Dr. Sandeep Arora

Educational Profile

DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow
2002
Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)
Gatersleben, GERMANY.

Ph.D. (Bio-sciences)
1995
Jamia Millia Islamia,
New Delhi.

M.Sc. (Bio-sciences)
1990
Jamia Millia Islamia,
New Delhi.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany
1988
University of Delhi,
New Delhi.

Research Areas/ Specialisation/ Consultancy

Nano-Biotechnology / Plant Oxidative Stress Biology

Teaching Experience

Professor

August, 2012 - Continued
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering (C. B. S. H.)
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology
Pantnagar, INDIA.

Associate
Professor

August, 2006 - August, 2012
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering (C. B. S. H.)
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology
Pantnagar, INDIA.

Assistant Professor
February, 1999 to August, 2006
Department of Biochemistry (C. B. S. H.)
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology
Pantnagar, INDIA.

Visiting Scientist & DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow
1998 – 1999 & 2001 - 2002
Molecular Stress Physiology
Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)
Gatersleben, GERMANY.

Research Associate
1996 - 1998
Plant Signal Transduction
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, INDIA.

Awards & Recognisation

Awards/Distinctions
  • Uttarakhand State Young Scientist Award [Biotechnology] - 2008
Scholarships Awarded
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
  • Innovationskolleg short term research fellowship by German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • National Post-Doctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE - 90), I. I. T., Delhi.
  • National Eligibility Test for research fellowship & Lecturership (JRF-NET), University Grants Commission.

Courses Teaching/ Taught To

1. Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
2. Principles of Genetic Engineering
3. General Biochemistry
4. Applications of Nano-Biotechnology
5. Crop Biotechnology
6. Advances in Genetic Engineering

Membership of Professional Societies

  1. Life Member of ‘Society of Biological Chemists (India)’.
  2. Life Member of ‘Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists’.
  3. Member ‘The Crop Improvement Society of India’ (PAU), Ludhiana.

Thesis Guided

Doctoral Student's Details

S.No.

Name

I.D.

Year

Title

1.

Pankaj Kumar Joshi

31886

July, 2008

Ectopic expression of Mn-superoxide dismutase in Brassica juncea for enhanced tolerance to oxidative stress.

2.

Saurabh Chandra Saxena

29636

June, 2009

Engineering antioxidant defense mechanism to combat salinity stress in Brassica juncea.

3.

Manisha Negi

34253

January, 2011

Molecular cloning and in-silico characterization of monodehydroascorbate reductase gene from oxidative stress tolerance genotype of Eleusine coracana.

4.

Arti Bartwal

35623

January, 2012

Dynamics of drought tolerance in two contrasting genotypes of Finger millet.


Masters Student's Details

S.No.

Name

I.D.

Year

Title

1.

Salim Khan

28895

August, 2003

RAPD profiles of Rhizoctonia solani resistant and susceptible maize cultivars and their relationship with banded lead and sheath blight resistant.

2.

Saurabh Chandra Saxena

29636

July, 2004

Role of ascorbate peroxidase in alleviating Ultra-violet light induced damage in Nicotiana tabacum.

3.

Shriparna Dutt

29623

July, 2004

Salinity stess tolerance in Nicotiana tabacum expressing differential levels of Ascorbate peroxidase.

4.

Priyanka Saxena

30654

July, 2005

Induction, selection and characterization of Zinc tolerant cell lines of Brassica juncea for their potential use in phytoremediation.

5.

Balwant Singh

31745

July, 2006

Antioxidant defense status of Brassica juncea calli over-expressing Ascorbate peroxidase.

6.

Rachna

32760

June, 2007

Antioxidant defense system of two finger millet genotypes differing in drought tolerance.

7.

Babul Moni Ram

34149

July, 2008

Isolation and characterization of abiotic stress tolerance genes from Eleusine coracana.

8.

Priyadarshini

35420

June, 2009

Effect of silver nanoparticles on antioxidative status of Brassica juncea seedlings.

9.

Pritu Pratibha

37128

July, 2010

Characterization of T1 transgenic Brassica juncea plants overexpressing MnSOD under water deficit stress.

10.

Sumit Kumar

39165

July, 2011

Nano gold mediated alterations in growth profile and antioxidant status of Brassica juncea.

11.

Ritashree Sarma

41156

June, 2012

Efficacy of nutrient foliar spray in enhancing growth and yield of Brassica juncea.

12.

Jebi Sudan

42804

August, 2013

Molecular cloning and stress induced expression profiling of monodehydroascorbate reductase gene in Eleusine coracana.

13.

Yadukrishnan P

44133

July, 2014

In planta transformation of Arabidopsis thaliana with apx1 gene from Eleusine coracana.

Research Projects

Co-Coordinator

  1. Program Mode Support for R&D in Agricultural Biotechnology-Phase II (2012-2015), Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. (On-going).
Principal Investigator
  • Improvement of Brassica juncea defense mechanisms to combat abiotic stresses; DST Young Scientist Project (2004-2007) Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. (Completed).
  • Identification, and characterization of novel drought & cold responsive genes from Eleusine coracana (2006-2012) Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. (Completed).
  • Improvement of Brassica juncea defense mechanism to combat oxidative stress (2007-2010) Uttarakhand State Council of Science & Technology, Government of Uttarakhand. (Completed).
  • Delineating the molecular mechanisms associated with plant growth promontory effects of nanoparticles in Brassica juncea (2009-2012) Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. (Completed).
  • Investigations on the efficacy of nutrient foliar spray in enhancing growth and yield potential in Brassica juncea (2011-2012) Hi Media Laboratories (P) ltd. (Completed).
  • Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms associated with plant growth promontory effects of copper nanoparticles (2011-2012) Uttarakhand State Biotechnology Department, Government of Uttarakhand. (Completed).
  • Cloning and functional validation of drought responsive genes from Eleusine coracana (2012-2015) Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. (On-going).
  • Development of Nano-formulations for enhancing plant growth and productivity (2012-2014) Uttarakhand State Council of Science & Technology, Government of Uttarakhand. (On-going).
  • Molecular cloning and functional validation of mdar genes from Eleusine coracana for oxidative stress tolerance. (2012-2015) University Grants Commission, Government of India. (On-going).
Co-Principal Investigator
  1. Elucidation of biochemical mechanisms of floret specificity to Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica) pathogen of wheat. (2006-2009) Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. (Completed).

Research Papers Published/ Presented

Research Papers

2014
  • Anjali Pande, Sweta Dosad, H. S. Chawla and Sandeep Arora (2014) In-vitro organogenesis and plant regeneration from seed derived callus cultures of finger millet (Eleusine coracana) Brazilian Journal of Botany (Accepted).
  • Arti Bartwal, Rakesh Mall, Priyadarshini Sharma, and Sandeep Arora (2014) Comparative study of PEG mediated stress on enzyme activity and gene expression of mdar and apx genes in tolerant and susceptible genotypes of Eleusine coracana. Acta Physiologia Plantarum (Accepted).
  • Nelofer Mirza, Sandeep Arora and Anil Kumar(2014) Transcriptional expression analysis of genes involved in regulation of calcium translocation and storage in finger millet (Eleusine coracana L. Gartn.). Gene (DOI.org/10.1016/j.gene.2014.08.005).
  • Ritasree Sharma, Anjali Pande and Sandeep Arora (2014) Effect of nutrient spray on growth and antioxidant status of Brassica juncea. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Research Vol 5 (2), 78-84.
  • Priyadarshini Sharma, Sanjay Gupta and Sandeep Arora (2014) Effect of silver nanoparticles on antioxidant status of Brassica juncea callus. Indian Journal of Research 8,23-29.
  • Saurabh Pandey, Y. K. Negi, S. C. K. Sathelly, Sandeep Arora and Tanushri Kaul (2014) Modelling and phylogenetic analysis of cytosolic ascorbate peroxidase (OsAPX1) from rice reveal signature motifs that may play a role in stress tolerance. Bioinformation 10(3): 119-123
  • Pooja Kanwal, Supriya Gupta, Sandeep Arora and Anil Kumar (2014) Identification of genes involved in carbon metabolism from Eleusine coracana (L.) for understanding their light mediated entrainment and regulation. Plant Cell Reports. 33: 1403–1411.

2013

  • Priyadarshini Sharma, K K Sameriya, Sanjay Gupta, Sandeep Arora and BR Singh (2013) Gold nanoparticles uptake improved the antioxidative status of Brassica juncea callus. The Indian Journal of Research Vol. 7 (5): 31-37.
  • Rajesh Kumar Pathak, Gohar Taj, Dinesh Pandey, Sandeep Arora & Anil Kumar (2013) Modelling of the MAPK machinery activation in response to various abiotic and biotic stresses in plants by a system biology approach. Bioinformation 9(9): 443-449

2012

  • Deepesh Bhatt, Saurabh C Saxena, Saurabh Jain, Anoop K Dobriyal, Manoj Majee and Sandeep Arora (2012) Cloning, expression and functional validation of drought inducible ascorbate peroxidase (Ec-apx1) from Eleusine coracana. Molecular Biology Reports Vol 40, Issue 2, 1155-1165 [DOI: 10.1007/s11033-012-2157-z]
  • Anshita Goel, V.S. Gaur, Sandeep Arora, S. Gupta, and Anil Kumar (2012) In Silico analysis of expression data for identification of genes involved in spatial accumulation of Calcium in developing seeds of Rice. OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology. Volume 16, Numbers 7&8:1-12.
  • A. Bartwal, P. Lohani, R. Mall and Sandeep Arora (2012) Role of secondary metabolites and Brassinosteroids in plant defense against environmental stresses. J Plant Growth Regul. 32:216–232.
  • Sandeep Arora, Priyadarshini, Sumit Kumar, Rajeev Nayan, PK Khanna and MGH Zaidi (2012) Gold-nanoparticle induced enhancement in growth and seed yield of Brassica juncea. Plant Growth Regulation 66(3), 303–310.
  • Priyadarshini Sharma, Deepesh Bhatt, MGH Zaidi, PP Saradhi, PK Khanna and Sandeep Arora (2012) Silver nanoparticle mediated enhancement in growth and antioxidant status of Brassica juncea. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 167:2225–2233.

2011

  • Saurabh Pandey, Y. K. Negi, S. S. Marla and Sandeep Arora (2011) Comparative in-silico analysis of ascorbate peroxidase protein sequences from different plant species. Journal of Bioengineering & Biomedical Science Vol 1: Issue 2. DOI: 10.4172/2155-9538.1000103.
  • Saurabh C. Saxena, Pankaj Joshi, Bernhard Grimm and Sandeep Arora (2011) Alleviation of ultraviolet-C induced oxidative through overexpression of cytosolic ascorbate peroxidase. Biologia 66 (6), 1052-1059.
  • Deepesh Bhatt, Manisha Negi, Priyadarshini Sharma, Saurabh C Saxena, Anoop K Dobriyal and Sandeep Arora (2011). Response to drought induced oxidative stress in five finger millet varieties differing in their geographical distribution. Physiology & Molecular Biology of Plant, 17(4), 347-353.
  • Pankaj Joshi, S. C. Saxena and Sandeep Arora (2011). Characterization of Brassica juncea antioxidant potential under salinity stress. Acta Physiologia Plantarum (33), 811-822.

Books Published/ Edited

Book Chapters
  • Anjali Pande, Madhu Rawat, Rajeev Nayan, Sandeep Arora (2014) Nanotechnological interventions for mitigating global warming. In. Climate change effect on productivity: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC; Chapter 5.
  • Priyadarshini and Sandeep Arora (2013) Nanotechnology for Plant Productivity. In. Advances in Horticulture Biotechnology Volume VI: Nanotechnology in Agriculture Eds. H.P. Singh, Anil Kumar and V.A. Parthasarathy: Westville Publishing House, New Delhi; 242-247.
  • Anil Kumar, Sanveen Kaur and Sandeep Arora (2013) Biosafety Regulations: Challenges and Critical Control Points in Use of Nanotechnology In. Advances in Horticulture Biotechnology Volume VI: Nanotechnology in Agriculture Eds. H.P. Singh, Anil Kumar and V.A. Parthasarathy: Westville Publishing House, New Delhi;308-317.
  • Sandeep Arora, Deepesh Bhatt and Anil Kumar (2013) Nano-Bio-Safety: Big Risks of Small Particles In. Advances in Horticulture Biotechnology Volume VI: Nanotechnology in Agriculture Eds. H.P. Singh, Anil Kumar and V.A. Parthasarathy: Westville Publishing House, New Delhi;318-326.
  • Anil Kumar, Dinesh Yadav and Sandeep Arora (2010) Crop specific biotechnological research for food & nutritional security In. Stable food production & sustainable agriculture Eds. RS Senger and AK Sharma. ; pp274-300.
  • Anil Kumar, Nidhi Gupta, Sandeep Arora and Dinesh Yadav (2010) Molecular Farming for Production of Biologically Important Molecules in Plants. In. Applications of Plant Biotechnology Eds. Ashwani Kumar & SK Sopory. I K International publishing house (P) Ltd. (India); pp272-285.
  • S. C. Saxena, P. K. Joshi and Sandeep Arora (2009) Functional validation of antioxidant genes of Asc-GsG pathway for developing abiotic stress tolerant genotypes. In. Integration of molecular and classical techniques of plant breeding for enhancing crop productivity Eds. DP Singh . GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology Press; pp78-80.
  • Priyanka Saxena, P. K. Joshi and Sandeep Arora (2008) Development of Zinc tolerant Brassica juncea for potential use in phytoextraction. In. Science & Technology in Uttarakhand. Eds. Rajendra Dobhal and B. S. Kotalia. Advanced Research Series; McMillan Publishers (India) P. Ltd.; pp161-177.
  • Gaur A. K., Tripathy M. K., Sandeep Arora and Mishra D. P. (2006) Deciphering Herbicide Resistance of Isoproturon in Phalaris minor. In Biotechnology in Environmental Management Eds. T. K. Ghosh, T. K. Chakravarti and G. Tripathy. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi. Vol. I; pp59-81.
EDITED BOOKS
  • Expression of MYB Transcription Factor in Eleusine coracana (2012) Eds. Prafull Salvi, Sandeep Arora and Pushpa Lohani. Published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany (ISBN 978-3-8484-8291-7).
  • Critical Control Points in Genetically Modified Seed Production (2008) Eds. Anil Kumar, Sandeep Arora, Dinesh Yadav, Sonu Ambwani and Dinesh Pandey. Published by Uttarakhand State Biotechnology Program, Uttarakhand
  • Biosafety Issues Related to Practicing Agriculture Biotechnology (2008) Eds. Anil Kumar, Sandeep Arora, Dinesh Yadav, Sonu Ambwani and Dinesh Pandey. Published by State Biotechnology Program, Uttarakhand.
  • Professor
  • Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering
  • Residence: 1371-A, Shastri Enclave, G B Pant University of Agriculgure & Technology, Pantnagar-263145
  • Tel: +91-70554 70555
  • E-mail: sarora@gbpuat-cbsh.ac.in, plantstress@gmail.com

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