Senior Scientist
Plant Biology
01894-233339 Ext. 491
M.Sc in Biotechnology (IIT Roorkee); PhD in Botany (NEHU, Shillong)

I study evolution and development in plants and a little of both (evo-devo)

Best Oral Presentation Award APBNS 2022

DST INSPIRE Faculty Award 2012-2017

ISCA Young Scientist Award 2011-2012

ISCA Best Poster Presentation Award 2010-2011

Peer-reviewed journals

1. Agrawal, A., Devi, M., Dhiman, K., Dkhar, J. (2023) A note on the identity of the spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi, Caprifoliaceae) based on DNA sequence data. Phytotaxa 578 (2): 213-218.

2. Agrawal, A., Pareek, A., Dkhar, J. (2022) Genetic basis of carnivorous leaf development. Frontiers in Plant Science 12: 825289.

3. *Dkhar, J., Bhaskar, Y.K., Lynn, A., Pareek, A. (2020) Pitchers of Nepenthes khasiana express several digestive-enzyme encoding genes, harbor mostly fungi and probably evolved through changes in the expression of leaf polarity genes. BMC Plant Biology 20: 524. (*corresponding author)

4. *Dkhar, J., Pareek, A. (2019) ASYMMETRIC LEAVES1 and REVOLUTA are the key regulatory genes associated with pitcher development in Nepenthes khasiana. Scientific Reports 9: 6318. (*corresponding author)

5. Bagri, J., Yadav, A., Anwar, K., Dkhar, J., Singla-Pareek, S.L., Pareek, A. (2017) Metabolic shift in sugars and amino acids regulates sprouting in Saffron corm. Scientific Reports 7: 11904.

6. *Dkhar, J., Pareek, A. (2014) What determines a leaf's shape. EvoDevo 5: 47. (*corresponding author)

7. *Dkhar, J., Kumaria, S., Rama Rao, S., Tandon, P. (2013) New insights into character evolution, hybridization and diversity of Indian Nymphaea (Nymphaeaceae): evidence from molecular and morphological data. Systematics and Biodiversity 11: 77 – 86. (*corresponding author)

8. Sharma, S. K., Dkhar, J., Kumaria, S., Tandon, P., Rama Rao, S. (2012) Assessment of phylogenetic inter-relationships in the genus Cymbidium (Orchidaceae) based on internal transcribed spacer region of rDNA. Gene 495: 10-15. 

9. Dkhar, J., Kumaria, S., Rama Rao, S., Tandon, P. (2012) Sequence characteristics and phylogenetic implications of the nrDNA Internal Transcribed Spacers (ITS) in the genus Nymphaea with focus on some Indian representatives. Plant Systematics and Evolution 298: 93-108. 

10. Dkhar, J., Kumaria, S., Tandon, P. (2011) Molecular adaptation of the chloroplast matK gene in Nymphaea tetragona, a critically rare and endangered plant of India. Plant Genetic Resources 9: 193-196. 

11. Dkhar, J., Kumaria, S., Tandon, P. (2011) Nymphaea alba var. rubra is a hybrid of N. alba and N. odorata as evidenced by molecular analysis. Annales Botanici Fennici 48: 317-324. 

12. Dkhar, J., Kumaria, S., Rama Rao, S., Tandon, P. (2010) Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomic reassessment of four Indian representatives of the genus Nymphaea. Aquatic Botany 93: 135–139. 


Book Chapters

1. Dkhar, J., Paul, A (2022) Transcription factors and their role in leaf senescence. In: Plant Transcription Factors Contribution in Development, Metabolism, and Environmental Stress(Eds. Srivastava, V., Mishra, S., Mehrotra, S., Upadhyay, S.). Academic Press, Elsevier.

2. Paul, A., Longchar, B., Dkhar, J. (2021) Tropane Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Plants: Insights from Transcriptome Analysis. In: Tropane Alkaloids (Eds. Srivastava, V., Mehrotra, S., Mishra, S.). Springer, Singapore.

3. Shailani, A., Wungrampha, S., Dkhar, J., Singla-Pareek, S.L., Pareek, A. (2021) Genetic Improvement of Rice for Food and Nutritional Security. In: Genetically Modified Crops (Eds. Kavi Kishor, P.B., Rajam, M.V., Pullaiah, T). Springer, Singapore.

4. Joshi, R., Dkhar, J., Singla-Pareek, S.L., Pareek, A. (2019) Molecular Mechanism and Signaling Response of Heavy Metal Stress Tolerance in Plants. In: Plant-Metal Interactions (Eds. Srivastava, S., Srivastava, A., Suprasanna, P). Springer, Cham.

5. Sharan, A., **Dkhar, J., Singla-Pareek, S.L., Pareek, A. (2017) Crosstalk Between Gibberellins and Abiotic Stress Tolerance Machinery in Plants. In: Mechanism of Plant Hormone Signaling under Stress (Ed., Pandey, G.K). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. (**equal contribution)

6. Dkhar, J. (2015) Analysis of genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationship in the genus Nymphaea using DNA profiling. In: Biotechnological Approaches in Ex Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources of Northeast India (Eds., Kumaria, S., Choudhury, H., Das, M). Excel India Publishers, New Delhi.



1. Joshi, R., Dkhar, J., Bhattacharya, A. (2020) Bamboo Resources at CSIR-IHBT. Volume I. CSIR-IHBT, Palampur.

2. Joshi, R., Dkhar, J. (2022) Bamboo Resources at CSIR-IHBT. Volume II. CSIR-IHBT, Palampur.


Ms. Kiran Dhiman, UGC-JRF (AcSIR PhD Student 2020)

Ms. Manisha Devi, CSIR-JRF (AcSIR PhD Student 2021)

Ms. Arpita Agrawal, Project Associate I (SERB-SRG Project)

Mr. Rishi Raj, Lab Assistant


Please feel free to contact me for a PhD or Postdoctoral position in the lab.

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