University of Delhi
Faculty Member Profile


Dr. Manu Agarwal

  Associate Professor
     Room No. 9,
Department of Botany
University of Delhi,
Delhi 110007

Educational Qualifications


University of Delhi


Thesis topic:  “Molecular characterization of high and low molecular weight heat shock genes/proteins from rice (Oryza sativa L)”


University of Delhi


Thesis topic: “High temperature induced protein alterations associated with germination of seeds in rice, maize and wheat with emphasis on 104 and 90 kDa proteins.”


Goa University


Subjects: Marine Biotechnology


Rohilkhand University


Subjects: Zoology, Botany, Chemistry

Career Profile

University of Arizona Tucson, USA

Postdoctoral research associate

Sept 2002-Dec 2003


University of California Riverside, USA

Postdoctoral research associate

Jan 2004-June 2007


TERI University, India

Assoc Professor

July 2007-Jan 2008

Research and Postgraduate teaching

University of Delhi


Jan 2008- present

Research and Postgraduate teaching

Administrative Assignments

Being a member of Purchase Committee helped in purchase of equipments from the University Grant and being a member of the renovation committee helped in planning the phased renovation of the Botany Department.

Areas of Specialization / Interest

My research interests are in understanding the gene regulation mechanisms in plants subjected to stressful environments. Our lab utilizes a combination of genomics and genetics approaches to decipher gene regulation at transcriptional, post-transcriptional, translational and post-translational levels. Of particular interest is discovery of novel stress regulated small RNAs from crop plants. Other projects in lab include biotechnological approaches to improve stress tolerance in crop plants and using reporter mutagenesis screens to isolate and implicate components in abiotic stress signaling pathways.

Subjects Taught

Molecular Genetics, Recombinant DNA technology, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genomics and Proteomics

Research Guidance

Supervision of awarded doctoral thesis- None

Supervision of doctoral thesis, under progress- Three

Supervision of awarded M.Phil dissertation- None

Supervision of M.Phil dissertation, under progress- None

Research Projects (Major Grants/Research Collaboration)

PI in DBT funded project “Development and stress-specific genomics of small non-coding RNAs from Brassica sps., wheat and rice ”

PI in DBT funded COE for the project “Transgenic approaches for frost tolerance in Brassica juncea”

Co-PI in DBT funded project “Profiling of small RNAs unique to Apomictic addition lines in Pennisetum glaucum through Subtractive small RNA library”

Awards and distinctions

University Grant Commission (India) National Research Fellowship holder 1995-2000