Dr Charu Lata

Designation: Principal Scientist

Qualification:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Plant Molecular Biology, 1st class (Distinction), ICAR-Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Resaerch Award 2012, National  Institute  of Plant Genome Research, India and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (2011)
  • Master of Science (Agri.) Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, 1st class (Distinction), G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, India (2007)
  • Bachelor of Science (Agri.) 1st class (Distinction & Univ. Gold Medal), Assam Agricultural University, India (2005)

Area of Interest:

Traditional Knowledge, Science Communication, Policy Research, Crop Genomics, Plant-Microbe Interaction

Phone Number: +011-26964473 (O)

Email: charulata@niscpr.res.in

Editorial Responsibilities

Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (September 2020 – To date)

Indian Science Abstracts (May 2019 – January 2022)

Indian Journal of Geo Marine Sciences (September 2019 – August 2020)

Frontiers in Plant Sciences (Non-coding RNA Assisted Plant Response to Stresses)

Frontiers in Agronomy (Plant-Soil-Microbes: A Tripartite Interaction for Nutrient Acquisition and Better Plant Growth)

Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy (Guest Editor, INYAS 3rd Special Issue)

 

Research Project Undertaken

1. CSIR Major Lab Project

   [PI; Ongoing; 20.10.2023 to 31.03.2025]

    Research Grant amount: Rs. 164.70 Lakhs for a period of 2 years

    Title: Communication of India’s Scientifically Validated Traditional Knowledge to the   Society (SVASTIK)

2. SERB Core Research Grant

     [Co-PI; Ongoing; 16.03.2021 to 15.03.2024]

      Research Grant amount: Approx. 56.94 Lakhs for a period of 3 years

     Title: Profiling of beneficial rhizobacteria-induced epigenetic response and genome stability in plants

3. SERB Early Career Research Award

    [PI; Ongoing; 19.12.2018 to 18.12.2021]

    Research Grant amount: Approx. 39.33 Lakhs for a period of 3 years

    Title: Elucidating the role of GRAM-domain containing gene(s) in Bacillus amyloliquifaciens-mediated abiotic stress responses in plants

4. INSA Young Scientist Project

    [PI; Completed; 22.12.2017 to 30.06.2021]

   Research Grant amount: 15.00 Lakhs for a period of 3 years

   Title: Unraveling the role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria-responsive microRNA(s) in Arabidopsis

5. CSIR Niche Creating High Science Project

     [Co-PI; Completed; 16.11.2018 to 31.03.2020]

     Research Grant amount: 700 Lakhs for a period of 2 years

      Title: Genome-wide editing for enhanced yield and quality traits

6. DBT Twining R & D Project

    [PI; Completed; 12.09.2018 to 11.09.2021; handed over to the Co-PI]

    Research Grant amount: Approx. 15.63 Lakhs for a period of 3 years   

    Title: Understanding the molecular mechanism of defense in pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) due to infestation by Helicoverpa armigera

7. DBT NER-BPMC Network Project

   [Co-PI; Completed; 26.03.2018 to 25.03.2021]

   Research Grant amount: 22.00 Lakhs for a period of 3 years

   Title: Combating bunchy top disease of banana (cultivar Malbhog) through Host-Delivered RNA Interference (HD-RNAi) approach

8. INSPIRE Faculty Award [IFA-11LSPA-01]

    [PI; Completed; 01.03.2012 to 28.02.2018]

    Research Grant amount: 35.0 Lakhs for a period of 6 years

    Title: Transcript profiling of major millet crops under drought stress and cloning-characterization of stress-inducible transcription factors

9. SERB Women Excellence Award [SERB/F/634/2014-15]

    [PI; Completed; 03.07.2014 to 02.07.2017]                         

    Research Grant amount: 18.00 Lakhs for a period of 3 years

     Title: A study on the role of miRNA(s) in plant growth promoting rhizobacteria mediated drought stress alleviation in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

10. CSIR Network Project [BSC117]

    [Team Member; Completed; Total no. of scientists: 06; 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2017]

     Research Grant amount: 629.35 Lakhs for a period of 5 years

     Title: Plant-Microbe Soil Interactions

 

Publications (2019 onwards)

Research papers

  1. Kanungo P D, Lata C* & Barman P (2024) Scientometric Representation of Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (IJTK), 2002-2022. Publishing Research Quarterly, DOI: 10.1007/s12109-024-09977-1 [IF: 0.9]
  2. Jatan R & Lata C* (2024) Overexpression of Pseudomonas putida-responsive miR393a-5p attunes morpho physiological and biochemical parameters in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), 156:83. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-024-02709-5 [IF: 3.0]
  3.  Doddavarapu B, Lata C & Shah J M (2024) Epigenetic regulation influenced by soil microbiota and nutrients: Paving road to epigenome editing in plants. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects, 1868:130-580. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbagen.2024.130580
  4. Jatan R, Kamboj R, Kumar M, Kumar N, Jain P, Lata C, Vijayan J, Rai V, Singh N K & Bisht D K (2023) Isolation and whole genome sequencing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain RK1 and its biocontrol potential against phytopathogens of rice. Biologia, 78, 2357-2369. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11756-023-01406-6
  5. Yadav A, Kumar S, Verma R, Rai S P, Lata C and Sanyal I (2023) Target cleavage mapping and tissue?specifc expression analysis of PGPR responsive miR166 under abiotic stress in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-023-02517-3 [IF: 3.0]
  6. Yadav A, Kumar S, Verma R, Narayan S, Jatan R, Lata C, Rai S P, Shirke P A and Sanyal I (2023) Overexpression of PGPR responsive chickpea miRNA166 targeting ATHB15 for drought stress mitigation, Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-023-02458-x [IF: 3.0]
  7. Yadav A, Kumar S, Verma R, Lata C, Padey Rai S and Sanyal I (2021) microRNA 166: an evolutionarily conserved stress biomarker in land plants targeting HD-ZIP family. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants https://doi.org/10.1007/s12298-021-01096-x  [IF: 3.5]
  8. Singh A, Tiwari S, Pandey J, Lata C* and Singh I* (2021) Role of nanoparticles in crop improvement and abiotic stress management. Journal of Biotechnology, 337: 57-70.
  9. Lata C* and Shivhare R (2021) Engineering cereal crops for enhanced abiotic stress tolerance. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 87:63-83.  
  10. Yadav A, Sanyal I, Rai S P and Lata C* (2021) An overview on miRNA-encoded peptides in plant biology research. Genomics 113:2385-2391.
  11. Soni P, Shivhare R, Kaur A, Bansal S, Sonah H, Deshmukh R, Giri J, Lata C* and Ram H* (2021) Reference gene identification for gene expression analysis in rice under different metal stress. Journal of Biotechnology 332:83-93. *Corresponding author
  12. Tiwari S, Muthamilarasan M and Lata C* (2021) Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of Arabidopsis GRAM-domain containing gene family in response to abiotic stresses and PGPR treatment. Journal of Biotechnology 325:7-14.
  13. Kamireddy K, Sonbarse P P, Mishra S K, Agarwal L, Chauhan P S, Lata C and Parvatam G (2021) Proteomic approach to identify the diferentially abundant proteins during favour development in tuberous roots of Decalepis hamiltonii Wight & Arn., 3 Biotech, 11, 173.
  14. Tiwari S, Gupta SC, Chauhan PS and Lata C* (2020) An OsNAM gene confers salt stress tolerance and phytohormone modulation in transgenic Arabidopsis and plays an important role in root-rhizobacteria interaction. Plant Cell Reports 40:143-155.
  15. Jatan R, Chauhan PS, and Lata C* (2020) High-throughput sequencing and expression analysis demonstrate the involvement of Pseudomonas putida RA-responsive microRNAs in growth and development of Arabidopsis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21, 5468; doi:10.3390/ijms21155468
  16. Shivahre R, Lakhwani D, Asif MH, Chauhan PS, and Lata C* (2020) De novo assembly and comparative transcriptome analysis of contrasting pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum L.) genotypes under terminal drought stress using illumina sequencing. The Nucleus  DOI: 10.1007/s13237-020-00324-1
  17. Shivahre R, Asif MH, and Lata C* (2020) Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals the genes and pathways involved in terminal drought tolerance in pearl millet. Plant Molecular Biology 103:639–652 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-020-01015-w
  18. Tiwari S, Shweta S, Prasad M, Lata C* (2020) Genome-wide investigation of GRAM-domain containing genes in rice reveals their role in plant-rhizobacteria interactions and abiotic stress responses. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 156:1243-1257 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.11.162
  19. Chauhan PS*, Lata C*, Tiwari S, Chauhan AS, Mishra SK, Agrawal L, Chakrabarty D, Nautiyal C (2019) Transcriptional alterations reveal Bacillus amyloliquefaciens-rice cooperation under salt stress. Scientific Reports 9(1):11912.
  20. Jatan R and Lata C* (2019) Role of microRNAs in abiotic and biotic stress resistance in plants. Proceedings   of the Indian   National   Science   Academy 85: 553-567.
  21. Shivhare R and Lata C* (2019) Assessment of pearl millet genotypes for drought stress tolerance at early and late seedling stages. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 41:39.
  22. Jatan R, Tiwari S, Asif MH and Lata C* (2019) Genome-wide profiling of miRNAs involved in Pseudomonas putida-mediated drought stress response in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Environmental and Experimental Botany 157: 217-227.

Edited Books

  1. Lata C & Barman P (2024) SVASTIK Stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Science (Vol. II), Lata C & Barman P (Eds.), CSIR-NIScPR, p. 1-120.
  2. Lata C & Barman P (2024) Communication and Dissemination of Traditional Knowledge- A Scientific Outlook, Lata C & Barman P (Eds.), CSIR-NIScPR, p. 1-76.
  3. Lata C & Barman P (2024) Treasure of Indian Traditions: A Journey through Scientifically Validated Indian Traditional Knowledge (Tamil), Lata C & Barman P (Eds.), CSIR-NIScPR (Digital)
  4. Lata C & Barman P (2023) SVASTIK Stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Science (Vol. I), Lata C & Barman P (Eds.), CSIR-NIScPR, p. 1-108.
  5. Lata C & Barman P (2023) Treasure of Indian Traditions: A Journey through Scientifically Validated Indian Traditional Knowledge (English), Lata C & Barman P (Eds.), CSIR-NIScPR (Digital)
  6. Souvenir & Abstract Book, International Conference on Communication and Dissemination of Traditional Knowledge (CDTK – 2023, ISBN: 978-81-7236-388-8, Editing team: Charu Lata, Paramananda Barman, Suman Ray, Charu Verma, Shubhada Kapil)

Book chapters

  1. Satyavathi C T, Ambawat S, Lata C, Shivhare R, Kapoor C, Mukesh Sankar S, Gobu R, Soumya S L, Siddaiah C N, Srivastava R K. Allele Mining for Genome Designing in Pearl Millet, In: Allele Mining for Genomic Designing of Cereal Crops, Kole C, Pradhan S K & Tiwari V K (Eds.), 2024, CRC Press, pp. 272. eBook ISBN9781003385004 
  2. Sharma D, Jyothish M S, Barman P, Lata C*.  Unveiling the culinary wonders: a scientific exploration of Indian traditional food. In: SVASTIK stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Science (Eds: Charu Lata & Paramananda Barman).Vol. II, CSIR-NIScPR, 2024, p. 79-84. ISBN: 978-81-967612-1-9.
  3. Paul M, Lata C*. Millets: The miracle cereals. In: SVASTIK stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Science (Eds: Charu Lata & Paramananda Barman).Vol. II, CSIR-NIScPR, 2024, p. 88-90. ISBN: 978-81-967612-1-9.
  4. Paul M, Moumita, Raghul M R, Lata C*, Barman P*. Joha Rice: Indigenous Aromatic Rice of Assam. In: SVASTIK stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Science (Eds: Charu Lata & Paramananda Barman).Vol. II, CSIR-NIScPR, 2024, p. 104-107. ISBN: 978-81-967612-1-9.
  5. Jatan R & Lata C* (2023) Sensory, Physical, and Nutritional Qualities of Traditional Food Prepared from Millets, In: Nutriomics of Millets, R N Pudake (Ed.), CRC Press, p. 157-173. doi: https://doi.org/10.1201/b22809-8
  6. Tiwari S & Lata C (2023) Identification of Bioactive Compounds in Berberis Species and In Vitro Propagation for Conservation and Quality, In: Plants for Immunity and Conservation Strategies, M. K. Mishra, N. Kumari (eds.), Springer, p. 113-121. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-2824-8_7
  7. Madambikattil Sasi J, Barman P and Lata C* (2023) Nutraceutomics of Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica L.): Insights, In: Compendium on Crop Designing for Neutraceuticals, Chittranjan Kole (Eds.), Springer, Singapore, p. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-3627-2_8-1
  8. Madambikattil Sasi J, Barman P and Lata C* (2023), Role of Postprandial Walking in Health and Wellness, In: SVASTIK Stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge Through the Lens of Science, Charu Lata & Paramananda Barman (Eds.), Vol I, p. 96-98. ISBN: 978-81-7236-307-1   
  9. Paul M, Lata C, and Barman P (2023), Irrigation Practices in the Pandya Kingdom, In: SVASTIK Stories: Indian Traditional Knowledge Through the Lens of Science, Charu Lata & Paramananda Barman (Eds.),  Vol I, p. 92-95. ISBN: 978-81-7236-307-1
  10. Shivhare R, Kumar A & Lata C* (2022) Molecular basis of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in finger millet, In: The Finger Millet Genome; Kumar A, Sood S, Kalyana Babu B, Gupta S M & Dayakar Rao B (eds.), SpringerNature, p. 225-238. 
  11. Tiwari, S., Lata, C., Chauhan, P.S. (2022). Salicylic Acid: Metabolism, Regulation, and Functions in Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance. In: Ansari, S.A., Ansari, M.I., Husen, A. (eds) Augmenting Crop Productivity in Stress Environment. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6361-1_16
  12. Tiwari S and Lata C (2021) Cation diffuser facilitator family of transporters in plants. In: Cation transporters in plants; Upadhyay S K (ed.), Elsevier, p. 375-381.
  13. Tiwari S, Jatan R, Chauhan P S and Lata C* (2021) Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria Pseudomonas putida RA for climate resilience and agricultural sustainability. In: Environmental sustainability, Green Growth and Disaster Resilience Knolwedge Compendium, NIDM, New Delhi, p. 95-108.
  14. Satyavathi CT, Ambawat S, Sehgal D, Lata C, Tiwari S, et al. (2021) Genomic Designing for Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Pearl Millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.]. In: Genomic Designing of Abiotic Stress Resistant Cereal Crops; Kole C. (eds) Springer, Cham., pp.223-253. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75875-2_6
  15. Satyavathi CT, Ambawat S, Singh S, Lata C, Tiwari S, et al. (2021) Genomic Designing for Biotic Stress Tolerance in Pearl Millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.]. In: Genomic Designing of Biotic Stress Resistant Cereal Crops; Kole C. (eds) Springer, Cham., pp.257-294. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75879-0_6
  16. Jatan R and Lata C* (2021) Tripartite interactions: Plant-Pseudomonas putida –microRNAs in agricultural productivity. In: Microbes in Land Use Change Management; Singh JS, Tiwari S, Singh C & Singh AK  (Eds.), Elsevier, Netherlands p. 509-540. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-824448-7.00025-5
  17. Tiwari S, Lata C* and Prasad V (2021) Application of nanotechnology in overcoming salinity stress. In: Nanobiotechnology; Al-Khayri JM, Ansari MI & Singh AK (Eds.), Springer Nature, Switzerland, doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-73606-4
  18. Sen P, Lata C, Kiran K and Mondal TK (2021) RNA interference (RNAi) in functional genomics of wheat. In: Genome Engineering for Crop Improvement; Sarmah BK and Borah BK (Eds.) Springer Nature Switzerland AG p.239-264, ISBN 978-3-030-63372-1
  19. Tiwari S and Lata C (2020) Recent advancements in long noncoding RNA-mediated stress responses in rice. In: Long Noncoding RNAs in Plants: Roles in development and stress; Upadhyay SK (Ed) Elsevier, UK, p. 63.74.
  20. Tiwari S, and Lata C* (2019) Genome Engineering in Rice: Applications, Advancements and Future Perspectives. In: Molecular Approaches in Plant Biology and Environmental Challenges; Singh S, Upadhyaya SK (Eds.) Springer Nature pp Springer, Singapore pp 323-337 ISBN: 978-981-15-0689-5 .
  21. Tiwari S, Prasad V and Lata C* (2019) Bacillus: Plant growth promoting bacteria for sustainable agriculture and environment. In: New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Singh J S and Singh DP (Eds.), Elsevier pp 43-55 ISBN: 9780444641915.

*Corresponding author

Editorials

  1. Tiwari S & Lata C (2023) Plant[1]soil-microbes: A tripartite interaction for nutrient acquisition and better plant growth, Frontiers in Agronomy, 5:1186966. doi: 10.3389/fagro.2023.1186966
  2. Kumar P, Lata C & Khandelwal M (2021) Editorial, 3rd Special Issue by INYAS. Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy, 87 (1), https://doi.org/10.1007/s43538-021-000

Letters

  1. Aamodt CM,…………..Lata C,…..Richter W E (2022) Social Media: Good or Evil? Science, 375 (6581) 608-609. [IF: 63.714]
  2. Lata C, Mehrian-Shai R, Cao B, Kothapalli N R, Singh G, Friedman D A, Cheung F M-H, Richter W E, Kirshner S M, Beardsley F and Wu X-Y (2020) Funding fix: Spend time. Science 370 (6512), 30-31. [IF: 63.714]

Reports/Conference proceedings –

  1. Lakshmi SP, MR Raghul, Lata C, Barman P, Vigyanika Science Literature Festival IISF 2023, Science Reporter,  Vol.61(03) [March 2024], 48-50
  2. Lata C & Barman P (2024) Report on #SVASTIK Special Session at 6th Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan”, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 23 (1) p. 100-101. [IF: 0.8]
  3. Lata C & Barman P (2023) Report on the International Conference on “Communication and Dissemination of Traditional Knowledge (CDTK-2023)”, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 22 (2) p. 458-461. [IF: 0.8]
  4. Ray S, Lata C & Barman P (2023) Report on the National Workshop on “Role of Taxonomical identification & Authentication of Plants & Crude Drugs in Traditional Medicine & Research, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 22 (2) p. 462-464. [IF: 0.8]
  5. Lata C & Barman P (2023) Report: NIScPR-SVASTIK Lecture on "Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 22 (3) p. 682-683. [IF: 0.8]
  6. Lata C and Barman P (2022) A Report on CSIR Success Story webinar on “Communicating Scientifically Validated Societal Traditional Knowledge (SVASTIK) to the Society”, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 21 (4) p. 912-913. [IF: 0.8]
  7. Lata C and Barman P (2022) International Day of Yoga 2022, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 21 (3) p. 711-712. [IF: 0.8]
  8. Lata C and Barman P (2022) Library Conclave 2022 on Indian Knowledge Systems, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 21 (2) p. 464-465. [IF: 0.8].
  9. Lata C and Barman P (2021) Launch of the national initiative SVASTIK to communicate India’s scientifically validated traditional knowledge to the society, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 20 (4) p. 1102-1103. [IF: 0.8]
  10. Lata C and Barman P (2021) Release of thematic luni-solar calendar “Food as Medicine”, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 20(3) p. 875-876.

Awards/Honor

  • Member (10 years) of the Society for Ethnopharmacology wef 2024.
  • Elected Fellow of the International Society of the Environmental Botanists (ISEB), India for my nomination for the year 2021.
  • Ranked among top 2% most influential scientists of the world in the field of Plant Sciences by Stanford University
  • Finalist of the NASI SCOPUS Women in Science Awards 2022 conducted jointly by Elsevier and the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI).
  • Guest Editor of the 3rd Special Issue of Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy (PINSA) by the Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS).
  • Interview covered as Face of the Month in BioStandups http://www.biostandups.com/face-of-the-month/.
  • Associate (2019-2022) of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, India
  • SERB Early Career Research Award 2018 by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India.
  • Indo-Australia Early & Mid-Career Researchers Fellowship 2016-17 supported jointly by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, India and Department of Science & Technology (DST), GoI.
  • Founding member (2015-2020) of the INYAS, New Delhi, India.
  • Grant of Special Honorarium with effect from January 01, 2015 till 2026 by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) as performance linked incentive.
  • INSA Medal for Young Scientists 2014 by INSA, New Delhi, India.
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Allahabad, India.
  • Member of the International Society of Environmental Botanists, Lucknow, India
  • SERB Women Excellence Award 2014 by SERB, GoI.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences-2012 conferred by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, India.
  • NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (2012) the NASI, Allahabad, India.
  • INSPIRE Faculty Award (2011) by DST, GoI.
  • Dr D S Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship 2012 by UGC, GoI (not availed).
  • DBT Research Associateship (2011) by DBT, GoI (not availed).
  • Member of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), India.
  • International Travel Grant (2010) from DST, GoI.
  • CSIR Foreign Travel Grant 2010 from CSIR, GoI (not availed).
  • Joint CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship 2007 (Net + JRF) in Life Sciences.
  • CEEB-JNU Fellowship from DBT, GoI for Post-Graduation in Agricultural Biotechnology (2005 - 2007).
  • Summer Research Fellowship for Life Sciences (May to July 2006) from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru.
  • University Gold Medal, Merit Scholarship & two Memorial Cash Awards (2001-2005) by the Assam Agricultural University, India for standing first in order of merit in BSc (Agri.).

Conferences/Seminars/Workshops (2019 onwards)

  1. Invited Speaker at the Expert Talk programme of Kendriya Vidyalaya, R K Puram, New Delhi on 22 March 2024.
  2. Invited Speaker at the International conference on “Ethnopharmacology for the development of Phytopharmaceuticals” held at CSIR-IIIM, Jammu during 16-18 February 2024.
  3. Invited as a Speaker at the ICAR training programme on Agri-derived nutrients and nutraceuticals for innovative health foods: Tools and strategies organized by Division of Biochemistry, IARI New Delhi during 15 December – 4 January 2024.
  4. Invited Speaker at the national conference on “Ethnopharmacology for Bio-economy: The New Paradigm (EBNP-2023)” held at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat during 28-30 November 2023.
  5. Coordinated NIScPR SVASTIK Lecture series on the occasion of National Ayurveda Day 2023 on 09 November 2023.
  6. Coordinated NIScPR SVASTIK Lecture series on the occasion of World Food Day 2023 on 18 October 2023.
  7. Coordinated NIScPR SVASTIK Lecture series on Yoga on 25 July 2023 with Padmashri Dr H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA University as the expert.
  8. Invited Speaker at the International Conference on NEP-2020: Catalyzing Quality Academic Multidisciplinary Research and New National Research Foundation organized by Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University Jaipur during 15-16 May 2023.
  9. Invited Speaker at the Mother’s Day programme organized by Bioclues on 13 May 2023.
  10. Invited Speaker at the Panel discussion on Arogyasamskriti: The Medical Heritage of Ancient India, organized by the Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kollam on April 16, 2024.
  11. Coordinated the successful organisation of the International Conference CDTK-2023 during 14-15 February 2023.
  12. Coordinator the successful organization of the national workshop on medicinal plants during 14-15 February 2023.
  13. Invited Speaker at the Hands-on workshop on "Taxonomic identification & authentication of medicinal and aromatic plants & crude drugs in biodiversity conservation, traditional knowledge and drug discovery“R initiative to Communicate India’s Scientifically Validated Traditional Knowledge to the Society” at CSIR-IIIM, Jammu on 24th March 2023.
  14. Invited speaker at HySci 2023 Conference at National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Hyderabad on 17th March, 2023.
  15. Invited Speaker/panelist in 04 panel discussions during HySci 2023 conference at National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad on 17th March. 2023.
  16. Invited Resource Person/Speaker at one day Assamese workshop on “Engaging and creative ways of communicating science in Assamese: Popular stories, videos, podcasts and social media” on 6th March 2023 at CSIR-NIScPR, New Delhi.
  17. Invited speaker at Deshbandhu College, University of on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 6th March 2023.
  18. Invited Speaker at “Build Future Science Enthusiasts with INYAS” - Training program & scientific visit for students of class 8th to 12th at IIT Delhi on 26th November 2022.
  19. Invited Speaker at a workshop organized by KAMP (Knowledge and Awareness mapping Platform) on “Our Heritage: Indian Traditional Knowledge” for school children on 13th October 2022.
  20. Invited Speaker at the International Conference on Plant Genetic Engineering and Genome Editing at Central University of Kerala, Kasargod during 27-29 October 2022.
  21. Invited Speaker at the CSIR success story webinar on SVASTIK @#80Years_80SuccessStories organized by CSIR Hq on 22nd August 2022.
  22. Invited Speaker at the INYAS flagship event “WiSDoM (Women in Scientific Domain)” about the Journey of Outstanding Young Women Scientists working in STEM on 13th July 2022 and shared my journey in science with the participants.
  23. Invited Speaker at Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) flagship programme “Rural Science Education and Training Utility Program (RuSETUP)” at IIT Delhi on 9th July 2022.
  24. Invited Speaker at a Science Awareness Workshop on “Recent Trends in Healthcare Research" conducted at Gurugram Global College of Pharmacy, Farukhnagar, Haryana by INYAS on 28th May 2022.
  25. Invited Speaker at the SERB Karyashala on Hands on training on Scholarly Publications on 15th May 2022 at CSIR-NIScPR, New Delhi.
  26. Coordinated and conducted a brainstorming meeting on “Indian Architectural Heritage” with participation of eminent experts from IIT Bombay, School of Planning & Architecture Delhi, School of Planning & Architecture Vijayawada, TKDL Unit and Professional Architects.
  27. Coordinated and conducted a brainstorming meeting on “Indian Ways of Education and Philosophy” with participation of eminent experts from IIT Bombay, Samskrit Promotion Foundation, Kurukshetra University, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan.
  28. Coordinated and conducted a brainstorming meeting on “Traditional Foods and Agriculture” with participation of eminent experts from IIT Bombay, CSIR-CFTRI, GBPUA&T, and HESCO.
  29. Coordinated the third NIScPR SVASTIK Lecture Series on the theme “Science behind Yoga” on 17th June 2022 to commemorate the International Day of Yoga.
  30. Coordinated the CSIR-NIScPR International Day of Yoga programmes including a quiz competition, Yoga camp and lecture by expert as a member of the committee in June 2022.
  31. Coordinated the first NIScPR SVASTIK Lecture Series on the theme “Traditional Foods for Better Nutrition, Environment and Life” on 22nd October 2021 to commemorate the World Food Day.
  32. Coordinated the second NIScPR SVASTIK Lecture Series on the theme “Marvels of Indian Metallurgy” on 15th November 2021 to commemorate the National Metallurgists’ Day.
  33. Coordinated NIScPR Foundation Day Lecture on the topic “Indian Traditional Knowledge: An Endless Continuum” and also a SVASTIK brainstorming session on 14th January 2022.
  34. Coordinated CSIR-NIScPR-India International Centre Webinar on “Indian Knowledge System” and proposed Vote of Thanks on 03rd February, 2022.
  35. Invited Speaker in an Interdisciplinary Refresher Course in "Information Communication Technology" organized D.D.U. Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur on 5th October 2021.
  36. Invited Speaker at Faculty Lecture Series on “Plant Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge for Food Security” organized by CSIR-NIScPR, New Delhi on 21.09.2021.
  37. Invited Resource person/Speaker at a two-weeks workshop on “Plant Genetic Resources Management and Utilization” organized by ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi during 19th July to 1st August 2021.
  38. Invited Resource person/Speaker in a Seven day workshop on Research Methodology & Innovations in Life Sciences” organized D.D.U. Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur during 25th to 1st July 2021.
  39. Organized a webinar on International Day of Biological Diversity 2021 on 27th May 2021 as the Coordinator.
  40. Organized a Special session on Release of Thematic Luni-Solar Calendar “Food as Medicine” on 13th April, 2021 as the Coordinator.
  41. Invited Speaker at International symposium on “Advances in Plant Biotechnology and Genome Editing” & 42nd Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association during 8th-10th April 2021.
  42. Coordinated Sustainable Development Vertical and Biodiversity Conclave at India International Science Festival 2020 organized by Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences & Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in collaboration with Vijanana Bharati by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research during 22nd to 25th December, 2020.
  43. Attended the We-VIDYA Workshop on Introductory R for Data Science, organised by University of Cambridge in collaboration with NIPGR, DST-KIRAN and the Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) with full scholarship from 14th-17th December, 2020.
  44. Invited Speaker at a webinar on “Pandemics and hunger: Mainstreaming millets for addressing food and nutritional security” organized by University of Hyderabad, Telangana on 08th June, 2020.
  45. Invited Speaker at Young Science Leader Programme organized by Department of Botany, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda on 19th July, 2020. The YouTube video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLHqgFtI-jw&t=5s
  46. Invited Speaker in the Refresher Course in Botany (Batch XIII) at CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai on 09th October, 2020.
  47. Invited Speaker at Faculty Development Programme on "Innovation in Scientific Research Methods" organized by Kirori Mal College, New Delhi on 15th October, 2020.
  48. Invited Speaker at the International Conference on Genetics and Breeding at Ch. Charan Sigh University, Meerut during 4th - 6th December, 2019.
  49. Invited Speaker at The Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru Annual General Meeting at the University of Hyderabad from 8th - 10th November, 2019.
  50. Coordinator of a session and invited speaker at The National Frontiers of Science Meeting 2019 at Samod Bagh, Jaipur from November 6-8, 2019.
  51. Coordinated programme on National Technology Day at CSIR-NISCAIR on 13th May 2019 as Team member.
  52. Coordinated programme on World Environment Day at CSIR-NISCAIR on 4th June 2019 as Team member.
  53. Coordinated programme on International Day of Yoga Celebrations at CSIR-NISCAIR on 21st June 2019 as Coordinator. 
  54. Coordinated ICSTI-DST-NISCAIR Conference (19-20 September 2019) as a Team Member.
  55. Hosted a Book reading session on National Science Day at CSIR-NISCAIR on 28th February, 2020.

International participation & collaborations

  1. Worked as a Visiting Fellow (Indo-Australia Early & Mid-Career Researchers Fellowship 2016-17) during 21 June to 20 September 2017 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  2. Worked as Guest Research Fellow sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), GoI at Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany during 22 November – 11 December 2009.
  3. Attended 40th Keystone Symposia on Abiotic Stress Tolerance Mechanisms, Water and Global Agriculture at Keystone, Colorado, USA during 17 - 22 January, 2011.

Training programmes

  1. Organized a joint CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR-AMPRI National Science Communication Orientation Training Program as Coordinator at Bhopal during 22-23 August, 2019.
  2. Attended one week training programme on Science Communication organized by CSIR-NISCAIR during 08-12 July 2019.
  3. Attended training programme on “Work-life balance for women scientists and officers” at HRDC, Ghaziabad from December 21-23, 2016.
  4. Attended training programme on “Emerging trends in science, technology and governance” at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi from February 13-17, 2017.
  5. Attended the “Induction Training Programme for Scientists” organized by CSIR-HRDC, Ghaziabad from February 01-10, 2016

 

Designation Hierarchy: Principal Scientist & Head, Traditional Knowledge Division; Editor, IJTK; Coordinator, SVASTIK; Associate Professor, AcSIR