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Agriculture Sciences
Dr. Ashutosh Sharma
M.Sc., M. Phil, Ph.D., PGDAEM
Associate Professor
More than 9 years
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Projects: Co-PI in DST-SERB-EMR Project entitled 'Alien introgression of Yellow Vein Mossaic Virus (YVMV) resistance genes in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.) through embryo rescue technique', Sanction order no EMR/2015/001859, Dated 29 September, 2016 of Rs. 2331132; Co-PI in a CSIR-Project research project entitled ‘Insight into salt stress tolerance mechanism of in Poor Men’s Pulse Horsegram (Macrotyloma uniflorum (Lam.) Verdc.) using biochemical and molecular approaches’ Total amount: Rs 33,75000/- ,, Sanction order no 28(1477/19/EMR-II, Dated 03 July, 2019; PI in a minor Research Project entitled ‘Role of Vermicompost lechate in salt stress management in Poor Men’s Pulse Horsegram [Macrotyloma uniflorum (Lam.) using morphological, biochemical and molecular approaches’ Total amount: Rs 75000/-, Funding Agency: DAV college management committee, Sanction order no DAVU/2020/DA/122, Dated 23 January, 2020.
Membership: Punjab Academy of Sciences-Life Member; International Association of Engineers (IAENG) Society of Bioinformatics-Life Member; Life Member, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT)-Life Member;
Awards: Awards and Achivements Young Scientist Award by Punjab Academy of Sciences at 14th Punjab Science Congress (February, 2011) Awarded by I.S. Grover memorial trophy (2007) as overall winner at Department of Botanical and environmental Sciences, GNDU, Amritsar Young Investigator Award in the national conferance on 'Contemporary Advancements and Inovations in Sciences and Humanites' organized on 18th April 2019 by SBBS University in association with NITI (National Institute of Transforming India) Aayog, Govt. of India Best Poster Award at International Conference on Entomology, in Agricultural Entomology Section, Punjabi University Patiala, Feb. 17-19, 2012 First Prize in Poster Presentation at UGC sponsored national seminar on ‘Environmental Analysis and Remediation’ at Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, GNDU, Amritsar (March 21-22, 2011) Consolation prize in poster presentation at National Seminar on Scaling new Zeniths in Bio-sciences on 26 November, 2009.
Research Guidance: Guided: 7 M.Sc. students; Guiding; 4 Ph.D. and 4 M.Sc. students
Editor: Editorial Board Member of Aperito Journal of Cellular and Molecular Biology (; Editorial Board Member of Journal of Agricultural and allied sciences, Published by Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, DAV University, Jalandhar (; Post review editor, Pantnagar Journal of Research (
Specialization: Plant pathology, Plant-Microbe Interaction, Plant stress Biology
Brief Proifle

His main areas of specialization are Plant-microbe interaction, Plant Biotechnology and Stress biology. He has qualified GATE Life Science (Percentile score 99.18, All India Rank 103), CSIR-UGC NET-LS, CSIR-UGC-NET-JRF and ICAR-NET. He has received his PhD degree in accordance with UGC 2009 regulations. He has more than 45 publications (research papers, review articles and book chapters) and in in the Journals/Books of the International repute. Some of them to mention are Biotechnology Advances (IF 17.681), Journal of Pest Science (IF 5.742), Journal of Applied Microbiology (4.059), Plant and Soil (4.99) and Frontiers in Microbiology (6.064) etc. He is also the recipient of Young Scientist Award by Punjab Academy of Sciences for his work entitled ‘Development of a sensitive PCR based detection method of Alternaria alternata infecting Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal, a high value medicinal plant and its possible use in quality control of herbal drugs thereof’. He has three GenBank nucleotide sequence contributions and three MTCC microbial type culture collection contributions to his credit.  He has participated in many national and International conferences and has more than 8 years of teaching experience both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has received two major research project grants from DST-SERB, Govt of India and CSIR, Govt. of India as Co-Principal Investigator and a minor research project grant funded by DAV college management committee as the Principal Investigator. One of his research proposal entitled ‘Transcriptome based differential gene expression analysis of salt responsive genes in salt stress treated and control horsegram seedlings’ was short listed for assistance by 2017 SGRF genomics project grant (

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