Senior Scientist
Proteomics, Stress Biology, Molecular biology, Organelle proteomic and PTMs, Metabolomics
01894-233339 Ext. 306, 09816153466

Plant adaptation is an evolutionary process that increases survival and reproduction in  newly encountered climatic conditions. Understanding the molecular mechanistic knowledge of adaptation to environmental stress has important implications in evolutionary ecology. The adaptation process underlies transcriptional, translational, metabolic and epigenetic control during the developmental process. Research in our lab focusing on comprehensive mapping of transcriptome, proteome, metabolome and epigenome of medicinal plants that will be helpful for understanding the multilayered control of adaptation process.  


Appreciation for the best scientific contribution in CSIR-IHBT for the year 2022-2023

Life member of Proteomic Society of India

SERB Early Carrier research Award 2018

Assistant Professor of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) (2016)

Awarded D.S Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2017) and DBT-RA (2014-2019; Not availed).

Received DBT-JRF (2008-2013) and DBT fellowship (2006-2008) during M.Sc.

Qualified NET-LS(2008), GATE(Percentile: 98.93%; Dec. 2007) and JNU CEEB (2006).


Best Poster Award of my research group

1. By Manglesh Kumari in conference entitled “NEXT GENERATION PROTEOME MINING AND NANO-BIO INTERACTION FRO BETTER PLANT HEALTH” held on 27-29th December 2021 at Department of botany, University of Delhi, Delhi

2. By Ashwani Punia in conference entitled “International Symposium on Plant Biology and Functional Genomics” held on March 13-15, 2024 at School of Life Science, University of Hyderabad

3. By Monika Chouhan in conference entitled “International Symposium on Plant Biology and Functional Genomics” held on March 13-15, 2024 at School of Life Science, University of Hyderabad

Editorial/Reviewer roles:-

Review Editor, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Frontiers in Plant Genomics, and Frontiers in Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Reviewer of National and International Journals like PLOS Genetics, Physiologia Plantarum, Journal of Proteomics, Scientific report, Plant physiology and Biochemistry, Journal of Biosciences, Journal of Protein and Proteomics


Taenia solium Cysticerci's Extracellular Vesicles Tame the AKT/mTORC1 Pathway for Alleviating DSS-Induced Colitis in Murine Model, Suraj Rawat Anand Keshari Nauna Arora Rimanpreet Kaur Amit Mishra Rajiv Kumar Amit Prasad, Journal of extracellular vesicles, 2024 (Accepted) IF. 16


Proteomic and metabolomic insights into seed germination of Ferula assa-foetida, Ashwani Punia, Manglesh Kumari, Monika Chouhan, Vishal Saini, Robin Joshi, Ashok Kumar, Rajiv Kumar*, Journal of Proteomics2024, 105176, IF 3.3


Functional trait correlation network and proteomic analysis reveal multi-factorial adaptation mechanisms to a climatic gradient associated with high-altitude in the Himalayan region, Manglesh Kumari, Rajiv Kumar*Plant Cell and Environment, 2024;47(5):1556-1574. doi: 10.1111/pce.14830.IF 7.94


Taenia solium excretory secretory proteins (ESPs) suppresses TLR4/AKT mediated ROS formation in human macrophages via hsa-miR-125, Naina Arora,Anand K. Keshri,Rimanpreet Kaur,Suraj S. Rawat, Rajiv KumarAmit Mishra, Amit Prasad , PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES, IF 3.8


Recognition of immune reactive proteins as a potential multiepitope vaccine candidate of Taenia solium cysticerci through proteomic approach. Kaur R, Arora N, Rawat SS, Keshri AK, Singh G, Kumar R, J Cell Biochem. 2023 S. doi: 10.1002/jcb.30467. IF 4.8


Unique Metabolic Shift Reveals Potential Mechanism of Cold and Freezing Acclimatization, Rajiv Kumar*, Journal of Plant Growth Regulations, 2023, 42(1):1-17. DOI: 10.1007/s00344-023-10961-w IF 4.169


Cold adaptation strategies in plants-An emerging role of epigenetics and antifreeze proteins to engineer cold resilient plant, Satyakam, Gaurav Zinta, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Rajiv Kumar*, Front Genet. 2022 Aug 25;13:909007. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2022.909007. IF 4.2


Insights from proteomics in kidney disease diagnosis and various in vitro and in vivo experimental models.Vikram Patial*, Garima Dadhich, Rajiv Kumar*, Sustainable Agriculture Reviews book series, 57, 2022 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-07496-7_2


Identification and quantification of eight alkaloids in Aconitum heterophyllum using UHPLC-DAD-QTOF-IMS: A valuable tool for quality control, Ashwani Punia, Robin Joshi* Rajiv Kumar*Phytochemical Analysis.2022;1–14, DOI:10.1002/pca.3164. IF 3.02


Nutritional quality evaluation and proteome profile of forage species of Western Himalaya, Rajiv Kumar*,Robin Joshi, Raman Kumar, Vidyashankar Srivatsan, Satyakam, Amit Chawla, Vikram Patial, Sanjay Kumar, Grassland Science, 2021, DOI: 10.1111/grs.12357. IF 1.6


Protein-Cloaked Nanoparticles for Enhanced Cellular Association and Controlled Pathophysiology via Immunosurveillance Escape, Aqib Iqbal Dar, Syed M. S. Abidi, Shiwani Randhawa, Robin Joshi, Rajiv Kumar, and Amitabha Acharya*, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, IF 9.2


In-depth assembly of organ and development dissected Picrorhiza kurroa proteome map using mass spectrometry, Manglesh Kumari, Upendra Kumar Pradhan, Robin Joshi, Ashwani Punia, Ravi Shankar & Rajiv Kumar*, BMC Plant Biology 21: 604, 2021, IF 4.21


Evaluating Peptides of Picrorhiza kurroa and Their Inhibitory Potential against ACE, DPP-IV, and Oxidative Stress. Shweta Thakur, Jyoti Chhimwal, Robin Joshi, Manglesh Kumari, Yogendra Padwad*, and Rajiv Kumar* Journal of Proteome Research, 2021, IF 4.46


Systemic acquired resistance specific proteome of Arabidopsis thaliana. Rajiv Kumar, Pragya Barua, Niranjana Chakraborty & Ashis Kumar Nandi. Plant cell report2020, doi: 10.1007/s00299-020-02583-3. IF 4.57


Metabolic signatures provide novel insights to Picrorhiza kurroa adaptation along the altitude in Himalayan region. Manglesh Kumari, Robin Joshi & Rajiv Kumar*Metabolomics. 2020; 16:77, doi: 10.1007/s11306-020-01698-8. IF 4.20


Elevated CO2 and temperature influence key proteins and metabolites associated with photosynthesis, antioxidant and carbon metabolism in Picrorhiza kurroaRajiv Kumar*, Robin Joshi, Manglesh Kumari, Reema Thakur, Dinesh Kumar*, Sanjay Kumar*Journal of proteomics. 2020; 219:103755, doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2020.103755. IF 4.04


Unveiling Taenia solium kinome profile and its potential for new therapeutic targets. Naina Arora, Anand Raj, Farhan Anjum, Rimanpreet kaur, Suraj Singh Rawat, Rajiv Kumar, Shweta Triphati, Gagandeep Singh & Amit Prasad. Expert review of proteomics. 2020; 17:85-91, doi: 10.1080/14789450.2020.1719835. IF 3.94


Regulation of color transition in purple tea (Camellia sinensis). Manglesh Kumari, Shweta Thakur, Ajay Kumar, Robin Joshi, Prakash Kumar, Ravi Shankar, Rajiv Kumar*Planta. 2020; 251:35, doi: 10.1007/s00425-019-03328-7. IF 4.11


Neglected Agent Eminent Disease: Linking Human Helminthic Infection, Inflammation, and Malignancy. Naina Arora, Rimanpreet Kaur, Farhan Anjum, Shweta Tripathi, Amit Mishra, Rajiv Kumar and Amit Prasad. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol2019 IF 4.83


Usnic acid modifies MRSA drug resistance through down-regulation of proteins involved in peptidoglycan and fatty acid biosynthesis. Sneha Sinha, Vivek Kumar Gupta, Parmanand Kumar1, Rajiv Kumar, Robin Joshi, Anirban Pal and Mahendra P. Darokar FEBS Open Bio. 2019; 9:2025–2040, doi: 10.1002/2211-5463.12650. IF 2.69


Adaptive mechanisms of medicinal plants along altitude gradient: contribution of proteomics. Kumar, R*. & Kumari, M. Biologia Plantarum 2018; 62(4):630-640, DOI: 10.1007/s10535-018-0817-0. IF 1.74


Nuclear phosphoproteome of developing chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) and Protein-Kinase interaction network. Kumar R, Kumar A, Subba P, Gayali S, Barua P, Chakraborty S, Chakraborty N. J Proteomics2014 13; 105:58-73, doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2014.04.002. IF 4.04


Comparative proteomics of dehydration response in the rice nucleus: new insights into the molecular basis of genotype-specific adaptation. Jaiswal DK, Ray D, Choudhary MK, Subba P, Kumar A, Verma J, Kumar R, Datta A, Chakraborty S, Chakraborty N. Proteomics2013;13(23-24):3478-97, doi: 10.1002/pmic.201300284. IF 4.0


Characterization of the nuclear proteome of a dehydration-sensitive cultivar of chickpea and comparative proteomic analysis with a tolerant cultivar. Subba P, Kumar R, Gayali S, Shekhar S, Parveen S, Pandey A, Datta A, Chakraborty S, Chakraborty N. Proteomics. 2013,12-13,1973-92, doi: 10.1002/pmic.201200380. IF 4.0


Phosphoproteomic Dynamics of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Reveals Shared and Distinct Components of Dehydration Response. Subba P, Barua P, Kumar R, Datta A, Soni KK, Chakraborty S, Chakraborty N. J Proteome Res2013;12(11):5025-47, doi: 10.1021/pr400628j. IF 4.46


Analysis of the grass pea proteome and identification of stress-responsive proteins upon exposure to high salinity, low temperature, and abscisic acid treatment. Chattopadhyay A, Subba P, Pandey A, Bhushan D, Kumar R, Datta A, Chakraborty S, Chakraborty N. Photochemistry. 2011,72,1293-307, doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2011.01.024. IF 4.07





PhD scholars

Mr. Satyakam (UGC SRF)

Mr. Ashwani (CSIR SRF)

Mr. Vishal Saini (CSIR JRF)

Miss Monika Chouhan (CSIR JRF)


PhD Alumni

Dr. Manglesh kumari 

Dr. Shweta Thakur 


B.Sc/B.Tech/M.Sc student supervision (Name and year)

1. Mr. Vikram (2018)

2. Ms. Anamika kumari (2018)

3. Ms. Niharika Rai (2018)

4. Ms Aditi Sharma (2018)

5 Mr. Shubham Bhardwaj (2018)

6. Ms. Mahima Kapil (2019)

7 Ms. Laveena Kaushal (2019)

8. Ms. Sandeep Kaur (2019)

9. Ms. Devangna (2020)

10. Ms. Neha (2020)

11 Ms. Mansi Rana (2022)

12 Ms. Nagma (2022)

13. Ms. Mahima Vishal (2023)

14 Ms. Mauli Bhushan (2023)

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