Mohan Chandra Kalita

Mohan Chandra Kalita

Department of Biotechnology
Gauhati University
Guwahati 781 014, Assam, India.

Phone : +91-9957181630

Email mckalita@gauhati.ac.in


  • Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology
  • Ethno pharmacology and human diseases
  • Biofertilizers & Biopesticides
  • Microalgae bioenergy and biomitigation of CO2
  • Nano biotechnology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioresource & Environmental Biotechnology
Selected Publications
Journal Publications
  1. M K Das, S Chetry, P Dutta and M C Kalita, First phylogenetic evidence of Plasmodium malariae form North East region of India, Journal of Parasitology Research 7 (1), 136-139, 2015
  2. Yogesh B Chaudhari, N C Talukdar, N C Adhikary, M C Kalita and M R Khan , Rice straw based evaluation of lignolytic and cellulolytic capabilities of novel strains of saprophytic fungi from Ind0-Burma biodiversity Hotspot, Energy Fuels 29, 784-792, 2015
  3. Akan Das, Sumi Choudhury, M C Kalita and T K Mondal , In Silico identification , characterization and expression analysis of miRNAs in Cannabis sativa L, Plant Gene (ELSEVIER) 2, 17-24, 2015
  4. K Patowary, M C Kalita and S Deka, Degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) employing biosurfactant producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa KS3, Indian Journal of Biotechnology 14, 208-215, 2015
  5. Gohain N, Prakash A, Gogoi K, Bhattachrya DR, Sarmah NP, Dahutia C, Kalita M C , An ethnobotanical survey of anti-malarial plants in some highly malaria affected districts of Assam, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 7 (9)., 147-152, 2015
  6. Thokchom E, Kalita MC,Talukdar NC, Isolation,screening,characterization and selection of superior rhizobacterial strains as bioinoculants for seedling emergence and growth promotion of Mandarin orange ( Citrus reticulate Blanco) , Canadian journal of Microbiology 60, 85-92, 2014
  7. Khan M.H, Meghvansi M.K, Gupta R , Veer V, Singh L, Kalita M.C, Foliar spray with Vermiwash Modifies the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Dependency and Nutrient Stoichiometry of Bhut Jolokia(Capsicum assamia), PLOS ONE 9 (3), 1-8, 2014
  8. Bandypadhyay T, Gohain B, Bharalee R, Gupta S, Bhorali P, Das SK, Kalita M.C and Das S , Molecular landscape of Helopeltis theivora induced transcriptome and defence gene expression in Tea, Plant Mol Biol Rep 33, 1042-1057, 2014
  9. Moirangthem D.S, Borah J.C, Laishram S, Kalita M.C, Talukdar N.C, HPLC analysis of the harringtonine and homoharringtonine in the needles of Cephalotaxus griffithii alkaloid fraction and cytotoxic activity on chronic myelogenous leukaemia K562 cell, Natural Product Research 28(18), 1503-6, 2014
  10. Sharma P, Das R, Kalita M.C and Thakur D , Investigation of the extracellular antifungal proteinaceous compound produced by Streptomyces sp. 5K10, Africal journal of Microbiological Research 8(10), 986-993, 2014
  11. Talukdar J, Kalita M.C, Goswami B.C, Hong D.D and Das H.C , Liquid hydrocarbon production potential of the novel strain of the microalga Botryocooccus braunii Kutzing: Assesing the reliability of in situ hydrocarbon recovery by wet process solvent extraction, Energy& fuels 28 (6), 3747-3758, 2014
  12. Banerjee M, Dey B, Talukdar J, Kalita M.C, Production of biodiesel from sunflower oil using highly catalytic bimetallic gold-silver core-shell nanoparticle, Energy 69, 695-699, 2014
  13. Patowary K, Saikia R.R, Kalita M.C, Deka S, Degradation of the polyaromatic hydrocarbon employing biosurfactant- producing Bacillus pumillus KS2, Annals of Microbiology 65, 225-234, 2014
  14. Talukdar J, Kalita M.C, Goswami B.C , Characterization of the biofuel potential of a newly isolated strain of the microalga Botryocooccus braunii Kutzing from Assam, India., Bioresource Technology 140, 268-275., 2013
  15. Bornali Baishya and M C Kalita, ) Green synthesis of gold nanoparticles using Musa balbisiana bract extract , Int. J. Pharm Bio Sci 4(3) , 873-881, 2013
  16. Sushmita Gupta , Raju Bharalee , Priyadarshini Bhorali , Sourabh K. Das, Prasenjit Bhagawati , Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay , Bornali Gohain , Niraj Agarwal , Parveen Ahmed, Sangeeta Borchetia , M. C. Kalita , A. K. Handique and Sudripta Das, Molecular analysis of drought tolerance in Tea by cDNA-AFLP based transcript profiling, Mol Biotechnol 53(3), 237-48, 2013
  17. Sushmita Gupta, Raju Bharalee , Priyadarshini Bhorali , Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay , Bornali Gohain, Niraj Agarwal , Parveen Ahmed , Hemanta Saikia, Sangeeta Borchetia , M. C. Kalita ,A. K. Handique and Sudripta Das, Identification of drought tolerant progenies in Tea by gene expression analysis, Funct Integr Genomics 12(3), 543-63, 2012
  18. Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay Raju Bharalee Bornali Gohain Sushmita Gupta , Niraj Agarwala ,H Ranjit Singh, Setu Chakravorty, Priyadarshini Bhorali , Niraj Agarwal , M. C. Kalita ,and Sudripta Das, Isolation of Functional RNA from heavily infested, wilted and necrotic leaf tissues of Tea with high polyphenol content, J. Agril. Science and Technolgy B(2) , 121-127, 2012
  19. N P Sarma, A Prakash, D R Bhatta, M C Kalita, P K Mohapatra, S Singh, D K Sarma and J Mahanta, Spatial distribution and molecular characterization of Anopheles nivipes and Anopheles philippinensis in N E India, Acta Tropica 122(3): , 247-254, 2012
  20. D.R. Bhattacharya, A.Prakash, N.P. Sarma, P.K. Mohapatra, S. Singh, D.K. Sarma, M.C. Kalita and J. Mahanta , Molecular evidence for the involvement of Anopheles nivipes(Diptera Culicide) in the transmission of Plasmodium falciparum in north-eastern India, Annals Tropical Medicine Parasitology 104(4), 331-336, 2010

Books or Book Chapters
  1. M. C. Kalita, Biodiversity and Environmental Biotechnology (Scientific Publishers, India, 2007)
  2. M. C.Kalita, Biodiversity of Assam : Status , strategy and action plan for conservation (EBH Publisher, 2006)
  3. M. C. Kalita, Biofertilizer (Assam Science Society, 1996)
  4. M. C. Kalita, Biodiversity, (Assam Science Society, 2014)

List of Projects
  1. Value addition and in vitro induction of active principle in Artemisia annua and Tinospora cordifolia after Co-cultivation with microbial consortium Co-PI ( DBT,Govt.of India) 
  2. Understanding host pathogen interaction in Aquilaria malaccensis and molecular mechanism of agarwood formation C0-PI (DBT,Govt.of India).
  3. Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of anticancer activity of novel bioessential transition metal complexes having tumour targeting and antitumour active ligands(Co-PI) (funded by DBT,Govt.of India)
  4. Creation of facilities for Research and Training in Biomedical and Clinical Science Co-PI (DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi)
  5. Biopesticidal evaluation of plant species used traditionally in N.E. India to control mosquitoes and termites and biochemical characterization of potent species.( sponsored by Department of Bio-technology)
  6. Micropopagation and conservation of some important medicinal plants of Arunachal Pradesh. Note:Collaborative project with Dr.P. Dwivedi,Department of Botany, ArunachalUniversity (DBT (Department of Bio-technology)
  7. Formulation of mosquito repellant and larvicidal bio-pesticide from certain ethno-medicinal plants of N. E. India. (NMPB sponsored Project )
  8. Design and development of mass cultivation system of selected oleaginous microalgae of northeast India for renewable diesel production (DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi)
  9. Screening of indigenous medicinal plant varieties for development of potential antimalarial drug/drug intermediates and characterization of potent plant species through DNA barcoding (DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi)
  10. Nephroprotective therapeutic valid- ation of ethnomedicinal plants of N E India against cisplatin induced chemotherapeutic toxicity ( DBT Funded Twing (P))
  11. "Molecular profiling of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia", under DBT Twinning project Co-investigator (DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi)
  12. Molecular characterization of clinically important bacterial isolates and evaluation of antibacterial efficacy of some indigenous medicinal plants. Co investigator. (DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi (DBT-Twining programme with Gauhati Medical College).

Patents Granted
  1. Patent Application No. 187/MUM/2004, Publication Date: 05/05/2006 (A method of extraction of an essential oils from Cymbopogon winterianus plant using Clevenger and Cleisen apparatus for protection against pests).
  2. Patent Application No. 737/MUM/2004, Publication Date: 16/06/2006 (A method of extraction of bioactive compounds from Ipomoea cornea plant using solvents for protection against pests).

Patents Filed
  1. Application No. 420/KOL/2011 Dated 30/03/11 ( Bioformulation of Penicillum purpurogenum and process for preparation thereof )
  2. Application No. 502/KOL/2011 Dated 05/04/11 (Herbal product for mosquito control and its process for preparation thereof)
  3. Application No. 1585/KOL/2011 Dated 23/12/11 (Substrate based bioformulation for control of bacterial wilt of brinjal and its preparation threrof)
  4. Application No. 2560/DEL/2013 Dated 23/9/13 ( A Spin Column System and a Method of Solid Phase Extraction of Target Compounds involving the same)
  5. Application No. 1202/KOL/2014 Dated 19/11/14 Crinum asiaticum (Family Amaryllidaceae) - the potential plant based source for a potent antimalarial agent against Plasmodium falciparum

DBT Post Doctrate supervised
  1. Ms Pragya Sharma
UGC DS Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow supervised
  1. Dr Madhuchanda Banerjee
  2. Dr Akan Das
DST Inspire Fellows supervised
  1. Mr Rajib Dev Goswami
  2. Ms Nitumani Kalita
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellow (for SC candidates)
  1. Ms Bornali Baishya
  2. Mr Manuj Kumar Das
PhD students supervised and degree awarded : 36

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