Dr. A.K. Shasany
Phone :
011-25848783, 011-25841787/25842789 (Ext 260)

Awards & Honors

  • Dr. Kumud Chandra Bora Memorial award for securing highest Overall Grade Point Average in M.Sc. (Agricultural Biotechnology), 1991.
  • Prof. Deveswar Pathak Memorial award for securing highest Overall Grade Point Average in M.Sc. (Agriculture), 1991.
  • IARI Merit medal for outstanding Academic performance during Ph.D Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 1996.
  • CSIR young scientist award in biological sciences, 2000.
  • Prof. Umakant Sinha Memorial award (Indian Science Congress Association), 2003.
  • Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association for Best Patent-(Team), 2004.
  • Som award for developing high yielding Mentha arvensis, Kosi by Essential oil Association of India-(Team), 2005.
  • Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award- by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, for R & D innovation-(Team), 2007.
  • Samanta Chandra Sekhara Award, By Odisha Bigyan Academy, Government of Odisha, 2012.
  • CSIR- Technology Award Biological Science, 1999, 2012, 2018.
  • Fellow National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2017.
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, 2018


  1. Bhaskar Shukla, Sanchita Gupta , Gaurava Srivastava , Ashok Sharmaa , , Ashutosh K. Shukla and Ajit K. Shasany (2021) lncRNADetector: a bioinformatics pipeline for long non-coding RNA identification and MAPslnc: a repository of medicinal and aromatic plant lncRNAs. RNA Biology.
  2. Rastogi S, Shah S, Kumar R, Kumar A, Shasany A.K. (2020). Comparative temporal metabolomics studies to investigate interspecies variation in three Ocimum species. Scientific Reports, 10(1), pp.1-15. 10.1038/s41598-020-61957-5.
  3. Nair P, Mall M, Sharma P, Khan F, Nagegowda DA, Rout PK, Gupta MM, Pandey A, Shasany AK, Gupta AK, Shukla AK (2019) Characterization of a class III peroxidase from Artemisia annua: relevance to artemisinin metabolism and beyond. Plant Mol Biol. doi: 10.1007/s11103-019-00879-x.
  4. Pal S, Rastogi S, Nagegowda DA, Gupta MM, Chanotiya CS, Shasany AK (2018) RNAi of Sterol Methyl Transferase1 Reveals its Direct Role in Diverting Intermediates Towards Withanolide/ Phytosterol Biosynthesis in Withania somnifera, Plant Cell Physiol.60(3): 672–686 (2018) doi:10.1093/pcp/pcy237
  5. Vashisth D, Kumar R, Rastogi S, Patel VK, Kalra A, Gupta MM, Gupta AK & Shasany AK (2018). Transcriptome changes induced by abiotic stresses in Artemisia annua. Scientific Reports. 8: 3423. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21598-1
  6. Akhtar MQ, Qamar N, Yadav P, Kulkarni P, Kumar A, Shasany AK (2017) Comparative glandular trichome transcriptome-based gene characterization reveals reasons for differential (-)-menthol biosynthesis in Mentha species. Physiologia Plantarum. doi: 10.1111/ppl.12550.
  7. Singh AK, Kumar SR, Dwivedi V, Rai A, Pal S, Shasany AK, Nagegowda DA (2017) A WRKY transcription factor from Withania somnifera regulates triterpenoid withanolide accumulation and biotic stress tolerance through modulation of phytosterol and defense pathways. New Phytol. 2017 Jun 26. doi: 10.1111/nph.14663.
  8. Pragadheesh VS, Chanotiya CS, Rastogi S, Shasany AK (2017) Scent from Jasminum grandiflorum flowers: Investigation of the change in linalool enantiomers at various developmental stages using chemical and molecular methods. Phytochemistry, 140; p. 83-94.
  9. Meena S, Sarma RK, VenkataRao D. K., Dwivedi Varun, Shilpashree HB, Rastogi S, Shasany AK and Nagegowda DA (2016) De Novo Sequencing and Analysis of Lemongrass Transcriptome Provide First Insights into the Essential Oil Biosynthesis of Aromatic Grasses. Front. Plant Sci., 28 July 2016 |
  10. Kumar R, Vashisth D, Misra A, Akhtar MQ, Jalil SU, Shanker K, Gupta MM, Rout PK, Gupta AK, Shasany AK (2016) RNAi down-regulation of cinnamate-4-hydroxylase increases artemisinin biosynthesis in Artemisia annua. Scientific Reports. 2016 May 25; 6:26458. doi: 10.1038/srep26458..
  11. Singh AK, Dwivedi V, Rai A, Pal S, Reddy SGE, Rao DKV, Shasany AK, Nagegowda DA (2015) Virus induced gene silencing of Withania somnifera squalene synthase negatively regulates sterol and defense related genes resulting in reduced withanolides and biotic stress tolerance. Plant Biotechnology J.13 (9):1287-99
  12. Rastogi S, Kalra A, Gupta V, Khan F, Lal RK, Tripathi AK, Parameswaran S, Gopalakrishnan C, Ramaswamy G, Shasany AK (2015) Unravelling the genome of Holy basil: an "incomparable" "elixir of life" of traditional Indian medicine. BMC Genomics. 2015 May 28;16:413. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1640-z.
  13. Rastogi S, Meena S, Bhattacharya A, Ghosh S, Shukla RK, Sangwan NS, Lal RK, Gupta MM, Lavania UC, Gupta V, Nagegowda DA, Shasany AK.(2014) De novo sequencing and comparative analysis of holy and sweet basil transcriptomes.BMC Genomics. 2014 Jul 12;15:588. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-588.
  14. Singh S, Pal S, Shanker K, Chanotiya C S, Gupta M M, Dwivedi U N and Shasany A K (2014) Sterol partitioning by HMGR and DXR for routing intermediates toward withanolide biosynthesis. Physiologia Plantarum 152: 617–633.
  15. Chaturvedi N, Singh S K, Shukla A K, Lal R K, Gupta M M, Dwivedi U N, Shasany A K (2014) Latex-less opium poppy: Cause for less latex and reduced peduncle strength. Physiologia Plantarum 50:436-445.
  16. Rastogi S, Kumar R, Chanotiya C S, Shanker K, Gupta M M, Nagegowda D A, Shasany A K (2013) 1. 4-Coumarate: CoA Ligase Partitions Metabolites for Eugenol Biosynthesis. Plant Cell Physiol. 54(8): 1238–1252.
  17. Klempien A, Kaminaga Y, Qualley A, Nagegowda DA, Widhalm JR, Orlova I, Shasany AK, Taguchi G, Kish CM, Cooper BR, D’Auria JC, Rhodes D, Pichersky E and Dudareva N, (2012) Contribution of CoA ligases to benzenoid biosynthesis in petunia flowers. Plant Cell, 24: 2015-2030.
  18. Maeda H, Shasany AK, Schnepp J, Orlova I, Taguchi G, Cooper BR, Rhodes D, Pichersky E, and Dudareva N (2010) RNAi Suppression of Arogenate Dehydratase1 Reveals That Phenylalanine Is Synthesized Predominantly via the Arogenate Pathway in Petunia Petals. Plant Cell 22(3):832-49.
  19. Balasaravanan T, Pius PK, Kumar RR, Muraleedharan N, Shasany AK (2003) Genetic diversity among south Indian tea germplasm (Camellia sinensis, C. assamica and C. assamica spp. lasiocalyx) using AFLP markers. Plant Science, 165: 365-372.
  20. Patra NK, Tanveer H, Khanuja SPS, Shasany AK, Singh HP, Singh VR and Kumar S (2001) A Unique interspecific hybrid spearmint clone with growth properties of Mentha arvensis L. and oil qualities of Mentha spicata L. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 102: 471-476.


On Going Projects
Name of the Project Funding Agency


DNA Sequence


  1. November 9, 2010 Primer composition and a kit useful for the identification of phyllanthus, 7,829,692
  2. March 31, 2009 Alpha arteether resistance domain 7,510,836
  3. January 6, 2009 Primers and a screening method for identification of artemisinin producing plants 7,473,768




  1. September 12, 2017. Vetiver plant named `CIMAP-KHUSINOLIKA`
  2. November 4, 2008, High herb, phyllanthin and hypophyllanthin yielding cultivar of Phyllanthus amarus `CIM-Jeevan` 7,446,243
  3. October 14, 2008 Distinct type cultivar of Ocimum basilicum"CIM-SAUMYA" 7,435,877
  4. May 20, 2008, High artemisinin yielding artemisia plant named `CIM-arogya’, 7,375,260
  5. March 20, 2007 Plantago ovata plant named `Mayuri` PP17,505
  6. July 4, 2006 Mint plant Mentha spicata L. var.viridis christened as `Ganga` PP16,747
  7. June 27, 2006 Citral rich high yielding lemongrass plant `Nima` of Cymbopogon flexuosus PP16,712
  8. May 23, 2006 Mint plant `Kushal` for late transplanting PP16,566
  9. April 25, 2006 Mint plant named `Cim Indus` PP16,474
  10. February 17, 2004 Mint plant named `Sambhav` PP14,538
  11. December 23, 2003 Rose scented geranium Pelargonium graveolenes plant `Safal` PP14,400
  12. April 15, 2003 `Dhawal`, a high alkaloid producing periwinkle plant 6,548,746
  13. March 18, 2003 Method of producing a poppy plant 6,534,696.
  14. December 10, 2002 High yielding and stable plant of Cymbopogon flexuosus called `Chirharit` PP13,336
  15. November 26, 2002 Mint plant named `Saksham` PP13,279
  16. November 12, 2002 High yielding stable plant of Rosa damascena, called `Ranisahiba` PP13,203
  17. October 22, 2002  Lippia alba plant named `Bhurakshak` PP13,110
  18. September 24, 2002 `Jal Pallavi`, water logging tolerant Cymbopogon winterianusPP12,997
  19. July 23, 2002 Novel, high yielding stable Mentha arvensis plant named `Damroo` PP12,791
  20. February 26, 2002 Mint plant named `Kosi` PP12,426
  21. February 26,2002 Pelargonium graveolens plant named `Narmada’ PP12,425
  22. August 7, 2001 Hybrid mint plant named `Neerkalka` PP12,030
  23. June 1, 1999 Mint plant Mentha arvensis `Himalaya` PP10,935




  1. August 28, 2007, Screening method for selection of insect tolerant plants, 7,262,004
  2. August 28, 2007, Plant test procedure to detect natural, semi-synthetic, synthetic compounds and physical stress factors through expression of distinct responses, 7,262,003
  3. December 21, 2004 Quick and sensitive method of quantifying mycolic acid to develop anti-microbial agents and a diagnostic kit thereof 6,833,249
  4. December 9, 2003 Method of treatment for fungal infections with a synergistic formulation of antifungal agents 6,660,761
  5. January 28, 2003 Process for the preparation of novel growth media from distillation and other plant wastes for mass multiplication of bio-control fungi 6,511,821
  6. September 24, 2002 Process of its application against lepidopteran insects using Albizzia lebbeck plant extract and Bacilus thuriengiensis delta-endotoxin 6,455,079
  7. July 23, 2002 Process for in vitro selection of high methol producing genotypes 6,423,541
  8. July 16, 2002 Method of producing organogenetic tissue from a plant of the genus Mentha 6,420,174
  9. May 28, 2002 Method for maximization of artemisinin production by the plant Artemisia annua6,393,763
  10. October 3, 2000 Method for the use of alpha arteether as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent 6,127,405





  1. November 6, 2007, Anti-dermatophytic preparation and use thereof, 7,291,349
  2. June 26, 2007,  Use of bioactive fraction from cow urine distillate (`Go-mutra`) as a bio-enhancer of anti-infective, anti-cancer agents and nutrients  7,235,262
  3. May 1, 2007 Strain of Bacillus as a bioinoculant 7,211,428
  4. November 14, 2006 Gallic acid derivative and process of preparing the same 7,135,590
  5. December 27, 2005 Composition comprising pharmaceutical/nutraceutical agent and a bio-enhancer obtained from Glycyrrhiza glabra. 6,979,471
  6. May 24, 2005 Use of bioactive fraction from cow urine distillate (‘go-mutra’) as a bio-enhancer of anti-infective, anti-cancer agents and nutrients 6,896,907
  7. February 22, 2005 Nitrile glycoside useful as a bioenhancer of drugs and nutrients, process of its isolation from Moringa oleifera6,858,588
  8. December 14, 2004 Menthyl benzoate formulations for external UV protection 6,831,100
  9. November 30, 2004 Formulation comprising thymol useful in the treatment of drug resistant bacterial infections 6,824,795
  10. July 27, 2004  Composition and process for preparing disinfectants comprising Mentha spicata var. viridis and their use 6,767,876
  11. January 13, 2004 Bioactive hexane fraction from Vetiveria zizanioides6,676,974
  12. May 6, 2003 Streptomyces strain with potential anti-microbial activity against phytopathogenic fungi 6,558,940
  13. February 4, 2003 Formulation comprising thymol useful in the treatment of drug resistant bacterial infections 6,514,541
  14. July 23, 2002 Anti-microbial composition and method for producing the same 6,423,741
  15. June 25, 2002  Pharmaceutical composition containing cow urine distillate and an antibiotic 6,410,059



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