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Dr. Seema Pradhan


Degree University/Institution
Ph.D. in Plant genomics and molecular biology.NIPGR, New Delhi
M.Sc. in BiotechnologyKIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Work Experience

Position University/Organisation Period
Scientist CInstitute of Life Sciences, BhubaneswarMay 2022 - Till Date
Research AssociateInstitute of Life Sciences, BhubaneswarNov. 2018 - April 2022
Guest FacultyRavenshaw University, CuttackJuly 2018 - Nov. 2018
Research FellowICAR-NBAIR, BangaloreJune 2017 - March 2018

Awards & Recognition



  • Pradhan, S., Bandhiwal, N., Shah, N., Kant, C., Gaur, R., & Bhatia, S. (2014). Global transcriptome analysis of developing chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seeds. Frontiers in plant  science, 5, 698.
  • Gaur, R., Jeena, G., Shah, N., Gupta, S., Pradhan, S., Tyagi, A. K., … & Bhatia, S. (2015). High density linkage mapping of genomic and transcriptomic SNPs for synteny analysis and anchoring the genome sequence of chickpea. Scientific reports, 5(1), 13387.
  • Kant, C., Pradhan, S., & Bhatia, S. (2016). Dissecting the root nodule transcriptome of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). PLoS One, 11(6), e0157908.
  • Pradhan, S., Kant, C., Verma, S., & Bhatia, S. (2017). Genome-wide analysis of the CCCH zinc finger family identifies tissue specific and stress responsive candidates in
    chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). PloS one, 12(7), e0180469.
  • Gaur, R., Verma, S., Pradhan, S., Ambreen, H., & Bhatia, S. (2020). A high-density SNP-based linkage map using genotyping-by-sequencing and its utilization for improved genome assembly of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Functional & Integrative Genomics, 20(6), 763-773.
  • Nayak, S. S., Pradhan, S., Sahoo, D., & Parida, A. (2020). De novo transcriptome assembly and analysis of Phragmites karka, an invasive halophyte, to study the mechanism of salinity stress tolerance. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-12
  • Das, R. R., Pradhan, S., & Parida, A. (2020). De-novo transcriptome analysis unveils differentially expressed genes regulating drought and salt stress response in Panicum sumatrense. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-14.
  • Pradhan, S., Verma, S., Chakraborty, A., & Bhatia, S. (2021). Identification and molecular characterization of miRNAs and their target genes associated with seed development through small RNA sequencing in chickpea. Functional & Integrative Genomics, 21(2), 283-298.
  • Pradhan, S., Shyamli, P. S., Suranjika, S., & Parida, A. (2021). Genome Wide Identification and Analysis of the R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor Gene Family in the Mangrove Avicennia marina. Agronomy, 11(1), 123.
  • Shyamli, P. S., Pradhan, S., Panda, M., & Parida, A. (2021). De novo Whole-Genome Assembly of Moringa oleifera Helps Identify Genes Regulating Drought Stress Tolerance. Frontiers in plant science, 12 (Equal contribution)
  • Suranjika, S., Pradhan, S., Nayak, S.S., & Parida, A. (2022). De novo transcriptome assembly and analysis of gene expression in different tissues of moth bean (Vigna aconitifolia) (Jacq.) Marechal. BMC Plant Biology, 22:198
  • Suranjika, S., Pradhan, S*., Kalia, R. K., & Dey, N*. (2023). De novo assembly of the whole genome of Moth bean (Vigna aconitifolia), an underutilized Vigna species of India. bioRxiv, 2023-05. (Corresponding author)

Book chapters

  • Seema Pradhan, Chandra Kant and Vimal Pandey (2020). “CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing, with focus on transcription factors, for plant improvement”:
    Transcription Factors for Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants. Elsevier Pub.
  • P. Sushree Shyamli, Sandhya Suranjika, Seema Pradhan and Ajay Parida (2022). “Advances and applications of CRISPR base editors for improvement of various traits
    in crops”: Current technology advances and applications for crop improvement. Springer Nature Pub. (In press)




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