Faculty Profile

Dr. Arti Sharma
Assistant Professor
Department of Computational Sciences
School of Basic and Applied Sciences
Central University of Punjab
Bathinda- 151001
Email Id: arti.abtc@gmail.com

Education :
Degree/ Certificate University Year
B.Sc. Agriculture CSKHPKV, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India 2004
CSKHPKV, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India 2007
Ph.D. Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India 2012
Research/Teaching Experience :
Institute Position Period
Department of Computational Sciences,
Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India
Assistant Professor 6th Jan, 2020-29th May, 2020

Department of Computational Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India

Assistant Professor 1st August, 2019-15th Dec 2019
Department of Computational Sciences,
Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India
Assistant Professor 22nd January, 2019-10th May 2019
Department of Computational Sciences,
Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India
Assistant Professor 9th August, 2018-20th Nov. 2018 

Department of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Baba Farid Group of Institution, Bathinda Punjab India

Assistant Professor 21st Jan, 2016 – Oct. 2016   
Department of Agricultural and Biotechnology, Lovely Professional University Jalandhar, Punjab India Assistant Professor 25th July 2015 – 31st Dec 2015
School of Biotechnology, Kyungpook National University (KNU), Daegu, South Korea Postdoctoral Fellow 23rd Jan 2014 – 28th Feb 2015
Awards/Fellowships :
  • DBT fellowship (2004-2006) for Master in Agri. Biotech
  • DBT-SRF (Sept 2007- Dec 2011) in Ph.D
  • Brain Korea fellowship for Post-doc (Jan 2014- March 2015)
  • ARS-NET qualified
Research Expériences :

M.Sc. Dissertation

  • Development of molecular markers from zinc and iron transporter gene sequences of maize (2004-2007)

Candidate genes for zinc and iron transport were identified in maize. Bioinformatics analysis of maize genome sequence was carried out to identify nucleotide sequences encoding zinc and iron transporters.  Genes were predicted using gene prediction algorithms. Candidate genes identified further checked for in silico expression. Simple sequence repeats (SSRs) were identified in the candidate genes primer pairs were designed and amplified on genomic DNA. SNPs were detected through Cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) analysis of Zn and Fe transporter genes.


  • Development of genome resources and their utilization in Jatropha through comparative genomics with castor bean (2007-2012)

Castor bean and Jatropha are seed oil plant species of immense industrial value and important sources of biodiesel. Taxonomical and biochemical similarities in both the species can be explored in transferring and utilizing the genome resources of one for the other. In this study simple sequences repeats (SSRs) were identified in the castor bean genome and successfully transferred to Jatropha.
Comparative gene structure of fatty acid biosynthesis resulted in the identification of sequence variations in genes FAD5, FAD6, FatB, FAD2, FAD3, Stearoyl desaturase and DGAT with a possibility of utilizing those variations in the development of candidate gene markers.
This study has identified resistance gene analogues (RGAs) in J. integerrima, which possess disease tolerance as compared to J. curcas.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (Research Projects):
  • Effect of Nitric oxide in Plant defense, growth and development

Nitric oxide (NO) also plays a vital role in modulation of redox status by regulating the level of ROS and RNS and has now widely known for multiple functions in plant growth, development, and regulation of remarkable spectrum of plant cellular mechanisms. NO involves in different functional processes such as signal transduction, defense and cell death, transport, basic metabolism, and ROS/RNS production and degradation.
Mechanism for NO synthesis is not clear in plants.NO synthase an important enzyme for NO synthesis (NOS) is identified in Bacteria, fungi, insects, fruit fly, mouse and Human. Till date there is no available information for NOS in plants. NO signaling network plays an important role in cellular stress response. There is no comprehensive description how NO involves and how many genes or gene families are involved in NO signaling pathway. Candidates of NO-specific/responsive immune regulators and NOS were screened. RALF (Rapid Alkalization Factor) family was targeted for its role in NO-Mediated signaling. A comprehensive transcriptome analysis for dynamic expression of Arabidopsis genes under NO stress conditions revealed the involvement of five RALF genes. A descriptive analysis of each of the five genes was conducted by knockout and overexpressed Arabidopsis lines.

  • Protein bases diagnostic kit for identification stringent varieties of Persimmon

Persimmon is having two different types of flavor; sweet and stringent. It is not possible to differentiate the flavor without fruit tasting. So a diagnostic kit has been developed for the farmer to differentiate between stringent vs. non stringent varieties at initial stage. A gene harboring SSR marker for stringent varieties was cloned and expressed in Agrobacterium. Recombinant protein was extracted and purified using promega protein purification kit. Antibody was generated in rabbit by using the purified protein as antigen. Antibody was mounted on the strips prepared by using gold particles.

  • Transcriptome analysis for Poplar growth and drought stress

RNA sequencing was done between well-grown trees vs. poorly grown tree. DGE profiling was performed on time dependent manner after drought treatment. Expression profile for transcription factors were investigated in the drought stressed poplar transcriptome. Critical genes responsible for drought tolerance were examined and further analyzed with overexpression.

Workshop attended :
  • The art and science of scholarly communication: Writing better research papers, DAV University, Jalandhar
Patent granted :

Chauhan RS, Sharma A and Sood P. Patent Application No. 292/DEL/2010 in India on “Gene markers for selection and development of high oil content Jatropha”

Publications :
  • Bong-Gyu Mun, Adil Hussain, Eung-Jun Park, Sang-Uk Lee, Sharma A, Qari Muhammad Imran, Ki-Hong Jung and Byung-Wook Yun (2017). Profile and Time-Scale Dynamics of Differentially Expressed Genes in Transcriptome of Populus davidiana Under Drought Stress. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 35: 647–660. Impact factor 2.2; ISSN: 0735-9640; DOI:10.1007/s11105-017-1052-0
  • Sharma A, Bong-GyuMun and Byung-Wook Yun (2016). Comprehensive Analysis of RALF Genes. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 30(106):82-90. Impact factor 3.4; ISSN: 0981-9428 DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2016.03.037. Epub 2016 Mar 30
  • Qari Muhammad Imran, Noreen Falak, Adil Hussain, Bong-GyuMun, SangUK Lee, Byung-Wook Yun, Kyung-Min Kim, Arti Sharma (2016) Nitric oxide responsive heavy metal-associated gene AtHMAD1 contributes to development and disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1712. Impact factor 4.49; ISSN: 1664-462X doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.01712
  • Sharma A & Chauhan RS (2011) Repertoire of SSRs in the castor bean genome and their utilization in genetic diversity analysis in Jatropha curcas. International Journal of Genomics, Volume 2011, Article ID 286089, doi:10.1155/2011/286089. Impact factor 1.8; ISSN: 1531-6912
  • Sharma A & Chauhan RS (2012) In silico identification and comparative genomics of candidate genes involved in biosynthesis and accumulation of seed oil in plants. International Journal of Genomics, Volume 2012, Article ID 914843, doi:10.1155/2012/914843 Impact factor 1.8
  • Sharma A & Chauhan RS (2012) Identification and association analysis of castor bean orthologous candidate gene-based markers for high oil content in Jatropha curcas. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 30(4): 1025-1031. Impact factor 2.10; DOI: 10.1007/s11105-011-0408-0
  • Sharma A & Chauhan RS (2008) Identification of candidate gene-based markers (SNPs and SSRs) in the zinc and iron transporter sequences of maize (Zea mays L.). Current Science 95: 1051-59. Impact factor 1.2; ISSN: 0011-3891.
  • Lathar PK, Sharma A and Thakur I (2010) Isolation and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis of wild yeast species from 17 different fruits. Journal of Yeast and Fungal Research 1(8): 146 – 151. ISSN: 2141-2413
  • Sharma A, Bong-GyuMun and Byung-Wook Yun (2014).Computational identification and comparative genomic analysis of soybean oxidative stress-related genes. Current Research on Agriculture and Life Science 32(1):43-52.
Presentations in conferences :
  • Sharma A, Thakur SR & Chauhan RS. Development of molecular markers from zinc and iron transporters of maize. International Conference on Bioinformatics, IIT, Delhi, Dec. 18-20, 2006.
  • Sharma A, Sood P and Chauhan RS. Development of Candidate Gene Markers in Jatropha through Comparative Genomics. International Conference on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India, Oct. 19-21, 2008.
  • Sharma A and Chauhan RS. Comparative analysis of genes involved in oil synthesis and accumulation in plants for candidate gene markers identification. International Conference Genomics Sciences- Recent Trends, Madurai Kamraj University (TN), India, Nov. 12-14, 2010.
  • Chauhan RS, Sharma A and Sood P. Comparative and functional genomics to decipher fatty acid biosynthesis genes in Jatropha (Jatropha curcas) and their utilization in molecular breeding. Plant & Animal Genome XI, San Diego, California, USA, Jan. 15-19, 2011.
  • Rajinder Singh, Arti Sharma and ArchitSood. Genomics-Assisted genetic improvement of a bioenergy crop, JatrophacurcasL. World Biotechnology Congress, Boston,MA,USA, June 3-6, 2013
  • Sharma A and Byung-Wook Yun. A bioinformatics approach for identification, evolution and expression analysis of Rapid Alkalization Factor gene family in plant species. Plant Breeding Strategies for Improvement of Productivity, Korean Society of Plant Breeding, Jeju, South Korea, Jul. 2-4, 2014.
  • Bong-GyuMun, Sharma A and Byung-Wook Yun.Cambial meristematic cell specific homologous gene, At1G71110 may play a role in R gene mediated defense signaling pathway. Plant Breeding Strategies for Improvement of Productivity, Korean Society of Plant Breeding, Daegu, South Korea, Jul. 2-4, 2014.
  • Sharma A and Byung-Wook Yun. Biotic and Abiotic Stress Response via putative MYB regulated (AT2G32380 and AT3G24850) Genes in Arabidopsis. Genome to Phenome in Plants,Korean Society of Plant biotechnology, Daejon, South Korea,Oct. 30-31, 2014.
  • Q. Muhammad Imran, Bong-GyuMun, Sharma A and Byung-Wook Yun.Characterization of Metal Ion Binding Related Gene (AT1g51090) for its Role in Plant Defense under Various Stress Conditions in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genome to Phenome in Plants,Korean Society of Plant biotechnology, Oct. 30-31, 2014.
  • Sharma A and Byung-Wook Yun. Characterization of AtYUCCA6 Gene for its Possible Role in Plant Defense under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses. International Symposium on Plant Sciences, Korean Society of Plant biologist, Nov.5-6, 2014
Invited talk :
  • Arti Sharma. Comprehensive Analysis of Rapid Alkalization Factor (RALF) Gene Family in Plants for Nitric Oxide signaling (oral presentation). EMERGING TRENDS IN HOST MICROBE INTERACTIONS, DAV University, Jalandhar, April17-18, 2015
  • Arti Sharma. Comparative analysis of biosynthetic pathways. Molecular Modeling and Design, Bioinformatics, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, March 3-4, 2020.