Prof. Suman Kumaria

Botany Department

Designation: Professor

Qualifications:

Ph. D. (NEHU)

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

  1. In vitro conservation of plants of Northeast India
  2. Physiology and biochemistry of regeneration of plants
  3. Molecular and phytochemical  characterization of endemic, rare and endangered plants of the Northeast India

Experience:

  • Teaching: 22 years of post-graduate teaching
  • Research: Research experience of more than 30 years in Plant Biotechnology
  • Post-doctoral Research Experience: 3 years

Awards:

  • Secured 4th  position in B.Sc. (Hons.) and was awarded University Scholarship from NEHU, Shillong (1985)
  • Secured 3rd  position in M.Sc. (Botany) (1987)
  • Received   Usha Vij Memorial Award-2017 for Outstanding Contributions to Orchid Art & Science by The Orchid Society of India (TOSI)

Ph.D. Awarded/Supervised

  • Awarded: 20 (Both as Supervisor and Jt. Supervisor)
  • Submitted: 02 
  • Registered for Ph. D.: 01

Administrative responsibilities undertaken: 

  • Member, Admission Committee, Annual Report; Examination-in-Charge of the Department

Academic affiliations:

  • Member of the statutory bodies of the University
  • Life Member, The Orchid Society of India
  • Organizing secretary/Convener, National Symposia and Training courses conducted by the Department
  • Life Member, Indian Science Congress
  • Member, International Society for Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Member of the various Selection Committees
  • Executive member, The Orchid Society of India (2016)
  • Councilor of  the journal ‘The Orchid Society of India (TOSI)’
  • Reviewer for the International journals - The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, BMC Plant Biology, Industrial Crops, Journal of Separation Science, Natural Product Research, Acta Physiologia Plantarum, Gene,  Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B (NASB)

Research Projects

Ongoing research projects

  1. Exploration of genomic-wide polymorphism, imprintomes and methylomes to unfold the genetic, epigenetic and evolutionaries mysteries of basal angiosperms with emphasis on Nymphaea L. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India (sanctioned on 09/11/2016) under DBT’s program for the NE. Prof. Suman Kumaria (PI), Dr. Meera Chettri Das(Co-I); Collaborators:Prof. Manu Agarwal (PI), Prof. Shailendra Goel (Co-I), University of Delhi, North Campus DBT,  New Delhi

Completed  projects

  1. Molecular characterization and chemoprofiling of two pharmacologically relevant species of Dendrobium found in Northeast India. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India (sanctioned on 27/01/2014) under DBT’s Twinning programme for the NE. Prof. S. Kumaria (PI), Dr. M. C. Das (Co-PI), Dr. Hiranjit Choudhury (Co-PI); Collaborators: Dr. Sunita Shailajan (PI), Herbal Lab., Mumbai
  2. Preventing Extinction and Improving Conservation Biological Tools, Status of Threatened Plant Species through Application of Biological Tools.  Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India (sanctioned on 23/03/2012). Prof. S. Kumaria (Co-PI) Sub-Project 2
  3. Micropropagation of Nardostachys grandiflora and Malaxis wallichii-Two threatened medicinal plants of Northeast India. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India. Prof. P.Tandon (PI) & Dr. S.Kumaria (Co-PI) Dr H.Choudhury (Co-PI); Three years (Sanctioned September 2010)
  4. Phytochemical profiling, molecular characterization and conservation of     Flemingia vestita: Endemic medicinally important plant of Northeast India. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India. Prof. Prof. S. Kumaria;  Dr H.Choudhury (Co-PI); Two years (Sanctioned May 2012)
  5. Species recovery programme for Nepenthes khasiana, Mantisia spathulata, Mantisia wengeri sanctioned by DBT, New Delhi for a period of  five years in 2006 (PI: Pramod Tandon,  Co-PI: Prof. N. K. Chrungoo, Co-PI: Dr. S. Kumaria)
  6. Micropropagation of some medicinally important orchids of Northeast India’, sanctioned by  UGC, New Delhi for a period of  three years from 2007  (PI: Dr. S. Kumaria)
  7. Mass micropropagation of Jatropha spp. of   northeast  India. Sponsored by DRDO, Ministry of Defence. (PI  Dr. S. Kumaria, Co-PI Prof. Pramod Tandon )
  8. Conservation of rare and commercially important indigenous orchids of Northeast India. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. (PI Prof. Pramod Tandon, Co- PI  Dr. S. Kumaria).
  9. Conservation of Plant Diversity of Northeast India with Special Reference to Rare and Endangered Plants. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry pf Science and Technology, Government of India. (PI Prof. Pramod Tandon, Co- PI Dr. S. Kumaria).
  10. Mass micro-propagation of orchids towards socio-economic upliftment of women folk in Meghalaya. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. (PI Dr. S. Kumaria, Co-PI Prof. Pramod Tandon).