Senior Scientist
Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Transformation, Functional Genomics
01894-233339, EXT-371

Plant tissue culture represents the most promising areas of application at present time and giving an out look into the future. My focus areas ranges from micropropagation of rare, endangered and threatened plants of the Himalayan region as well as economically and nutritionally important plants of cold regions. In addition, I am developing in vitro systems for rapid mass propagation of high quality, disease free and uniform planting material with focus on cost effective practices.

Current Focus:

Asafoetida, Saffron, Nardostachys, Bamboo, Potato, Picrorhiza, Tea, Monk fruit and apple.

Training of graduates, post-graduates, farmers, agriculture officers and entrepeuners in plant tissue culture.

1- 2020: Elected mamber of Plant Tissue Culture Association of India (PTCAI)

2- 2020: Assistant Professor (Biological Sciences) in Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (ACSIR).

3- 2020: Photo credit in Journal of Experimental Botany editorial 71(2):451-456

4- 2019: Third Prize in the Lightning Talk session of India-EMBO symposium 

5- 2018: Indian Society for Plant Physiology, R.D. Asana Gold Medal Award

6- 2018: Designed the cover page of Journal of Biological Chemistry, 293(14)

7- 2018: Plant Tissue Culture Association (India), Best Poster Award

8- 2016: UGC-Dr. D.S. Kothari Post Doctoral Fellowship

9- 2016: Indian Society for Plant Physiology, Young Scientist Award

10- 2013: Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Fast Track Young Scientist (Life Sciences)

11- 2012: Visiting postdoctoral researcher, Louisiana State University,  Baton Rouge, LA, USA

12- 2003: Society for Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Best Poster Award

13- CSIR-National Eligibility Test (Life Sciences)

14- ASRB-National Eligibility Test (Plant Biochemistry and Plant Physiology)

15- ASRB- National Eligibility Test (Basic Plant Sciences)

16- 2004: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

(Citations: 1400; h-index: 20; i10-index: 33; Total Impact: 96.485)

Research Articles

1. Pareek A, Joshi R, Singla-Pareek SL, Gupta KJ and Foyer C 2020. Sensing and signalling in plant stress responses: Ensuring sustainable food security in an era of climate change. New Phytologist. 228: 823-827 IF=8.512. 

2. Joshi R, Sahoo KK, Singh AK, Anwar K, Gautam RK, Krishnamurthy SL, Sopory SK, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2020. Enhancing trehalose biosynthesis improves yield potential in marker-free transgenic rice under drought, saline, and sodic conditions. Journal of Experimental Botany. 71(2): 653-668. IF= 5.908 

3. Joshi R, Bhattacharya P, Sairam RK, Sathee L and Chinnusamy V 2020. Identification and characterization of NADH kinase-3 from a stress tolerant wild mung bean species [Vigna luteola (Jacq.) Benth.] with a possible role in waterlogging tolerance. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 38: 137-150. IF= 1.336 

4. Tiwari N, Upadhyay J, Ansari MN and Joshi R 2020. Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): Current and future aspects of pharmacological treatments. Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal. doi: (IF=3.760) 

5. Sengupta S, Mangu V, Sanchez L, Bedre R, Joshi R, Rajasekaran K and Baisakh N 2019. An Actin Depolymerizing Factor from the halophyte smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora (SaADF2) is superior to its rice homolog (OsADF2) in conferring drought and salt tolerance when constitutively overexpressed in rice. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 17(1): 188-205. IF= 8.154 

6. Wungrampha S, Joshi R, Rathore RS, Singla-Pareek SL, Govindjee and Pareek A 2019. CO2 and chlorophyll a fluorescence of Suaeda fruticosa grown under diurnal rhythm and after transfer to continuous dark. Photosynthesis Research. 142(2):211-227. IF= 3.216 

7. Wungrampha S, Joshi R, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2019. How to survive in salty desert: An adventure study with Suaeda fruticosa. Journal of Plant Science Research 35(2): 257-261 (Letter to the Editor) 

8. Joshi R, Sahoo KK, Tripathi AK, Kumar R, Gupta BK, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2018. Knockdown of an inflorescence meristem-specific cytokinin oxidase - OsCKX2 in rice reduces yield penalty under salinity stress condition. Plant Cell & Environment 41(5): 936-946 (Special Issue on Climate Resilient Crops). IF= 6.362 

9. Joshi R, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2018. Engineering abiotic stress response in plants for biomass production. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 293: 5035-5043. IF= 4.238 

10. Wani SH, Tripathi P, Zaid A, Challa GS, Kumar A, Kumar V, Upadhyay J, Joshi R and Bhatt M 2018. Transcriptional Regulation of Osmotic Stress Tolerance in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Plant Molecular Biology. 97(6): 469-487. IF= 3.302 

11. Wungrampha S, Joshi R, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2018. Photosynthesis and salinity: are they mutually exclusive? Photosynthetica. 56(1): 366-381. IF= 2.562 

12. Joshi R*, Singh B and Shukla A 2018. Evaluation of elite rice genotypes for physiological and yield attributes under aerobic and irrigated conditions in Tarai areas of western Himalayan region. Current Plant Biology. 13: 45-52. *corresponding author 

13. Joshi R, Gupta P, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2017. Biomass production and salinity response in plants: role of MicroRNAs. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 22: 448-457. (Special Issue: Small RNAs: Regulators of plant development and climate resilience). 

14. Upadhyay G, Malik J, Joshi R, Lakshmayya and Singh UK 2017. Hepatoprotective potential of lyophilized hydro-alcoholic extract of Roylea elegans Wall. against CCL4  and PCM induced hepatotoxicity in wistar rats. Annals of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics. 2(8): 1045. 

15. Joshi R, Prashat R, Sharma PC, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2016. Physiological characterization of gamma-ray induced mutant population of rice to facilitate biomass and yield improvement under salinity stress. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 21(4): 545-555. (Special Issue: Challenges and Strategies in Plant Biology Research) 

16. Kushwaha HR#, Joshi R#, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2016. MATH-domain family shows response towards abiotic stress in Arabidopsis and rice. Frontiers in Plant Science. 7: 923. (IF=3.678) #contributed equally IF= 4.402 

17. Joshi R, Wani SH, Singh B, Bohra A, Dar ZA, Lone AA, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2016. Transcription factors and plant response to drought stress: Current understanding and future directions. Frontiers in Plant Science. 7: 1029. IF= 4.402 

18. Joshi R#, Karan R#, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2016. Ectopic expression of Pokkali phosphoglycerate kinase-2 (OsPGK2-P) improves yield in tobacco plants under salinity stress. Plant Cell Reports 35: 27-41. #contributed equally IF= 3.825 

19. Kumari S#, Joshi R#, Singh K#, Roy S#, Tripathi AK, Singh P, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2015. Expression of a cyclophilin OsCyp2-P isolated from a salt tolerant landrace of rice in tobacco alleviates stress via ion homeostasis and limiting ROS accumulation. Functional and Integrative Genomics. 15: 395-412. #contributed equally IF= 3.058 

20. Bohra A, Sahrawat KL, Kumar S, Joshi R, Parihar AK, Singh U, Singh D and Singh NP 2015. Genetics and genomics based interventions for nutritional enhancement of grain-legume crops: Status and outlook. Journal of Applied Genetics. 56: 151-161. IF= 2.027 

21. Singh B, Bohra A, Mishra S, Joshi R and Pandey S 2015. Embracing new-generation ‘omics’ tools to improve drought tolerance in cereal and food-legume crops. Biologia Plantarum. 59 (3): 413-428. IF= 1.601 

22. Joshi R, Ramanarao, VM, Lee, S; Kato, N and Baisakh, N 2014. Ectopic expression of ADP Ribosylation Factor1 (SaARF1) from smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) confers drought and salt tolerance in transgenic rice and Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. 117: 17-30 IF= 2.005 

23. Upadhyay J, Upadhyay G, Joshi R and Juyal V 2014. Effect of rhododendron flower juice on the bioavailability of amlodipine in rats. International Journal of Bioassays. 3: 1734-1737.  

24. Joshi R, Ramanarao, VM and Baisakh, N 2013. Arabidopsis plants constitutively overexpressing a myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase gene (SaINO1) from the halophyte smooth cordgrass exhibits enhanced level of tolerance to salt stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 65:61-66. IF= 3.72 

25. Kumar P, Pal M, Joshi R and Sairam RK 2013. Yield, growth and physiological responses of mung bean [Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek] genotypes to waterlogging at vegetative stage. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. 19(2): 209-220. IF= 2.005 

26. Joshi R*, Shukla A and Kumar P 2013. In vitro water deficit stress induced genotypic alterations in protein profile among aromatic rice varieties. Annals of Plant Sciences. 2: 455-458. *corresponding author

27. Joshi R and Kumar P 2013.  Regulation of somatic embryogenesis in crops: A review. Agricultural Reviews. 34(1): 1-20 

28. Kumar G, Kushwaha HR, Punjabi-Sabharwal V, Kumari S, Joshi R, Karan R, Mittal S, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2012. Clustered metallothionein genes are co-regulated in rice and ectopic expression of OsMT1e-P confers multiple abiotic stress tolerance in tobacco via ROS scavenging. BMC Plant Biology. 12: 107. (Highly Accessed). IF= 3.497 

29. Bahuguna RN, Joshi R, Pandey M, Shukla A and Kumar J 2012. Thiamine primed defense provides reliable alternative to systemic fungicide carbandazim against sheath blight disease in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 57: 159-167. IF= 3.72 

30. Sairam RK, Dharmar K, Chinnusamy V, Lekshmy S, Joshi R and Bhattacharya P 2012. The role of non-symbiotic haemoglobin and nitric oxide homeostasis in waterlogging tolerance in Vigna species. Biologia Plantarum. 56 (3): 528-536. IF= 1.601 

31. Sairam RK, Chinnusamy V, Arora A, Bhattacharya P, Joshi R and Trivedi S 2012. Non-symbiotic hemoglobin and nitrate reductase constitute an alternative to fermentation in waterlogging tolerance of mung bean [Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek]. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 17(2): 93-102. 

32. Joshi R and Kumar P 2012. Lysigenous aerenchyma formation involves non-apoptotic programmed cell death in rice roots. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. 18(1): 1-9. IF= 2.005 

33. Sairam RK, Dharmar K, Chinnusamy V, Lekshmy S, Joshi R and Bhattacharya P 2011. NADPH oxidase as the source of ROS produced under waterlogging in roots of mung bean. Biologia Plantarum. 55(4): 741-746. IF= 1.601 

34. Joshi R*, Shukla A and Sairam RK 2011. In vitro screening of rice genotypes for drought tolerance using polyethylene glycol. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 33(6): 2209-2217. *corresponding author IF= 1.76 

35. Verma D, Joshi R, Shukla A and Kumar P 2011. Protocol for in vitro somatic embryogenesis and regeneration of rice (Oryza sativa l.). Indian Journal of Experimental Biology. 49(12): 958-963. IF= 0.783 

36. Bahuguna RN, Joshi R, Singh G, Shukla, A, Gupta R and Bains G 2011. Micropropagation and total alkaloid extraction of Rauwolfia serpentina: An important anti-hypersensitive medicinal shrub. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 81(12): 1124–1129. IF= 0.208 

37. Joshi R, Shukla A and Kumar P 2010. Interactive effect of GA3 and polyamines on in vitro somatic embryogenesis from immature embryos in maize (Zea mays L.). Maydica. 55: 111-119. IF= 0.571 

38. Joshi R, Shukla A, Mani SC and Kumar P 2010. Hypoxia induced non-apoptotic cellular changes during aerenchyma formation in rice (Oryza sativa L.) roots. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. 16(1): 99-106. IF= 2.005

39. Joshi R, Shukla A and Kumar P 2010. In vitro selection of hill maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids for low phosphate tolerance. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 15(2): 159-163. 

40. Joshi R, Nailwal TK, Tewari LM and Shukla A 2010. Exploring biotechnology for conserving himalayan biodiversity. Life Science Journal. 7(3): 20-28. 

41. Joshi R, Shukla A and Kumar P 2009. In vitro flowering in hill maize: A novel technique for future. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 14(3): 299-302. 

42. Joshi R, Mani SC, Shukla A and Pant RC 2009. Aerobic rice: water use sustainability. Oryza. 46(1): 1-5. *corresponding author


Book Chapters 

1. Upadhayay J, Rana M, Juyal V, Bisht SS, Joshi R* 2020. Impact of pesticide exposure and associated health effects. In: Srivastava PK, Singh VP, Singh A, Tripathi DK, Singh S, Prasad SM, Chauhan DK (Eds.) Pesticides in Crop Production: Physiological and Biochemical Action. John Wiley & Sons, USA. Pp 69-88. (ISBN: 978-1-119-43219-7). * Corresponding Author 

2. Joshi R, Gupta BK, Pareek A, Singh MB, Singla-Pareek SL 2019. Functional genomics approach towards dissecting out abiotic stress tolerance trait in plants. In: Rajpal V., Sehgal D., Kumar A., Raina S. (eds) Genetic enhancement of crops for tolerance to abiotic stress: Mechanisms and approaches, Vol. I. Sustainable development and biodiversity, vol 20. Springer, Cham. Pp 1-24. (ISBN: 978-3-319-91956-0). 

3. Joshi R, Dkhar J, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2019. Molecular mechanism and signaling response of heavy metal stress tolerance in plants. In: Srivastava S., Srivastava A., Suprasanna P. (eds) Plant-Metal Interactions. Springer, Cham. Pp 29-47 (ISBN: 978-3-030-20731-1). 

4. Singh B, Mishra S, Bohra A, Joshi R* and Siddique KHM 2018. Crop phenomics for abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants. In: Biochemical, physiological and molecular avenues for combating abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Wani SH (Ed.), Academic Press, USA. Pp 277-296. (ISBN: 9780128130667). * Corresponding Author 

5. Joshi R*, Singh B and Chinnusamy V 2018. Genetically engineering cold stress-tolerant crops: Approaches and challenges. In: Cold tolerance in plants: Physiological, molecular and genetic perspectives. Wani SH and Herath V (Eds.), Springer, Switzerland. Pp 179-195. (ISBN: 978-3-030-01414-8). * Corresponding Author 

6. Joshi R, Anwar K., Das P, Singla-Pareek SL, Pareek A 2017. Overview of methods for assessing salinity and drought tolerance of transgenic wheat lines. In: Bhalla P., Singh M. (eds) Wheat Biotechnology. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 1679. Humana Press, New York, NY. Pp 83-95. (ISBN: 978-1-4939-7337-8). 

7. Bohra A, Pareek S, Jha R, Saxena RK, Singh IP, Pandey G, Mishra RK, Singh F, Kaashyap M, Joshi R and Varshney RK 2017. Modern Genomic Tools for Pigeonpea Improvement: Status and Prospects. In: Varshney RK., Saxena RK., Jackson SA. (eds) The Pigeonpea Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham. Pp 41-54. (ISBN: 978-3-319-63797-6). 

8. Upadhyay J, Joshi R, Singh B, Bohra A, Vijayan R, Bhatt M, Bisht SPS and Wani SH 2017. Application of bioinformatics in understanding of plant stress tolerance. In: Plant Bioinformatics: Decoding the phyta, Hakeem, K; Malik, A., Vardar-Sukan, F. and Ozturk, M. (Eds.), Springer, Cham. Pp 347-374. (ISBN 978-3-319-67155-0). 

9. Gupta BK, Joshi R, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2017. Transgenic Approaches to Improve the Crop Productivity via Phytohormonal Research: A Focus on Mechanism of Phytohormone Action. In: Mechanism of Plant Hormone Signaling under Stress: A Functional Genomic Frontier, 2nd Volume, Pandey, GK (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. Pp 533-567. (ISBN- 9781118889022). 

10. Joshi R, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2016. Plant Metallothioneins: Classification, distribution, function and regulation. In: Plant Metal Interaction: Emerging Remediation Technologies. Ahmad, P. (Ed.), Elsevier USA. Pp 239-262. (ISBN: 978-0-12-803158-2). *corresponding author 

11. Joshi R*, Singh B, Bohra A and Chinnusamy V 2015. Salt stress signalling pathways: specificity and crosstalk. In: Managing salinity tolerance in plants: molecular and genomic perspectives. Wani SH and Hossain MA (Eds.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL 33487, USA. Pp 51-78 (ISBN: 9781482245134). *corresponding author

12. Joshi R, Ramanarao MV, Bedre R, Sanchez L, Pilcher W, Zandkarimi H and Baisakh N 2015. Salt adaptation mechanisms of halophytes: Improvement of salt tolerance in crop plants. In: Elucidation of abiotic stress signaling in plants: Functional genomics perspectives, Vol 2. Pandey, GK (Ed.), Springer, New York. Pp 243-280. (ISBN: 978-1-4939-2539-1). 

13. Gupta BK, Tripathi AK, Joshi R, Pareek A and Singla-Pareek SL 2015. Designing climate-smart future crops employing signal transduction components. In: Elucidation of abiotic stress signaling in plants: Functional genomics perspectives, Vol 2. Pandey, GK (Ed.), Springer, New York. Pp 393-414. (ISBN: 978-1-4939-2539-1). 

14. Joshi R* and Chinnusamy V. 2014. Antioxidant enzymes: Defense against high temperature stress.  In: Oxidative damage to plants: antioxidant networks and signaling. Ahmad, P. (Ed.), Elsevier USA. Pp 369-396. (ISBN: 978-0-12-799963-0). *corresponding author 

15. Joshi R and Karan R. 2014. Physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of drought tolerance in plants. In: Molecular approaches in plant abiotic stress. Gaur, R.K. and Sharma, P. (eds.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL 33487, USA. Pp 209-231. (ISBN 9781466588936) 

16. Joshi R, Karan R, Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek A 2012. Microarray technology. In: Biotechnology in Medicine and Agriculture: Principles and Practices. A.K. Gupta, A. Pareek, S.M. Gupta (eds.), IK International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., India. Pp 273-296. (ISBN-13: 978-9381141403). 



 1. Joshi R, Shankhahdhar SC, Shankhadhar D, Bains G, Guru SK, Shukla A and Singh M 2007. Laboratory manual for post         graduates plant physiology. Deptt of Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, G.B.P.U.A&T., Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. 

2. Joshi R, Dkhar J and Bhattacharya A 2020. Bamboo Resources at CSIR-IHBT. CSIR-Institute of  Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh- 176061, India p-68. 


Pareek, A.; Panjabi-Sabharwal, V.; Kushwaha, H.R.; Joshi Rohit; Karan, R.; Kumari, S. and Singla-Pareek, S.L. Metallothionien polynucleotide from rice conferring abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Indian patent application No. 2437/DEL/2009; Patent No: 359627 (Granted on 26-02-2021). 



Technical Staff

Dr Kiran Devi (Senior Technical Officer-2) is working on tissue culture of commercially important plants including alpine/ subalpine plants of western Himalaya

Dr Rimpy Dhiman (Technical Assistant) is handling microscopes and working on Plant Reproductive Biology.

Sh. Parveen Kumar (Sr. Technician (1) and Sh. Ajay Kumar (Technician (2) are working on commercial tissue culture and field studies to cater industrial and societal demands through mass propagation of medicinal and economically important plants.


Ms. Anita Kumari JRF(NET)-UGC


Ms. Simran Katle (11-11-2019 to 10-07-2020)

Mr. Ankit Shandil (01-09-2020 to 30-09-2020)

Ms. Dipaknashi Patel (08-01-2020 to 03-03-2020 and 11-08-2020 to 23-02-2021)


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