Rakhi Chaturvedi

Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering
IIT Guwahati

Rakhi Chaturvedi’s research contribution is in the area of Plant Tissue Culture and Secondary Metabolite Production, Plant Biochemical Engineering and Plant Sciences, using herbs to complex tree species.

She is the recipient of Newton-Bhabha Leading Women Scientist Award in Crop and Agricultural Sciences 2016” instituted by DBT and Cambridge University; “Prof. Y.S. Murty Gold Medal 2011” by Indian Botanical Society (IBS). She attended a UNESCO “one month lab revisit” program at OSAKA University, Japan. Rakhi is a member of several prestigious societies, such as National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB), USA, Plant Tissue Culture Association, India (PTCA-I), International Association of Plant Biotechnology (IAPB), USA and International Plant Propagators‘ Society (IPPS), USA. She is the Associate Editor “In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Plant” published by Springer, USA.
Recently, she organized two International conferences at IIT Guwahati: NGPPBUT-2019, Feb 11—13, 2019 (www.ipps.org or www.ngppbut2019.in) followed by ICTPA-2019, Feb 14—16, 2019. The conferences were attended by 500 distinguished national and international participants involving academicians, industrialists, horticulturists, plant producers, scientists and students from nine countries. The meetings were very successful and received several appreciations.


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Projects within the RTG Big Data
Research interest in relevance of the project
Field of Expertise
Selected publications
Contact details

Projects within the RTG Big Data

Rakhi is exploring collaborations under any of these area (List of publications is enclosed)

  • Crop genetics & informatics
  • Mathematical modelling of plant cell culture system for Bioreactors to increase Cell biomass and medicinal metabolite production
  • Genome analytics, Statistical Modelling
  • Data science and analytics
  • Modelling chromatin folding
  • Gene activity/ gene regulation
  • Genome analytics
  • Statistical modelling

Research interest in relevance of the project

Rakhi Chaturvedi has contributed immensely in the area of Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Cell Engineering and Therapeutic Metabolite Production. She is recognised for her remarkable work on two complex tree species where she developed in vitro Haploids and Doubled-Haploids (pure breeds of Tea (In Vitro–Plant (2017) 53: 239—248; In Vitro-Plant (2013) 49: 60—69) and Neem (Plant Signalling Behaviour.(2011) 6: 974—981; Biologia Plantarum (2009) 53: 360—364; Plant Cell Reports (2003) 21: 531—537) and also Triploids (seedless variety) of Neem (J Plant Physiology (2003) 160: 557—564). One of her research work was published in a high impact factor-Biotechnology Advances (2008; Elsevier; IF 11.8). She is also known for the development of Plant Cell Culture Technology as an alternative and complimentary to whole plant extraction for production of commercial compounds of medicinal value. While analysing various elite in vitro cells lines at varied ploidy, she identified, purified and isolated metabolites from three main categories: essential oils, coumarins and alkylamides (see publications Biocatal Agric Biotechnol. (2017) 9: 95 — 102; Plant Biosystems (2014) 148: 259—267; Bioprocess Biosyst Eng (2012) 35: 94395; Bioprocess Biosyst Eng.(2011) 34: 7580; Plant Cell, Tiss Organ Cult (2010) 103: 243253; Biotechnol Bioprocess Eng.(2010)15:1038-1046; In Vitro-Plant (2010) 46: 549557; Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult (2009 )99: 17).

Field of Expertise

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Therapeutic Metabolite Production

Selected publications

  • Sinha, V., Pakshirajan, K., Chaturvedi, R. 2018. Chromium tolerance, bioaccumulation and localization in plants: An overview. J Environ Manage. 206: 715-730. [Publisher: Springer]
  • Mishra V. K., Bajpai R. and Chaturvedi Rakhi*. 2017. An efficient and reproducible method for development of androgenic haploid plants from in vitro anther cultures of Camellia assamica assamica (Masters). In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. – Plant. 53: 239- 248. [Publisher: Springer]
  • Rajendran R., Narashimman B. S., Trivedi V. and Chaturvedi Rakhi*. 2017. Isolation and quantification of antimalarial N-alkylamides from flower-head derived in vitro callus cultures of Spilanthes paniculata. J Biosci Bioeng. 124: 99 – 107. [Publisher: Elsevier]
  • Rajendran R. and Chaturvedi Rakhi*. 2017. Screening and optimizing media constituents for enhanced production of medicinal N-alkylamide Deca-2 E,6 Z,8 E-trienoic acid isobutylamide from dedifferentiated in vitro cell lines of Spilanthes paniculata. Biocatal Agric Biotechnol. 9: 95-102. [Publisher: Elsevier]
  • Singh M. and Chaturvedi Rakhi*. Statistical optimization of media for enhanced azadirachtin production from redifferentiated zygotic embryo cultures of neem (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.). In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. – Plant.  48:92-98 [Publisher: Springer]

Contact details


Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering
IIT Guwahati
Guwahati -781039
Assam, India

Phone: +91 361 258 2183/ +91 361 258 2211
Mobile: +91 943 510 8969

Fax: +91 361 258 2249 / +91 361 258 2182

Email of assistant: hosaa@iitg.ac.in

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