Sofia Banu

Sofia Banu

Assistant Professor

MSc (Gauhati) PhD (NCL, Pune)

Plant Molecular Biology, Genomics

Department of Bioengineering and Technology
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014


  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Natural Product Chemistry

M. Tech

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Omics and Tissue Engineering

To understand host pathogen interaction relationship in Aquilaria

To explore citrus resources of Northeast India using molecular tools

To understand the effect of dietary antioxidants on ROS generated during Type 2 diabetics

To study the change in fluorescent properties of different synthesized molecules under in vitro conditions



 Currently ongoing project:


Sl No.

Title of the Project

Funding Agency



Integrated approach to understand agarwood formation and  value addition of agarwood (Aquilaria malaccensis)

DBT under twinning scheme

3 years

(2017 – 2020)


Study of molecular basis of fruit morphology variation in Assam lemon through genomic approach

DBT Task Force

3 years

(2018 – 2021)


Deciphering the role of microbes in agarwood deposition and functional characterization of important key enzymes


DBT under twinning scheme

3 years

(2018 – 2021)

 Completed projects:



Title of the Project

Funding Agency


Identification of low cost molecular marker for the detection of zygotic embryos and nucellar embryos in rough lemon and khasi mandarin from Northeast India

DST –SERB  Fast track for  Young Investigators

3 years


Therapeutic Targets And Intervention Of Insulin Signalling In Oxidative Stress: A Molecular Approach

DBT under Twinning scheme

3 years

(2013 – 2016)

Understanding host pathogen interaction in Aquilaria malaccensis and molecular mechanism of agarwood formation

DBT- Rapid Grant for Young Investigators

3 years

(2013 – 2017)


Ph. D Scholars
  • Mr Rofiqul Islam: Research Interest: Understanding host pathogen interaction during agarwood formation
  • Mr Bikramjit Burman: Research interest: Orchid diversity analysis
  • Ms Khaleda Begum: Research Interest: Changes in the Sesquiterpenoid genes during agarwood formation

Project Staff: 

  • Mr Raja Ahmed: Research Interest: Genomic resources of Citrus Limon from Northeast India
  • Mr Ankur Das: Research Interest: Heterologous epression of certain Sesquiterpenoid genes 

Past Ph. D Scholars

  • Ms Karishma Kashyap: Research interest : Trapping the changes during fruit development (Biochemical as well as Molecular changes) in Khasi mandarin (Orange),
  • Mrs Ananya Bhowmick: Research interest : Understanding the effects of dietary antioxidants in scavanging ROS created during Type 2 Diabetes
  • Ms Purabi Sarkar: Research Interest: Understanding the changes in insulin signalling during scavanging of ROS by dietary antioxidants in Type 2 Diabetes



  1. Comparative analysis of different dietary antioxidants on oxidative stress pathway genes in L6 myotubes under oxidative stress.  P. Sarkar, A. Bhowmick  and S. BanuCytotechnology. 2018 Mar 14. doi: 10.1007/s10616-018-0209-5.
  2. Silver nanoparticle modified Pt  electrode as voltammetric and electrochemical impedance sensor for hydrogen peroxide in live biological cells (2018) K. Deka, J Kumar, A Bhowmick, S BanuD K Das. Indian J Chem, 57A (2018) 485-489.
  3.  Condensation product of 2-hydroxy-1-napthaldehyde and 2-aminophenol: Selective fluorescent sensor for Al3+ ion and fabrication of paper strip sensor for Al3+ ion. S. Sarma, A. Bhowmik, M. J. Sarma, S. Banu , P. Phukan, D. K. Das. Inorganica Chimica Acta (2018) 469:202–208
  4.  Therapeutic Targets of Type 2 Diabetes: an Overview. A Bhowmick and S. Banu.  MOJ Drug Des Develop Ther (2017) 1(3): 00011
  5.  Enhanced Biodegradation of Anthracene by Bacillus Cereus Strain JMG-01 Isolated from Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils. M. Das, A. Bhattacharya, S. Banu and J. Kotoky. Soil and Sediment Contamination (2017) 26:5: 10-525, DOI: 10.1080/15320383.2017.1357111
  6.  2-Hydroxyacetophenone and ethylenediamine condensed Schiff base: Fluorescent sensor for Al3+ and PO4 3-, biological cell imaging and INHIBIT logic gate. D. K. Das, J. Kumar, A Bhowmick, P.K. Bhattacharyya and S. Banu.  Iorganica Chimica Acta  (2017) 462: 167–173.
  7.  Assessment of polycyclic aromatichydrocarbons and heavy metals pollution in soils of Guwahati city,Assam, India. M. Das, D. K. Patel,A. K.Sarma, B. K. Baruah, S.Banu and J.Kotoky. Current Science (2016) 110 (12): 2285-2292.doi: 10.18520/cs/v110/i12/2280-2285.
  8. Analysis of genetic variability in Aquilaria malaccensis from Bramhaputra valley, Assam, India using ISSR markers. S. Banu, D. Baruah, R. M. Bhagwat, P. Sarkar, A. Bhowmick, N. Y. Kadoo. Flora (2015) 217: 24- 32.
  9.  Study on distribution of Pro12Ala SNP of PPAR gamma 2 gene in randomly sampled diabetic population from Guwahati city" N.Majumdar, A.Bhowmick, P. Sarkar, R.Doley, I. Kalita, S.Medhi, S.Banu. Italian Journal of Medicine (2014) doi: 10.4081/itjm.2014.447.
  10.  Evaluation of genetic variability in Symplocos laurina Wall. from two biodiversity hotspots of India.  R.M. Bhagwat, S.Banu, B.B. Dholakia, N. Y. Kadoo, M. D. Lagu, V.S. Gupta, Plant Systematics and Evolution (2014) DOI 10.1007/s00606-014-1046-4.
  11. Symplocos laurina: an unexplored important medicinal plant of Shola forest system. S.Banu, K.Kashyap. International Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (2013), Vol 3 (3), 366- 374.
  12. Effect of Anthropogenic Activities on Patterns of Genetic Diversity in Symplocos racemosaRoxb. From Western Ghats, India. S.Banu, R.M. Bhagwat, M. D. Lagu, N Y.Kadoo,B. G. Kulkarni and V.S. Gupta. International Journal of Biodiversity (2014), Article ID 296891, 10 pages.



M.Tech Project Students
Name   Start Date End Date Total Duration
Kankana Kashyap    7/1/2015 Jun-16 1 year
Kamarun Nehar Ahmed   7/1/2015 Jun-16 1 year
Preetama Sarma   Aug-17 Jun-18 1 year
Niharika Doley   Aug-17 Jun-18 1 year
B.Tech Project Students
Name   Start Date End Date Total duration
Navaneeta Mazumdar   Jan-13 Jun-13 6 months
Darshana Baruah   Jan-13 Jun-13 6 months
Shah Iftekhar Ahmed   Jan-14 Jun-14 6 months
Tasrin Shahnaz   Jan-15  Jun-15 6 months
Heena Kauser   Jan-15  Jun-15 6 months
Sukanya Devi   Jan-15  Jun-15 6 months
Pallavi Das   Jan-16 Jun-16 6 months
Camellia Chakraborty   Jan-16 Jun-16 6 months
Rubina Khadim   Jan-16 Jun-16 6 months
Priya Boro   Jan-16 Jun-16 6 months
Kaberi Nath   Jan-17 Jun-17 6 months
Dhanmoni Kalita   Jan-17 Jun-17 6 months
A. Bidyasagar Singha   Jan-17 Jun-17 6 months
Suman Goswami   Jan-18 Jun-18 6 months
Name   Start Date End Date Total duration
Anasuya Bhargav   Jul-13 Aug-13 2 months
Debaleena Kashyap   Jun-14 Dec -15 1 year 6 months
Shantanu Das   May-15 Jun -15 1 month
Kritika Bhattacharyya   Jun-15 Jul - 15 1 month
Bhaswati Kashyap   Aug-16 Oct -16 2 months
Sapthaparna Nag   Apr-17 Feb - 18 10 months


Prof. Asish Nandi, School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi

Dr. Nirala Ramchiary, School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi

Dr. Narendra Y Kadoo, CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

Dr. Ram Kulkarni, Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune

Dr. Anajalika Roy, Visva Bharati University,Santiniketan, West Bengal

Prof. Madhumita Barooah, Dept of Agriculture Biotechnology, AAU, Jorhat

Dr. Phatik Tamuli, Dept of Botany, Darrang College, Tezpur, 

Dr. Bimal Debnath, Dept. of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University, Agartala

Dr. V. Mohan, Dept of Diabetology, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai

Dr. Radha Venkatesan, Dept of Genetics, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai

Dr. Dhanasekaran Bodhini, Dept of Genetics, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai

Dr. Manash Pratim Baruah, Dept of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Excelcare Hospital, Guwahati