Dr. Priyanka Dhar

Assistant Professor

Research Interest: • Research & Development in Medicinal Plants
• Cold Arid Agro-animal Technology
• New Technology Development
• Agricultural Biotechnology
• Bioinformatics
• Intellectual Property Rights
• Scientific Data Analysis and Documentation
• Industrial Chemotaxonomy


Completed Ph.D. in Life Sciences from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore During Ph.D., worked in world’s highest terrestrial research station at Defense Institute of High Altitude Research which is only one of its kind situated in Leh at an altitude of 3500 m above MSL, possessing expertise in Cold Arid Agro-animal Technology in the world. Worked under harsh climatic conditions like very low temperature (−35°C) and hypoxic condition of cold desert high altitude
Qualified ASRB National Eligibility Test (NET-I) in Agricultural Biotechnology from Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB)
Got published more than 30 research articles, 1 book chapter, 6 Genbank accessions and 25 conference abstracts

Received the Total Research Impact (JCR): 60 (Approx.), Average Article Impact: 2.0 (Appx.), Google Scholar Citation Index: >300, h-index: 11, i-10 index: 12
Merit of receiving the grant of Indian Patent entitled ‘Nutraceutical Composition and Process of Preparation Thereof’ (Application Number: 987/DEL/2012) as an Inventor in Jul’15
Completed Post Doctoral Research from CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow


2016 Qualified ASRB National Eligibility Test (NET-I) in Agricultural Biotechnology from Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi
2014 Ph.D. in Life Science from Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Leh-Ladakh, J&K, affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
2011 M.Phil. Life Sciences (Ph.D. course) from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore; secured 80.67%
2007 M.Sc. Botany (Specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Plant Biotechnology) from University of Calcutta, Kolkata; secured 73.10%
2007 Masters Diploma (Bioinformatics) from ECIL-ECIT & IISWBM, Kolkata; secured 68%
2005 B.Sc. Botany (Hons.) from University of Calcutta, Kolkata; secured 63%


2013 Completed Distance Learning on General Course on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland; secured 77%


Title & Reference Number: Identification of elite chemotype(s) and Evaluation of Biological Properties of Essential Oils from Cyperus rotundus Linn. from different Phytogeographical Zones of India - (PDF/2015/000090)
Grant Agency: DST-SERB
Period: Jun’16-May’18
Amount: INR 19.2 Lacs


Acted as an Invitee Speaker & Advisor for Vikas Kendra (project of the NGO Society for Equitable & Voluntary Actions), North 24 PGS, WB supported by West Bengal State Medicinal Plant Board since Sep’15 in a project ‘Haritaki, Bohera and Bael - Medicinal Uses’ to disseminate awareness of traditional medicine over the rural population


o Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Junior & Senior Research Fellowship in Oct’08-Oct’10
o Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Senior Research fellowship in Apr’14
o Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) SRF-extended fellowship in Life Sciences in Oct’14
o DST-SERB-National Post-doctoral fellowship in Life Sciences in Mar’16
o Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Research Associateship in Apr’16

o Best Poster Award in International Conference on Biology Biospectrum in Aug’17 held at the University of Engineering and Management (UEM), Kolkata
o Poster Award (1st position) in International Conference on Integrated Medicine for Perfect Health, Nov’16 at Indira Gandhi Pratisthan, Lucknow
o Best Presentation Award in the oral presentation of Science Club Activities at DIHAR, Leh-Ladakh in Apr’10


Hota SK, Hota KB, Dhar P, Chaurasia OP, Singh HP, Srivastava RB, Singh SB.
Title: ‘Neutraceutical Composition and Process of Preparation Thereof’ in 2012
Application File Number: 987/DEL/2012 A, Date of Application Filing: 30/03/2012, Publication Date: 17/07/2015
Patent Office Journal: p. 44948

1. Medicinal and Aromatics Plants, Anti-oxidants & Natural Products
• Kumar J, Khan S, Mandotra SK, Dhar P, Tayade AB, Verma S, Toppo, Arora R, Upreti DK, Chaurasia OP. 2019. Nutraceutical profile and evidence of alleviation of oxidative stress by Spirogyra porticalis (Muell.) inhabiting the high altitude Trans-Himalayan Region.
Scientific Reports. 9:4091. IF: 4.2, Citations: 0

• Dhar P, Ghosh Dhar D, Srivastava S, Rawat AKS, 2017
Medicinal chemistry and biological potential of Cyperus rotundus Linn.: An overview to discover elite chemotype(s)for industrial use.
Industrial Crops and Products. 108: 232–247. IF: 3.2, Citations: 2

• Tayade AB, Dhar P, Kumar J, Sharma M, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2017
Trans-Himalayan Rhodiola imbricata Edgew. Root: A novel source of dietary Amino Acids, Fatty Acids & Minerals.
Journal of Food Science and Technology. 54(2): 359–367. IF: 1.24, Citations: 2

• Dhar P, Kar CS, Ojha D, Pandey SK, Mitra J, 2015
Chemistry, Phytotechnology, Pharmacology and Nutraceutical functions of Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) and Roselle
(Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) Seed Oil: An overview
Industrial Crops and Products. 77: 323–332, IF: 3.45, Citations: 3

• Kumar J, Dhar P, Tayade AB, Gupta D, Chaurasia OP, Upreti DK, Toppo K, Arora R,Suseela MR, Srivastava RB, 2015
Chemical Composition and Biological Activities of Trans-Himalayan Alga Spirogyra poticalis (Muell.) Clev
PLoS One. 10(2): e0118255. IF: 4.41, Citations: 5

• Bajpai PK, Warghat AR, Dhar P, Kant A, Srivastava RB, Stobdan T, 2014
Variability and relationship of fruit color and sampling location with antioxidant capacities and bioactive content in Morus alba L. fruit from trans-Himalaya, India.
LWT- Food Science & Technology. 59: 981–988. IF: 2.5, Citations: 7

• Kumar J, Rai H, Khare R, Upreti DK, Dhar P, Tayade AB, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2014
Elevational Controls of Lichen Communities in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh, A Trans-Himalayan Cold Desert
Tropical Plant Research. 1(2): 48–54. IF: 0, Citations: 0

• Kumar J, Dhar P, Tayade AB, Gupta D, Chaurasia OP, Upreti DK, Arora R, Srivastava RB, 2014
Antioxidant Capacities, Phenolic Profile and Cytotoxic Effects of Mountaneous saxicolous lichens from Trans-Himalayan Cold Desert of Ladakh
PloS One. 9(6): e98696. IF: 3.23, Citations: 12

• Dhar P, Tayade AB, Kumar J, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2013
Nutritional Profiling of Phytococktail from Trans-Himalayan Plants
PloS One. 8(12): e83008. IF: 3.53, Citations: 5

• Dhar P, Bajpai PK, Tayade AB, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2013
Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Capacities of Phytococktail Extracts from Trans-Himalayan Cold Desert
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 13: 259. IF: 2.1, Citations: 18

• Tayade AB, Dhar P, Kumar J, Sharma M, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2013
Sequential Determination of Fat and Water Soluble Vitamins in Rhodiola imbricata Root from Trans-Himalaya with Rapid Resolution Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Analytica Chimica Acta. 789: 65–73. IF: 4.6, Citations: 13

• Tayade AB, Dhar P, Kumar J, Sharma M, Chauhan RS, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2013
Chemometric Profile of Root Extracts of Rhodiola imbricata Edgew with Hyphenated Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometric Technique. PloS One. 8(1): e52797. IF: 3.53, Citations: 16

• Tayade AB, Dhar P, Sharma M, Chauhan RS, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2013
Antioxidant Capacities, Phenolic Contents, and GC/MS Analysis of Rhodiola imbricate Edgew Root Extracts from Trans-Himalaya Journal of Food Science. 78: 402–410. IF: 1.7, Citations: 26

• Dhar P, Tayade, AB, Bajpai PK, Sharma VK, Das SK, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2012
Antioxidant Capacities and Total Polyphenol Contents of Hydro-ethanolic Extract of Phytococktail from Trans-Himalaya Journal of Food Science. 77: 156–161. IF:1.7, Citations: 16

• Tayade AB, Dhar P, Kumar R, Ballabh B, Chaurasia OP, Bhatt RP, Srivastava RB, 2012
Rheum webbianum Royle: A Potential Medicinal Plant from Trans-Himalayan Cold Deserts of Ladakh, India
Plant Archives. 12: 603–606. IF: 0, Citations: 0

• Dhar P, Tayade AB, Saurav SK, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2012
Antioxidant Capacities and Phytochemical Composition of Hippophae rhamnoides L. Leaves Methanol and Aqueous Extracts from Trans-Himalaya
Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. 6(47): 5780–5788. IF: 0.9, Citations: 5

• Raj JX, Bajpai PK, Murugan MP, Dhar P, Kumar J, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2011
Trans-Himalayan Phytofoods – A Rich Source of Antioxidants
Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Science. 33: 21–26. IF: 0, Citations: 1

• Dhar P, Tayade AB, Ballabh B, Chaurasia OP, Bhatt RP, Srivastava RB. 2011
Lycium ruthenicum Murray: A Less-explored but High-value Medicinal Plant from Trans-Himalayan Cold Deserts of Ladakh, India Plant Archives. 11: 583–586, IF: 0, Citations: 6

• Dhar P, Das SK, Hota KB, Hota SK, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2018
Trans-Himalayan phytococktail confers protection against hypobaric-hypoxia-induced hippocampal neurodegeneration and memory impairment in male Sprague Dawley rats
High Altitude Biology and Medicine, In Press, IF: 2.0, Citations: NA

2. Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
• Dhar P, Ojha D, Kar CS, Mitra J. 2018
Differential Response of Tossa Jute (Corchorus olitorius) Submitted to Water Deficit Stress
Industrial Crops and Products. 112: 141–150, IF: 3.2, Citations: 0

• Raj JX, Ballabh B, Murugan MP, Dhar P, Tayade AB, Warghat AR, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2013
Effect of Auxins on Adventitious Rooting from Hardwood Cuttings of Hippophae rhamnoides under Ladakh Himalayas The Indian Forester. 139: 228–231, IF: 0, Citations: 2

3. Bioinformatics
• Dhar P, Datta A, Srivastava RB. 2013
Insights from the Analysis of Phosphorylation Sites in the CK2 Alpha Catalytic Sub-unit
International Journal of Computational Bioinformatics and In Silico Modeling 2(3): 110–114, IF: 0, Citations: 0
• Ganguli S, Dhar P, Datta A. 2011
Phylogenetic Lineage of Gurmarin: An Essential Sugar Mimic
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science. 6: 1–3, IF: 0, Citations: 0

• Ganguli S, Dey SK, Dhar P, Basu P, Roy P, Datta A. 2010.
Catalytic RNA World Relics in Dicer RNAs
International Journal of Genetics, 2: 8–17, IF: 0, Citations: 5
4. Aeromycoflora
• Ghosh D, Dhar P, Chakraborty T, Uddin N, Das AK, 2014
Study of Aeromycoflora in Indoor and Outdoor Environment of National Library, Kolkata
International Journal of Plant, Animal and Environmental Sciences 4(3): 663–672, IF: 0, Citations: 6

• Ghosh D, Dhar P, Das AK, Uddin N, 2011
Identification and Distribution of Aeromycoflora in the Indoor Environment of Shyambazar Metro Railway Station, Kolkata, India African Journal of Microbiology Research. 5: 5569–5574, IF: 0.6, Citations: 5

5. High Altitude Environmental Biology
• Das SK, Dhar P, Sharma VK, Hota KB, Hota SK, Norboo T, Singh SB, 2018
High altitude with monotonous environment has significant impact on mood and cognitive performance of acclimatized lowlanders: Possible role of altered serum BDNF and plasma homocysteine level
Journal of Affective Disorders, 237, 94–103, IF: 3.5, Citations: NA

• Dhar P, Sharma VK, Das SK, Hota K, Hota SK, Singh SB, 2018
Differential Response of Autonomic Function in Sea Level Residents, Acclimatized Lowlanders at > 3500m and Himalayan High Altitude Natives at > 3500m: A Cross-sectional Study
Respiratory, Physiology & Neurobiology, 254, 40–48. IF: 1.7, Citations: NA

• Sharma VK, Das SK, Dhar P, Hota KB, Mahapatra BB, Vashishtha V, Kumar A, Hota SK, Norboo T, Srivastava RB, 2014
Domain Specific Changes in Cognition at High Altitude and its Co-relations with Hyperhomocysteinemia
PloS One. 9(7): e101448, IF: 3.23, Citations: 11

• Dhar P, Sharma VK, Hota K, Das SK, Hota SK, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2014
Autonomic Cardiovascular Responses in Acclimatized Lowlanders on Prolonged Stay at High Altitude: A Longitudinal Follow up Study PloS One. 9(1): e84274, IF: 3.23, Citations: 14

• Hota SK, Sharma VK, Hota K, Das S, Dhar P, Mahapatra BB, Srivastava RB, Singh SB, 2012
Multi-domain Cognitive Screening test for Neuropsychological Assessment for Cognitive Decline in Acclimatized Lowlanders Staying at High Altitude
Indian Journal of Medical Research. 136: 70–79, IF: 1.9, Citations: 8

• Hota KB, Hota SK, Dhar P, Chaurasia OP, Srivastava RB, 2011 Challenges at High Altitude: The Limits to Human Performance In: Innovations in Agro Animal Technologies Eds: Srivastava, R.B. and Selvamurthy, W. ISBN 978-93-81226-02-5. Satish Serial Publishing House, Delhi. pp. 277–299 http://astralint.com/bookdetails.aspx?isbn=9789381226025

• Co-author to Six Accession Numbers at the GENBANK Nucleotide Sequence Database at NCBI (Bethesda, USA) EF620778 – EF620783 for the Glutathione Peroxidase Gene Partial Cds’s