Saraswati Nayar, PhD



Saraswati Nayar
Saraswati Nayar

Saraswati Nayar, PhD



  • Profile

    • PhD Plant Molecular biology, 2009-2013, University of Delhi
    • MSc Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 2006-2008, University of Delhi
    • BSc (Honours) Botany, 2003-2006, University of Delhi
    • Nov 2015 to Present: DST-INSPIRE Faculty, Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Trivandrum
    • 2009-2013: University Teaching Assistant, University of Delhi
    • 2009-2013: Junior Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow, Prof. Sanjay Kapoor's Lab, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi
    • DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award (2015)
    • Young Scientist Award (Gold Medal) from Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy (ABAP) for Best Oral presentation (below 30 years) at the 7th Annual Convention of Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy (2013)
    • Qualified UGC-CSIR JRF/NET (rank in top 50) and was called for Interview for Shyama Prasad Mukherjee fellowship (2008)
    • University of Delhi, South Campus Endowment Scholarship (2007)
    • Academic prize, Smt. Sita Narayanan Memorial medal, Mrs. P. Gupta Meritorious medal and Bharatula Savitri Memorial cash prize from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi (2006)
    • Science Meritorious Award from University of Delhi (2003-2005)
  • Research

    Origin of the proposal

    In 2010, the Chlorella genome was decoded and the presence of various classes of genes was discovered in this micro alga. An interesting class is the hormone biosynthesis and signaling genes. There was much speculation about the presence of active hormones in algae earlier. But the presence of hormones has been reported in algae in their bioactive form. It is known that hormones like auxin, cytokinin, GA, BR, ABA, JA and polyamines are present in Chlorella.


    The question, we are addressing in this project is whether these hormone related genes can be utilized for generating Chlorella lines, which have high efficiency of photosynthesis, improved ability to absorb toxic metals and increased accumulation of biomass along with elucidating the nature of the hormones present in the lower plants. It will also give an answer to whether the phytohormones in algae and higher plants are analogous in their function. Hence manipulation of these genes may cause these lines to become more efficient phytoremediators. Further the potential to increase biomass of Chlorella in a shorter period by affecting genes related to hormones such as auxin and cytokinin is also a possibility as these are the hormones, which regulate cell division and cell differentiation which can be used to increase its prospects for biodiesel production.

    1. INSPIRE Faculty Award, Department of Science and Technology, 2015-2020
  • Publications

    1. Nayar, S., Kapoor, M., and Kapoor, S. (2014) Post-translational regulation of rice MADS29 Function: Homodimerization or binary interactions with other seed-expressed MADS proteins modulate its translocation into the nucleus. J. Exp. Bot. 65 (18), 5339-5350.
    2. Research Highlight (2014). Protein clues into rice seed development gene. Nature India doi:10.1038/nindia.2014.107
    3. Nayar, S., Sharma, R., Tyagi, A.K., and Kapoor, S. (2013). Functional delineation of OsMADS29 reveals its role in embryo and endosperm development by affecting hormone homeostasis. J Exp Bot. 64 (14), 4239-4253 (Cover page article)
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