Dr. Sharmistha Barthakur
Principal Scientist
Sharmistha[dot]Barthakur[at]icar[dot]gov[dot]in ; sbthakur[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone :
011-25841787 Ext 280,276
Education :
PhD (Plant Biotechnology) , Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat,Assam
Education :
Post Doctorate: University of Texas, Austin, USA ; John Innes Center, Norwich, United Kingdom

Research Interest

Rational Engineering for Terminal Heat Stress in Wheat: Wheatomics


Wheat is a highly versatile and major cereal crop in terms of harvested area and adaptation to diverse regions. Heat stress during last phases of wheat development or terminal heat stress from booting,heading,anthesis and grain filling stages is considered as one of the major environmental constraints in wheat breeding today. With rising global temperature, most of the wheat cultivated regions throughout the world including India has been affected by terminal heat stress resulting in reduction in grain number per spike, grain weight and consequently significant reduction in grain yield.


Towards elucidating heat stress tolerance mechanisms in Indian bread wheat, my research is targeting various processes involve in plant stress tolerance and signaling utilizing diverse molecular biological tools.




Awards & Honors

Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship of the United Kingdom

BOYSCAST fellowship, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Post doctoral Fellowship , University of Texas at Austin, USA

Jawaharlal Nehru Award (2000) for outstanding Ph.D. research in Plant Biotechnology conferred by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India.

Indian Science Congress Association Young Scientist Award 1999-2000.

  1. 1. N.Bharadwaj,S.Barthakur,A Biswas et al (2019) Transcript expression profiling in two contrasting cultivars and molecular cloning of a sKP-1 like gene, a component of SCF ubiquitin proteasome system from mungbean Vigna radiate L. Scientific Reports 9 :8103
  2. 2. P.Jaiswal and S . Barthakur (2019) Optimization of an in vitro regeneration protocol for hexaploid wheat using immature embryo as explants.  Ann Agric Res.40(4):1-7

3. S.Khomdram and S.Barthakur (2016) Transient GUS assay based quick screening method of genes cloned in a binary vector in tandem for plant transformation  Annals of Agric Res 37(3):265-274

4. N. Gogoi, M Farooq,S Barthakur,B.Baroowa ,N.Bharadwaj and S Ramanjulu (2018)  Thermal stress impacts on reproductive development and grain yield in grain legumes . J of Plant Biology 61:265-291

5. S.Khomdram and S.Barthakur (2015) In situ evaluation of high temperature stress in wheat-validation of a portable heat trap chamber Ann Agric Res 36(2):123-131

6. S.M.Sankar,C.T. Satyavathi, SPSingh,MP Singh,C.Bharadwaj and S.Barthakur (2014) Genetic diversity analysis for high temperature stress tolerance in pearl millet. Ind J of Plant Physiology 19(4):324-329

7. A.Cantero , S.Barthakur,T.JBushert,S.Chou,R.O. Morgan, MP Fernandez,GB Clark and SJ Roux (2006) Expression profiling of the Arabidopsis annexin gene family during germination, de-etiolation and abiotic stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 44,13-24 Joint first authors

8. S.Deka and S Barthakur (2010) Overview on current status of biotechnological interventions on yellow stem borer Scirphaga incertuas resistance in rice. Biotechnological Advances 28:70-81

9. S. Barthakur, V. Babu, V. and  KC Bansal (2001). Over expression of osmotin induces proline accumulation and confers tolerance to osmotic stress in transgenic tobacco J. Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 10, 31

10.Barthakur, S., Mondal, T. K., Parveen, S. S., Guha, A., Sen, P., Barthakur, A. and Deka, P. C.(1998). Isolation of chloroplast DNA from tea Camellia sinensis. Indian J. Exp Biology 36,1165