Das, N. (Dr,)




Plant Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering




  1. Ph.D., University of Calcutta (1996), Cloning, sequencing and characterization of seed-expressed acyl carrier protein (ACP) genes from Brassica campestris (Agrani), and studies of their expression during seed development (Ph.D. thesis work was carried out at Bose Institute, Kolkata)
  2. M.Sc University of Calcutta (1984)
  3. B.Sc. Presidency College, currently known as Presidency University, Kolkata (1982)


  1. Teaching: 18 years
  2. Research/Postdoctoral: 23 years

Teaching Interests

  1. Recombinant DNA Technology, Metabolic Engineering, Molecular Farming, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Protein Engineering and Enzyme Technology, Plant Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Enzymology .

Research Interests

  1. Biochemical and molecular studies on different genes involved in carbohydrate metabolism particularly with regard to cold-induced sweetening in the potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers, Inhibition of gene functions in potato through transgenics, Isolation and functional characterization of tuber-specific gene promoters, Genetic diversity of bio-diesel crop (Jatropha curcas L.) ‘Nanobiotechnology’ .
  2. SCI Publications 18 nos

Achievements, Awards & Recognitions:

  1. Received a short-term Fellowship from FAO of the United Nations, and worked in the area of plant molecular biology at Calgene Inc, Davis, California, USA (1992).
  2. Postdoctoral Research in the area of reproductive molecular biology at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA (1995-1997)
  3. Head, Department of Biotechnology & Env. Sciences, TIET (May 2005 to Nov 2010)
  4. Worked as Chairman/Member, Board of Studies on Biotechnology, Punjab Technical University (PTU) Jalandhar
  5. Examiner of Ph.D. and M.Tech. theses of other universities/institutions
  6. Participated and contributed in a number of Conferences/Symposia
  7. Delivered lectures in the universities/colleges/conferences/various training courses
  8. Reviewer of a number of peer-reviewed international journals

Publications in the SCI/Impact Factor Journals

  1. Rajneesh Kumar, Niranjan Das (2018) Survey and selection of Jatropha curcas L. germplasm: assessment of genetic variability and divergence studies on the seed traits and oil content. Industrial Crops & Products 118:125–130
  2. Rayees Ahmad Rather, Ramandeep K. Sarwara, Niranjan Das, Bonamali Pal (2018) Impact of reducing and capping agents on carbohydrates for the growth of Ag and Cu nanostructures and their antibacterial activity. Particuology (accepted)
  3. Samriti Thakur, Kirandeep Kaur, Niranjan Das, Bonamali Pal (2017) Photo-oxidation kinetics of sugars having different molecular size and glycosidic linkages for their complete mineralization to subunits by bare/Ag–TiO2 under UV irradiation. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 80: 488–494
  4. Tanushree Basu, Khyati Rana, Niranjan Das, Bonamali Pal (2017) Selective detection of Mg2+ ions via enhanced fluorescence emission using Au–DNA nanocomposites. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 8: 762–771
  5. Raghavendra Aminedi, Niranjan Das (2014) Class I patatin genes from potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) cultivars: molecular cloning, sequence comparison, prediction of diverse cis-regulatory motifs, and assessment of the promoter activities under field and in vitro conditions. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental BiologyPlant 50:673–687
  6. Dhakshi Taneja, Niranjan Das (2014) Molecular cloning, sequence analyses, and expression studies of sucrose-phosphate synthase in the potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) cultivars. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 36: 2253–2269
  7. Vijay Kumari, Niranjan Das (2013) Vacuolar invertases in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.): molecular cloning, characterization, sequence comparison, and analysis of gene expression in the cultivars. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 35: 2055–2068
  8. Anshu Bansal, Niranjan Das (2013) Molecular cloning and sequence comparison of a cDNA encoding α-glucan, water dikinase (GWD) from potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), and analysis of gene expression. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 22 (4): 441–452
  9. Raghavendra Aminedi, Gunveen Wadhwa, Niranjan Das, Bonamali Pal (2013) Shape-dependent bactericidal activity of TiO2 for the killing of Gram-negative bacteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens under UV torch irradiation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20: 6521–6530
  10. Anshu Bansal, Vijay Kumari, Dhakshi Taneja, Rupinder Sayal, Niranjan Das (2012) Molecular cloning and characterization of granule-bound starch synthase I (GBSSI) alleles from potato and sequence analysis for detection of cis-regulatory motifs. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC) 109: 247–261
  11. Bonamali Pal, Isha Singh, Kunal Angrish, Raghavendra Aminedi, Niranjan Das (2012) Rapid photokilling of gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria by platinum dispersed titania nanocomposite films. Materials Chemistry and Physics 136: 21–27
  12. Vijay Kumari, Anshu Bansal, Raghavendra Aminedi, Dhakshi Taneja, Niranjan Das (2012) Simplified extraction of good quality genomic DNA from a variety of plant materials. African Journal of Biotechnology 11(24):6420–6427
  13. Hirock Jyoti Datta, P Mandal, R. Bhattacharya, Niranjan Das, Subrata Sau, N C Mandal (2007) The G23 and G25 genes of temperate Mycobacterio-phage L1 are essential for the transcription of its late genes. Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 40:156–162
  14. Indrani Datta, Sarbani Banik-Maiti, LAdhikari, Subrata Sau, Niranjan Das, N. C Mandal (2005) The mutation that makes Escherichia coli resistant to  P gene-mediated host lethality is located within the DNA initiator gene dnaA of the bacterium. Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 38:89–96
  15. Paria B C, Das Niranjan, Das S K, Zhao X, Dileepan K N, Dey S K (1998) Histidine decarboxylase gene in the mouse uterus is regulated by progesterone and correlates with uterine differentiation for blastocyst implantation. Endocrinology 139:3958–3966
  16. Niranjan Das, Jue Wang, Sudhansu K. Dey (1997) Uterine preparation for implantation in the mouse is associated with coordinate expression of estrogen-responsive finger protein and estrogen receptor. Molecular Reproduction and Development 46:499–506
  17. S.K. Das, Niranjan Das, J. Wang, H. Lim, B. Schryver, G.D. Plowman, S.K. Dey (1997) Expression of betacellulin and epiregulin genes in the mouse uterus temporally by the blastocyst solely at the site of its apposition is coincident with the window of implantation. Developmental Biology 190:178–190
  18. Niranjan Das, Sudhamoy Ghosh. (1995) Molecular cloning and sequence analysis of a seed-expressed acyl carrier protein (ACP) gene from Brassica campestris (Agrani). Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA Lipids and Lipid Metabolism) 1258:75–79