(Life Sciences) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (1978).
(Life Sciences) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (1973).
(Botany) from Delhi University (1972).
(Bot. Hons.) Delhi University (1970).
Associate, ICAR Project, JNU
Associate, DST Project, JNU
1986-1993 Assistant Professor, J.N.U.
1993-2001 Associate Professor, J.N.U.
2001-till date Professor,
Area of Research
Genetic manipulation of plants for developmental
studies, stress alleviation and value addition.
Isolation and physiological and biochemical studies on salt
tolerance using Arachis hypogaea L. cultures (C.S.I.R.).
of glyphosate tolerant lines of Arachis hypogaea L. and investigation
on the mechanisam of tolerance (U.G.C.).
Purification of DAHP synthase, its subcellular partitioning and
regulation during growth and differentiation in Brassica juncea (C.S.I.R.).
Regeneration and transformation of Cajanus cajan (D.S.T.).
Development of transformation systems in grain legumes and transfer
of anti-senescence genes. (Indo-U.S. funded by U.S.D.A.).
Mass-scale propagation of Litchi chinensis Sonn. through
in vitro culture (D.B.T.).
Modulation of the expression of the Glyoxalase 1 and the Glyoxalase
II Gene in Brassica juncea for salt-stress tolerance (NATP funded
by World Bank).
Regeneration and transformation of Vigna mungo L., DST,
Identification of Novel proteins in salt-tolerant vs sensitive cell
lines of Arachis hypogaea for biotechnological application, UGC
Development of marker free salt stress tolerant transgenics of
Vigna mungo, Indo-Swiss 2004-2007.
g- tocopherol methyl tranferase (g-TMT)
gene expression in transgenic Brassica juncea for increased
tocopherol production. CSIR: 2006-2009.
Awards and Honors
Selected for the Cochran Fellowship in Biotechnology by the U.S.D.A.
for visiting various Universities and Research laboratories in the
September 1, 2001 and
October 8 – 21,
Awarded George Weston Fellowship by the Commonwealth Awards
Division, Association of Commonwealth Universities. 1998 to wok at the
One student was awarded the John S.Song Award in 1997 for
outstanding work in tissue culture under my supervision. He was one of the eight
awardees from all over the world and the only Indian.
The same student was also awarded Asia Pacific Weed Science Young
Scientists Award for his work on glyphosate tolerant lines of Arachis
hypogaea L. carried out in my laboratory.
Visiting Scientist in the Indo-Finnish Cultural Exchange Programme
by the U.G.C., (1998).
Invited to deliver lectures in the Univ. of Helsinki, Finland;
Victoria, Canada; Biotechnology Institute,
(1998) and F.M.I., Basel and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2006).
Was a sponsored participant at the Second Int. Weed Control
Congress held in
Was a sponsored participant at the Crop Science Congress,
Was a sponsored scientist for the SAARC workshop on “Transformation
in plants” at
Recipient of Fellowship award to Indian Scientists for
participation in the16th Intl. Congress of Biochem. and Mol. Biol. at
New Delhi (September 1994).
Was awarded a certificate for participating in a short term course
on “Educational workshop on presentation of advances in biochemistry and
biotechnology” organized by the NBTB training programme at the Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore, (1988).
Received prizes and certificates in the scientific debates and
seminars organized annually by the Botanical Society,
Recipient of the All
Science Talent Search Award.
Served as Vice President, Botanical Society,
Delivered talks on All India Radio,
New Delhi, on
“Conservation of forests and water”.
Interview about my research work was broadcast in the “Pride of
India” programme by Radio Copenhagen, Denmark (1996 & 1998).
Invited for delivering lectures to the in-service teachers of
various colleges at the
Staff College as
well as Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools).
Invited to inspire the school students (J.D.
Tytler School, New Delhi) to take up Pure Science as a career.
Invited to serve as a judge for the Scientific Debate Competition
organized by Centre for Biotechnology, J.N.U. on National Science Day as well as
at the School of Life Sciences at the ‘Biosparks’ programme.
Invited by IAEO,
discussions on projects on “Improvement of Horticultural plants and abiotic
Invited by Indira Gandhi National open Univ. (IGNOU) for audio as
well as video lectures for long distance education.
Selected to receive membership in the Int. Soc. of Plant Mol.
Biology (I S P M B) for 1997, 1998 and 1999 by the Biotechnology Action Council
(BAC) of UNESCO.
Academy of Sciences 1994-95.
Member, Society of In Vitro Biology 1997.
Member, Cell Biology Society.
Academic Committee, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow.
Academic Committee, National Centre for Plant Genome Research (N.C.P.G.R.), New
Biosafety Committee, N.C.P.G.R., N. Delhi.
working group of Botany for National Science Digital.Library, NISCAIR, New
Society of Biological Chemists.
I have collaborations with my faculty
of Life Sciences. I also have / had collaborations with scientists from TERI,
I.C.G.E.B., Delhi University, and United States Department of Agriculture,
U.S.A.. Under the Indo-Swiss Project, I am currently collaborating with Prof.
Thomas Hohn at the FMI, Basel, Switzerland.
Yusuf M.A. and
(2006) Antioxidant value addition in human diets: Genetic transformation of
Brassica juncea with γ-tocopherol methyl transferase gene for increased α-tocopherol
Yadav S.K., Singla-Pareek S.L., Kumar M., Pareek A., Saxena M.,
Bhalla Sarin N. and Sopory S.K. (2006) Characterization
and functional validation of glyoxalase II from rice. Protein Expression
and Purification 51: 126-132.
Sudan C., Shiva Prakash N., Bhomkar P., Jain S. and
(2006) Ubiquitous presence of β-glucuronidase (Gus) in plants and its regulation
in some model plants.
Jain S., Srivastava S.,
Bhalla Sarin N.
and Kav N. (2006)
Proteomics reveals elevated levels of PR10 proteins in saline-tolerant peanut (Arachis
Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Saxena.M, Bisht R, Debroy S., Sopory S.K., Sarin N.B.
(2005). Cloning and characterization of a Mitochondrial glyoxalase II from
Brassica juncea that is upregulated by NaCl, Zn and
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 336:813-819
Shiva prakash, N., Sunita Koul and
(2003). Germinating pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.) seeds secrete factor (s)
having ethylene-antagonistlike effects.
U.S. Prasad, A.S. Kantharajah and S. Mohan Jain (2003). Micropropagation of
Litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) In: S.M. Jain and K. Ishi (eds.)
Micropropagation of woody trees and fruits, 721-731. Kluwer
Academic Publishers, The
Neera Bhalla-Sarin and
U.S. Prasad 2003.
In Vitro regeneration and transformation of Litchi chinensis Sonn.
In (P.K. Jaiwal and R.P. Singh eds.).Plant Genetic Engineering
vol. 6: Improvement of major vegetables and fruitCrops pp.
211-222. Sci Tech Publishing LLC, Houston, U.S.A.
Dilip K. Das, Prasanna Bhomkar, Shiva Prakash, N. and Neera
Bhalla-Sarin (2002).Improved method of regeneration of blackgram (Vigna
mungo L.) through liquidCulture. In Vitro (Plant). 38
S.C. Maheshwari, S.K. Sopory, S.P. Khurana and Neera Bhalla-Sarin
(2001). The molecularbasis of morphogenesis in plants – The making of the
Arabidopsis flower Phytomorphology (Golden Jubilee
Jain, D. Choudhary, P.K. Kale and N.B. Sarin (2001). Salt –
and glyphosate – induced increase in glyoxalase 1 activity in cell lines of
groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.)Physiologia Plantarum
. 114: 499-505.
Jain, G.Mathur, S. Koul and N.B. Sarin (2001). Ameliorative
effects of proline onsalt-stress-induced lipid peroxidation in cell lines of
groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.)Plant Cell Reports vol.
Mukesh Jain and Neera Bhalla-Sarin (2001). Glyphosate induced
increase in glutathione-S-transferase activity and glutathione content in
groundnut. (Arachis hypogaea L.) Pesticide Biochem. and Physiology
Mukesh Jain, and Neera Bhalla-Sarin (2000). Effect of glyphosate
on the activity of DAHP synthase isozymes in callus cultures of goundnut (Arachis
hypogaea L) selected in Vitro.Indian Journal of Biochemistry
and Biophysics 37: 235-240.
Mukesh Jain, Raj K. Bhatnagar and Neera Bhalla-Sarin (1999).
Isolation and biochemical diagnosis of cell lines of groundnut (Arachis
hypogaea L) selected on glyphosate. Pesticide Science 55:
Ranjana Sharma, Raj K. Bhatnagar and Neera Bhalla-Sarin,(1993).
Regulation of DAHP synthase and chorismate mutase during in vitro
differentiation of Brassica juncea.
D.K Das, N. Shiva Prakash, N. Bhalla-Sarin.(1999).
Multiple shoot induction in litchi (Litchi
chinensis Sonn.) a tropical tree species. Plant Cell Reports.
Dilip K. Das, Shiva Prakash N and Neera Bhalla-Sarin(1998). An
efficient regeneration system of black gram (Vigna mungo L ) through
organogenesis. Plant Science 134:
Mohan Jain and
N.Bhalla-Sarin(1997). Haploidy in Petunia. In: In vitro
Haploid production in higher plants. Eds. S.
Mohan Jain, S.K. Sopory and R.E. Veilleux Vol. 5: 53-71.,
Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Shiva Prakash N., Deepak Pental and Neera Bhalla-Sarin (1994).
Regeneration of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) from cotyledonary node via
multiple shoot formation.Plant Cell Reports 13:
Shiva Prakash N. and Neera Bhalla Sarin, (1993).Isolation of salt
tolerant cell lines of Cajanus Cajan and comparative study of their
physiological responses with intact plants under salt stress. Plant
Physiology and Biochemistry 20(1): 11-15.
Ranjana Sharma, Raj K. Bhatnagar and Neera Bhalla-Sarin,(1993).Regulation
of DAHP synthase and chorismate mutase during in vitro differentiation of
Brassica juncea. Physiologia Plantarum,
Anu Gupta, Shiva Prakash and Biplab Biswas,(1991).Isolation and
characterization of a salt tolerant line of Arachis hypogaea using in
vitro cultures. Acta Horticulturae 289:
Sopory S. K. and Guha Mukherjee, S. (1981). Yield of protoplasts from
Arabiodopsis thaliana and its application in physiological studies.
Bhalla-Sarin Neera, Sopory S.K. and Guha – Mukherjee, Sipra,(1976).Studies
on isolation and fusion of protoplasts of Arabidopsis.
Arabidopsis Information Service 13: 200-204.
cloned in the lab and their accession numbers:
Bisht R., Singla-Pareek, S.L., Sopory, S.K. and Bhalla-Sarin, N.
2003. The glyoxalase II of Brassica juncea complete cds. Accession
no. AY 185202.
Jain S. and Sarin N.B. 2005. Arachis hypogaea Pathogenesis
related protein (AhPR10), partial mRNA. Accession No. AM157182
DebRoy S., Saxena, M. and Bhalla Sarin, N. 2005 Brassica juncea
leafy-like protein mRNA, complete cds. Accession no. AY 729757
Divya Shrivastava, Renu Deswal, S.K.Sopory and Neera Bhalla Sarin 2006.
Glyoxalase I from salt tolerant cell lines of Arachis hypogaea L. variety
JL-24, mRNA complete cds. Accession no.
Divya Shrivastava, Renu Deswal and Neera Bhalla-Sarin 2006.
Glyoxalase II from salt tolerant cell lines of Arachis hypogaea L.
variety JL-24, mRNA partial cds. Accession no. DQ491077
Divya Shrivastava and Neera Bhalla-Sarin 2006. Superoxide
dismutase from salt tolerant cell lines of Arachis hypogaea L. variety
JL-24, complete cds. Accession no. DQ499511
DebRoy, S., Saxena, M. and Bhalla-Sarin, N. 2006. Brassica
juncea cultivar Varuna LEAFY transcription factor mRNA, complete cds.
Accession no. DQ471932
Jain S., Renu Deswal and Sarin N.B. 2006. Arachis hypogaea
Pathogenesis related protein 10 mRNA, complete cds DQ813661.
transferase mRNA, complete cds.
Deb Roy S., Saxena M., Bhalla-Sarin N(2006) Brassica juncea
mRNA, complete cds
Accession No. DQ534066.
Divya Shrivastava, M.K. Reddy and Neera Bhalla-Sarin 2006.
Cytosolic ascorbate peroxidase from salt tolerant cell lines of Arachis
hypogaea, complete cds. Accession no. EF 165068
Neera Bhalla –Sarin,
1985 “Isolation and culture of protoplasts” “Genetic Manipulations of Plant
Protoplasts” Manual: D.S.T. workshop organized in J.N.U.
Manohara, M.S. and
Neera Bhalla-Sarin, 1990. Use of Western Blotting Technique for Development
and Evolutionary Studies. Bulletin of the Biotechnology Discussion Group,
Udaipur. Vol.1, No.2.
2002 Role of Women in Biotechnology Innovations and IPR. In: Conference
of Women Scientists and Technologist: Role in National Development pp: 157-159.
Vinod Varshney and
Neera Bhalla-Sarin, 2002. “Khatre Ki Baat Uthakar Nai Technology Se Munh
Morna Anuchit” (Article in vernacular published on the edit page in the local
Hindi daily, “Hindustan” pp.6).
Vinod Varshney and
Neera Bhalla-Sarin 2002, “Vivad Mein Ghasita Jaa Raha Hai Romanchkari
Biotech” (Article in vernacular published in the local Hindi daily, “ Hindustan”