Plant cell and tissue engineering, Molecular Biology, Aeroponic and Hydroponic cultivation
01894-233339, Ext. 315, 09816146345

Research focus:
·  Development of plant cell culture systems for the production of secondary metabolites
·   Analysis of molecular cues linked with enhanced secondary metabolites in cell culture
·  Aeroponic and Hydroponic cultivation of medicinal plants for quality biomass production


1.   Mahinder Partap, P Kumar, A Kumar, R Joshi, D Kumar, Ashish R Warghat (2020). Effect of elicitors on morpho-physiological performance and metabolites enrichment in Valeriana jatamansi cultivated under aeroponic conditions. Frontier in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.01263. 

2.    Mahinder Partap, P Kumar, Ashrita, P Kumar, D Kumar, Ashish R Warghat (2020). Growth kinetics, metabolites production and expression profiling of picrosides biosynthetic pathway genes in friable callus culture of Picrorhiza kurroa Royle ex Benth. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 

3.    Shiv Rattan, Archit Sood, Pankaj Kumar, Anil Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Ashish R Warghat (2020). Phenylethanoids, Phenylpropanoids, and Phenolic acids quantification vis-a-vis gene expression profiling in leaf and root derived callus lines of Rhodiola imbricata. Industrial Crop and Products 

4.    Pankaj Kumar, Mahinder Partap, Ashrita, Divya Rana, Pawan Kumar, Ashish R. Warghat (2020). Metabolite and expression profiling of steroidal alkaloids in wild tissues compared to bulb derived in vitro cultures of Fritillaria roylei - high value critically endangered Himalayan medicinal herb, Industrial Crops and Products, 

5.    Kanika Thakur, Mahinder Partap, Dinesh Kumar, Ashish R Warghat (2019). Enhancement of picrosides content in Picrorhiza kurroa Royle ex Benth. mediated through nutrient feeding approach under aeroponic and hydroponic system. Industrial Crops and Products, 133, 160-167. 

6.    Ashish R. Warghat, Kanika Thakur, Archit Sood (2018). Plant stem cells: what we know and what is anticipated. Molecular Biology Reports, 45:2897–2905.



• Research Associate ship, DIHAR (DRDO), Chandigarh, 2014

• Travel grant received from Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Human Resource Development Group, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to attend World Orchid Conference, at Singapore, 2011.

• JRF and SRF- DIHAR (DRDO), Leh, 2009 and 2011.




Interested and Highly motivated students with independent fellowship like CSIR/UGC/DBT/INSPIRE are welcome to contact for PhD. Also candidates seeking for post doctoral research are encouraged to write their own research proposals for suitable funding of agencies like DST,CSIR,DBT etc.  

Research Team:

Mr. Shiv Rattan, Ph. D. Scholar (UGC-JRF)

Mr. Mahinder Partap, Ph. D. Scholar (CSIR-JRF)

Ms. Ashrita, Ph. D. Scholar (DBT-JRF)

Ms. Kanika Thakur, Ph. D. Scholar

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