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    Faculty - TERI University


    Anandita Singh
    Department of Biotechnology

    Anandita's broad research interest lies in the field of Plant Genomics. It primarily relates to developing an understanding of the natural genetic and morphological variation in crop and other plant species of economic value. The intent is to exploit and treat it as a resource, in combination with various genomic approaches, for interpreting the molecular basis of plant adaptation to stressful environments and important life history traits. The knowledge thus gained is envisaged to be useful for developing sound strategies for breeding crop species and other economically important plants. Together with her group, she is currently focusing on understanding and characterizing the regulatory elements viz. transcription factors and miRNAs underpinning such adaptive traits as flowering in members of Brassicaceae. Anandita was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Max Planck Society, Germany, to undertake research at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen, in the Department of Plant Molecular Biology of Professor Detlef Weigel. The main focus of her work there concerned developing a mechanistic understanding of flowering response in Arabidopsis thaliana using wide range genomic approaches. Her doctoral thesis entitled 'DNA fingerprinting for assessment of genetic diversity in medicinal plant species ' involved the assessment of the natural variation and genetic diversity in important medicinal tree species namely, Azadirachta indica (neem) and Emblica officinalis (amla). She carried out extensive work on neem, and her research findings implicated India as the true Center of Origin for neem. At TERI University, she has contributed in formulation and is teaching following courses at Master?s and pre-PhD level: Principles of Genetic Engineering and Bio-analytical Techniques; Molecular Markers and Breeding; Environmental Biotechnology: Plant Biotechnology in Agriculture Sector; Genetic Engineering and recombinant DNA Techniques; Molecular Genomics and Genetics




    Educational Qualifications
    •  Ph D in Plant Molecular Biology, DNA fingerprinting for assessment of genetic diversity in medicinal plant species, Department of Biotechnology, Hamdard University, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, 2002

    •  M Sc in Plant Molecular Biology, Department Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi, South Campus, 1996

    •  B Sc (H) in Zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, 1994

    Honors and Awards
    Fellowship by Max Planck Society, Germany for Post-doctoral research (2002-2004)

    Fellowship (JRF/SRF) by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Govt. of India (1997-2002), UGC-NET qualified (1997)

    Post-graduate Scholarship by University Grants Commission for pursuing M.Sc. in Plant Molecular Biology at University of Delhi South Campus (1994-1996)

    Rank holder in M.Sc. entrance examination in Department of Plant Molecular Biology at University of Delhi, South Campus

    Fellowship by University of Delhi (1991-1994) in B.Sc. (Zoology), IInd Rank

    B.Sc. (H) Zoology, Ist Rank, 1991-1994, Zakir Hussain College, Delhi University

    Selected Publications
     Highly preserved roles of Brassica MIR172 in polyploid Brassicas: ectopic expression of variants of Brassica MIR172 accelerates floral transition
    Shivaraj SM, Jain A, Singh A
    Molecular Genetics and Genomics 293: 1121-1138 doi: 10.1007/s00438-018-1444-3,

     Natural variation in Brassica FT homeologs influences multiple agronomic traits including flowering time, silique shape, oil profile, stomatal morphology and plant height in B. juncea.
    ShikhaTyagi , Pooja Anjali Mazumdar, Pratiksha Mayee, Shivraj SM, Saurabh Anand, Anupama Singh, Chaithanya Madhurantakam, Prateek Sharma, Sandip Das, Arun Kumar, Anandita Singh
    Plant Science doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.09.018,

     SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONSTANS1 influences flowering time, lateral branching, oil quality, and seed yield in Brassica juncea cv. Varuna
    Shikha Tyagi1 & Tanu Sri1 & Anupama Singh1 & Pratiksha Mayee1,2 & S. M. Shivaraj1,3 & Prateek Sharma4 & Anandita Singh1
    Functional and Integrative Genomics doi: 10.1007/s10142-018-0626-8,

     Analysis of Genetic Diversity of Indian Tea Accessions Using Two Modified Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism Methods
    Negi MS, Sharma SS, Singh A , Chauhan S, Adholeya A, Tripathi SBT
    Proceedings in National Academy of Science, India, Section B, Biolological Science doi:10.1007/s40011-016-0798-8,

     Functional characterization of a novel Brassica LEAFY homolog from Indian mustard: Expression pattern and gain-of-function studies
    Dhakate P, Tyagi S, Singh A, Singh A
    Plant Science 258: 29-44,


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