Prof. S K Sopory
Prof. Sudhir Kumar SOPORY
Vice Chancellor
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi 110067

Tel: 91-11-26741500(O), Fax: 91-11-26742580

  Academic Qualification :
Degree Year  

University/ Institution

B.Sc. Hons. 1966 

J & K University

M.Sc.    1968 

J & K University

Ph.D.   1973

University of Delhi


Work Experience

University of Delhi 1968-1972 
Max-Planck-Institute fur Zuchtungsforschung, Koln Germany 1976-1978
Dept. of Botany, University of Texas, U.S.A. 
(Visiting Fulbright Fellow)
Plant Molecular Biology Lab. U.S. D.A., Maryland, USA  1987-1988
Botanisches Institute der Universitat Munich Germany 
(Visiting Humboldt Professor)
At the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
(Assistant Professor 1973-78)
(Associate Professor 1979-84) 
(Professor 1985- 1996)  
Group Leader, Pl. Mol. Biol.International Centre for   Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, New Delhi 1997  - 2010
Interim Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, New Delhi 2014-



  1. Padamshree, Govt. of India, 2007 (civilian honour given by the President of India)
  2. Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award, (CSIR) 1987 (given by The Prime Minister of India).
  3. H.L. Chakravorty Award, Indian Science Congress, 1986. (given by The  Vice-President of India)
  4. Career Award, University Grant Commission, 1985
  5. Salgram Sinha Award, National Academy of Sciences of India, 2001
  6. Birbal Sahni Medal, Indian Botanical Society, 2001
  7. Birbal Sahni Centernary Gold Medal Award for Life Time Achievements in Plant Sciences, Indian Science Congress Association, 2005 (given by the Prime Minister of India)
  8. S.S. Katiyar Award  , Indian Science Congress Association, 2010
  9. Corresponding Membership Award for Non-USA scientists 2010 American Society of Plant Biology. (given first time to an Indian Plant Scientist since its inception in 1932)
  10. Prof. R.N. Tandon Memorial Award, National Academy of Sciences, India, 2012.
  11. B.M. Johri Memorial Award, Society of Plant Research, India, 2012.
  12. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi 2014.
  13. T.N. Khoshoo Memorial Award, Orchid Society of India, 2014.
  14. Conferred D.Sc (Honoris Causa) by Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2012 and Rani Durgawat Vishvidyalaya, Jabalpur, 2014.


  1. Vice-President, Indian Society for Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 2001-2003
  2. Secretary(Elected), Plant Tissue Culture Association of India, 2001- 2010
  3. Vice-President, Indian National Science Academy , 2004-2006
  4. Vice-President, Society for Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, New Delhi ,2009-2011
  5. President, Indian Society of Plant Physiology, 2013-
  6. Vice-President, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, 2015


  1. Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences.  Bangalore, 1992
  2. Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, Delhi 1992
  3. Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, 1994
  4. Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2002
  5. Fellow, The  World Academy of Sciences ( Trieste), 2005
  6. Elected Fellow, Guha Research Conference, 1989
  7. Max Planck Society Fellow, 1976
  8. Fulbright Fellow, USEFI, 1982
  9. Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, 1991

Award lectures

  1. Gadgil Memorial Award  Lecture, Plant Tissue Culture Association, 2000
  2. R. N. Singh Memorial  Lecture, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2000
  3. P. Maheshwari Award  Lecture, Indian National Science Academy, 2000
  4. Panchanan Maheshwari Memorial Lecture, Delhi University, 2001
  5. N.B.Das Memorial Award Lecture, Society of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2002
  6. Platinum Jubilee Award Lecture, Indian Science Congress Association, 2003
  7. Tenth Godnev Award lecture of the Belarus Academy of Sciences, Institute of Photobiology(delivered at Minsk, Belarus; 7th April 2003)
  8. N. Narayana Memorial Award Lecture, Biochemical Society, Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore, 2005.
  9. S.P. Ray-Chaudhuri 75th Birthday Endowment  Lecture Award; Indian Society of Cell Biology, 2009 ( first time to a plant scientist).
  10. Dr Yellapragada Subba Row Award Lecture, Indraprastha University, Delhi 2009
  11. G.V. Joshi Lecture Award : Indian Society of Plant Physiology, 2010
  12. Sisir Kumar Mitra Memorial Lecture Award, 2011-2012, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.
  13. First H.C. Arya  Lecture Award, Plant Tissue Culture Association ( India), 2011
  14. Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Award Lecture; Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, 2014
  15. NCL Foundation day lecture , National Chemical laboratory,(CSIR) Pune, 2015

Other Recognitions

  1. Felicitation  at BIO-2007 Bangalore   by the  Govt. of Karnataka, India
  2. A special issue of  Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants (Springer) brought out on 60th birthday ( January 2008)
  3. Achievement Award, Kashmir Education , Culture and Science Society, Delhi , 2010
  4. Gaurav Samman, Kashmir Samiti, New Delhi 2011
  5. Recognition by Kashmiri Pandit Sabha, Jammu on the occasion of Centenary Celebrations (Award given by Sh Gulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health, Govt. Of India),  2014
  6. Padmapani Award Lecture (26th), Tibet House, Delhi, 2014

List of Publications

Total in refereed journals: 220
Book chapters: 53
Books edited: 13

A few important publications are listed below:


Charanpreet Kaur, Ananda Mustafiz, Ananda K. Sarkar, Thilini U. Ariyadasa, Snel L. Singla-Pareek and Sudhir K. Sopory, 2014. Expression of abiotic stress inducible ETHE1-like protein from rice is higher in roots and is regulated by calcium. Physiol. Plant, 152: 1-16.


Ajit Ghosh, Ashwani Pareek, Sudhir K. Sopory and Snel L. Singla-Pareek, 2014. A glutathione responsive rice glyoxalase II, OsGLYII-2, functions in salinity adaptation by maintaining better photosynthesis efficiency and anti-oxidant pool. The Plant Journal, 80, 93-105.


Ananda Mustafiz, Ajit Ghosh, Amit K. Tripathi, Charanpreet Kaur, Akshay K. Ganguly, Neel S. Bhavesh, Jayant K. Tripathi, Ashwani Pareek, Sudhir K. Sopory and Snel L. Singla-Pareek, 2014. A unique Ni2+ -dependent and methylglyoxal-inducible rice glyoxalase I possesses a single active site and functions in abiotic stress response. The Plant Journal, 78, 951-963.


Kaur C, Singla-Pareek SL, Sopory SK, 2014. Stress response of OsETHE1 is altered in response to light and dark conditions. Plant Signal Behav., 9:e973820.


Charanpreet Kaur, Ajit Ghosh, Ashwani Pareek, Sudhir K. Sopory and Sneh L. Singla-Pareek, 2014. Glyoxalase and Stress Tolerance in Plants. Biochem Soc Trans, 42:485-490.


Charanpreet Kaur, Sneh L. Singla-Pareek & Sudhir K. Sopory, 2014. Glyoxalase and Methylglyoxal as Biom arkers for Plant Stress Tolerance. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 33:6, 429-456.


Kaur C, Vishnoi A, Ariyadasa TU, Bhattacharya A, Singla-Pareek SL, Sopory SK, 2013. Episode of horizontal gene-transfer and gene-fusion led to co-existance of different metal-ion specific glyoxalase l. Sci Report. 13; 3:3076.


Singh A, Kanwar P, Pandey A, Tyagi AK, Sopory SK, Kapoor S, Pandey GK. 2103. Comprehensive genomics analysis and expression profiling of phospholipase C gene family during abiotic stresses and development in rice. PLoS One. 30;8:e62494.


Nautiyal CS, Srivastava S, Chauhan PS, Seem K, Mishra A, Sopory SK. 2013. Plant growth-promoting bacteria Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NBRISN 13 modulates gene expression profile of leaf and rhizosphere community in rice during salt stress. Plant Physiol Biochem. 66:1-9.


Mukhopadhyay P, Singla-Pareek SL, Reddy MK, Sopory SK. 2013. Stress-mediated alterations in chromatin architecture correlate with down-regulation of a gene encoding 60S rpL32 in rice. Plant Cell Physiol. 54:528-540.


Sharma S, Mustafiz A, Singla-Pareek S, Shankar Srivastava P, Sopory S.K., 2012. Characterization of stress and methylglyoxal inducible triose phosphate isomerase (OscTPI) from rice. Plant Signal Behav. 7:1337-1345.


Tripathy Manas Kumar, Tyagi Wricha, Goswami Mamta, Kaul Tanushri, Singla-Pareek Sneh Lata, Deswal Renu, Redy Malireddy K., Sopory Sudhir K., 2012. Characterization and Functional Validation of Tobacco PLC Delta for Abiotic Stress Tolrance Plant Mol Biol. Reporter, 30:488-497.


Agarwal P, Bhatt V, Singh R, Das M, Sopory S.K., Chikara J. 2012. Pathogenesis-Related Gene, JcPR-10a from Jatropha curcas Exhibit RNase and Antifungal Activity. Mol Biotechnol. 54:412-425.


Singh J, Reddy GM, Agarwal A, Chadrasekhar K, Sopory S.K., Reddy MK, Kaul T. 2012. Molecular and structural analysis of C4-specific PEPC isoform from Pennisetum glaucum plays a role in stress adaptation. Gene. 500: 224-231.


Mahanty S, Kaul T, Pandey P, Reddy RA, Mallikarjuna G, Reddy CS, Sopory, S.K., Reddy MK. 2012. Biochemical and molecular analyses of copper-zinc superoxide dismutase from a C(4) plant Pennisetum glaucum reveals an adaptive role in response to oxidative stress. Gene. 505: 309-317.


Kumar R, Mustafiz A, Sahoo KK, Sharma V, Samanta S, Sopory, S.K., Pareek A., and Singla-Pareek S.L. 2012. Functional screening of cDNA library from a salt tolerant rice genotype Pokkali identifies mannose1-phosphate guanyl transferase gene (OsMPG1) as a key member of salinity stress response. Plant Mol Biol 79 : 555-568.


Singh AK, Kumar R, Pareek A., Sopory S.K., Singla-Pareek S.L. 2012. Overexpression of Rice CBS Domain Containing Protein Improves Salinity, Oxidative and Heavy Metal Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco. Mol. Biotechnol. 52:205-216.


Sahoo, K.K., Tripathi, A.K., Pareek, A., Sopory, S.K. and Singla-Pareek, S.L. 2011. An improved protocol for efficient transformation and regeneration of diverse indica rice cultivars. Plant Methods 7:1:49


Mukhopadhyay,P., Reddy,M.K., Singla_Pareek, S.L. and Sopory, S.K. 2011. Transcriptional downregulation of rice rp132 gene under abiotic stress is associated with removal of transcription factors within the promoter region PLoS ONE. 6: e28058.doi10.1371.


Samanta, S., Reddy, M.K., Singla-Pareek, S.L. and Sopory, S.K. 2011 Stress and development specific regulation of alternative splicing in plants, J.PI.Biol. 37: 19-30


Mustafiz, A, Singh, A.K. Pareek A., Sopory, S.K. and Singla-Pareek, S.L. 2011. Genome wide analysis of rice and Arabidopsis identifies two glyoxalase gens that are highly expressed in abiotic stresses. Func. Integ. Genomics 11: 293-205.


Reddy, P.S., Thirulogachander, V., Vasihnavi, C.S., Aakrati, A., Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2011. Molecular characterization and expression of a gene encoding cytosolic Hsp90 from Pennisetum glaucum and its role in abiotic stress adaptation. Gene 474: 29-38.


Kaul, T., Redy,.P.S., Mahanty, S., Thirulogachander, V., Reddy, R.A., Kumar, B., Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2011. Biochemical and molecular characterization of stress Induced B-carbonic anhydrase from a C4 plant, Pennisetum glaucum. J. Plant Physiol. 168:601-610


El-Shabrawi, H.L., Kumar, B., Kaul, T., Reddy, M.K. Singla-Pareek, S.L. and Sopory , S.K. 2010. Redox homeostasis, antioxidant defense and methylglyoxal detoxification as markers for salt tolerance in pokkali rice. Protoplasma 245:85-96.


Reddy, S.P., Mishra, R., Chakradhar, T., Malik , S., Kaul, T. , Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2010. Molecular cloning and characterization of gene encoding cytoplasmic HSC 70 from Pennisetum glaucum may play a protective role against abitoic stresses.. Mol. Gen. Genomics. 283 ; 243-254


Sannan-Mishra, N., Kumar, V., Sopory, S.K. and Mukherjee, S.K. 2009. Cloning and validation of novel miRNA from basmati rice indicates cross talk between abiotic and biotic stresses. Mol. Gen. Genomics 282:463-474.


Ramesha A, Kumar, B., Reddy,S.P., Mishra, R. N., Mahanty S.K., Kaul,T. , Nair S, Sopory, S. K.and Reddy,M K. 2009. Molecular cloning and characterization of genes encoding Pennisetum glaucum ascorbate peroxidase and heat shock factor: Interlinking oxidative and heat stress responses. J. Plant Physiol. 166:1646-1659


Khuswaha,H.R., Singh,A.K., Sopory,S.K., Singla-Pareek SL and Pareek,A. 2009. Genome- wide expression analysis of CBS domain containing proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa reveals their developmental significance and stress regulation. BMC Genomics 10:200 (22 pages).( Highly accessed paper)


Kumari, S., Sabharwal- Panjabi, V., Khushwa, H.R., Sopory, S.K., Singla-Pareek, S.L. and Pareek, A.P. 2009. Transcriptome map for seedling stage specific salinity Stress response indicates a specific set of genes as candidates for saline tolerance in Oryza sativa L. Funct. Integ. Genomics 9 :109-123


Reddy, P.S., Mahanty, S., Kaul, T., Nair, S., Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2008 A high-throughput genome walking method and its use for cloning unknown flanking sequences. Anal. Biochem. 376:258-261.


Palakolanu Sudhakar Reddy, Suresh Nair, Garladinne Mallikarjuna, Tanushri Kaul, Gorantla Markandeya, Sudhir K. Sopory and Malireddy K. Reddy 2008. A high-throughput, low-cost method for the preparation of “sequencing-ready” phage DNA template. Analytical Biochemistry 376:258-261


Tuteja, N and Sopory, S.K. 2008 Plant signalling in stress: G-protein coupled receptors, heterotrimeric G proteins and signal coupling via phospholipases. Pl. Signaling & Behavior 3:79-86.


Pradeep K. Agarwal, Parinita Agarwal, Parul Jain, Bhavanath Jha, M.K. Reddy and S.K. Sopory 2008. Constitutive overexpression of a stress inducible small GTP binding protein PgRab7 from Pennisetum glaucum enhances abiotic stress tolerance in transgenic tobacco Pl. Cell Rep. 27:105-115


Singla-Pareek, S.L ,Yadav, S.K., Ashwani Pareek, M.K.Reddy and Sopory, S.K.2008 Enhancing salt tolerance in a crop plant by overexpression of glyoxalase II. Transgenic Research 17:171-181.


Mishra, R.N., Reddy, P.S., Nair, S., Markandeya, G., Reddy, A.R., Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2007. Isolation and characterization of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from subtracted cDNA libraries of Pennisetum glaucum seedlings. Pl. Mol. Biol 64:713-732.


Shikha Misra , Yuliang Wu , Gayathri Venkatraman ,Sudhir Sopory , Narendra Tuteja 2007 Heterotrimeric G-proteins complex and GPCR from a legume (Pisum sativum): role in salinity and heat stress and cross talk with PLC . Plant Journal 51: 656-669


Sreenivasulu, N., Sopory, S.K. and Kavi Kishor, P.B. 2007. Deciphering the regulatory mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance in plants by genomic approaches. Gene 388:1-13


Yadav, S.K., Singal-Pareek, S.L., Kumar, M., Pareek, A. Saxena, M., Sarin, N.B., and Sopory, S.K. 2007. Characterization and functional validation of glyoxalase II from rice. Protein Expr. Purification 51: 126-132


Agarwal, P, Agarwal, P.K. Nair, S., Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2007. Stress-inducible DREB2A transcription factor from Pennisetum galucum is a phosphoprotein and its phosphorylation negatively regulates its DNA –binding activity. Mol Gen. Genomics 277:189-198


Rajgopal, D, Agarwal, P. , Tyagi, W., Singla-Pareek, S.L., Reddy, M.K., Sopory, S.K. 2007 Charaterization of an isoform of Na/H antiporter from Pennisetum galucum that confers high level of salinity tolerance in transgenic Brassica juncea. Molecular Breeding 19:137-151.


Mahajan, S., Sopory, S.K. and Tuteja, N. 2006. Cloning and characterization of CBL-CIPK signalling components from a legume ( Pisum sativum). FEBS Journal 273:907-925.


Singla-Pareek, S.L, Yadav, S.K., Pareek, A., M.K.Reddy, and S.K.Sopory 2006. Transgenic tobacco overexpressing glyoxalase pathway enzymes grow and set viable seeds in zinc spiked soils. Plant Physiology 140:613-623.


Tyagi, W. Singla-Pareek, S., Nair, S., Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2006. A novel isoform of ATPase c subunit from pearl millet that is differentially regulated in response to salinity and calcium. Plant Cell Rep. 25: 156-163.


Yadav, S.K., Singla- Pareek, S.L., Ray, M., Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2005 Methylglyoxal levels in plants under salinity stress are dependent on glyoxalase 1 and glutathione. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 337: 61-67.


Yadav. S.K., M.K. Reddy, S.K.Sopory, Singla –Pareek, S.L. 2005. Transgenic tobacco plants over expressing glyoxalase enzymes resist an increase in methylglyoxal and maintain higher reduced glutathione levels under salinity stress. FEBS Letts. 579: 6265 - 6271


Saxena,M., Bisht, R., Roy, S.D., Sopory, S.K., and Bhalla-Sarin, N . 2005. Cloning and characterization of mitochondrial glyoxalase II from Brassica juncea. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 336:813-819


Mishra, R.N., Ramesha, A., Kaul, T., Nair, S., Sopory, S.K., Reddy, M.K. 2005. A modified cDNA subtraction to identify differentially expressed genes from plants with universal application to other eukaryotes. Anal. Biochem. 345: 149-157.


Tyagi , W., Rajgopal, D., Singla-Pareek, S., Reddy, M.K., and Sopory, S.K. 2005. Cloning and regulation of a stress regulated Pennisetum glaucum vacuolar ATPase c gene and characterization of its promoter that expresses in shoot hairs and floral organs. Plant Cell Physiol. 46: 1411-1422.


Hettiarachchi, G.H.C.M.., Reddy, M.K., Sopory, S.K., Chattopadhyay, S. 2005. Regulation of TOP 2 by various abiotic stresses including cold and salinity in pea and transgenic tobacco plants. Plant Cell Physiol. 46: 1154-1160


Sannan-Mishra, N., Pham, X-H., Sopory, S.K. and Tuteja, N. 2005. Pea DNA helicase 45 overexpression in tobacco confers high salinity tolerance without affecting yield. Proc. Natn. Acad. Sci. USA 102 : 509-524


Deswal, R., Choudhary, G.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2004. Purification and characterization of a PMA stimulated kinase and identification of PMA induced phosphorylation of a polypeptide that is dephosphorylated by low temperature in Brassica juncea. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 322: 420-427.


Singh, B.N., Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2004. Plant topoisomerases: characterization and functions. Crit. Rev. Pl. Sci. 23:251-169.


Venketaraman, G., Goswami, M., Tuteja, N., Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2003. Isolation and characterization of a phospholipase C delta isoform from pea that is regulated by light in a tissue specific manner. Mol. Gen. Genomics 270 ;378-386


Hettiarachchi, G.H.C.M., Yadav, V., Reddy, M.K., Chattopadhyay, S. and Sopory, S.K 2003. Light mediated regulation defines a minimal promoter region of TOP2. Nucl. Acid Res. 31:5256-5265


Singh, B.N. Mudgil, Y. Sopory, S.K. and Reddy, M.K. 2003. Molecular characterization of a nuclear topoisomeerase II from Nicotiana tabacum that functionally complements a temperature sensitive topoisomerase II yeast mutant. Plant Mol. Biol 52: 1063-1076.


Tuteja, N., Yadav, B., Moudgil, Y., Chandok,M., Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K.2003. Pea topoisomerase I is phosphorylated and stimulated by casein kinase 2 and protein kinase C . Plant Physiol. 132: 2108 –2115.


Singla-Pareek, S.L., Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2003. Genetic engineering of glyoxalase pathway in tobacco leads to enhanced salinity tolerance. Proc. Natn. Acad. Sci. USA 100: 14672-14677


Sahi, C., Agarwal, M , Reddy, M.K., Sopory, S.K. and Grover, A. 2003. Isolation and expression analysis of salt stress associated expressed sequence tags from contrasting rice cultivars using PCR-based subtraction method. Theor. Appl. Genet.106: 620-628


Sherameti, I., Sopory, S.K., Trebicka, A., Pfannschmidt, T and Oelmueller, R. 2002. Photosynthetic electron transport determines nitrate reductase gene expression and activity in higher plants. J. Biol. Chem. 277: 46594-46600.


Aneeta, Sanan-Mishra, N ., Tuteja, N and Sopory, S.K. 2002. Salinity and ABA induced up-regulation and light mediated modulation of mRNA encoding glycine rich RNA binding protein from Sorghum bicolour. Biochem . Biophys. Res. Commun . 296: 1063 – 1068.


Pandey, S. Tiwari, S.B., Tyagi, W., Reddy, M.K., Upadhyaya, K.C. and Sopory, S.K.2002. A Ca++/CaM –dependent kinase from pea is stress regulated and in vitro phosphorylates a protein that binds to ATCaM 5 promoter. Eur. J. Biochem. 269:193-204


Reddy, M.K., Nair, S. Sopory, S.K. 2002. Global amplification of cDNA from limiting amounts of tissue: an improved method for gene cloning and analysis. Mol. Biotech.22: 223-230 (cover page article)


Mudgil, Y., Singh, B.N., Upadhyaya, K.C. , Reddy, M.K. and Sopory, S.K. 2002. Cloning and characterization of a low-temperature inducible and cell cycle specific Topoisomerase I from Nicotiana tabacum. Mol. Gen. Genomics, 267: 380-390


Reddy, M.K., Nair, S. and Sopory, S.K. 2002. A new approach for efficient directional genome walking using polymerase chain reaction. Analytical Biochemistry , 306: 154-158


Pandey, S. and Sopory, S.K. ( 2001). Zea mays CCaMK: autophosphorylation – dependent substrate phosphorylation and down – regulation by red light. J. Expt. Bot. 52: 691-700.


Reddy, M. K., Nair, S., Singh, B.N., Mudgil, Y., Tewari, K.K. and Sopory, S.K. ( 2001). Cloning and expression of a nuclear encoded plastid specific 33 kDA ribonucleoprotein gene (33RNP) from pea that is light stimulated. Gene 263 :179 –187.


Chandok, M.R., Sopory, S.K. and Oelmueller, R. ( 2001). Cytoplasmic kinase and phosphatase activities can induce psaF gene expression in the absence of functional plastids: evidence that phosphorylation / dephosphorylation events are involved in interorganellar cross talk. Mol. Gen. Genet. 264 : 819 -826


Mishra, N.S., Mallick, B.N. and Sopory, S.K. ( 2001). Electrical signal from root to shoot in Sorghum bicolour: induction of leaf opening and evidence for fast extracellular propagation. Plant Sci. 160 :237-245.


Deswal, R. Pandey, G.P., Chandok, M.R., Yadav, N., Bhattacharya, A. and Sopory, S.K. (2000). A novel protein kinase from Brassica juncea stimulated by a protozoan calcium binding protein. Purification and partial characterization. Eur. J. Biochem. 267 : 3181 - 3188


Pandey, S.,Tiwari, S.B., Upadhyaya, K .C. and Sopory, S.K. (2000). Calcium signalling : Linking environmental signals to cellular functions. Crit. Rev. Pl. Sci. 19 : 291 -318


Reddy, M.K., Nair, S., Singh. B.N., Moudgil, Y., Yadav, B.S. and Sopory, S.K. (1999) Cloning and characterization of topoisomerase II from Pea and correlation of its expression with cell proliferation. Pl. Mol. Biol. 41:125-137.


Hop, D.V., Gaikward, A., Yadav, B.S., Reddy, M.K., Sopory, S.K. and Mukherjee, S.K. (1999) Suppression of pea nuclear activity by pea PCNA. Plant Journal 19: 153-162.


Deswal, R. and Sopory, S.K. (1999) Glyoxalase I from B.juncea is calmodulin stimulated. Biochem. Biophys. Acta 1450:460-467.


Veena, Reddy, V.S. and Sopory, S.K. (1999) Glyoxalase I from Brassica juncea: molecular cloning, regulation and its over expression confer tolerance in transgenic tobacco under stress. Plant Journal 17:385-396. (cover page article).


Chandok, M.R. and Sopory, S.K. (1998) Lithium inhibits phytochrome stimulated nitrate reductase activity and transcript level in etiolated maize leaves. Plant Sci.139:195-203.


Deswal, R. and Sopory, S.K. (1998) Biochemical and immunological characterization of Brassica juncea glyoxalase -I. Phytochemistry 49:2245-2253.


Sanan, N. and Sopory, S.K. (1998) A role of G-proteins and calcium in light regulated primary leaf formatiuon in Sorghum bicolor. J. Expt. Bot. 49:1695-1703.


Pandey, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1998) Biochemical evidence for a calmodulin stimulated calcium dependent protein kinase in maize. Eur. J. Biochem. 255:718-725.


Chandok, M.R. and Sopory, S.K. (1998) ZmcPKC 70, a protein kinase c type enzyme from maize. Biochemical characterization regulation by phorbol 12 myristate 13 acetate and its possible involvement in nitrate reductase gene expression. J. Biol. Chem. 273, 19235-19242.


Sopory, S.K. and Munshi, M. (1998) Protein kinases and phosphatase and their role in cellular signalling in plants. Crit. Rev. Pl. Sci. 17, 245-318.


Yadav, N., Chandok, M.R., Prasad, J., Bhattacharya, S., Sopory, S.K. & Bhattacharya, A. (1997) Characterization of EhCabp, a calcium binding protein of E.histolytica and its binding proteins. Mol. Biochem. Parast. 84, 69-82.


Kusnetsov, V., Bolle, C., Lubberstedt, T., Sopory, S., Herrmann, R.G. & Oelmuller, R. (1996) Evidence for the plastid signal and light operate via the same cis-acting elements in the promoters of nuclear genes for plastid proteins. Mol. Gen. Genet. 252,631- 639.


Chandok, M.R. & Sopory, S.K. (1996) Phosphorylation/dephosphorylation are key events in the phytochrome stimulation of nitrate reductase m-RNA levels and enzyme activity in maize. Mol. Gen. Genet. 251, 599-608.


RaghuRam, N. & Sopory, S.K. (1995) Evidence for some common signal transduction events for opposite regulation of nitrate reductase & phytochrome I gene expression by light. Plant Mol. Biol. 29, 25-35.


Chandok, M.R. & Sopory, S.K. (1994) 5-Hydroxytryptamine affects turnover of polyphosphoinositides in maize and stimulates nitrate reductase in the absence of light. FEBS Lett. 356, 39- 42.


Bolle, C., Sopory, S.K., Lubberstedt, T., Herrmann, R.G. & Oelmuller, R. (1994) Segments encoding 5’-untranslated leaders of genes for thylakoids proteins containing cis-elements essential for transcription. Plant Journal 6, 513-523.


Bolle, C., Sopory, S.K., Lubberstedt, T., Klosgen, R.B., Herrmann, R.G. & Oelmuller, R. (1994) The role of plastids for the expression of nuclear genes for thylakoid protein studied with chimeric GUS fusions. Plant Physiol. 10 1355 -1362.


Lubberstdt, T., Bolle, C.E.H., Sopory, S.K., Fliger, K. Hermann,R.G. & Oelmuller, R. (1994) Promoters from genes for plastid proteins possess regions with different sensitivities towards red and blue light. Plant Physiol. 104, 997-1006.


Sharma, A.K.,Raghuram, N., Chandok, M.R., Das, R. & Sopory, S.K. (1994) Investigation on the nature of the phytochrome induced transmitter for the regulation of nitrate reductase in etiolated leaves of maize. J. Expt. Bot. 45, 485-490.


Ghirardi, M.L., Mahajan, S., Sopory, S.K., Edelman, M., and Mattoo, A.K (1993) Photosystem II reaction centre particle from Spirodela stroma lamellae. J. Biol. Chem. 268, 5357-5360.


Deswal, R.,Chakravarty, T.N. and Sopory, S.K. (1993). The glyoxalase system in higher plants : Regulation in growth and development. Biochem. Soc. Trans (U.K.) 21 :527-531.


Fliger, K., Tyagi, A., Sopory, S.K., Cseplo, A., Herrmann, R.G. and Oelmuller, R. (1993) A 42 base pair fragment of the gene for subunit II of Photosystem I (pSaF) is crucial for its activity. Plant Journal 4, 9-17.


Guron, K., Chandok, M. and Sopory, S.K (1992) Phytochrome mediated rapid changes in the level of phosphoinositides in etiolated leaves of Zea mays. Photochem. Photobiol. 56: 691-695.


Chandok, M. and Sopory, S.K. (1992) Phorbol myristate acetate replaces phytochrome mediated stimulation of nitrate reductase in maize. Phytochemistry 31: 2255-2258.


Doshi, A, Aneeta and Sopory,S.K. (1992) Regulation of protein phosphorylation by phytochrome in Sorghum bicolor. Photochem. Photobiol. 55, 465-468.


Deswal, R. and Sopory, S.K. (1991) Purification and partial characterization of glyoxalase from a plant Brassica juncea. FEBS Lett. 282, 277-280.


Callahan, F.E., Ghirardi, M.L, Sopory, S.K., Mehta, A.M., Edelman, M. & Mattoo, A.K. (1990). A novel metabolic form of the 32 Kda-Dl Protein in the grana localized reaction centre of photosystem II. J. Biol. Chem. 265, 15357-15360.


Das, R., Sharma, A.K. and Sopory, S.K. (1989). Regulation of NADH glutamate dehydrogenase activity by phytochrome, calcium and calmodulin in Zea mays. Plant Cell Physiol. 30, 317-323.


Gupta, A.K., Sharma, A.K., Guha- Mukhejee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1988) Inhibition of nitrate reductase induction in germinating barley embryos by endosperm. Plant Sci. 54, 141-146..


Sharma, A.K. and Sopory, S.K. (1987) Effect of phytochrome and kinetin on nitrate reductase activity in Zea mays. Plant Cell Physiol. 28, 397-403.


Das, R. and Sopory, S.K. (1985). Evidence for phytochrome regulation of calcium uptake in maize protoplasts. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 128, 1455-1460.


Rajshekhar, V.K. and Sopory, S.K. (1985). Phytochrome regulation of acid and alkaline phosphatase in etiolated shoot apices of Sorghum bicolor. Plant Cell Physiol. 26, 753-757.


Bagga, S., Rajashekhar, V.K., Guha- Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1985) Enhancement in the formation of shoot initials by phytochrome in stem callus cultures of Brassica oleracea Var. Botrytis. Plant Sci. 38, 61-64.


Disa, S., Gupta, A.K., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1985) Requirement of long lag phase for the induction of nitrate reductase during early germination of wheat. New Phytologist 99, 71-80.


Biro, R.L., Daye, N., Serlin, B., Terry, M.F., Datta, N., Sopory, S.K. and Roux, S.J. (1984) Characterization of oat calmodulin and radioimmunoassay of subcellular fractions. Plant Physiol. 75, 382-386.


Rao, L.M.V., Datta, N., Mahadevan, M., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1984) Influence of cytokinins and phytochrome on nitrate reductase activity in etiolated leaves of maize. Phytochemistry 23, 1875-1879.


Serlin, B., Sopory, S.K. and Roux, S.J. (1984). Modulation of oat mitochondrial Ca2+ATPase activity by Ca2+ and phytochrome. Plant Physiol. 74, 827-833.


Sharma, A.K., and Sopory, S.K. (1984) Independent effects of phytochrome and nitrate on nitrate reductase and nitrite reductase activity in maize. Photochem. Photobiol. 39, 491-494.


Rajshekhar, V. K., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S. K. (1983) Effect of t-aminolevulinic acid and inhibitors of RNA and protein synthesis on phytochrome control of chlorophyll accumulation in Sorghum bicolor. J. Exp. Bot. 34, 1444-1454.


Rajashekhar, V.K. Guha- Mukherjee, S.and Sopory, S.K. (1983) Time dependence in phytochrome- mediated chlorophyll and carotenoid synthesis in Sorghum bicolor. Ann. Bot. 57, 159-163.


Rao, L.M.. Rajshekhar, K, Sopory, S.K. and Guha-Mukhrjee, S. (1983) Studies on the involvement of RNA synthesis and polyribosome formation in phytochrome mediated nitrate reductase induction in excised maize leaves. Plant Sci. Lett. 29, 207-213.


Gupta, A., Disa, S., Saxena, I.M., Bhalla-Sarin, N., GuhaMukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K.(1983) Role of nitrate in inducing nitrate reductase activity during early phase of wheat embryo germination. J. Exp. Bot. 34. 396-404.


Gupta, A., Saxena, I. M., Sopory, S. K. and Guha -Mukherjee, S.(1983) Regulation of nitrate reductase synthesis during early germination of seeds in Barley (Hordeum vulgare). J.Exp. Bot. 34- 46.


Datta, N. Rao, L.V.M., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1983) Activation and stabilization of nitrate reductase by NADH in wheat and maize. Phytochemistry 22, 821-824.


Disa, S., Gupta, A. Rajshekhar, V.K., Guha- Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1982) Rhythmicity in nitrate reductase in etiolated excised maize leaves New Phytologist 92, 495-502.


Janaki Vijayaraghavan, S., Gupta, A., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1982) Stimulation of nitrate reductase by light and ammonium in Spirodela oligorrhiza. J. Exp. Bot. 33. 705-716.


Rajshekhar, V.K.,Rao, L.V.M., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1981) Phytochrome control of chlorophyll and carotenoid accumulation in Sorghum bicolor. Plant Cell Physiol. 22, 773-780.


Rao, L.V.M., Rajshekhar, V.K., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1981) Phytochrome control of nitrite reductase, a chloroplast enzyme, in etiolated leaves of maize. Plant Cell Physiol. 22, 577-582.


Sopory, S.K., Avinashi-Puri, M., Deka,N. and Datta,A. (1980) Early protein synthesis during the germination of barley embryo and its relationship to RNA synthesis. Plant Cell Physiol. 21, 649-658.


Sharma, R.P., Sopory, S.K. and Guha-Mukherjee, S. (1980) Phytochrome regulation of peroxidase activity. V. Effect of RNA and protein synthesis. Plant Cell Physiol. 21, 345-351.


Maheshwari, S.C., Tyagi, A.K., Malhotra, K. and Sopory, S.K.(1980) Induction of haploidy from pollen grains in angiosperms. The current status. Theoretical Applied Genetics 58, 193-206.


Janki Vijayaraghavan, S., Sopory, S.K. and Guha-Mukherjee, S. (1979). Role of light on the regulation of nitrate reductase level in Triticum aestivum. Plant Cell Physiol. 20, 12511261.


Sharma, R.P., Sopory, S.K. and Guha-Mukhrjee, S. (1979) Phytochrome regulation of enzyme activity in maize. iv. Photosynthetic independence of peroxidase activity. Plant Cell Physiol. 20, 1003-1013..


Wenzel, G., Schielder, 0. Prezewozny, T., Sopory, S.K. and Melchers, G. (1979). Comparison of single cell culture derived Solanum tuberosum plants and model for their application in breeding programme. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 55, 49-66.


Janki Vijayaraghavan, S., Sopory, S.K. and Guha-Mukherjee, S. (1979) Ammonia stimulation of nitrate reductase induction in excised leaves of wheat. Z. Pflanzenphysiologie 93, 394-402.


Sihag, R. K., Guha-Mukhejee, S. and Sopory, S. K. (1979). Effects of ammonia, sucrose and light on the regulation of nitrate reductase level in Pisum sativum. Physiologia Plantarum 45,281287.


Sihag, R.K., Guha-Mukherjee, S. and Sopory, S.K. (1979) Regulation of nitrate reductase levels in pea, in vitro stability by ammonium. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 85, 1017-1024.


Jacobsen, E. and Sopory, S.K. (1978) The influence of possible recombination of genotypes and the production of microspore embryoids in anther culture in dihaploid Solanum tuberosum and dihaploid hybrids. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 52, 119-124.


Sopory, S.K. and Jacobsoen, E. and Wenzel, G. (1978) Production of monohaploid embryoids and plantlets in cultured anthers of Solanum tuberosum. Plant Sci. Lett. 12,47-47.


Binding, H., Nehls, R., Schielder, 0., Sopory, S.K. and Wenzel, G. (1978) Regeneration of mesophyll protoplasts isolated from dihaploid clones of S.tuberosum. Physiologia Plantarum 43, 52-55.


Sharma, R., Sopory, S.K. and Guha-Mukherjee, S. (1977) Phytochrome regulation of peroxidase activity in maize. II Interaction with hormones, acetylcholine and CAMP. Z. Pflanzenphysiologie 82, 417-427.


Sopory, S.K. (1977) Differentiation of callus from cultured anthers of dihaploid clones of S.tuberosum. Z. Pflanzenphysiologie 82, 88-91.


Sharma, R., Sopory, S. K. and Guha-Mukherjee, S. (1976) Phytochrome regulation of peroxidase activity in maize. Plant Sci. Lett. 6, 69-75.


Sopory, S.K. and Maheshwari, S.C. (1976) Development of pollen embryoids in anther cultures in Datura innoxia. II Effects of growth hormones. J. Expt. Bot. 27, 58-68.


Sopory, S.K. and Maheshwari, S.C. (1976) Development of pollen embryoids in anther cultures in Datura innoxia. General observations and effects of physical factors. J. Expt. Bot. 27, 49 - 57.


Sopory, S.K. and Maheshwari, S.C. (1972) Similar effect of iron chelating agents and cytokinins on the production of haploid embryos from pollen grains of Datura innoxia Z. Pflanzenphysiologie 69, 97-99.


Books Edited

  1. -5. Jain, S.M., Sopory, S.K. and Veilleux, R.E. (eds.) In vitro haploid production in higher plants.  Published under "Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture" series by Kluwer Acad.  Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherland, 1996.
    Vol.1. Fundamental aspects & methods. pp 356
    Vol.2. Applications. pp 438
    Vol.3. Important selected plants. pp 424
    Vol.4. Cereals. pp 233
    Vol.5. Oil ,ornamental & miscellaneous plants. pp 256.

  1. Singhal, G.S., Renger, G., Sopory, S.K., Irrgang, K-D., and Govindjee (Eds) 1999. Concepts in Photobiology: Photosynthesis and Photomorphogenesis.  Narosa Publ.  Co. & Kluwer Acad.  Publ.  Netherlands, 31 chapters.

  2. Sopory, S.K.  and Maheshwari S.C  Plant  Molecular Biology.  Edited a special issue of Current   Science, India ( Jan 25, 2001)

  3. Sopory, S.K., Oelmuller, R . and Maheshwari, S.C. (Eds) 2002. Signal transduction in  plants: Current concepts. Kluwer Academic/Plenum  Publishers, New York pp350.

  4. Munshi, M. and Sopory, S.K. 2003. Biotechnology: applications and careers. Viva Books Pvt. Ltd , Delhi and Bombay, 174pp

  5. Sopory, S.K. 2005 ( Consulting Editor) In : Kumar, A and Roy, S. ( Eds) Plant Biotechnology and its  Applications in Tissue Culture. I.K. International Publishing  House Pvt.Ltd. New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, pp 307

  6. Kumar, Ashwani and  Sopory. S.K. ( Eds). 2008.Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology.I.K. International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi pp525

  7. Pareek, A. Sopory, S.K., Bohnert, H and Govindjee ( Eds) 2009 Abiotic stress adaptation in Plants: physiological, molecular and genomic foundation .Springer
    Pp ; 600

  8. Kumar Ashwani and Sopory, S.K. (Eds). 2009. Applications of Plant Biotechnology: in vitro propagation, plant transformations and secondary metabolite production. I.K. International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi ( to be released in 2010)

Meetings attended outside India & given Invited/key note lecture    

2014 Taiwan: visited six universities to give lectures and sign MOUs
2014 USA: University of Washington, St. Louis: to deliver lecture and also to sign             MOU
2013 Belgium and Turkey: as a part of delegation with the President of India
2011 Asia Culture Forum, Gwnagju, Korea . Delivered Key note lecture
2009 Invited to organize two sessions at FAO meeting at Guadalhara, Mexico
2008 Japanese Society of Plant Physiology, Sapporo  ( special workshop on the   role of keto aldehydes in plants)
2008 ICGEB-TWAS-Biosafenet meeting on Abiotic stress in plants, Rome
2007 SEB Annual meeting at Glasgow
2007 Molecular Plant  meeting at  Shanghai
2007 ICGEB meeting at Cape Town, South Africa
2006 CGEB-TWAS meeting on Abiotic stress tolerance, Santiago, Chile
2004 UNIDO  Global Biotechnology Forum, Conception, Chile
2004 FAO/IAEA meeting on Coordinated Res. Project  on Stress Biology, Vienna
2004 RED-BIO  Latin American meeting on Agricultural Biotechnology(at Dominican Republic)
2003 UNESCO meeting  on GMOs, Paris
2002 IAPTC & B Congress: Plant Biotechnolgy 2002 and Beyond, Florida, USA
2002 Meeting on Biotechnology and its applications, Vanezuela
2001  Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnolgy, Hanoi, Vietnam
2000 International Conference on Biotechnology and Society, Genova, Italy
1999  ICGEB workshop at Beijing, China
1999 Plant Biotechnology meeting, Bulgaria
1997 International Bioinformatics Training course, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel April 2-10, 1997. (Org.  Prof.  M. Edelman) At this meeting with the support of UNESCO we developed an International Centre for Cooperation in Bioinformatics and got India included as a partner.
1997 International Plant Molecular Biology meeting, Singapore
1997 IUBS Annual meeting on Biotechnology and Biodiversity, Taipei, Taiwan
1995 European Photomorphogenesis meeting, Sitges, Barcelona (org.  E. Simon)
1992 Biochemical Society (London) Colloquium on Glyoxalase (Org. P.J.   Thornally)
1991  Photomorphogenesis Conference, USDA, Beltsville (Org.  Bill Vanderwoude)
1989 Symposium on Photomorphogenesis, Freiburg, West Germany. (Org. by H.Mohr).
1988 International Conference on Phosphoinositides in Plants.Purdue University, USA.  Dr. Ruth Sather invited for on spot discussion and presentation of our work.
1988  Signal Transduction Workshop: University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia (Org. by A. Cashmore).  .
1988  Annual Meeting of American Society of Plant Physiology, Reno, Nevada.
1987 International Botanical Congress, Berlin.
1986 XVI Yamada Conference, Okazaki, Japan.(Org. by M.Furuya).
1982 Annual Meeting of American Society of Plant Physiology University of Illinois, Urbana, USA.
1978 2nd Arabidopsis meeting, Frankfurt, West Germany.


Other Academic Activities

(A). Research and Teaching

Ph. D. supervision:  35
M.Phil dissertations : 7
Post-doctoral :          25
Teaching experience: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D =30 years
Research Projects  undertaken : 27 ( got funding from , CSIR,  UGC, DST,ICAR, DBT, also got funding to create a Centre for Plant Molecular Biology at JNU )

Cordinator Network program on rice  abiotic stress, from DBT, 2004 - 2008
Coordinator, Indo-US program on drought and salinity stress, DBT 2005 - 2008
Coordinator, Translational Program in Agricultural Biotechnology, DBT 2007 - 2012
Coordinator: DBT  program on plant microRNAs : 2008 - 2011
Reviewer for papers in over dozen of  international journals like, Nature, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, FEBS.J., J.Expt. Bot., Planta and  others

(B) Editorial Board:

  1. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, 1994 - 1995, 2003-
  2. Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology, 1995 -
  3. National Science Academy Science Letters  1995 - 2002
  4. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 1997 -
  5. Plant Biology 1999 -
  6. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology  2001 - 2008
  7. Indian Journal of Biotechnology  2002 -
  8. Phytomorphology. (Int. J. of Plant. Sci) 2007-
  9. Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, Finland, 2003 - 2006
  10. The Journal of National Science Foundation of SriLanka 2005 -
  11. Molecular Plant Blackwell Scientific Publ. England 2007 - 2012
  12. Member, Consultation Board of IDOSI Journals, Canada 2006 -
  13. Tree Physiology, Canada ( IF 2.5) 2006 - 2008
  14. J. Plant Physiology, Germany (IF 2.4) 2008 -
  15. J. Biomedicine and Biotechnology ( Section Pl. Biotech) (2009 -

(C) Grant/ Review Panels in National Agencies

(I) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India

Plant Agriculture & Forest Committee, 1990-1995
Plant Science Committee,  1998-2001
Travel Grant Committee, 1990-1991
RA/SRF Selection Committee   
CSIR-NET, examination committee
Bhatnagar Award Committee
Young Scientist Award Committee
Member,Project Review committee for  New Millenium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative  Program
Member,Research Council, CIMAP, Lucknow, 2001-2006
Co-chairperson: CSIR Recruitment Board 2003-2011
Member,Research Council, RRL , Jammu, 2004-2006; 2010-2012; 2013-2015
Chairman, Research Council, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur; 2004-2012
Member , Research Council, National Chemicals Laboratory, Pune, 2007-2010
Member Search/ Selection  Comitteee for CSIR Director,like CCMB/NBRI/CIMAP/IHBT
Member, 12th Plan Committee  2011
Member , Governing Council, 2014
Chairman, Research council, NBRI, Lucknow 2013-
Chairman, Plant Science committee, 2015-

(II) Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

MAC for Young Scientist , 1990-1995
PAC for Plant Sciences, 1994-1999
Member, Committee for selection of Swaranjyanti Fellowships,  2000-  2007
Member, PAC, ILTP, Indo Russia and Other Foreign Programs, 2001
Member, FIST program committee, 2002—2007
Member, Committee for BOYSCOST selection  2005-2007
Member, SERC, 2004-2007
Chairman, PAC, Plant Science, 2004-2007

(III) Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India

PAC 1991-1992
PAC for Human Resources Development, 1997-99
PAC for Patent Screening Committee, 1998-2002
PAC, Agriculture Biotechnology, 2000-2003, 2008-
PAC, Bioprospecting and Biodiversity, 2000-2003
Chairman, Overseas fellowship committee, 2000
Member, Indian Delegation DBT to visit China to develop Sino- Indian   Collaboration Programmes, 1994
Member from DBT on NBPGR, New Delhi monitoring   committee(1999- 2007)
Member from DBT on Rajiv Gandhi Centre, Trivandrum, monitoring committee, 2000-2005
Member  on Scientific Advisory Committee of National Centre for Plant Genome, New Delhi ( 1999- 2006 , 2009- )
Member, Review Committee Genetic Modified  Organisms, 2002- 2006
Member, Task Force, Plant Biotechnology, 2003
Member,Working Group on Biosafety Regulations, 2003
Chairman, PAC, Bioprospecting and Biodiversity, 2005-2011
Member, PAC for Centres of Excellence, 2005—2008
Member, Technical Screening Committee of SIBRI 2005—2010
Member, Bioscience National Award Committee, 2005—2010
Member, Basic Science Committee, 2006-2010
Co-Chairman, Agricultural Biotechnology  PAC 2006-2010
Co-Chairman, Interdisciplinary Research Committee(IDRC) in Biotechnology, 2006-2010
Member, Committee for selection of  Tata Innovative prize and  Ramalingswamy Fellowships, 2007-2010
Member, Bioresource Board, 2007-2012
Chairman, Task Force, Plant Biotechnology 2012-2014
Chairman, RNAi technology task force, 2012-1014
Member, Task Force and Apex Committee, BIRAP,
Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, NIPGR, 2013-
Chairman, Fast track committee on Agricultural Biotechnolgy 2010-2013

(IV) University Grants Commission, India

Member, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Panel
Nominated member, visiting committees to evaluate different Universities
Course Development Committee for Plant Sciences (2001) 
Course Development Committee for Biotechnology (2001)
Member, Committee for Formulating the Xth Plan Profile of Higher Education in India (2001)
Member, visiting committee for NEHU
Member – special committee to evaluate Univ. of Hyderabad,  Excellence Program

(V) National Science Academies

Member, Biology Committee, INSA 1998
Member, Library Acquisition Committee, INSA 1998
Representative 0f INSA 26th Gen. Assembly of IUBS held at Taipei in 1998
Representative to the  Royal Society London, 1999, 2000: was member of  a  team along with the US Academy President and his team
Royal Academy President and his team, Chinese Academy, Brazil Academy, Third World Academy, and Mexican Academy  that brought out a  document on  Transgenic Plants and World Agriculture
Member, Sectional Committee, Indian Academy of Sciences,  Bangalore (1993 - 1997)
Convenor, Sec. Comm.on Plant/Animal Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences ( 2002- )
Member, Section Committee,  Indian National Science Academy (1996-1998, 2000 , 2001, 2002-2004)
Council  Member, of Indian Academy of Sciences (2001 –2003; 2004-2006)      
Member, Screening committee for fellows, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, 2004 -
Vice-president, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) 2004 - 2006
Member,  Inter-Academy committee, INSA, 2004 -
Chairman, ICSU, INSA 2004 -
Team leader of INSA delegation to Hungary for Cooperative programs, and joint workshops,  2004, 2006
Chairman, Section committee on Plant Science,  INSA, 2008
Member, Screening committee, NAAS, 2009
Member, NAAS Committee to prepare the chapter on “Agricultural Research Preparedness” for the document on State of Indian Agriculutre (2009). Released by the Minister of Agriculture.GOI
Member, Int committee on Biosecurity, 2011 -

(VI) Member, Board of Studies/ Academic Council

Indore University, 1992
NEHU, Shillong, 1994 -
Kurukshetra University, 1989 - 1991
Banaras Hindu University, 1994 - 95
Delhi University, 1997 - 1999
G.J.University, Hissar, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - (AC)
Poorvanchal University, 2000 - 2002
SAC, Bose Institute, Calcutta, 2001
Member IGNOU Course Design Committee, Plant Physiology
Member, Academic Committee, National Centre for Plant Genome Research.  New Delhi, 2001-2006
Member Governing Board, Netaji Institute of Technology, New Delhi (nominated by Delhi Govt.), 2004   
Academic Committee, National Institute of  Immunology, Delhi, 2004 -
Member Governing Board, GB    Pant Institute, Almora, 2005 - 2008
Member Academic Council, Indraprastha University, New Delhi, 2008 - 2010
Member , Planning Board, GGS Indrprastha Univesity, New Delhi, 2015.      

(VII) Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India

Member, Working group for formulation of National Syllabus of Genetics and Plant Breeding(2000)
Panel Member, for review of work at IARI, Delhi (2001);
Member of the Board for Biotechnology Research  of the Fisheries Institute, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa(1998-2000)                  
Member, Quinquennial Review Team to review work of IARI from 1990  to 2000
Member of  ICAR Society ( highest  body, Chaired by the Minister
of Agriculture) 2007-    
Member, Research Program Committee of NAIP, ICAR 2009-

(VIII) Ministry of Health

Member, Committee on food safety of GM-foods

(IX) Planning Commission

Member, Xth plan Working Group on Agricultural Research and  Education Constituted by Planning Commission for ICAR( 2001
Member, Review committee on Biodiversity and GM crops 2006
Member, Sub-group on Adoption and generation of relevant technologies and their dissemination to the farmers ,2007
Member , sub-group  on higher education, 2011

(X) At Jawaharlal Nehru University, Administration work( 1973-1997)

    1. Warden, 1973-75 ( First of the two wardens appointed in JNU )
    2. Provost, 1985-86
    3. Member, Academic Council 1973-1975
    4. Member, Executive council 1995-96.
    5. Coordinator, Bioinformatic Centre, 1995-1996.
    6. Member, Finance Committee - 1996
    7. Course Coordinator for Ist & 2nd orientation course (1993, 1994) and Ist and 2nd Referesher (1994, 1996) in Life Sciences at the
       Academic Staff college, JNU.
    8. JNU Member on the Academic Committee of

    a) National Institute of Immunology, 1993-94
    b) Army Cadet College, 1994-97
    c) NIPGR
    d) CIMAP

    1. Chairman, Committee for providing Internet and LAN in JNU, 1996
    2. Involved  in  creating  a  new  DBT sponsored  “Centre  for  Plant Molecular Biology” on campus in collaboration with Prof.  Asis Datta, Prof.  Sipra Guha-Mukherjee, Prof.  K.C.Upadhyaya
    3. Secretary and then the President of JNU Group Housing Society (  was requested to take up this task  as the earlier committees had not delivered . During the term the , foundation was laid by the first VC of the JNU, Mr G. Parthasarthy,   flats were completed  and allotments were got done   by DDA)
    4. was elected as Vice-President of JNUTA for one term and school representative for two terms
    5. Member of the Standing Committee of AC on JNU Recognized Research Institutions  , 2009-


(XI) Countries visited abroad for  attending international meetings, visiting laboratories and  developing bi national  programs

USA, Germany, France, Italy, England, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Bulgaria, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Vanezuela, Nepal, Phillipines, Hongkong, BeloRus, Russia, Chile, Austria, Canada, Hungary, UAE, South Africa, Mexico, Bangladesh, Korea, Turkey.