Faculty Profile

Dr. Vinay Kumar
Assistant Professor
Centre for Plant Sciences
School of Basic and Applied Sciences
Central University of Punjab
Bathinda- 151001
Email Id: vinayihbt@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 9418793978
Education :
  • Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Biotechnology) from Biotechnology Division of CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur in March 2013.
Teaching Assignments :
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture
  • Techniques on Life Sciences
  • Plant Developmental Biology
  • Biochemsitry
  • Research Methodology 
Experience :
  • Assistant Professor, Centre for Plant Sciences, Central University of Punjab, 10 August, 2015 onwards
  • Research Associate, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi (India) Advisor: Dr. Mukesh Jain, Scientist; Duration: One year and 10 months (October 2013-August 2015).
  • Research Associate, Agricultural Biotechnology Department, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh (India) Advisor: Dr. Rajiv Rathour, Senior Scientist, Duration: Only 06 months (April 2013-October 2013)
Professional Recognition /Awards/Scholarship :
  1. International Travel Grant (2012). Received for participating in Keystone Symposia Conference on ‘Plant Abiotic Stress and Sustainable Agriculture: Translating Basic Understanding to Food Production’held during 17-22nd Jan 2013 at Taos (U.S.A.) from Department of Science and Technology, India and Department of Biotechnology, India.
  2. AU-CBT Excellence Award (2011). Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI) awarded this award in recognition of excellent work and achievements in Plant Biotechnology during doctoral studies.
  3. Senior Research Fellowship (2009). HRDG-CSIR awarded stipend-bearing fellowship in Life Science.
Peer Recognition :
  1. Life Membership of Enlisted Professional Bodies-
    • Society of Biological Chemist, India
    • Biotech Research Society, India.
    • Prof. H.S. Srivastava Foundation for Science and Society, India
    • The Indian Science Congress Association, India
  2. Editorial Board Member (2013-onward). Frontiers in Plant Science (Section- Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity) as Review Editor.
Area specializations/Research Interest :
  1. Plant Genetic and Metabolic Engineering
Publications :

Research Papers 

  1. Garg R, Singh V, Mohan R, Kumar V, Jain M (2017) Global transcriptome and co-expression network analyses reveal cultivar-specific molecular signatures associated with seed development and seed size/weight determination in chickpea. The Plant Journal doi: 10.1111/tpj.13621.
  2. Kumar V, Yadav SK (2017) Transgenic tobacco overexpressing dihydroflavonol reductase and anthocyanidin reductaseshowed improved flavan-3-ols contents and tolerance against biotic and abiotic stress conditions. 3Biotech 7,1-14.
  3. Joshi R, Rana A, Kumar V, Kumar D, Padwad YS, Yadav SK, Gulati A. (2017) Anthocyanin enriched purple tea exhibits antioxidants, immuno-stimulatory and anticancer activities. Journal of Food Science & Technology 54,1953-1963.
  4. Verma M, Kumar V*, Patel RK, Garg R, Jain M. (2015). CTDB: An integrated chickpea transcriptome database for functional and applied genomics. PLoS ONE doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136880..
  5. Kumar V, Nadda G, Kumar S, Yadav SK (2013). Transgenic tobacco overexpressing tea cDNA encoding dihydroflavonol 4-reductase and anthocyanidin reductase induces early flowering and provides biotic stress tolerance.  PLoS ONE 8: e65535.
  6. Kumar V, Guleria P, Kumar V, Yadav SK (2013). Gold nanoparticles exposure induces growth and yield enhancement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Science of the Total Environment 461-462: 462-468.
  7. Kumar V, Yadav SK (2013). Overexpression of CsDFR and CsANR enhanced root flavonoids and improved root architecture to provide tolerance against aluminum toxicity in tobacco. Plant Root 7: 65-76.
  8. Kumar V, Yadav SK (2013). Overexpression of CsANR increased flavan-3-ols and decreased anthocyanins in transgenic tobacco. Molecular Biotechnology 54: 426-435.
  9. Kumar V, Gill T, Grover S, Ahuja PS, Yadav SK (2013). Influence of human lactoferrin overexpression on iron homeostasis, flavonoids and antioxidants in transgenic tobacco. Molecular Biotechnology 53: 118-128.
  10. Kumar V, Yadav SK (2012). Developmental effect on flavan-3-ols content of leaf and flower in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze). International Journal of Plant Developmental Biology. 6: 15-20.
  11. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Ahuja PS, Yadav SK (2011). Producing low-caffeine tea through post-transcriptional silencing of Caffeine synthase mRNA. Plant Molecular Biology 43: 104-111.
  12. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Ahuja PS, Yadav SK (2011). Agrobacterium- mediated silencing of caffeine synthesis through root transformation in Camellia sinensis L. Molecular Biotechnology 48: 235-243.
  13. Mahajan M, Kumar V, Ahuja PS, Yadav SK (2011). Effects of flavonoid-mediated free IAA regulation on growth and development of in vitro-grown tobacco seedlings. International Journal of Plant Developmental Biology 5: 42-48.
  14. Rana NK, Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Yadav SK (2009). A CsGS is regulated at transcriptional level during development stages and nitrogen utilization in Camellia sinensis (L.) O.   Kuntze. Molecular Biology Reports 37: 703-710.
  15. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V*, Joshi R, Gulati A, Ahuja PS, Yadav SK (2009). Caffeine biosynthesis and degradation in tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] is under developmental and seasonal regulation. Molecular Biotechnology 43: 104-111.
  16. Kumar V, Yadav SK (2009). Proline and betaine provide protection to antioxidant and methylglyoxal detoxification systems during cold stress in Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze. Acta Physiology Plantrum 31: 261-269.

Review Articles

  1. Kumar V, Jain M. (2015). CRISPR-Cas system for plant genome editing: advances and opportunities. Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 47-57.
  2. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Yadav SK (2010). Tea caffeine: metabolism, functions and reduction strategies. Food Science and Biotechnology 19: 275-287.
  3. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Mahajan M, Mohammad H, Yadav SK (2010). Gene silencing: theory, techniques and applications. International Journal of Medical and Biological Frontiers 17: 4-5.

Book Chapters

  1. Kumar V, Mahajan M, Yadav SK (2012). Toxic metals accumulation, tolerance and homeostasis in brassicaoilseed species: overview of physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms. In: N. A. Anjum et al. (eds), The Plant Family Brassicaceae: Contribution Towards Phytoremediation, Environmental Pollution 21, Springer Heidelberg, pp 171-211.
  2. Guleria P, Goswami D, Mahajan M, Kumar V, Bhardwaj J, Yadav SK (2012). MicroRNAs and their role in plants during abiotic stresses. In: Parvaiz A and Prasad MNV, eds. Environmental Adaptations and Stress Tolerance of Plants in the Era of Climate Change. Springer Heidelberg, pp 265-278.
  3. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Mahajan M, Mohammad H, Yadav SK (2011). Gene silencing: theory, techniques and applications In: Michael T. Loback and Jennifer N. Trevino, eds. Encyclopedia of Genetics Research. Volume 3, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, USA, pp 610-623.
  4. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Mahajan M, Mohammad H, Yadav SK (2011). Gene silencing: theory, techniques and applications In: Leon V. Berhardt, ed. Advances in Medicine and Biology. Volume 32, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, USA, pp 217-230.
  5. Mohanpuria P, Kumar V, Mahajan M, Mohammad H, Yadav SK (2010). Gene silencing: theory, techniques and applications In: Anthony J. Catalano, ed. Gene Silencing: Theory, Techniques and Applications, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, USA, pp 321-334.
  6. Mahajan M, Kumar V*, Yadav SK (2010). Alkaloids: properties, application & pharmacological effects In: Nicole M. Cassiano, ed. Alkaloids: Properties, Application & Pharmacological effects. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, USA, pp 1-36.
Workshop/Conferences :


  1. Participitated in “Workshop on Metabolomics for Plant, Human, and Animal Health” from 17th-18th November 2016 at TERI, New Delhi
  2. Participated in A national Workshop on “Bioinformatics Approaches on Genome Resources, Assembly and Annotation” from February 9th to 12th , 2016 organized by Bioinformatics Centre, CSIR-IMTECH, Sector 39A, Chandigarh
  3. Participated in the Workshop on Network Biology sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India held at CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology from 30-31st March 2012.
  4. Participitated in Technology Led Entrepreneurship programme of HRDG, CSIR conducted by the Faculty of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore held at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad from 1-22nd June, 2010.
Research Grants :

Only 13 lakhs

Research Group :

Doctoral Student: ChandanPreet Kaur (Jan 2017, onwards), MANF holder
Present M.Sc. Students: (Batch 2016-2018)

  1. Ajay Prakash Uniyal
  2. Reetu
  3. Upsana Suman
  4. Alokesh Gosh

Past M.Sc. Students: (Batch 2015-2017)

  1. Varun (CSIR-JRF; Pursuing Ph.D. CIAB, Mohali)
  2. Komal (University Best Student Awarded; Preparing for Administrative Services)
  3. Rubal (Preparing for CSIR-JRF)
  4. Bharti (School Teacher)