Senior Scientist
Plant Physiology, Plant-Microbe Interactions

·         Awarded CSIR-Senior Research Associateship (Scientist's Pool Scheme) by CSIR (2017)

·         Received twice Outstanding Publication Awards (Annual Day Awards-2017) of CSIR-CIMAP

·         Received Certificate of Merit (Gold Medal) for First Position during Graduation

·         Awarded UGC Research Fellowships in Science for meritorious students

·         Qualified ASRB-ARS NET-2009, CSIR-UGC NET-2005, GATE-2005

·         Received Three times best poster award in National/international conferences

·         Served as President of Academic Honour Society of Botany Department, Lucknow, Christian PG College, Lucknow (2003)


Editorial board member

  •          Editorial Board for BMC Biotechnology
  •          Academic Editor in PLOS ONE Editorial Board

Member of Societies

  •     Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI)
  •     Indian Society for Plant Physiology (ISPP)
  1. Pandey P, Pandey SS, Awasthi A, Tripathi A, Singh HP, Singh AK, Tandon S and Kalra A (2022) Calliterpenone, a natural plant growth promoter from a medicinal plant Callicarpa macrophylla, sustainably enhances the yield and productivity of crops. Frontiers in Plant Science doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.960717
  2. Pandey SS, Jain R, Bhardwaj P, Thakur A, Kumari M, Bhushan S, and Kumar S (2022) Plant Probiotics – Endophytes pivotal to plant health. Microbiological Research 263, 127148. doi:
  3. Ray T, Pandey A, Pandey SS, Singh S, Shanker K, Kalra A. (2021) Molecular insights into enhanced resistance of Papaver somniferum against downy mildew by application of endophyte bacteria Microbacterium sp. SMR1. Physiologia Plantarum doi:10.1111/ppl.13528
  4. Jain R, Bhardwaj P, Pandey SS and Kumar S (2021) Arnebia euchroma, a plant species of cold desert in Himalaya, harbours beneficial cultivable endophytes in roots and leaves. Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.696667
  5. Bhatt M, Pandey SS, Tiwari AK, Tiwari BS. (2021) Plastid-mediated singlet oxygen in regulated cell death. Plant Biology doi: 10.1111/plb.13260
  6. Singh S, Pandey SS, Tiwari R, Pandey A, Shanker K, Kalra A (2021) Endophytic consortium with growth-promoting and alkaloid enhancing capabilities enhance key terpenoid indole alkaloids of Catharanthus roseus in the winter and summer seasons. Industrial Crops and Products 166, 113437
  7. Singh, P., Pandey, S.S., Dubey, B.K., Raj R, barnawal D, Chandran A, Rahman Laiq ur (2021) Salt and drought stress tolerance with increased biomass in transgenic Pelargonium graveolens through heterologous expression of ACC deaminase gene from Achromobacter xylosoxidansPlant Cell Tiss Organ Cult 147, 297–311.
  8. Lal RK, Maurya R, Chanotiya CS, Gupta P, Mishra A, Srivastava S, Yadav A, Sarkar S, Pant Y, Pandey SS, Shukla S. (2020) On carbon sequestration efficient clones/genotypes selection for high essential oil yield over environments in Khus (Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty). Industrial Crops and Products 145:112139
  9. Ray T*, Pandey SS*, Pandey A, Srivastava M, Shanker K, Kalra A (2019) Endophytic consortium with diverse gene-regulating capabilities of benzylisoquinoline alkaloids biosynthetic pathway can enhance endogenous morphine biosynthesis in Papaver somniferum. Frontiers in Microbiology 10-925. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00925 *Equal contribution
  10. Misra P, Maji D, Awasthi A, Pandey SS, Yadav A, Pandey A, Saikia D, Babu CSV and Kalra A (2019) Vulnerability of soil microbiome to monocropping of medicinal and aromatic plants and its restoration through intercropping and organic amendments. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:2604. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02604.
  11. Singh S, Pandey SS, Shanker K, Kalra A (2019) Endophytes enhance the production of root alkaloids ajmalicine and serpentine by modulating the terpenoid indole alkaloid pathway in Catharanthus roseus roots. Journal of Applied Microbiology DOI: 10.1111/jam.14546
  12. Shukla S, Pandey SS, Chandra M, Pandey A, Bharti N, Barnawal D, Chanotiya CS, Tondon S, Darokar MP, Kalra A (2019) Application of essential oils as a natural and alternate method for inhibiting and inducing the sprouting of potato tubers. Food Chemistry 284 (2019) 171-179.
  13. Pandey SS, Singh S, Pandey H, Srivastava M, Ray T, Soni S, Pandey A, Shanker K, Vivek Babu CS, Banerjee S, Gupta MM, Kalra A. (2018) Endophytes of Withania somnifera modulate in planta content and the site of withanolide biosynthesis. Scientific Reports 8(1):5450 doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23716-5
  14. Pandey SS, Singh S, VivekBabu CS, Shanker K, Srivastava NK, Kalra A (2016) Endophytes of opium poppy differentially modulate host plant productivity and genes for the biosynthetic pathway of benzylisoquinoline alkaloids. Planta 243(5): 1097-1114.
  15. Pandey SS, Singh S, Vivek Babu CS, Shanker K, Srivastava NK, Shukla AK, Kalra A (2016) Fungal endophytes of Catharanthus roseus enhance vindoline content by modulating structural and regulatory genes related to terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Scientific Reports6, 26583; doi: 10.1038/srep26583.
  16. Bharti N*, Pandey SS*, Barnawal D, Patel VK, Kalra A. (2016) Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria Dietzia natronolimnaea modulates the expression of stress responsive genes providing protection of wheat from salinity stress. Scientific Reports 6, 34768; doi: 10.1038/srep34768. *Equal contribution
  17. Pandey SS, Singh S, Pathak C, Tiwari BS (2018) Programmed cell Death: a process of Death for Survival” – how far terminology Pertinent for Cell Death in Unicellular organisms. Journal of Cell Death 11: 1–4 DOI: 10.1177/1179066018790259
  18. Barnawal D*, Pandey SS*, Bharti N, Pandey A, Ray T, Singh S, Chanotiya CS, Kalra A (2017) ACC deaminase-containing plant growth promoting rhizobacteria protect Papaver somniferum from downy mildew. Journal of Applied Microbiology 122(5):1286-1298  *Equal contribution
  19. Biswal AK*, Pattanayak GK*, Pandey SS, Leelavathi S, Reddy VS, Govindjee and Tripathy BC (2012) Light Intensity-Dependent Modulation of Chlorophyll b Biosynthesis and Photosynthesis by Overexpression of Chlorophyllide a Oxygenase (CAO) in Tobacco. Plant Physiology 159 (1): 433–449. *Equal contribution
  20. Leelavathi S, Bhardwaj A, Kumar S, Dass A, Pathak R, Pandey SS, Tripathy BC, Padmalatha KV, Dhandapani G, Kanakachari M, Kumar PA, Cella R, Reddy VS (2011) Genome-wide transcriptome and proteome analyses of tobacco psaA and psbA deletion mutants. Plant Mol Biol 76 (3): 407–423.
  21. Kushwaha RK, Singh S, Pandey SS, Kalra A, Vivek Babu CS (2019) Fungal endophytes attune withanolide biosynthesis in Withania somnifera, prime to enhanced withanolide A content in leaves and roots. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 35(2):20. doi: 10.1007/s11274-019-2593-1 
  22. Kushwaha RK, Singh S, Pandey SS, Venkata Rao DK, Nagegowda DA, Kalra A, Vivek Babu CS (2019) Compatibility of inherent fungal endophytes of Withania somnifera with Trichoderma viride and its impact on plant growth and withanolide content. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 
  23. Kushwaha RK, Singh S, Pandey SS, Kalra A, Vivek Babu CS (2019) Innate endophytic fungus, Aspergillus terreus as biotic elicitor of withanolide A in root cell suspension cultures of Withania somniferaMolecular Biology Reports ( 10.1007/s11033-019-04641-w). 
  24. Patel VK, Maji D, Pandey SS, Rout PK, Sundaram S, Kalra A. (2016). Rapid budding EMS mutants of Synechocystis PCC 6803 producing carbohydrate and lipid enriched biomass. Algal Research16: 36-45. 
  25. Biswas T, Pandey SS, Majhi D, Gupta V, Kalra A, Singh M, Mathur AK, Mathur A (2018) Enhanced expression of ginsenoside biosynthetic genes and in vitro ginsenoside production in elicited Panax sikkimensis (Ban) cell suspensions. Protoplasma ( 10.1007/ s00709-018-1219-z)
  26. Khan S, Pandey SS, Jyotshna, Shanker K, Khan F, Rahman Laiq (2017) Cloning and functional characterization of quinolinic acid phosphoribosyl transferase (QPT) gene of Nicotiana tabacum. Physiologia Plantarum160(3):253-265.  DOI: 10.1111/ppl.12559
  27. Barnawal D*, Bharti N*, Pandey SS, Pandey A, Chanotiya CS, Kalra A (2017) Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria enhance wheat salt and drought stress tolerance by altering endogenous phytohormone levels and TaCTR1/TaDREB2 expression. Physiologia Plantarum 161(4): 502–514. doi: 10.1111/ppl.12614  *Equal contribution 
  28. Pandey H*, Pandey P*, Pandey SS, Singh S, Banerjee S (2016) Meeting the challenge of stevioside production in the hairy roots of Stevia rebaudiana by probing the underlying process. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 126(3): 511-521.  *Equal contribution
  29. Barnawal D, Bharti N, Tripathi A, Pandey SS, Chanotiya C, Kalra A (2016) ACC deaminase producing endophyte Brachybacterium paraconglomeratum strain SMR20 ameliorates Chlorophytum salinity stress via altering phytohormones generation. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 35(2): 553-564. 
  30. Singh P, Khan S, Pandey SS, Singh M, Banerjee S, Kitamura Y, Laiq ur Rahman (2015) Vanillin production in metabolically engineered Beta vulgaris hairy roots through heterologous expression of Pseudomonas fluorescens HCHL gene. Industrial Crops and Products 74: 839-848. 
  31. Pandey SS, Bhatt R and Tiwari BS (2019) Plant death: short and long life span to immortality. In: Sensory Biology of Plants (Ed. Sudhir Sopory), Springer Singapore (Cp. 22) DOI 10.1007/978-981-13-8922-1 (eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-8922-1)
  32. Pandey SS, Kumar D, Tiwari BS (2017) Chloroplast Metabolic Engineering for Sustainable Agriculture. In: Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering (Dubey S & Pandey A & Sangwan R Eds) Elsevier. Chapter 7 149-162 (Print Book ISBN :9780444636614)
  33. Pandey SS, Ambastha V and Tiwari BS (2014) Micro-algae: a potent candidate for carbon sequestration and biofuel production. In Advances in Biotechnology, Pub: Daya Publishing House, Ed: Rajan Kumar Gupta, Nasim Akhtar, Deepak Vyas. Cp.2, pp. 9-20. (ISBN: 978-81-7035).
  34. Pandey SS, Ambastha V, and Tiwari BS (2013). Preparing Professionals in Cancer Therapy: A Case Study of Programmed Cell Death. In B. Narasimharao, S. Kanchugarakoppal, & T. Fulzele (Eds.), Evolving Corporate Education Strategies for Developing Countries: The Role of Universities. IGI Global USA (Cp. 15, pp. 200-208). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-2845-8.ch015. (ISBN13: 9781466628458)
  35. Pandey SS, Ambastha V. and Tiwari BS. (2010) Programmed Cell Death: An Integral Event in the Development of Algae and Higher Organism. In Algal Biotechnology: New Vistas, Ed: M. K. Das, Pub: Daya Publishing House. Cp. 3, pp. 36-60 (ISBN: 81-7035-647-9)

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