Scientist Profile

Dr. Prafull Salvi

Dr. Prafull Salvi

DST-Inspire Faculty

Date of Joining: 01 Apr 2019

+91 172 522 1127

Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Research Associate, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India (January 2017 – March 2019)

Ph.D., National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India (July 2011 – January 2017)

  1. Deciphering the gene regulatory network associated with nutritional quality of rice.

Our research is directed towards the molecular and functional aspects of transcription factor(s) in rice to reveal cellular pathways associated with seed development and maturation. We are investigating the gene regulatory network of seed-related transcription factors, their molecular basis of regulation, and their downstream target that plays a crucial role in determining the rice grain quality.


  1. Understanding the cellular signaling and abiotic stress responses in plants

In another project, we are working on stress response and pathways that mediate tolerance/resistance to abiotic stresses in plants. We are mainly interested to understand how abiotic stressors impact seed development and quality. Abiotic stresses substantially affect the global economy by curtailing plant growth and biomass production. These stresses are also relevant to the present scenario of climate change to ensure the food security and safety of the growing human population. We are interested in exploring the physiological, biochemical, and molecular response to abiotic stresses and decode the complex network and the candidate genes involved in stress response.

  1. Salvi P, Kamble N and Majee M (2020) Ectopic over-expression of ABA-responsive Chickpea galactinol synthase (CaGolS) gene results in improved tolerance to dehydration stress by modulating ROS scavenging. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 171, 103957.

  2. Salvi P, Kamble N and Majee M (2017) Stress Inducible Galactinol Synthase of Chickpea (CaGolS) Implicates in Heat and Oxidative Stress Tolerance through Reducing Stress Induced Excessive Reactive Oxygen Species Accumulation. Plant and Cell Physiology.

  3. Salvi P, Saxena SC, Petla BP, Kamble N, Kaur H, Verma P, Rao V, Ghosh S and Majee M (2016) Differentially expressed galactinol synthase(s) in chickpea are implicated in seed vigor and longevity by limiting the age induced ROS accumulation. Scientific Reports. 6:35088 https://doi:10.1038/srep35088

  4. Ghosh S, Kamble NU, Verma P, Salvi P, Petla BP, Roy S, Rao V, Hazra H, Varshney V, Kaur H and Majee M. (2020) PROTEIN L-ISOASPARTYL METHYLTRANSFERASES (PIMTs) play an important role in heat and oxidative stress tolerance by protecting isoAsp mediated damage of antioxidative enzymes in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Biological Chemistry. https://doi:10.1074/jbc.RA119.010779

  5. Petla BP, Kamble NU, Kumar M, Verma P, Ghosh S, Singh A, Rao V, Salvi P, Kaur H, Saxena SC and Majee M (2016) Rice PROTEIN L-ISOASPARTYL METHYLTRANSFERASE isoforms differentially accumulate during seed maturation to restrict deleterious isoAsp and ROS accumulation and are implicated in seed vigor and longevity. New Phytologist. 211, 627-645.

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  7. Saxena SC, Salvi P, Kaur H, Verma P, Petla BP, Rao V, Kamble N and Majee M (2013) Differentially expressed myo-inositol monophosphatase gene (CaIMP) in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) encodes a lithium sensitive phosphatase enzyme with broad substrate specificity and improves seed germination and seedling growth under abiotic stresses. Journal of Experimental Botany. 64: 5623-5639.