Biotechnology
Principal Scientist
Molecular Genetics & Genomics
01894-233339 Ext. 358,458
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Ph.D.

Our current efforts are to exploit NextGen Sequencing technologies for identification genome wide molecular markers and high throughput genotyping for dissection of complex traits, plant diversity evaluation and genome mapping in tea, stevia and targeted plant species of north western Himalayan region.


Publications (* Corresponding author)

2017

1. G. Singh, Gagandeep Singh, P. Singh, R. Parmar , N. Paul, R. Vashist, M. K. Swarnkar, A. Kumar, S. Singh, A.K. Singh, S. Kumar, R. K. Sharma* (2017) Molecular dissection of transcriptional reprogramming of steviol glycosides synthesis in leaf tissue during developmental phase transitions in Stevia rebaudiana Bert. Nature Scientific Reports 7: 11835  DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-12025-y.

2. P. Singh, Gagandeep Singh, A. Bhandawat, G. Singh, R. Parmar, R. Seth, R. K. Sharma* (2017) Spatial transcriptome analysis provides insights of key gene(s) involved in steroidal saponin biosynthesis in medicinally important herb Trillium govanianum. Nature Scientific Reports 7:45295 DOI: 10.1038/srep45295.

3. A Bhandawat, Gagandeep Singh, R Seth, P Singh, R.K Sharma*  (2017) Genome-Wide Transcriptional Profiling to Elucidate Key Candidates Involved in Bud Burst and Rattling Growth in a Subtropical Bamboo (Dendrocalamus hamiltonii). Front.PlantSci.7:2038. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.02038. 

4. G.Kumar, K. Gupta1, S. Pathania , M. K. Swarnkar, U.K. Rattan, G. Singh, R. K. Sharma , A. K. Singh (2017) Chilling Affects Phytohormone and Post-Embryonic Development Pathways during Bud Break and Fruit Set in Apple (Malus domestica Borkh.). Nature Scientific Reports 7:42593. doi: 10.1038/srep42593 

 2016

5. K. Jayaswall, P. Mahajan, G. Singh, R. Parmar, R. Seth, A. Raina, M.K .Swarnkar, A.K. Singh, R. Sankar, R.K. Sharma* (2016). Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Candidate Genes involved in Blister Blight defense in Tea (Camellia sinensis(L) Kuntze). Nature Scientific Reports 6, 30412; doi: 10.1038/srep30412 (2016).

6. S. Singh . D. Dhyani . A. Nag . R. K. Sharma (2016) Morphological and molecular characterization revealed high species level diversity among cultivated, introduced and wild roses (Rosa sp.) of western Himalayan region. Genet Resour Crop Evol DOI 10.1007/s10722-016-0377-0

 2015

7. Unamba CI, Nag A and Sharma RK* (2015). Next Generation Sequencing technologies: The doorway to the unexplored genomics of non-model plants. Front. Plant Sci. 6:1074. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01074.

8. A. Nag , P.S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2014) Genetic diversity of high-elevation populations of an endangered medicinal plant, AoB Plant aobpla/plu076, doi:10.1093.

9. V. Kumar, A. Bhandawat, H. Sharma, A. Nag, R.K. Sharma* (2015). Novel microsatellite markers identification and diversity characterization in Pteris cretica L. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 25:104–110. DOI 10.1007/s13562-015-0316-8

10. A. Bhandawat, G. Singh, A. Raina, J. Kaur, R. K. Sharma* (2015 Development of genic SSR marker resource from RNA-Seq data in Dendrocalamus latiflorus. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 25:179–190. DOI 10.1007/s13562-015-0323-9

11.P. Singh, A. Nag, R. Parmar, S. Ghosh, B. S. Bhau, R.K. Sharma* (2015) Genetic diversity and population structure of endangered Aquilaria malaccensis revealed potential for future conservation. Journal of Genetics 94, 697–704

2014

12. R. K. Sharma*, A. Chaudhary, H. Sharma, P. Bhardwaj, V. Sharma, R. Kumar, P. S. Ahuja (2014) Identification and cross-species amplification of microsatellite markers derived from expressed sequence data of rose species. J Plant Biochem & Biotechnol 24(3):359–364 DOI 10.1007/s13562-014-0287-1

13. P. Singh, H. Sharma, B.S. Bhau, R. K. Sharma* (2014) Development and characterization of polymorphic microsatellites markers in endangered Aquilaria malaccensis. Conservation Genetics Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0287-4

14. A. Bhandawat, H. Sharma, A. Nag, S. Singh, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2014) Functionally relevant novel microsatellite markers for efficient genotyping in Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. Journal of Genetics 93: e75–e81.

15. A. Bhandawat, V. Sharma, H. Sharma, A. Sood, R. K. Sharma* (2014) Development and cross transferability of functionally relevant microsatellite markers in Dendrocalamus latiflorus and related bamboo species. Journal of Genetics 93, e48–e55

16. Kumar, N. Taneja, R. K. Sharma, H. Sharma, T. Ramamurthy, M. Sharma (2014) Molecular characterization of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli isolated from diverse sources from India by multiple locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA). Epidemiology and Infection 2014 142(12):2572-82. doi: 10.1017/S0950268814000065.

17. P. K. Bajpai, A. R. Warghat, R. K. Sharma, A. Yadav, A. K. Thakur, R.B. Srivastava, and Tsering Stobdan (2014) Structure and genetic diversity of natural populations of Morus alba in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region. Biochemical Genetics 52:137–152.

18. P. Bhardwaj, R. K. Sharma, R. Kumar, H. Sharma, P. S. Ahuja (2014) SSR Marker Based DNA Fingerprinting and Diversity Assessment in Superior Tea Germplasm Cultivated in Western Himalaya. Proc Indian Natn Sci Acad 80 (1): 157-162

2013

19. P. Bhardwaj, R. Kumar, H. Sharma, R. Tewari, P. S. Ahuja and R. K. Sharma * (2013) Development and utilization of genomic and genic microsatellite markers in Assam tea (Camellia assamica spp. assamica) and related Camellia species. Plant Breeding 132: 748–763

20. A. Nag, P. Bhardwaj, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2013) Identification and Characterisation of 20 novel unigene derived microsatellite markers in Podophyllum hexandrum. Journal of Genetics 92: e4-e7.

21. A. Nag, P. Gupta, V. Sharma, A. Sood, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2013). AFLP and RAPD based genetic diversity assessment of industrially important reed bamboo (Ochlandra travancorica Benth). J. Plant Biochem & Biotechnol: 22 1:144-149.

22. S. Singh, R. K. Sud, A. Gulati, R. Joshi, A. K. Yadav, R. K. Sharma (2013) Germplasm appraisal of western Himalayan tea: a breeding strategy for yield and quality improvement. Genetic Resources & Crop Evolution  60:1501–1513. 

2012

23. S. N. Raina, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma et al (2012). Genetic structure and diversity of India Hybrid Tea. Genetic Resources & Crop Evolution 59:1527–1541 doi:10.1007/s10722-011-9782-6. 

24. G. Korekar, R. K. Sharma, R. Kumar, Meenu, N.C. Bisht, R. B. Srivastava, P. S. Ahuja, T. Stobdan (2012). Identification and validation of sex-linked SCAR markers in dioecious Hippophae rhamnoides L. (Elaeagnaceae). Biotechnol Lett, 34:973–978.

25. K. Siva Raju, R.K. Sharma, T.G.K. Murthy (2012). Genetic and Evolutionary relationship among Nicotina species as elucidated by AFLP. The Journal of Agricultural Science 7:135-144. 

2011

26. H. Sharma, R. Kumar, V. Sharma, V. Kumar, P. Bhardwaj, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2011) Identification and cross-species transferability of 112 Novel unigene-derived microsatellite markers in tea (Camellia sinensis). Am. J. Bot. 98:e133-e138.

27. R. Mehta, V. Sharma, A. Sood, M. Sharma, R.K. Sharma* (2011) Induction of somatic embryogenesis and analysis of genetic fidelity of in vitro derived plantlets of Bambusa nutans Wall. using AFLP markers. Eur J Forest Res 130:729–736. 

28. Mishra, N. Taneja, R. K. Sharma, R. Kumar, N.C. Sharma, M. Sharma (2011) Amplified fragment length polymorphism of clinical and environmental Vibrio cholerae from a freshwater environment in a cholera-endemic area, India. BMC Infectious Diseases 11:249. 

29. M. Swapna, K. Sivaraju, R. K. Sharma, N. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra (2011). Single-Strand Conformational Polymorphism of EST-SSRs: A Potential Tool for Diversity Analysis and Varietal Identification in Sugarcane. Plant Mol Biol Rep 29:505–513. 

30. H. Kaur Nadha, R. Kumar, R. K. Sharma, M. Anand, A. Sood (2011) Evaluation of clonal fidelity of in vitro raised plants of Guadua angustifolia Kunth using DNA-based markers. J Med Plants Research (JMPR) 5:5636-5641. 

2010

31. S.M. Kamunya, F.N. Wachira, R.S. Pathak, R. Korir, V. Sharma, R. Kumar, P. Bhardwaj, R. Chalo , P.S. Ahuja and R. K. Sharma* (2010) Genomic mapping and testing for quantitative trait loci in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze). Tree Genetics & Genomes 6:915–929. 

32. R. K. Sharma*, M. S. Negi, S. Sharma, P. Bhardwaj, R. Kumar, E. Bhattachrya, S. B. Tripathi, D. Vijayan, A. R. Baruah, S. C. Das, B. Bera, R. Rajkumar, J. Thomas, R. K. Sud, N. Muraleedharan, M. Hazarika, M. Lakshmikumaran, S. N. Raina, and P. S. Ahuja (2010). AFLP-based genetic diversity assessment of commercially important tea germplasm in India. Biochemical Genetics 48:549–564. 

33. S. M. Kamunya, F. N. Wachira, P. Okinda Owuor, R. S. Pathak, J. K. Wanyoko, R. K. Sharma and R. C. Muoki (2010). Quantitative genetic parameters for yield, drought tolerance and some quality traits in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze. Research J of Agri Sci 1(2): 53-65.

34. R. K. Singh, R. K. Sharma, A. K. Singh, S. P. Tewari and T. Mohapatra (2010). Cost effective method for detection of admixture in traditional Basmati rice using mapped sequence tagged microsatellite markers. Natl Acad Sci Lett 33: 341-346.

2009

35. R. K. Sharma*, P. Bhardwaj, R. Negi, T. Mohapatra and P. S. Ahuja (2009). Identification, characterization and utilization of unigene derived microsatellite markers in tea (Camellia sinensis, L). BMC Plant Biology 9:53.

36. Vikas Sharma, Pankaj Bhardwaj, Rahul Kumar, Ram Kumar Sharma*, Anil Sood, Paramvir Singh Ahuja (2009). Identification and cross-species amplification of EST derived SSR markers in different bamboo species. Conservation Genetics 10:721–724. 

37. K. Kaul, S. Karthigeyan, D. Dhyani, N. Kaur, R.K. Sharma, P.S. Ahuja (2009). Morphological and molecular analyses of Rosa damascena x R. bourboniana interspecific hybrids. Scientia Horticulturae 122 (2009) 258–263.

38. K. P. Mohapatra , R. N. Sehgal, R. K. Sharma, T. Mohapatra (2009). Genetic analysis and conservation of endangered medicinal tree species Taxus wallichiana in the Himalayan region. New Forests 37:109–121. 

39. S. M. Kamunya, F. N. Wachira, R. S. Pathak, R. C. Muoki, J. K. Wanyoko, W. K. Ronno and R. K. Sharma (2009). Quantitative genetic parameters in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze): I. combining abilities for yield, drought tolerance and quality traits. African Journal of Plant Science 3 : 093–101. 

2008

40. R.K. Sharma*, P. Gupta, V. Sharma, A. Sood, T. Mohapatra and P. S. Ahuja (2008). Evaluation of rice and sugarcane SSR markers for phylogenetic and genetic diversity analyses in bamboo. Genome 51: 91-103. 

41. S. G. Krishnan, R.K. Sharma, K. A. Rajkumar, M. Joseph, V. P. Singh, A. K. Singh, K. V. Bhatt, N. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra (2008). Integrating marker assisted background analysis with foreground selection for identification of superior bacterial blight resistant recombinants in Basmati rice. Plant Breeding 127, 131—139.

42. S. Karthigeyan, S. Rajkumar, R. K. Sharma, Ashu Gulati, R.K. Sud and P.S.Ahuja (2008). High level of genetic diversity between the selected accessions of Tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) from abandoned Tea gardens in western Himalaya. Biochemical Genetics 46:810–819. 

43. K. P. Mohapatra, R. N. Sehgal, R. K. Sharma and T. Mohapatra (2008). Evaluation of genetic variation in west Himalayan yew and its associates using RAPD and AFLP markers. J Plant Biochem & Biotechnol 17: 161-165.

44. K. Siva Raju, M. S. Madhav, R. K. Sharma, T. G. K. Murthy and T. Mohapatra (2008). Genetic polymorphism of Indian tobacco types as revealed by amplified fragment length polymorphism. Current Science 94 (5): 633-639. 

45. K. Siva Raju, M. S. Madhav, R. K. Sharma, T. G. K. Murthy, N. K. Singh, K. C. Bansal, K. R. Koundal and T. (2008). Molecular diversity in Indian tobacco types as revealed by randomly amplified DNA polymorphism. J Plant Biochem & Biotech 17: 51-56. 

2007

46. N. Kaur, R. K. Sharma, D. Dhyani, S. Karthigeyan and P. S. Ahuja (2007). Molecular characterization of Interspecific hybrids of scented roses using RAPD markers. Acta Hortic (ISHS) 751:175-179. 

47. K. P. Mohapatra, R. N. Sehgal, R. K. Sharma and T. Mohapatra (2007). Population genetic structure of endangered tree species Taxus wallichiana Zucc. In the western Himalaya. Indian Journal of Genetics & Plant Breeding 67 (4): 352-357.

48. N. Kaur, R. K. Sharma, M. Sharma, V. Singh, P. S. Ahuja (2007). Molecular evaluation and micropropagation of field selected elites of R. damascena. General & Applied Plant Physiology 2007, 33 : 171-186.

2006

49. A. K. Singh#, R. K. Sharma#, N. K. Singh, K. C. Bansal, K. R. Koundal and T. Mohapatra (2006). Genetic diversity in ber (Ziziphus spp.) revealed by AFLP markers. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 81 (2) 205–210 (# Equal contribution).

50. Mahesh C. Yadav, R. K. Sharma, S. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra (2006). Molecular differentiation of sexually incompatible strains of Agaricus bitorquis using RAPD and AFLP markers. J Plant Biochem & Biotechnol 15:109 -116. 

2004

51. R.Goswami, T. Mohapatra, N. Gupta, R. Rani, N. Tomar, A. Dikshit, R. K. Sharma (2004). Parathyroid Hormone Gene Polymorphism and Sporadic Idiopathic Hypoparathyroidism. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 89(10):4840–4845.

52. Minu Joseph, S. Gopalakrishnan, R. K. Sharma, A. K. Singh, V. P. Singh, N. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra (2004). Combining bacterial blight resistance and Basmati quality characteristics by phenotypic and molecular marker assisted selection in rice. Molecular Breeding 13: 377-387. 

53. R. K. Singh, R. K. Sharma, A. K. Singh, V. P. Singh, N. K. Singh, S. P. Tewari and T. Mohapatra (2004). Suitability of mapped STMS markers for establishing DUS in aromatic rice. Euphytica 135:135-143. 

54. N. Nandakumar, A. K. Singh, R. K. Sharma, T. Mohapatra, K.V. Prabhu, F.U. Zaman (2004). Molecular fingerprinting of hybrids and assessment of genetic purity of hybrid seeds in rice using microsatellite markers. Euphytica 136: 257-264. 

55. Anil Kant, S. K. Sharma, Rajan Sharma, R.K. Sharma and T. Mohapatra (2004). Identification of RAPD and AFLP markers Linked with rust gene in Lentil. Crop Improvement 31: 1-10. 

 

2003

 

56. Gyan P. Misra, R. K. Singh, T. Mohapatra, A. K. Singh, K.V. Prabhu, F.U. Zaman and R. K. Sharma (2003). Molecular Mapping of a gene for fertility restoration of wild abortive (WA) cytoplasmic male sterility using a Basmati rice restorer line. J Plant Biochem & Biotechnol 12: 37-42. 

57. T. Mohapatra, Krishanpal, S.S. Singh, S.C. Swain, R. K. Sharma and N. K. Singh (2003). STMS based DNA fingerprints of the new plant type wheat lines. Current Science 84: 1125- 1128. 

1997

58. R. K. Sharma, Ashok Ahuja and B.L. Kaul (1997). A rapid regeneration system in Hyoscymus muticus L from segment callus cultures. Journal Indian Botanical Society 76: 301-302. 

1996

59. R. K. Sharma, Ashok Ahuja and B.L. Kaul (1996). In vitro response of cultured tissue of Hyoscymus muticus to antibiotic kanamycin. Journal Indian Botanical Society 75: 129-30.

 

Book Chapters : 7 Nos

 

1.R. Kumar, Kuldip, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2015) Status and Opportunities of Molecular Breeding Approaches for Genetic Improvement of Tea. Spinger International Publishing Switzerland, V.R. Rajpal et al. (eds.),Molecular Breeding for Sustainable Crop Improvement, Sustainable Development and Biodiversity 11, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-27090-6_5 (ISBN 978-3-319-27 090-6).

2.R. K. Sharma*, P. Bhardwaj, R. Kumar, H. Sharma and P. S. Ahuja (2012)Tea Applied Genomics: utilizing genetic variability and current genomic tools to enhance productivity. Science of Tea Technology edited by P. S. Ahuja et al, pp 63- 88. (ISBN 978-81-7233- 831-2)

3.Anil Sood, Madhu Sharma, Amita Bhattacharya, Sanjay Kumar, R. K. Sharma, P. K. Nagar, Om Prakash, P. S. Ahuja (2012). Recent Innovations in Tea Biotechnology. Science of Tea Technology edited by P. S. Ahuja et al, pp 431- 476.( ISBN 978-81-7233- 831-2)

4.S. M. Kamunya, F. N. Wachira, R. S. Pathak, Richard C. Muoki, R. K. Sharma (2012). Tea improvement in Kenya. Adavnced Topics in Science & Technology in China, Gobal tea Breeding, Edited by Ling chen, Zeno Apostolides, Zong-Mao , pp 177-217. (ISBN 978-3-642-31 878-8). 

5.Sood, A. Bhattacharya, M. Sharma, R. K. Sharma, H. Kaur Nadha, P. Sood, R. Mehta, D. Kaur, J. Brar, P. S. Ahuja (2013) Somatic Embryogenesis and Agrobacterium Mediated Genetic Transformation in Bamboos. Somatic Embryogenesis and Genetic Transformation in Plants Editors: Junaid Aslam, P.S. Srivastava and M.P. Sharma Copyright © 2013 Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi (ISBN-13: 978-81848722 79)

6.S. Kumar, A. Paul, A. Bhattacharya, R. K. Sharma, and P. S. Ahuja, 2011. Tea: Present Status and Strategies to Improve Abiotic Stress Tolerance. In Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress -Omics Approaches, Edited by N. Tuteja, A. F. Tiburcio, S. Singh Gill, R. Tuteja, 2011. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, pp (ISBN-10: 3527328408)

7.R. K. Sharma, Ashok Ahuja, M. Sharada and C.M. Govil (2009). Biochemical changes associated with morphogenesis in saffron. In, Plant Tissue Culture and Moelcular Markers; Their Role in Improving Crop Productivity. Edited by Ashwani Kumar, N.S. Shekhawat, Sudhir Sopory, 2009 I.K. International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd.. New Delhi, India, pp 531-547.  (97881898661 05)

 

 

Presentations: International/ National (Conferences / workshops) : 37 Nos.

 

1.A. Bhandawat , G. Singh, R.K. Sharma (2016). Next generation global transcriptome sequencing to expedite genetic characterization efforts in bamboo. Poster presentation during international Plant and Animal Genome conference held during January 9-13, 2016 at San Diego, USA.

2.H. Thakur, N. Kumar, V.Shanmugam. R. K. Sharma (2016). Microbial profiling of diseased and disease free ginger rhizosphere soils and utilization in biocontrol of rhizome rot. IPS 6th International Conference on “Plant, Pathogens and People”, held during 23-27th February 2016, at NASC Complex, New Delhi.

3.A. Bhandawat , G. Singh, R. K. Sharma  (2015) Genome wide transcriptome profiling to unravel mechanism of growth in a subtropical bamboo. Poster presentation during International Plant Physiology Congress held during December 11-14, 2015, at JNU, New Delhi.

4.R. Seth, A. S. Raina,  A. Bhandawat,  R. Parmar , G. Singh, R. K. Sharma (2015). Next generation transcriptome sequencing to elucidate molecular mechanism of Self-incompatibility in tea. Poster presentation during International Plant Physiology Congress held during December 11-14, 2015, at JNU, New Delhi.

5.R. Parmar, G. Singh, Kuldip,  A. S. Raina, A. Bhandawat,  R. Seth, R. K. Sharma (2015).  NGS Based Transcriptome Sequencing of Multiple Diverse Genotypes : An Efficient Approach to Develop Functionally Relevant Marker Resource in Tea. Poster presentation during International Plant Physiology Congress held during December 11-14, 2015, at JNU, New Delhi.

6.A. Bhandawat , G. Singh, R.K. Sharma(2015). Development of Microsatellite Marker Resources for Genetic Characterization of Economically important Bamboo, Dendrocalamus latiflorus” in national symposium on “Germplasm to genes: Harnessing biotechnology for food security and health”. Poster presentation during SPBB conference held during August 9-11, 2015, at NASC Complex, New Delhi.

7.A. Raina, N. Paul, R. K. Sharma* (2015). Genomic resource creation for genetic diversity characterization and implementation of marker assisted selection in Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni” Paper presented in national symposium on “Germplasm to genes: Harnessing Biotechnology for Food Security and Health” organised by SPBB at NAAS campus, New Delhi during August 9-11, 2015.

8.P. Singh, G. Singh, A. Bhandawat, R. K. Sharma* (2015). Next generation sequencing efforts to create genomic resource in Trillium govanianum. Oral presentation in International conference on Medicinal plants (ICOMP-2015): Resource for Affordable New Generation Healthcare held at Indra Gandhi Prististhan, Gomti Nagar organized by CIMAP, Lucknow during March 19-22, 2015.

9.R. K. Sharma*, R. Parmar, G. Singh, A.S. Raina, Kuldip, A.Bhandawat, R. Seth, H. Sharma, A. K. Singh, P. S. Ahuja (2015) Exploiting Next generation sequencing for creation of geneomic resources in Tea. Paper presented in 5th International Conference on Next Generation Genomics & Integrated Breeding for Crop improvement, held at ICRISAT, Patancheru, India during February 18-20. 2015.

10.A. Bhandawat, G. Singh, A.S. Raina, R. K. Sharma* (2015). Transcriptome Sequencing for Dissecting Growth Mechanism of a Commercially Important Sub-Tropical Bamboo - Dendrocalamus hamiltonii. Abstract in Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXIII (PAG) held at San Diego, USA, during January 10-14, 2015

11.A. Bhandawat, G. Singh, V. Sharma, M. K. Swarnkar, A. K. Singh, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma* (2014) Development and characterization of transcriptome derived functionally relevant SSR marker resource in Equisetum ramosissimum. Oral presentation in National conference on modern Approaches to Pteridophytes: Biology, biodiversity and Bioresource held at CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur during December 20-21, 2014. 

12.R. K. Sharma, Kuldip, R. Parmar, H. Sharma, G.Singh, R. Seth, A. S. Raina, S. Singh, P. S. Ahuja (2014) Genomic opportunities for genetic improvement and rejuvenation of tea cultivation in Himachal Pradesh, Oral presentation in Bio-Technology section of 1st Himachal Pradesh Science Congress “Role of Science & Technology in Sustainable Development” held at Hotel Peterhoff, Shimla on October 15-16, 2014.

13.Kuldeep, P. Mahajan, R. Parmar, R. Seth, M. Swarnkar,S. Singh, Ravishankar, A.K. Singh, P.S. Ahuja, R.K. Sharma (2014). Transcriptional profiling of tea to reveal the defence mechanism against blister blight disease and marker development. Oral presentation in National Conference on “Science of OMICS for Agricultural Productivity: Future Perspective” has been rescheduled from held at G.B.P.U. A & T, Pantnagar during March 4 – 6, 2014. 

14.H. Thakur, N. Kumar, V. Shanmugam, R. K. Sharma* (2014) Molecular characterization of healthy and rhizome rot infected ginger rhizosphere diversity from hot spot regions of Himachal Pradesh. Poster presented in 35th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists on “Environment and Health” held at CSK HPKV, Palampur from November 14-16, 2014 .

A.Sood, P. Sood, R. Mehata, D. Kaur, J. Brar, H. Kaur Nadha, V, Sharma, A. Bhattacharya, R.K. Sharma (2012). Biotechnological approaches for propagation, conservation and improvement of important bamboo. Paper presented in 9th World Bamboo Congress at Belgium, April 10-13, 2012. 

15.Sood, M. Sharma, A. Bhattacharya, R.K. Sharma, P. Sood, R. Mehata, V, Sharma, D. Kaur, P.S. Ahuja (2011). Bamboo propagation and improvement using biotechnological tools. Paper presented in National Symposium on recent advances in Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnological research in India during 32nd Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue culture Association, held at M.N. Institute of Applied Sciences, Bikaner, February 4-6th , 2011.

16.R. Kumar, H. Sharma, S.Singh, A. Gulati, R. K. Sud, PS Ahuja, R.K. Sharma* (2012). Development and utilization of molecular markers for genome mapping in tea (Camellia sinensis, L). Poster presented in VIPCA-I Conference “Molecular Mapping and Marker Assisted Selection in tea “held at Vienna, Austria February 8-11, 2012.

17.R.K. Sharma, R. Kumar, H. Sharma, P. Bhardwaj, S. S.Singh, A. Gulati, R. K. Sud, S. B. Tripathi, S.N Raina, V. Bhatt, M. Hazarika, P. Mohan Kumar and PS Ahuja (2012). Molecular genomics assisted genetic improvement in tea. Poster presented in International Conference on Plant Biotechnology for Food Security: New Frontiers held at National Agriculture Science Centre, New Delhi, February 21-24, 2012.

18.R. K. Sharma, C. Romay, J. Harriman, R.J. Elshire, J. Glaubitz, H. Singh, Q. Sun, M. D. McMullen, E. S. Buckler (2011) The degree of ascertainment bias in SSRs, SNPs and genotyping-bysequencing (GBS) (P-185). Poster presented in 53rd Annual Maize Genetics Conference, held at St. Charles, Illinois, USA, March 17 – March 20, 2011. 

19.P. Bhardwaj, R. Kumar, H. Sharma, P. S. Ahuja, R. K. Sharma (2010) Microsatellite Marker Development for efficient genotyping applications in tea. Poster presented in Plant and Animal Genome Conference XVIII held at SanDiego, California, USA, January 9-13, 2010. 

20.R.K. Sharma, Vikas Sharma, Priyanka Gupta, Pankaj Bhardwaj, Vishal Kumar, Rahul Kumar, Himanshu Sharma, Anil Sood, P.S. Ahuja (2009). Molecular marker applications in bamboo– genetic diversity, phylogenetic and taxonomic inferences. Paper presented in National Symposium & 30th Annual meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India): Plant propagation, conservation, modification and characterization held at Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR), Palampur, 176061, India, April 3-4, 2009. 

21.P. Bhardwaj, R. Kumar, H. Sharma, V. Sharma, V. Kumar, R. K. Sud, R. K. Sharma and P. S. Ahuja (2009). SSR based genetic diversity assessment of tea collected from abandoned gardens of western Himalaya. Paper presented in National Symposium & 30th Annual meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India): Plant propagation, conservation, modification and characterization held at Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR), Palampur, 176061, India, April 3-4, 2009. 

22.Sharma V, Sood A, Sharma RK (2009) AFLP based genetic diversity assessment of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii in Himachal Pradesh – Implications for conservation and management. National seminar on Bamboo “ Plantation Management and its Utilization”. Held at Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur from 17- 19 March, 2009

23.V. Sharma, P. Bhardwaj, R. Kumar, A. Chaudhary, V. Kumar, A. Sood, R. K. Sharma and P. S. Ahuja (2009). Phylogenetic analysis of bamboo species using EST-SSR markers. Paper presented in National Symposium & 30th Annual meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India): Plant propagation, conservation, modification and characterization held at Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR), Palampur, 176061, India, April 3-4, 2009. 

24.P. Bhardwaj, R. K. Sharma, R. Negi, R. Tewari, P.S. Ahuja (2007).EST-SSR marker development and Characterization for genome analysis in Camellia sinensis. Chandigharh Science Congress held at Panjab University Chandigarh from March 14-25, 2008.

25.R. K. Sharma, M.S. Negi,------- and Ahuja, P. S. (2007). AFLP marker-assisted rationalization of Indian tea germplasm collections. Poster presented in Plant Biology & Botany-2007, Joint Congress, Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA between July 7 -11, 2007. 

26.T. Mohapatra, V.P. Singh, A.K. Singh, S.Gopala Krishnan, M. Joseph, V. Damodharan, R.K. Sharma, K. Anand Raj Kumar and N.K. Singh (2006). Molecular breeding for pyramiding resistance to bacterial leaf blight in Basmati rice. Abstr ID: 5293, 2nd International Rice Congress, Oct. 9th - 13th, 2006, New Delhi.

27.N. Kaur, R. K. Sharma, D. Dhyani, S. Karthigeyan and P. S. Ahuja (2005). Molecular characterization of Interspecific hybrids of scented roses using RAPD markers. Poster presented in Fourth International Symposium – Rose Research and Cultivation, Santa Barbara, California, September 18-22, 2005. 

28.Sood, A. Bhattacharya, M. Sharma, R. K. Sharma and P. S. Ahuja (2005). Assessing and sustaining bamboo resources of Himachal Pradesh for sustainable development through techniques of biotechnology. Paper presented in Forest in the Balance: Linking Tradition and Technology XXII IUFRO: World Congress, August 8 -13, 2005, Brisbane, Australia and published in The International Forestry Review Vol 7(5): 55, August, 2005. 

29.R. K. Sharma, A. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra (2003). AFLP mapping of the fertility restorer gene in PRR-78, an elite Basmati restorer line that restores fertility of wild abortive (WA) cytoplasmic male sterlity in rice. Poster presented in National symposium on Advances in Genetics and Plant Breeding- Impact of DNA revolution, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, October 30-31, 2003 organized by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding & University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.

30.Gopala krishnan, S, R. K. Sharma, M. Joseph, V. P. Singh, A. K. Singh, N. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra (2003). An integrated breeding approach for bacterial blight resistance in Basmati rice. Poster presented in National symposium on Advances in Genetics and Plant Breeding- Impact of DNA revolution, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, October 30-31, 2003 organized by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding & University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.

31.P. Prakash, A. K. Singh, R. K. Sharma, T. Mohapatra, K. V. Prabhu and F. U. Zaman. Genetics and molecular mapping of fertility restorer gene(s) in the restorer lines IR40750 and MTU 9992 and validation of Rf-gene linked marker in rice. Poster presented in National symposium on Advances in Genetics and Plant Breeding- Impact of DNA revolution, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, October 30-31, 2003 organized by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding & University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.

32.N. Nandakumar, K. V. Prabhu, A. K. Singh, R. K. Sharma, T. Mohapatra and F. U. Zaman. Cumulative Marker Score Index (CMSI) – A useful tool to identify the rice hybrids. Poster presented in National symposium on Advances in Genetics and Plant Breeding- Impact of DNA revolution, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, October 30-31, 2003 organized by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding & University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.

33.R. K. Sharma, A. K. Singh and T. Mohapatra. The use of AFLP marker for analysis of genetic diversity in Indian jujube (Z izyphus mauritiana Paper presented in Biotechnology 2003, National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology: Role in Sustainable Development and 25th Meeting of Indian Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) held at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India February 17 –19, 2003.

34.T. Mohapatra, A. Dixit, A. Gazi, R.K. Sharma, A.K. Singh and N.K. Singh. Use of the BAC based physical map in functional genomics of rice. Paper presented in ” Rice Functional Genomics Workshop” held at National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, 110012- India, May 20-21, 2002.

35.R. K. Sharma, Ashok Ahuja, C.M. Govil, Sushma Koul and B.L. Kaul. Totipotency in Tissue Explants and Callus of Saffron (Crocus sativus, L). Paper presented in “National Symposium on Saffron” held at Regional Research Laboratory (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), Jammu-Tawi, 180001, India, November 25-26,1999.

36.Ashok Ahuja, Sushma Koul, R. K. Sharma and B.L. Kaul. Application of Biotechnological methods to Saffron (Crocus sativus, L). Paper presented in “National Symposium on Saffron” held at Regional Research Laboratory (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), Jammu- Tawi, 180001, India, November 25-26, 1999. 

37.Ashok Ahuja, Sushma Koul, R.K. Sharma, S. Chandra and B.L. Kaul: Root sucker propagation in vitro as a means of micropropagation of Japanese Mint. Poster paper presented in 21st EOAI seminar “Future Trends in Essential Oil” held Regional Research Laboratory (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), Jammu- Tawi, 180001, India, Sept.28-29, 1997.

 

 Invited lectures

 

1.R.K. Sharma (2017) Genomics of Non- Model Plants. Invited lecture delivered on Februray 2, 2017 at CAFT- Training programme “Recent Analytical Techniques in Statistical Genetics and Genomics” at ICAR- Indian Agricultural Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India, 

2.R. K. Sharma (2014). Creation of genomic resources and diversity characterization for efficient utilization of bamboo genetic resources in 21st century. 21st century. Invited talk on September 19, 2014, National Seminar cum Workshop- Bamboo as wood and food for 21st century held at Department of Botany, Punjab University, Chandigarh, September 18-19, 2014.

3.R.K. Sharma (2015). Next generation genomic approaches to expedite bioresource characterization and conservation efforts. Invited lecture delivered on November 27, 2015in the national Symposium of Recent Advances in Research and Development of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants- A country Scenario held During November 27-28, 2015 at State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, M.P. , Inida.  

4.R. K. Sharma, A. Bhandawat, V. Sharma, A. Sood (2014). Creation of genomic resources and diversity characterization for efficient utilization of bamboo genetic resources in 21st century. Invited talk, National Seminar cum Workshop- Bamboo as wood and food for 21st cen tury held at Department of Botany, Punjab University, Chandigarh, September 18-19, 2014.

5.R.K. Sharma: Role of molecular marker technology for characterization of diversity for conservation and genetic improvement, Lead lecture delivered in Punjab Science Congress, held at Panjab University, Chadigargh, February 7-9, 2010.

Fellowships/ Associateships/ Awards:

     ·         Indo-US Science & Technology Research Fellowship Award ( 2010)

Dr Edward S Buckler’s Maize Genetics Group, Institute of Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

·       DBT-PDF Awards (1999-2001)

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra’s Group, NRC on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi.

·       NATP-Research Associateship (2001-2004)

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra’s Group, NRCPB & Dr A.K. Singh’s Group, Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi.

 

Current Group: 

Ph.D. Scholars / Research Fellows 

1.Mr. Pradeep Singh,  Ph.D candidate

2.Ms. Rajni Parmar, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate

3.Mr. Gagandeep Singh, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate

4.Mr. Romit Seth, Junior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate

5.Ms. Himakshi Takur, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate

6.Mr. Gopal Singh, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate

7.Ms. Priyanka Dhaka, Junior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate

8.Mr Praveen Thakur, Project Assistant-II

9.Mr Vishal Kaundal, Project Assistant

Post-Doctoral Fellows 

10.Dr Praveen Dhayni, National PDF

Former Members

1.Dr. Samson M. Kamunya, CSIR-TWAS Fellow, Ph.D Candidate (Currently: Principal Breeder, TRFK, Kenya)

2.Mr. Unamba Chibuikem, TWAS Fellow Ph.D candidate (Nigeria) (2015)

Mr. Unamba Chibuikem, TED International Fellow, Ph.D candidate (Nigeria) (2017)

3.Miss Eneni M.I. Roberts, JNCASR-CICS Research Fellow (Nigeria)

4.Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D Candidate (Currently :Assistant Professor, Central Univ, Bhatinda)

5.Dr. Rahul Kumar,  Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D Candidate (Currently:Assistant Professor, DAV Univ, Jallandhar

6.Dr. Vikas Sharma,  Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D Candidate (Currently:D.S. Kothari Post-Doc Fellow)

7.Dr. Akshay Nag, Research Associate, Ph.D. candidate (Currently: National PDF, NRC on Plant Biotechnology, IARI Campus, New Delhi, India)

8.Dr. Himanshu Sharma, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D Candidate (Currently: National PDF, NABI, Chandigarh)

9.Mr. Kuldip Jayaswal, Junior Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate (Currently: ARS Scientist, NARM, Hyderabad

10.Dr Sandeep Rawat, DST Young Scientist (Currently: Scientist C, G.B.P.I.H.E.D, Almora, Uttarakhand)

11.Mr. Abhishek Bhandawat, Ph.D candidate (Thesis Submited) 

12.Ms Palak, Project Assistant-II

13.Mr Shivshankar Mittal, Project Assistant -II

14.Ms. Priyanka Gupta, Research Fellow

15.Ms. Rinu Negi, Research Fellow

16.Mr. Vishal Kumar, Junior Research Fellow, Ph.D Candidate

17.Mr Yogendra, Junior Research Fellow

18.Ms. Navgeet, Junior Research Fellow

19.Mr. Vishal Tripathi, Junior Research Fellow

20.Ms. Radhika Vashisht, Research Fellow

21.Mr. Anil Chaudhary, Project Fellow

22.Ms. Deepika Sharma, Project Fellow

23.Ms. Ragini Sharma, Project Fellow

24.Ms. Vandana, Project Fellow

 

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