativa L) varying starch quality from North east India.
  • Dr. Rajkumari Jashmi Devi (2015) Development of molecular profoiles for characterization of accessions of Chenopodium quinoa (Wild). An important underutilized crop of Indian Himalayas.
  • Dr. Banshanlang Iangrai (2016)  Development of microsatellite markers and assessment genetic diversity in ricebean (Vigna umbellate Thumb. Ohwi and Ohashi) collection from Northeast India.
  • Dr. Neeta Pathaw (2016) Identification and characterization of novel antifungal peptides from selected plant species of Northeast India.
  • Dr. Upasna Chettry (2018) Molecular analysis of carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in rice (Oryza sativa L.)
  • Dr. Lashaihun Dohtdong (2018) Functional characterization of an endosperm specific promoter P1028 from common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum, Moench) for driving tissue specific gene expression.

Research Scholars currently persuing Ph.D

  • Ms. Gayle Alisha Kharshing. Characterizaton and functional validation of the waxy locus and its 5’UTR in selected rice germplasm of Northeast India.
  • Ms. Amilia Nongbet Distribution mapping and molecular profiling of Embelia ribes Burm  And Ilex venulosa Linn of Northeast India.
  • Ms. Mona Hamal Thakuri Functional genomics of apocarotenoid biosynthesis during flower development in saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L).
  • Ms. Sushmita Barua Kinetics and molecular responses of Cadmium  and uranium uptake in Spinacia oleracea L. and Solanum melongena L.
  • Ms. Jyoti Pathak Molecular analysis of amyloplast to chromoplast mediated carotenogenesis pathway in saffron (Crocus sativus L)
  • Ms. Sunita Upadhaya Biochemical and Molecular characterization of flower development in saffron (Crocus sativus L).
  • Ms. Babita Kumari Assessment of genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationship within the genus Chenopodium from Indian Himalayan region.
  • Mr. Akib Ali Engineering flavanoid biosynthetic pathway for rutin biosynthesis in grains of black rice, Oryza sativa L.

Administrative responsibilities undertaken: (if any)

  • Head, Dept. of Botany, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong (2004-2007)
  • Coordinator, UGC- Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, North Eastern Hill   University, Shillong (2006 onwards)
  • Member secretary, Institutional Biosafety Committee, North Eastern Hill   University, Shillong
  • Coordinator, DBT-Biotech hub programme,

Academic affiliations

  • President, International Buckwheat Research Association
  • Member (UGC nominee), Advisory Committee, UGC-SAP programme in Botany, Annamalai University,
  • Co-Chair, DBT Steering Committee on Biotechnology Based Programme for Societal Development
  • Member, DBT Technical Expert Committee on Energy, Environment and Biodiversity Conservation for North Eastern Region
  • Member, expert Committee on (1) DBT’s Scented Rice Program for the NE and (2) DBT’s NER-Banana Program

Research Projects

(A glimpse) 

  • Functional genomics approaches in understanding the regulation of flowering and carotenoid biosynthesis in saffron crocus. Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India  (2013-2018)
  • Preventing extinction and improving conservation status of threatened plants through application of biotechnological tools. Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India  (2012-2017)
  • Functional Characterization of an endosperm specific promoter  p1028from common buckwheat and transfer of Bwleg1 gene coding for the buckwheat 26 kDa lysine rich seed storage protein to rice for nutritional enhancement of its grain proteins.  Fnded by DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi  under TWINNING PROGRAMME for NER (2011-2014)
  • Development of molecular markers for characterization of accessions of buckwheat (Fagopyrum spp.) and quinoa (Chenopodium spp.), two important underutilized crops from Indian Himalayas. Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India  (2008-2011)
  • Species recovery programme for Nepenthes khasiana, Mantisia spathulata, Nymphaea tetragona. Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India  (2006-2011)
  • Isolation and characterization of the gene coding for the lysine rich seed storage protein from common buckwheat (FagopyrumesculentumMoench) Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India  (2007-2010)
  • Development of markers for accessions of buckwheat with improved starch quality. Funded by DST, Govt. of India under Indo-Slovenian Science & technology cooperation  (2006- 2008)

Publications

  1. Nikhil K Chrungoo, Rajkumarijashmi Devi, Shailendra Goel and Kamal Das (2019) Deciphering species relationships and evolution in Chenopodium through sequence variations in nuclear internal transcribed regios and amplified fragment-length polymorphism in nuclear DNA. Journal of Genetics  98:37 1-11. doi. 10.1007/s12041-019-1079-0
  2. Upasna Chettry, Nikhil k. Chrungoo and kirti kulkarni (2019) Comparative transcriptomics approach in elucidation of carotenoid biosynthesis regulation in grains of rice (Oryza sativa L.) Scientific Reports 9;1613 doi.10.1038/s41598-018-38233-8
  3. Pattanayak, Banshanlang Iangrai, D. Evanoreen Ann Khongwir, Emica Mary Gatphoh, N.K. Chrungoo (2018) Diversity analysis of rice bean (Vigna umbellata (Thunb.) Ohwi and Ohashi) collections from North Eastern India using morpho-agronomic traits. Sci. Hort. 242: 170-180
  4. N K Chrungoo, GR Rout, SP. Balasubramanim PE Rajeshkar, H Haridasan, BRP Rao, R. Manjunath, G Nagduwar, P. Venkatasubramanium, A. Nongbet, M. Hynniewta, D. Swain, S. Salama, K Souravi, S N Jena, S K Barik (2018) Establishing taxonomic identity and selecting genetically diverse populations for conservation of threatened plants using molecular markers Current Science, 114: 539-553
  5. Upasna Chettry, Lashaihun Dohtdong and N.K. Chrungoo (2018) Analysing Structural diversity of Seed storage protein gene promoters: Buckwheat a case study, FAGOPYRUM  35: 5-17
  6. Asif M. Iqbal, N. K. Chrungoo, A. B. Shikari, S. Najeeb, A. Gayle and A. Mujtaba (2017). Molecular diversity of rice germplasm grown under high altitude conditions. Plant Cell Biotech. & Mol. Biol. 18: 481-488
  7. Bipasha Bhattacharjee, Neeta Pathaw, Nikhil K. Chrungoo and Atanu Bhattacharjee (2017) Molecular modelling, dynamics simulation and characterization of antifungal chitinase from Sechium edule. Gene 606: 39–46
  8. Manoj K. Dhar, Munish Sharma, Archana Bhat, Nikhil K. Chrungoo and Sanjana Kaul (2017) Functional genomics of apocarotenoids in saffron: insights from chemistry, molecular biology and therapeutic applications. Briefings in Functional Genomics, 16: 336–347 
  9. Banshanlang Iangrai, Arunava Pattanayak, D. Evanoreen Ann Khongwir, Gratify Pale, Emica Mary Gatphoh, Alpana Das, Nikhil Kumar Chrungoo (2017). Development and characterization of a new set of genomic microsatellite markers in rice bean (Vigna umbellata (Thunb.) Ohwi and Ohashi) and their utilization in genetic diversity analysis of collections from North East India  PLOS ONE, 12(7): e0179801.
  10. Nikhil K. Chrungoo and Ayam Gangarani Devi (2016) Sequence polymorphism in the Waxy locus and its relationship with apparent amylose content of endosperm starch in cultivars of rice (Oryza sativa L.) from Northeast India. Ind. J. Plant Physiol. 21(4):556–568, 
  11. Devi, Rajkumari Jashmi, Chrungoo Nikhil K. (2016). Evolutionary divergence in Chenopodium and validation of SNPs in cp rbcL and matk genes by allele specific PCR for development of Chenopodium quinoa specific markers. The Crop Journal, 5(1): 32-42
  12. Chrungoo, Nikhil K., Dohtdong Lashaihun and Chettry Upasna Diversity in Seed Storage Proteins and Their Genes in Buckwheat In: Zhou et al (eds), Molecular Breeding and Nutritional Aspects of Buckwheat.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803692-1.00031-6 Elsevier Inc. San Diego, CA ISBN: 978-0-12-803692-1; PII: B978-0-12-803692-1.00031-6 (2016).
  13. Chrungoo, Nikhil K., Devadasan, N., Kreft, I.  Waxy Locus in Buckwheat: Implications for Designer Starches In: Zhou et al (eds), Molecular Breeding and Nutritional Aspects of Buckwheat. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803692-1.00032-8 Elsevier Inc. San Diego, CA ISBN: 978-0-12-803692-1; PII: B978-0-12-803692-1.00032-8 (2016).
  14. Chrungoo, Nikhil K., Dohtdong Lashaihun and Chettry Upasna Phenotypic Plasticity in Buckwheat In: Zhou et al (eds.) Molecular Breeding and Nutritional Aspects of Buckwheat. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803692-1.00010-9 Elsevier Inc. San Diego, CA ISBN: 978-0-12-803692-1; PII: B978-0-12-803692-1.00010-9 (2016).
  15. Molecular Breeding and Nutritional Aspects of Buckwheat Zhou Meiliang, Kreft Ivan, Woo, Sun-Hee, Chrungoo, Nikhil K., Wieslander Gunilla (eds.) Elsevier Inc. , San Diego, CA 92101-4495 ISBN: 978-0-12-803692-1(2016) 
  16. Devi, Rajkumari Jashmi, Chrungoo N. K. Species relationships in Chenopodium quinoa and Chenopodium album on the basis of morphology and SDS-PAGE profiles of soluble seed proteins Journal of Applied Biology and Biotechnology, 3: 029-033(2015). 
  17. Chrungoo, Nikhil K. and Devi Ayam G. Morphological and Rheological Properties of Starches Separated from Cultivars of Rice (Oryza sativa L.) from North East India. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6, 2019-2031(2015).
  18. N. K. Chrungoo  (2015) Genome Plasticity in buckwheat In:  Gene Pool Diversity and Crop Improvement, (Vijay Rani Rajpal , S. R. Rao, S. N. Raina eds) Springer Verlag, Dodrecht,
  19. Ghosh A, Lu?´s AS, Bra´s JLA, Pathaw N, Chrungoo NK, et al. (2013) Deciphering Ligand Specificity of a Clostridium thermocellum Family 35 Carbohydrate Binding Module (CtCBM35) for Gluco- and Galacto- Substituted Mannans and Its Calcium Induced Stability. PLoS ONE 8(12): e80415. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080415   
  20. Rajkumari Jashmi Devi and Nikhil Kumar Chrungoo (2013) Diversity in seed and pollen morphology of Chenopodium quinoa and Chenopodium album: potential underutilized pseudocereal crops of genus Chenopodium complex. (2013) NeBio 4(6) 36-41
  21. N. K. Chrungoo, N. K., Devadasan, N., Kreft, I. and Gregori, M. (2013) Identification and characterization of granule bound starch synthase (GBSS-I) from common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 22: 269-276
  22. Sangma, S. Ch. and Chrungoo, N. K.  Buckwheat Gene Pool: Potentialities and Drawbacks for Use in Crop Improvement Programmes. Eur. Journal of Plant Science & Biotechnology 4(1): 45-50 (2011) 
  23. Chrungoo, N. K   Genetic Divergence in Buckwheat (Fagopyrum spp.): Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century. Invited Lecture at 97th Indian Science Congress Thiruvananthapuram, January 3-7, 2010  
  24. Chrungoo, N. K., Sangma, S. Ch., Bhatt, V. and Raina, S.N. Fagopyrum.  In: Kole C (ed) Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources. Vol 1: Wild Relatives of Cereals. Springer, Heidelberg, Berlin, New York  pp. 293-308 (2010).
  25. Chrungoo, N. K   Genetic Divergence in Buckwheat (Fagopyrum spp.): Challenges and Opportunities in  the 21st Century. Invited Lecture at 97th Indian Science Congress Thiruvananthapuram, January 3-7, 2010
  26. Chrungoo, N. K. and Jamir, C. Isolation and Characterization of novel dehydrin gene from maturing grains of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). Proc. 11th International Symposium on Buckwheat, Orel, Russia, pp. 125-136 (2010)    
  27. Chrungoo, N., Kreft, I., Devadasan, N. and Gregori, M. Identification of granule bound starch synthatase (GBSS-I) from grains of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). Proc. 11th International Symposium on Buckwheat, Orel, Russia, pp. 455-463 (2010)  
  28. Matevž L., Urška, B., Kreft, I., Chrungoo, N. K.and Marjana, R. Mycorrhizal status and diversity of fungal endophytes in roots of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) and tartary buckwheat (F. tataricum). Mycorrhiza 18: 309-315 (2008)
  29. Chrungoo, N. K. and Anusuya. Genetic diversity in accession of  Himalayan Buckwheats revealed by SDS PAGE of soluble proteins extracted from single seeds and RAPD based DNA finger printing. Genetic Resources and Crop. Evol. 54: 767-777(2007).
  30. I. Kreft,N.K.Chrungoo,N.Devadasan,M.Licena,Y. Chai, Z.Wangd,Z.Zhangd,R. Line, S.Ikeda, K.Ikeda, G.Wieslander, D.Norback,N.Fabjana,M. Germ,G.Bonafaccia'and B. Vombergar (2007) Perspectives of Breeding Buckwheat for High            Quality. Proc. 10th International Symposium on Buckwheat pp. 1-7
  31. Chrungoo, N. K., Bharali, S. and Jamir, C.  (2005) Seed storage proteins: structure, properties and approaches for improvement by genetic engineering. Advances in Plant Physiology 8: 201 – 220 (2005).
  32. Chrungoo, N. K. and  Anusuya. Species relationship in accessions of Himalayan Buckwheats as evidenced by bulk as well as single seed SDS PAGE.   Proc. of the 9th intl. Symposium on Buckwheat from Aug. 18-22, 2004, Czech Univ. of Agriculture, Prague
  33. Bharali, S. and Chrungoo, N. K. Amino acid sequence of the 26KDA subunit of legumin-type seed storage protein of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench): molecular charaterization and phylogenetic analysis. Phytochemistry, 63: 1 – 5 (2003).
  34. Chrungoo, N. K., Rout, M. K. and Bharali, S. Molecular Characterization of lysine rich basic subunit of buckwheat globulin: evolutionary relationship to other legumin type proteins. Proc. VIIIth Intl. Symp. on  Buckwheat,Current Advances in Buckwheat Research (I),  pp. 189-199. (2001), Kangwon National University, Korea,
  35. Rout, M. K. and Chrungoo, N.K.  Changes in the pattern of seed storage protein accumulation during maturation of grains of common buckwheat. Biol. Pl. 44(1):93-100 (2000)
  36. Rout, M. K. and Chrungoo, N.K.  Moilization of reserve proteins duing early stages of germination in seeds of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). Biol. Plantarum 42: 81-87 (1999).
  37. Rout, M. K. and Chrungoo, N.K.  The lysine and methionine rich basic subunit of buckwheat grain legumin: Some results of a structural. Biochem. & Miol. Biol. Intl. 47: 921-926 (1999)
  38. Rout, M. K.  Chrungoo, N. K. and Rao, K.S. N?terminal amino  acid sequence of the lysine rich subunit of 13S globulin from grains of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum  Moench). Phytochemistry 45: 865-867 (1997).   
  39. Rout, M. K. and Chrungoo, N.K.  Partial characterization of  Lysine rich 13S globulin from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench): its antigenic homology with seed  proteins of some other crops. Biochem. & Mol. Biol. Intl. 40:  587-595 (1996)
  40. Paulsamy, S. and Chrungoo, N. K. Nitrate uptake in seedlings of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench):Kinetics, Env. & Expt. Bot. 34: 207?212(1994).
  41. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Partial purification and physico?chemical properties of starch phosphorylase fom  corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.). Plant Physiol & Biochem. 20: 22?26 (1993). 
  42. Chrungoo, N.K. Concepts of dormancy regulation in  vegetative plant propagules: A Review, Env. and Expt. Bot. 32: 309?318 (1992).
  43. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Effect of GA3 and NAA on certain nitrogen fractions in corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.) during development. Acta  Physiol. Plant. 13: 159?165 (1991).
  44. Kumaria, S., Chrungoo, N.K.  and Tandon, P. Activities of some oxidative enzymes in axenic cultures of protocorms  of Cymbidium giganteum Wal. as influenced by different   growth regulators. J. Orchid Soc. India, 4: 37?44 (1990).
  45. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Influence of GA3 nd NAA on certain carbohydrate fractions in corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.) during development. Acta. Soc. Bot. Pol. 58: 237?246 (1989)
  46. N. K. Chrungoo, Saffron ? a valuable cash crop. Sci. Rep. June 1989, pp 279?281
  47. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Correlative changes in the content of various nitrogenous constituents and bud development in corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.) during dormancy and sprouting. Acta Physiol. Plant. 10: 247?255 (1988).
  48. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Influence of some growth regulators on carboydrate degradation and the activities of starch dgrading enzymes in orms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.) during floral evocation. In: Sinha et al. (eds.) Proc. Intl. Cong. Plant Physiol. Vol. I., Society for Plant Physiol. & Biochem., New Delhi. pp. 1008?1013 (1988).
  49. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Phenolics in corms of saffron  crocus (Crocus sativus L.). Pl. Physiol. & Biochem. 13:82?85 (1986).  
  50. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Correlative changes in starch  content and the activity of starch hydrolysing enzymes in  corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.) during  dormancy and sprouting. Biochem. Physiol. Pflanzen. 180:  57?63 (1985).
  51. Chrungoo, N.K., Tahir, I. and Farooq, S. Effect of gallic  acid  on germination and the content of phenolics in buckwheat and fenugreek. Pl. Physiol. & Biochem. 12: 17?20 (1985). 
  52. Farooq, S.,  Chrungoo, N.K. and Koul, K. K. Composition of  the corms and foliage of saffron plant: starch quality and content in the corms. J. Econ. Tax. Bot. 6: 485?489 1985)
  53. Chrungoo, N.K. and Farooq, S. Effect of GA3 and NAA application on the yield of saffron and on growth in saffron crocus (Crocus Sativus L.). Indian J. Plant Physiol. 27: 201?205 (1984)
  54. Chrungoo, N.K.,  Koul, K. K. and Farooq, S. Carbohydrate changes in corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.) during dormancy and sprouting. Trop. Pl. Sci. Res. 1: 95?298 (1983).

Edited volumes:

  1. Conservation of Threatened Plants of India (Guest Editors: S. K. Barik, N. K. Chrungoo and D. Adhikari) Volume 114 (03)(pp. 0468-0595), 2018
  2. Molecular Breeding and Nutritional Aspects of Buckwheat Zhou Meiliang, Kreft Ivan, Woo, Sun-Hee, Chrungoo, Nikhil K., Wieslander Gunilla (eds.) Elsevier Inc. , San Diego, CA 92101-4495 ISBN: 978-0-12-803692-1(2016) 

Conferences Attended (A glimpse) 

  • XIVth International Symposium on Buckwheat held  at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong from Aug. 21-25, 2013.
  • Ist National Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Crop species for Food, nutrition, Energy and Environment held at national Institute for Plant Genome research, New Delhi on Aug. 2, 2019
  • 2018 Yangling International Agri-Science Forum, North-West A&F University, Yanglin, China from Nov. 5-8, 2018
  • XIIIth International Symposium on Buckwheat held  at Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea from Sept. 9-11, 2016
  • XIIth International Symposium on Buckwheat held  at Lasko, Slovenia from Aug. 21-25, 2013.
  •  XIth International Symposium on Buckwheat held under the Auspices of International Buckwheat Research Association from July 19-23, 2010 at All Russia Research Institute of Legume and Grain Crops, Orel,  Russia.
  • 97th Indian Science Congress Thiruvananthapuram, January 3-7, 2010
  • 9th International Symposium on Buckwheat held under the Auspices of International Buckwheat Research Association from Aug. 18 to 22, 2004 at Czech University of Agriculture, Prague.
  • 2nd Buckwheat International Meeting held at Teglio-Valtellina, Italy from Aug. 27-28, 2004 and delivered a lecture entitled “Buckwheat Grain Proteins: characterization and Utilization”.
  • 2nd International Congress of Plant Physiology held from January 8-12, 2003 under the auspices of International Association of Plant Physiology  at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
  • 8th International Symposium on Buckwheat held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2001 under the Auspecies of International Buckwheat Research Association at Kangwon National University, Seoul, Korea. 
  • National Symposium on saffron held at Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu Tawi  (India) from Nov. 25-26, 1999.
  • 64th annual meeting of the Society of Biological Chemists (India) held at Lucknow (India) from Oct. 6-8, 1995.
  • International Symposium on Dormancy Regulation in Vegetative Plant Propagules held under the auspices of International Society of Plant Physiology at Louisiana (U.S) from Aug. 4-6, 1994
  • Ist International conference on Plant Physiology held under the auspices of Society for Plant Physiology & Biochemistry at New Delhi from Feb. 14-17, 1988.

Collaboration/Consultancy: 

  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • University of Jammu, Jammu
  • University of Kashmir, Srinagar
  • National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi

Any other

Important research outcomes:

  • Deciphering bottlenecks in carotenoid biosynthesis in rice
  • A two locus barcode based on nucleotide sequences of cp rbcL and matK genes developed for identification of Chenopodium  quinoa an important nutraceutical crop of Indian Himalayas.
  • Allelic forms of waxy locus of rice described for identifying varieties with altered amylose content of starch
  • A gene coding for a nutritionally rich seed storage protein from common buckwheat isolated.  Accession no.  AY245536 (EMBL)  
  • Complete amino acid sequence of a lysine rich seed storage protein from grain of common buckwheat determined. Accession no. P83004 (SWISS PROT)
  •  Cloned the promoter of 26 kDa lysine rich seed stiorage protein of common buckwheat Accession No. EU 595873

Visiting Assignments held:

  • Visiting Scientist Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • (July-Sept., 2007).
  • Visiting Professor Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • (August - Sept., 2004).
  • INSA visiting fellow, Center for Plant Molecular Biology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi under the INSA visiting fellowship. (Dec., 2001- Feb., 2002).
  • Visiting fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science,  Banglore for three months under the SERC visiting associateship programme of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. (Dec., 2000- Feb., 2001)   
  • Visiting Research Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria, BC, Canada under Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi Biotech Associateship programme (Aug., 1998 - Oct., 1998). 
  • Biotechnology National Associate, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi under the Biotechnology National Associateship programme of the Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Jan., 1995 - Dec., 1996)

Invited lectures delivered (A glimpse):

  • Bioentrepreneurship”, St. Edmund’s College March 13, 2019
  • Agri-biotechnology in food security and social change, Dept. of Philosophy, NEHU, May 9, 2018
  • “Finding the pearls in wilderness: Engineering black rice for higher flavonoid content” Institute of Crop Science,  Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing Nov. 1,2018
  • “Green Agriculture for minor Grain crops: A Global perspective for their domesticationNW A&F University, Shanxi, China. Nov. 5, 2018
  • “Omics revolution in post genomics era: Manipulating Complex Pathways for improved nutritional quality of plant proteins”, St. Edmund’s College, Shillong. Sept. 10, 2016
  • “Opportunities in Bioentrepreneurship”, Lady Kean College, March 8, 2013
  • “Indian biodiversity Scenario: Underutilized crops” at B.G.S.B. University, Rajouri, J&K (India)  on Oct. 4, 2011
  • “Food Security Challenges  in the coming decade” at Bose Institute, Kolkatta on June 6, 2011 under the 12th plan policy initiative of Technology Innovation and forecasting council (TIFAC), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
  • Underutilized crops: Current status and prospects for utilization to meet challenges of food and nutritional security” at Central Food Technology Research Institute, Mysore  (India) during the national Symposium on Food and Nutritional Security- Challenges for 21st Century held on Dec. 7, 2009
  • “Buckwheat seed proteins: A case for Biotechnological approaches towards improvement of nutritional quality” at the Slovenian Academy of Science, Art and Culture at Ljubljana, Slovenia on Sept. 17, 2004