Niraj Agarwala

Niraj Agarwala

Assistant Professor

MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)

Cytology, Genetics, and Plant Breeding

Department of Botany
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014

Dr. Niraj Agarwala

Assistant Professor

Department of Botany, Gauhati University


Mobile: +918486027249,+91-7002284437


Name of Award

Awarding Agency


EMBO travel award



Early Career Research Award

SERB, DST, Govt. of India


UGC Start up Grant

UGC, Govt. of India








INSA visiting Scientist at Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi


Ph.D scholars

1. Debasish B.Krishnatreya(M.Sc, GATE,SLET)

Reserach area: Small RNA Biology, High-throughput plant genomics

2. Kuntala Sarma Bordoloi (M.Sc,CSIR-JRF)

Research area: Molecular Plant pathogen Interactions, Fungal genomics

 3. Bhaskar Dowarah(M.Sc,GATE,SLET,CSIR-JRF,DBT-JRF)

Research area: Molecular Plant pathogen Interactions,Plant disease Biocontrol

4. Pooja moni Baruah (M.Sc,GATE)

Research Area:High-throughput plant genomics


 M.Phil scholar:

1.Heena Agarwal (M.Sc, GATE,CSIR-NET,SLET)

M.Phil awarded

1. Bhaskar Dowarah

 M.Sc Dissertation students(2016-17):

1. Debasish B.Krishnatreya (Pursuing Ph.D at Department of Botany,GU)

2. Mehzabin Rehman (Pursuing Ph.D at Department of Botany,GU)

3. Raja Ahmed (Pursuing Ph.D at Department of Bioengineering ,GU)

4. Khaleda Begum(GATE,SLET) (Pursuing Ph.D at Department of Bioengineering ,GU)

M.Sc Dissertation students(2017-18):

1. Bhaskar Dowarah(Pursuing Ph.D. at Department of Botany,GU

2. Anupama Sarkar ( GATE,CSIR-NET) (Pursuing Ph.D. at Department of MBBT,Tezpur University)

3. Junu Powdel (GATE,DBT-JRF) (Pursuing Ph.D. at Department of Botany,GU)

4. Sushmita Kalita (Pursuing M.Phil. at Department of Botany,GU)

M.Sc Dissertation students(2018-19):

1. Refad Ahmed(GATE)  (Pursuing M.Phil. at Department of Botany,GU)

2. Heena Agarwal(GATE,SLET) (Pursuing M.Phil. at Department of Botany,GU)

3. Poojamoni Baruah(GATE) (Pursuing Ph.D. at Department of Botany,GU)

4. Suroshree Bhattacharyya 

5. Dipanjali Ray





List of Publications

1. Understanding Darjeeling tea flavour on a molecular basis. Gohain, B., Borchetia,S.,Bhorali,P.,Agarwala,N., Bhuyan,L.P.,Rahman, A., Sakata, K., Mizutani, M.,  Shimizu, B., Gurusubramaniam, G., Ravindranath, R., Kalita,M.C., Hazarika, M.,  Das,S. Plant. Mol. Biol.2011, 78(6), 577.

2. Molecular Analysis of Drought Tolerance in Tea by cDNA-AFLP Based Transcript Profiling. Gupta, S., Bharalee, R., Bhorali,P., Das,S.K., Bhagawati,P., Bandyopadhyay,T., Gohain,B.,Agarwala, N.,  Ahmed, P., Borchetia, S., Kalita,M.C., Handique, A.K., Das,S Mol. Biotechnol.2012,53(3),237.

3. Identification of drought tolerant progenies in tea by gene expression analysis. Gupta, S., Bharalee, R., Bhorali, P., Bandyopadhyay, T., Gohain, B.,Agarwala, N.,  Ahmed, P., Saikia,H., Borchetia, S.,Kalita, M.C., Handique, A.K.,  Das, S. Funct. Integr. Genomics.2012,12(3),543.

4. Heterologous expression  and in-silico characterization of Pathogenesis related protein1 (CsPR1) gene from Camellia sinensis. Agarwala, N.,Bhorali, P., Bhattacharyya, N., Bharalee, R., Bandyopadhyay, T., Gohain, B., Gupta, S., Deka, M., Das, S.. J Biochem Technol.2014,5(2),674.

5. Isolation of Functional RNA from Heavily Infested, Wilted and Necrotic Leaf Tissues of Tea with High Polyphenol Content. Bandyopadhyay,T., Bharalee, R.,Gohain, B., Gupta, S.,Agarwala, N., Singh, H.R., Chakroborty, S.,Bhorali, P., Kalita, M.C., Das, S. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology. 2012, B2,121.

6. Molecular analysis and expression of blister blight defense related genes in tea. Bhorali, P., Gohain, B.,Gupta, S.,Bharalee,  R.,Bandyopahdyay, T.,Das S.K.,Agarwala, N.,Singh, H.R.,Bhagawati, P.,Bhattacharyya, N.,Ahmed, P.,Borchetia, S.,Sarma, S.,Das, S. Indian. J. Genet. Plant. Breed.2012,72(2),226.

7. Identification and validation of stable reference genes in Camellia Species. Gohain, B.,Bandyopadhyay, T., Borchetia, S., Bharalee, R., Gupta,S.,Bhorali, P.,Agarwala, N., and S. Das. E3 Journal of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Research.2011,2(1),9.

8. Cloning and heterologous expression of a gene encoding lycopene-epsilon-cyclase, a precursor of lutein in tea (Camellia sinensis var assamica). Borchetia,S., Bora,C., Gohain,B., Bhagawati,P., Agarwala,N., Bhattacharya,N.,Bharalee,R., Bhorali,P., Bandyopadhyay,T., Gupta,S., Das,S.K., Singh,H.R., Ahmed,P., Gogoi,M., and Das,S. Afr J Biotechnol.2011,10(32),5934.

 9. Exogenous gene transfer in Assam tea [Camellia assamica (Masters)] by agrobacterium-mediated transformation using somatic embryo. Singh,H.R., Bhattacharyya,N., Agarwala,N., Bhagawati,P., Deka,M., and Das,S. European journal of Experimental Biology 2014, 4(3),166.

 10. Molecular cloning, expression and computational analysis of a water stress inducible copper-containing amine oxidase gene (CuAO) from tea plant [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze]. Bharalee,R., Gupta,S., Bandyopadhyay,T., Gohain,B., Agarwala, N., Kalita,M.C., and Das,S. Afr J Biotechnol.2012,11(89), 15547.

 11. Rubisco-bis-phosphate oxygenase (RuBP)- A potential housekeeping gene for qPCR assays in tea Gohain,B., Bandyopadhyay,T.,Bhorali,P., Borchetia,S., Bharalee,R., Gupta,S., Agarwala,N., Bhattacharyya ,N.,Singh,H.R.,Bhagawati,P.,Ahmed,P.,Kalita,M.C.,ad Das S. Afr J Biotechnol.2012,11(51),11193.

 12. Agrobacterium mediated transfer of nptII and gus genes in Camellia assamica.Bhattacharyya,N., Singh,H.R.,Agarwala,N., Bhagawati,P., Ahmed,G., Das S. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development.2014,6(2),22.

13. Ribosome Profiling: An Insight into the Dynamics of Translating Ribosomes on a Coding Sequence: A Review Article. Agarwala,N. ,Ray S.K. International journal of Molecular Genetics and gene Therapy.2016.1(2),1.

 14. A review on EST sequencing studies in tea[Camellia sinensis(L)O.Kuntze]. Agarwala N., Das S. Journal of Advanced Plant Sciences. 2017. 9(1): 7-12

 15. Transgenic Tea Over-expressing Solanum tuberosum Endo-1,3-beta-d-glucanase Gene Conferred Resistance Against Blister Blight Disease Singh, H.R.,Hazarkia, P.,Agarwala.N,et al.  Plant Molecular Biology Reporter.2018.

 16. A Proteomic Approach to Evaluate the Effects of Endogenous Expression of Cryptogein Gene in Crypt-Transgenic Plants of Bacopa monnieri. Paul P, Nandagopal K, Agarwala N, Das S, Jha S et al. Journal of Applied Biotechnology & Bioengineering.2017.4(3).

  17. Draft genome sequence of a Polymyxin B resistant ST195 clinical isolate of Acinetobacter baumanniifrom India Agarwal, B., Agarwala N., Saikia, S.,Sarkar,S.,Ahmed G. 2018. Genome Announcement 6:e00031-18.

18. Comparative analysis of some strains of Corenybacterium glutamicum with special reference to C. glutamicum ATCC_13032 strain. Kalita S, Agarwala N. Journal of advance plant sciences. 2020. 10(1):24-30.

19. Mining of miRNAs from EST data in Dendrobium nobile. Krishnatreya DB, Baruah PM,Dowarah B, Bordoloi KS, Agarwal H, Agarwala N. 2020.Bioinformation 16(3): 245-255.

20. Endophytes from Gnetum gnemon L. can protect seedlings against the infection of phytopathogenic bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum as well as promote plant growth in tomato. Agarwal H,Dowarah B, Baruah PM, Bordoloi KS, Krishnatreya DB,Agarwala N.2020. Microbiological Research.238:126503.




1.“Dissection of molecular mechanisms related to blister blight resistance in tea” Niraj Agarwala*, Sudripta Das, INDO-US workshop on RNAi and Genome control, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India. Dec 16-18, 2009.

 2. “Decoding of Resistant Host Transcriptome for Blister Blight Disease in Tea” Niraj Agarwala*, Neelakshi Bhattacharyya, Raju Bharalee, Bornali Gohain, H.Ranjit Singh, Tirthankar Bandyopadhaya, Priyadarshini Bharali, Manab Deka & Sudripta Das. An Oral Presentation at Frontiers in Modern Biology at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Kolkata, 4-5 February 2012.

3.“Herbivory Induced Transcriptome Changes In Tea” Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay*, Raju Bharalee, Bornali Gohain, Sushmita Gupta, Priyadarshini Bhorali, Sourabh Kumar Das, Niraj Agarwala, H.Ranjit Singh, Parveen Ahmed, Prasenjit Bhagawati, Neelakshi Bhattacharya, Sangeeta Borchetia and Sudripta Das. Plant Genetics, Genomics And Biotechnology 2010, Institute Of Cytology And Genetics, Russian Academy Of Sciences (Siberian Branch), Novosibirsk, Russian Federation, June 6th Till June 10th 2010.

4. “Defence oriented changes in the tea transcriptome upon infection by Exobasidium vexans”. Priyadarshini Bhorali, Niraj Agarwala, Bornali Gohain, Sushmita Gupta, Raju Bharalee, Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Sourabh Das, Ranjit Singh, Prasenjit Bhagawati, Parveen Ahmed, Neelakshi Bhattacharyya, Sangeeta Borchetia, Soneswar Sarma and Sudripta Das. 12th International PhD Student Symposium. 21-23 Oct, 2010,  EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany.

 5.  “Comparative analysis of drought responsive transcriptome in Tea (Camellia sinensis) genotypes with contrasting drought tolerance”. Raju Bharalee, Sushmita Gupta, Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Bornali Gohain, Priyadarshini Bhorali, Sourabh Kumar Das, Niraj Agarwala, Parveen Ahmed, Prasenjit Bhagawati, Neelakshi Bhattacharyya, Mohan Chandra Kalita, Sudripta Das . International Symposium and Workshop on functional Genomics and Structural Biology (9- 13 May, 2011),  University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

 6. “Tea Quality; A molecular Insight ” Bornali Gohain, Tirthankar Bandyopadhaya, Raju Bharalee, Sushmita Gupta, Priyadarshini Bhorali, Saurabh Kumar Das, Niraj Agarwala, H.Ranjit Singh, Parveen Ahmed, Prasenjit Bhagawati, Neelakshi Bhattacharya, Chiranjana Borah, Sangeeta Borchetia and Sudripta Das. 6th Scandinavian Plant Physiologist Society PhD student conference held at University of Helsinki, 2-5 September 2010.

 7. “Deciphering the molecular trajectory in Darjeeling tea due to abiotic and biotic stress” Bornali Gohain, Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Raju Bharalee, Sushmita Gupta, Priyadarshini Bhorali, Saurabh Kumar Das, Niraj Agarwala, H.Ranjit Singh, Parveen Ahmed, Prasenjit Bhagawati, Neelakshi Bhattacharya, Chiranjana Borah, Sangeeta Borchetia, and Sudripta Das, at the International Conference on frontiers in biological sciences held at National institute of Technology, Rourkela from 1-3 october 2010.

8. Oral presentation on “ Identification and characterization of differentially expressed genes in tea (Camellia sinensis (L). O. Kuntze) in response to Exobasidium vexans infection” at  “57th Annual Conference of Association of Microbiologist of India” and International Symposium on  “Microbes and Biosphere: What’s New and what’s next”  during November 24-27,2016 held at Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India.


1. Indo US workshop on “Epigenetic Regulation on Genome Control (emphasis on RNAi and miRNA) organized by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, December 16-18, 2009.

2.Workshop on “Analysis of Biological Networks” held at IIT, Guwahati organized by Department of Biotechnology, IIT Guwahati during 6-7 November 2012.

3.Intensive training programme on “Science Communication” organized by CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat India.18-21 February, 2013.

4. DBT, Govt of India sponsored training programme on “Whole Genome Sequencing and Annotation” organized by the Bioinformatics Centre, Indian Institute of Spice Research, Kozhikode during 21-25 February 2012.

5.DBT, Govt of India sponsored “Workshop on AFLP” organized by Tocklai Experimental station, TRA, Jorhat Assam.29 October to 2nd November, 2007.

6.Workshop on “Next Generation Techniques of DNA” jointly organized by Institutional Biotech Hub and Bioinformatics Centre, Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology”  during 20-22 October, 2014.

7.One day orientation workshop on “Sensitization on Biodiversity and Climate Change”  organized by Assam Science Technology and Environment Council(ASTEC) on 4th September, 2014.

8. Attended UGC-NRCBS workshop on “Differential gene expression in bacteria and plants” at School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamraj University during 1st February to 14th February,2017.

9.Participated in an interactive meet on “Molecular Intricacies of Plant Asscociated Microorganisms(MIPAM) during November 18-20, 2016 held in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam.

10.Participated in International Symposium on Plant Biotechnology for Crop Improvement(ISPBCI) during 20-21 January,2017 held at IIT Guwahati, Assam, India.

11.Participated in CAFT training on "NGS in crop improvement" during 1-21 February,2018 at NRCPB,New Delhi.