Senior Scientist
Plant Microbe Interaction, Molecular Biology, Biotic stress
(01894) 233339 Ext 305

Ongoing work of lab is on following topics:

-Identification of PGPRs for growth promotion of important crops in western himalayan region eg. Saffron & Potato 

-Understanding the role of NBS-LRR genes in plant defense

-Understanding various aspects of Crocus sativus biology



  • Awarded “National Scholarship under Centre of Advance Study Schemescholarship during Masters under Delhi University (2002-2004).
  • Awarded GATE-2003, with percentile 96.72 (All India Rank-112).
  • Awarded CSIR-JRF 2004 (Top 20: called for SPMF test).
  • 1st Prize as co-author in poster presentation during national conference at Mysore (2010).
  • DBT-NIPGR short term research associateship from 2013.
  • Travel grants from CICS, India to attend international conference New Phytologist: Next Generation Scientist held in Norwich, UK, 2014 (Did not avail). 

Other experiences:

  • Editorial board member of Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Editorial board member of Frontiers in Plant Science
  • Reviewer of many Journals including PLoS One, Fronteirs in Genetics, Fronteirs in Microbiology, Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge and Genome
  • Doctoral advisory committee member of various PhD scholars
  • Assistant Professor at Academy of CSIR (AcSIR)
  • Member of many committees at CSIR-IHBT

 Major Research Publications

  1. Dubey Namo, Chaudhary Anjali and Singh Kunal (2022) Genome-Wide Analysis of TIR-NBS-LRR Gene Family in Potato Identified StTNLC7G2 Inducing Reactive Oxygen Species in Presence of Alternaria solaniFront. Genet. 12:791055. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2021.791055 (IF-4.59)
  2. Manisha Sinha, Ankita Shree, Kunal Singh, Kamal Kumar, Shreenivas Kumar Singh Vimlesh Kumar, Praveen Kumar Verma (2021) Modulation of fungal virulence through CRZ1 regulated F-BAR-dependent actin remodeling and endocytosis in chickpea infecting phytopathogen Ascochyta rabiei. PLoS Genetics, May, 2021; (IF-5.9)
  3. R. Maurya, Y. Singh, M. Sinha, Kunal Singh, P. Mishra, S. K. Singh, S. Verma, K. Prabha, K. Kumar & P. K. Verma; (2020) Transcript Profiling Reveals Potential Regulators for Oxidative Stress Response of a Necrotrophic Chickpea Pathogen Ascochyta rabiei. 3 Biotech, Feb, 2020 (IF-2.46)
  4. Namo Dubey and Kunal Singh (2018) Role of NBS-LRR proteins in plant defense. (Ch 5) In: Singh A, Singh I, (eds) Molecular Aspects of Plant-Pathogen Interaction. Springer Nature, ISBN 978-981-10-7371-7
  5. Vinay Randhawa, Ashish Panghaliya, Kunal Singh (2016) Analysis of gene co-expression network to identify candidate stress responsive genes in potato (Solanum tuberosum). Journal of Proteins and Proteomics: 7(4), JPP74
  6. Amaresh Chandra, P.K. Verma, N. Islam, M.P. Grisham R. Jain, A. Sharma, K. Roopendra, K. Singh, P. Singh, I. Verma & S. Solomon, (2015) Expression analysis of genes associated with sucrose accumulation in sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids) varieties differing in content and time of peak sucrose storage. Plant Biology, 17(3): 608-617. (IF-3.08)
  7. M Adil, K Singh, PK Verma, AU Khan (2014) Eugenol-induced suppression of biofilm-forming genes in Streptococcus mutans: An approach to inhibit biofilms.Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 2(4): 286-292. (IF-4.03)
  8. Shadab Nizam; Rajesh Kumar Gazara; Sandhya Verma; Kunal Singh; Praveen Kumar Verma, (2014) Comparative structural modeling of six old yellow enzymes (OYEs) from the necrotrophic fungus Ascochyta rabiei: Insight into novel OYE classes with differences in cofactor binding, organization of active site residues and stereo preferences. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95989. (IF-3.2)
  9. Sadaf Hasan, Kunal Singh, Mohd Danisuddin, Praveen K Verma and Asad U Khan (2014) Inhibition of major virulence pathways of Streptococcus mutans by Quercitrin and Deoxynojirimycin: a synergistic approach of infection control.PLoS ONE9(3): e91736. (IF-3.2)
  10. Shadab Nizam, Sandhya Verma, Kunal Singh, Rashmi Aggarwal, Krishna Dutt Srivastava, , Praveen K Verma, (2012) High reliability transformation of the wheat pathogen Bipolaris sorokiniana using Agrobacterium tumefaciens.Journal of Microbiological Methods, 88(3): 386-92. (IF-2.46)
  11. Sadaf Hasan, Mohd Danishuddin, Mohd Adil, Kunal Singh, Praveen K. Verma, Asad U. Khan (2012) Efficacy of E. officinalis on the Cariogenic Properties of Streptococcus mutans: A Novel and Alternative Approach to Suppress Quorum-Sensing Mechanism.PLoS ONE 7(7): e40319. (IF-3.2)
  12. Kunal Singh, Shadab Nizam, Manisha Sinha, Praveen K Verma (2012). Comparative transcriptome analysis of the necrotrophic fungus Ascochyta rabiei during oxidative stress: Insight for fungal survival in the host plant. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33128. (IF-3.2)
  13. Shadab Nizam*, Kunal Singh*, Praveen Verma (2010). Expression of the fluorescent proteins DsRed and EGFP to visualize early events of colonization of the chickpea blight fungus Ascochyta rabiei.Current Genetics 56(4): 391-399. (IF-3.88)


Refer to NCBI for complete list:




PhD Scholar

Ms Namo Dubey (UGC-JRF)

Ms Kanchan Yadav (UGC-JRF)

Ms Anjali Chaudhary (CSIR-JRF)

Ms Pooja Yadav (UGC-JRF)

Post Doctoral Fellow: Dr Anand Mishra, Dr Tina Roy

Project Assistant/Associate/other Staff: Mathan L, Rupali Katoch, Ankita Kumari, Indu Sharma, Sweta Arora, Dinesh Kumar (Lab attendent), Karam Singh (Field attendant & miscellaneous)


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