Faculty Profile

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar
Associate Professor
Centre for Plant Sciences
School of Basic and Plant Sciences
Central University of Punjab
Bathinda- 151001
Email Id: sanjeevpuchd@gmail.com , sanjeevcbs@cup.ac.in 
Mobile: +91 9501278687
Education :
  • Ph.D,   2001- 2006

Department of Botany,
Panjab University, Chandigarh India;
Thesis Title “Probing the mechanisms and markers underlying chilling injury during reproductive stage in Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

  • Master of Science 1997-2000 (Plant Physiology)   

Department of Plant Physiology,
College of Basic Sciences. 
Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, India.   

  • Bachelor of Science, 1994 - 1997 (Biology)                                  

Subjects: Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer applications,
College of Basic Sciences. 
Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, India.

Experience :
Research Experience
  1. Associate Professor (Dec. 2015- Till date)
  2. Centre for Biosciences
    Central University of Punjab
    Bathinda, Punjab

  3. Assistant Professor (May. 2010 to Dec. 2015)
  4. Centre for Biosciences
    Central University of Punjab
    Bathinda, Punjab

  5. Post Doctorate Research Associate ( Feb.2008- May 2010)
  6. Department of Botany
    Panjab University
    Visiting Scientist:         
    25th Sep. 2009 till 21st Dec.2009
    1st Sep. 2008 to 10th Nov. 2008
    Plant Industry,
    CELS, CSIRO, Perth,
    Western Australia.                                                                                         

  7. Post Doc Doctorate Research Associate (Feb. 2006- Feb 2008)

     Division of Biochemistry
    Indian Agricultural Research Institute
    PUSA, New Delhi-110001

Teaching Assignments :
  • Ph.D. Plant Sciences
    1. 1. Advances in Stress Biology (Credits: 4)
  • M.Sc. Plant Sciences
    1. Biochemistry (Credits:4)
    2. Biochemistry Practical (Credits:1)
    3. Plant Physiology (Credits:3)
    4. Plant Physiology Practical (Credits:1)
    5. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Stress (Credits: 2)
    6. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Stress Practical(Credits: 1)
    7. Basics of Plant stress Physiology and Biochemistry (Credits:2)
  • Ph.D. Biosciences (2010-2015)
    1. Advances in Stress Biology (Credits: 5)
  • M.Phil. Ph.D Integrated(2010-2015)
    1. Biochemistry and Metabolism(T),; (Credits: 5)
    2. Biochemistry and Metabolism (Practical) (Credits: 1)
    3. Advanced Plant Physiology(T) (Credits: 4)
    4. Advanced Plant Physiology (Practical) (Credits: 1)
  • M.Sc. Biosciences/ Molecular Genetics/ Human Genetics/ GDMM (2010-2-15)
    1. General Biochemistry(Credits: 3)
    2. General Biochemistry (Practical) (Credits: 1)
    3. Plant Physiology (Credits: 3)
    4. Plant Physiology Practical (Credits:1)
Research Projects :

Ongoing and Completed

  1. UGC-BSR Start-up Grant
    Title : Investigating the Mechanisms Associated Temperature Stress Tolerance imposed by Non lethal stress conditions; Understanding mechanisms associated with Drought x Cold  and  Drought x Heat stress in Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
    Funding Agency:                  University Grant Commission
    Grant Sanctioned:                Rs 6 Lakh
    Year of Sanction:                  2013
    Duration of the Project (s):  2 years 

  2. Research Seed Money
    Title: Identification and characterization of stress proteins and related Heat Shock Factors; assessment of up/down-regulated stress genes in preconditioned chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
    Funding Agency:                  Central University of Punjab
    Grant Sanctioned:                Rs 3 Lakh
    Year of Sanction:                  2014

  3. Co –PI CSIR EMR
    Title: Transcriptomic investigations of active gene networks in hyper-accumulator plant species in response to heavy metal toxicity
    Year of Starting          : 2015-18
    Year of ending            : 2018
    Amount Approved      : 19,00,000/-
Professional Recognition /Awards/Scholarship :
  1. Travel Award by DST and CSIR for attending 9BSGC at Bangkok , Thailand 2004
  2. Promising Young Researcher award 2010.
Peer Recognition :
  1. Guest editor World Science Journal (Hindawi).
Area specializations/Research Interest :
  1. Stress Biology and gene expression
Publications :

Research Papers 





1. Gill, B.S., , Navgeet, Kumar, S. & Navgeet (2017). Ganoderma lucidum targeting lung cancer signalling: a review. Tumour Biology. DOI: 10.1177/1010428317707437


2. Balraj Singh GillSanjeev KumarNavgeet. (2017). Ganoderic acid targeting nuclear factor erythroid 2–related factor 2 in lung cancer.Tumor Biology. DOI: 10.1177/1010428317695530


3. Gill, B.S., Kumar, S. (2017) Ganoderic acid Modulating TNF and its Receptors: in silico and in vitro study. Medicinal Chemistry Research.  DOI: 10.1007/s00044-017-1856-3


4. Gill, B.S., Kumar, S. & Navgeet (2016) Ganoderic Acid A Targeting β-Catenin in Wnt Signaling Pathway: In Silico and In Vitro Study. Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences.  doi:10.1007/s12539-016-0182-7


5. Kuara, A., Vehniwal, B., Rani, M., Sidhu, J., Moudgil, L., Sharma, P., Kumar, S., Saini, G.S.S, Tripathi, S., Gogia, G. (2016). Identifying the Preferred Interaction Mode of Naringin with Gold Nanoparticles through Experimental, DFT and TDDFT Techniques: Insights into their Sensing and Biological Applications. RSC Advances. 6, 79470–79484


6. Gill, B.S., Sharma, P., Navgeet, and Kumar, S. (2016). Chemical composition, antiproliferative, antioxidant and proapoptotic effects of fruiting bodies extracts of Ganoderma lucidum. International Journal of Medicinal Mashrooms. 8 (7) 599-607


7. Gill, B.S., and Kumar, S.  (2016). Ganoderic acid targeting multiple receptors in cancer: In silico and in vitro study. Tumour Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s13277-016-5291-8


8. Gill, B.S.,  Kumar, S and Navgeet.  (2016). Evaluating Anti-oxidant Potential of Ganoderic acid A in STAT 3 Pathway in Prostate Cancer. Molecular Biology Reports. 43:1411–1422


9. Gill, B.S.,  Kumar, S and Navgeet.  (2016). Triterpenes in Cancer: Significance and their Influence. Molecular Biology Reports.43:881–896.


10. Kaur, S.,  Jairath, A.,  Singh, I., Nayyar., H and Kumar, S. (2016) Alternate mild drought stress (-0.1 MPa PEG) immunizes sensitive chickpea cultivar against lethal chilling by accentuating the defense mechanisms. Acta Physiologia Plantarum  38:189


11. Gill, B.S., Jimi Marin Alex, Navgeet  and Kumar, S.  (2016). Missing link between micro RNA and prostate cancer. Tumour Biology. 1-22 DOI 10.1007/s13277-016-4900-x


12. Gill, B.S., Sharma, P., Kumar, R. and Kumar, S.  (2015). Misconstrued versatility of Ganoderma lucidum: a key player in multi-targeted cellular signaling. Tumour Biology. DOI 10.1007/s13277-015-4709-z


13. Gill, B.S. and Kumar, S. (2015) Differential Algorithms assisted Molecular Modelling based Identification of Mechanistic Binding of Ganoderic Acids. Medicinal Chemistry Research.  24:3483–3493


14. Kumar, D., Kaur,G., Negi, A. Kumar, S., Singh, S. and  Kumar, R. (2014). Synthesis and Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitory Activity of 5,6-Dihydropyrazolo/pyrazolo[1,5- c]quinazoline Derivatives, Bioorganic Chemistry  57 : 57–64


15. Suresha, G. S., Jacob J., Bose P., Kumar, S., & Santha, I. M. (2013) Molecular Cloning of partial genomic and cDNA sequences of Oleate Desaturase gene from Brassica juncea. Indian Journal of Agricultural Biochemistry, 26 (2), 125-129.

Peer reviewed and indexed

16. Suresha, G. S., Kumar, S., & Santha, I. M. (2013). Functional expression of Brassica juncea oleate desaturase gene (Bjfad2) in Escherichia coli. Biologia, 68(4), 599-605. 0.75
17. Baviskar, A. T., Banerjee, U. C., Gupta, M., Singh, R., Kumar, S., Gupta, M. K., . . . Singh, S. (2013). Synthesis of imine-pyrazolopyrimidinones and their mechanistic interventions on anticancer activity. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 21(18): 5782-93. 2.93
18. Kumar, S., Singh, R., & Nayyar, H. (2013). α-Tocopherol Application Modulates the Response of Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Seedlings to Elevated Temperatures by Mitigation of Stress Injury and Enhancement of Antioxidants. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 1-8. 2.07
19. Kumar, S., Thakur, P., Kaushal, N., Malik, J. A., Gaur, P., & Nayyar, H. (2013). Effect of varying high temperatures during reproductive growth on reproductive function, oxidative stress and seed yield in chickpea genotypes differing in heat sensitivity. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 59(6), 823-843. 2.13
20. Kumar, S., Kaushal, N., Nayyar, H., & Gaur, P. (2012). Abscisic acid induces heat tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seedlings by facilitated accumulation of osmoprotectants. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 34(5), 1651-1658. 1.584
21. Berger, J., Kumar, S., Nayyar, H., Street, K., Sandhu, J. S., Henzell, J., . . . Clarke, H. (2012). Temperature-stratified screening of chickpea ( Cicer arietinum L.) genetic resource collections reveals very limited reproductive chilling tolerance compared to its annual wild relatives. Field Crops Research, 126, 119-129. 3.08
22. Kumar, S., Gupta, D., & Nayyar, H. (2012). Comparative response of maize and rice genotypes to heat stress: status of oxidative stress and antioxidants. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 34(1), 75-86. 1.584
23. Kaushal, N., Gupta, K., Bhandhari, K., Kumar, S., Thakur, P., & Nayyar, H. (2011). Proline induces heat tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) plants by protecting vital enzymes of carbon and antioxidative metabolism Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants(Vol. 17, pp. 203-213). 0.56
24. Kumar, S., Kaur, R., Kaur, N., Bhandhari, K., Kaushal, N., Gupta, K., . . . Nayyar, H. (2011). Heat-stress induced inhibition in growth and chlorosis in mungbean (Phaseolus aureus Roxb.) is partly mitigated by ascorbic acid application and is related to reduction in oxidative stress. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 33(6), 2091-2101. 1.584
25. Kaur, G., Kumar, S., Thakur, P., Malik, J. A., Bhandhari, K., Sharma, K., & Nayyar, H. (2011). Involvement of proline in response of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) to chilling stress at reproductive stage. Scientia Horticulturae, 128(3), 174-181. 1.62
26. Kumar, S., Malik, J., Thakur, P., Kaistha, S., Sharma, K. D., Upadhyaya, H., . . . Nayyar, H. (2011). Growth and metabolic responses of contrasting chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes to chilling stress at reproductive phase. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 33(3), 779-787. 1.584
27. Malik, J. A., Kumar, S., Thakur, P., Sharma, S., Kaur, N., Kaur, R., . . . Singh, K. (2011). Promotion of growth in Mungbean (Phaseolus aureus Roxb.) by selenium is associated with stimulation of carbohydrate metabolism. Biological trace element research, 143(1), 530-539. 2.39
28. Kumar, S., Bhanwara, R.K., Upadhyaya H.D. and Nayyar. H. (2010). Cold stress effects on reproductive growth in Chickpea. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research. Volume 8 (www. ejournals.icrisat.org) Peer reviewed
29. Thakur, P., Kumar, S., Malik, J. A., Berger, J. D., & Nayyar, H. (2010). Cold stress effects on reproductive development in grain crops: an overview. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 67(3), 429-443. 4.36
30. Kumar, S., Kaur, G. and Nayyar, H. (2008). Exogenous application of abscisic acid improves cold tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 449-456. 2.72
31. Kaur, G., Kumar, S., Nayyar, H. and Upadhyaya, H.D. (2008). Cold stress injury during the pod-filling phase in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.): effects on quantitative and qualitative components of seeds. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 457-464. 2.72
32. Harsh Nayyar, Gurinder Kaur, Sanjeev Kumar, H. D. Upadhyaya. 2007. Low temperature effects during seed filling on chickpea genotypes (Cicer arietinum L.): probing mechanisms affecting seed reserves and yield. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 193 (5) 336–344. 2.72
33. Nayyar, H., Singh S., Kaur, S., Kumar S. and Upadhyaya. H.D. (2006). Differential sensitivity of macrocarpa and microcarpa types of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) to water stress: association of contrasting stress response with oxidative injury. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 48 (11): 1318–1329. 3.96
34. Kumar, S., Nayyar, H., Bains, T.S., Kaur, G.  and Bhanwra, R.K. (2005). Low Temperature Effects on Early maturing chickpea Genotype ICCV 96029. International Chickpea and Pigeon pea Newsletter. ICRISAT. 19-22. Indexed peer reviewed
35.* Nayyar, H., Bains, T., & Kumar, S. (2005). Low temperature induced floral abortion in chickpea: relationship to abscisic acid and cryoprotectants in reproductive organs. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 53(1), 39-47. 4.36
36.* Nayyar, H., Bains, T., & Kumar, S. (2005). Chilling stressed chickpea seedlings: effect of cold acclimation, calcium and abscisic acid on cryoprotective solutes and oxidative damage. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 54(3), 275-285. 4.36
37. Nayyar, H., Bains, T. S., Kumar, S., & Kaur, G. (2005). Chilling effects during seed filling on accumulation of seed reserves and yield of chickpea. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 85(11), 1925-1930. 2.46
38. Nayyar, H., Chander, K., Kumar, S., & Bains, T. (2005). Glycine betaine mitigates cold stress damage in Chickpea. Agronomy for sustainable development, 25(3), 381. 4.141
39. Kaur, S., Nayyar, H., Bhanwra, R., & Kumar, S. (2005). Precocious germination of pollen grains in anthers of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.). Soybean Genet Newslet, 32, 1-10.  
40. Nayyar, H., Satwinder, K., Kumar, S., Singh, K., & Dhir, K. (2005). Involvement of polyamines in the contrasting sensitivity of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) and soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill.) to water deficit stress. Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica, 46. 1.11
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Workshop/Conferences :


Conferences attended

    1. Sanjeev Kumar R.K.Bhanwara and Harsh Nayyar, Reproductive Failures Due to Chilling Stress in Chickpea: Observations on Reproductive Biology and Metabolic Alterations. International Conference on climate change 6th -8th March 2011, PAU Ludhiana, Punjab. 
    2. Sanjeev Kumar and I.M. Santha, 2006. Isolation and characterization of Phospholipid: Diacylglycerol acyl transferase from Brassica juncea and Ricinus communis. International conference on Post Harvest Technology & value Addition in Cereals, Pulses and oilseeds. November 27-30-2006, Kanpur. India
    3. Sanjeev Kumar, Harsh Nayyar, R. K. Bhanwra and Gurinder Kaur, 2005. Probing mechanisms governing cold-sensitivity in Chickpea. 4th International Food Legumes Research Conference,Indian Agricultural Research Institute, IARI, New Delhi. India.
    4. Harsh Nayyar, Sanjeev Kumar, R.K. Bhanwra and K. J. Singh. 2003. Evaluation of cold tolerance at Reproductive stage in Chickpea Genotypes. 2nd International congress of Plant Physiology IARI New Delhi.
    5. Sanjeev. Kumar, Harsh Nayyar, T.S Bains, R.K. Bhanwra and K Singh, 2004. Reproductive Biology of cold stress chickpea plants: Status of abscisic acid and cryoprotectants in relation to floral abortion. In:  Program and Abstracts, The 9th Biological Science Graduate Congress, Biological Science Ph.D. Program (eds.). p12. Chulalongkong University, National Innovation Agency, Bangkok.
    6. Sanjeev Kumar and Harsh Nayyar, 2004. Low temperature induced oxidative injury and anti-oxidants in reproductive structures of chickpea National Seminar on Oxidative Stresses. Department of Biophysics, Panjab University, Chandigarh. U. T. India.
Research Grants :

UGC BSR   RS 6,00,000.00
Research Seed Money 3,00,000
CSIR- 19 ,00,000
DST-SERB- 75,00,000

Other Achievements :
  • ASRB-NET 2004
  • NCC “C” Certificate Army wing
  • University Basket ball Runner’s up.
  • Merit scholarship 10th Standards
Collaboration :
  • Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj Centre for Biosciences
  • Dr. Raj Kumar, Centre for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Dr. Kamal Dev Sharma HPAU. Palampur, HP.
  • Dr. Gurinder singh. Panjab University Chandigarh.
  • Dr. Jens Berger, CELS, CSIRO western Australia.