National Institute of Plant Genome Research
Digital India     
    Dr. Gitanjali Yadav
    Staff Scientist V
    Ph.D. National Institute of Immunology (NII, JNU; New Delhi)
    M.Sc. Biomedical Research (ACBR, University of Delhi)
    B.Sc. Botany (Hon) Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi)
    Tel: 011-26735103 ; Fax: 91-11-26741658
 Web LInks
University of Cambridge
Global Food Security
Google Scholar
Member INYAS
Bioinformatics Training, Cambridge, U.K
 Research Interests
Food Security Initiative
As part of the DBT-Cambridge Lectureship program, I am trying to explore the connection between photosynthetic efficiency and epigenetic inheritance. This is being investigated through comparative analysis of Carbon concentrating mechanisms in model plants and green algae, using available leaf DNAse sequence datasets for select C3/C4 species, as well as various light and dark stage transcriptomes along the Chlamydomonas diurnal cycle. (Work Funded by the RCUK)
Data Science & Complex Networks
Recognising that biological networks are complex systems, vulnerable to attacks or failure, we have gained insights into network resilience and susceptibility through induction of a variety of random and targeted perturbations in hundreds of biological networks, followed by investigation of their responses under attack. This has enabled us to develop tools for predicting robustness in real world networks. We are also constructing species specific GRNs for selected gene families such as the Star-related lipid transfer domains, Histone-fold motif and KIX, in order to understand functional diversification during evolution. (Work Funded by DBT-BTISNET)
Computational Ecology
Our focus is on plant communication mediated by phytochemicals, using knowledge based Big Data approaches like genomics, Geo-spatial imaging and species distribution modeling. We are particularly interested in exploring the role played by volatile organic compounds in mediating biological invasions by alien plant species, better known as the 'Novel Weapons Hypothesis'. In collaboration with field ecologists, we are approaching invasion biology from a genomics standpoint, wherein we compare Phytochemical dynamics within and across habitats, in order to build models for understanding invasion success at both above-ground and plant-soil interaction level. (Work Funded by SERB/DST)
 Awards & Honors
Hamied Fellowship Award (2019) by the University of Cambridge, UK
Elected as Fellow of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, UK (2019)
Young Leaders Award by Global Young Academy (GYA), to attend World Science Forum (WSF) Budapest, Hungary (2019)
INSA Bilateral Exchange Program Award (2018) by Indian National Science Academy
Hamied Fellowship Award (2017) by the University of Cambridge, UK
Early Career Award Selection for CSC-2017 by the Royal Society of London, UK
Member of the British Ecological Society (2017), UK
DBT-Cambridge Lectureship (2016), joint Award by DBT and Cambridge University, UK
Member of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), 2016
Life Member of the Indian Society for Plant Physiologists (ISPP)
Member of the Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS): 2016 - 2021
SERB ' Women Excellence Award' (2013) by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India.
Haryana Yuva Vigyan Ratna Award (2010-11) by the Haryana State HSCST. Covered By The Hindu
INSA Medal for Young Scientists (2011) [Biochemistry & Biophysics] by the Indian National Science Academy.
Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2010-2014).
Prof. Hira Lal Chakravarty memorial award in Plant Sciences (2010) - by the ISCA (Indian Science Association).
Senior IYBA Award, DBT, India - 2009.
Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (2009) from the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI).
Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), DBT, India - 2005.
Visiting Scientist at The Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA, USA (2006).
Junior and Senior Research Fellowships from CSIR, Govt of India (2000 and 2002).
'Catch Them Young' Fellowship from CSIR (1998-2000)
 Policy Roles/ Panel Membership
Member, COVID Projects Steering Committee, NCSTC -DST, Govt of India (2020 onwards)
Member, Advisory Board, Hyderabad City Cluster, Telangana Government
Member, Delhi City Knowledge Education Cluster
Member, Expert Committee for Implementation of Programmes for Accelerated Participation of Women in Science and Technology, DST, Govt of India
Member of Ramalingswami Awards Selection Committee, Dept of Biotechnology Govt of India (2017-onwards)
Member OC, INYAS-National Frontiers of Science (NatFoS) Meeting - 2020
Development of India-U.K Crop Science Fellowship with DBT & eight U.K partners (2020)
Launch Declaration: Code of Conduct for Young Academies with Global Young Academy (2019)
Member, ASEAN SIT Panel for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (2020 -2023)
Organised Launch of Cambridge India Research Foundation (CIRF) Jan 2019, New Delhi
Action Plan on Policies for Secure & Sustainable Agriculture in India (2019)
Frameworks for research policy at Anglo Israeli Roundtable in London (2019)
India-U.K Round Table on  “Fostering Entrepreneurial Innovation in Agri Tech”, New Delhi (2019)" 
Project Task Force Panels: Inno-China (2019) , INYAS-NatFoS (2018-20), DBT-CTEP (2014-17)
 Bioinformatics Training
OPENVIRUS Internship Program during COVID Pandemic: An online remote internship program to instill a sense of open science, project management and scientific social responsibility in youth. All our work, reporting, presentation and results are documented online and openly on GitHub. This is a joint collaboration between NIPGR, INYAS, KARYA DST Rajasthan, University of Cambridge, Contentmine Cambridge and TIGR2ESS Program. For More Information, click here:
Bioinformatics Training Instructor, University of Cambridge (since 2016): Dr. Yadav conducts regular 1 to 3-day workshops and courses in Introductory and Intermediate R, Data Sckills and Biological Networks. For more informations, course timetables and booking a place, please click here
"Protocols from Home" Series of Webinars during COVID-19 Pandemic to impart hands-on skills in Computational Biology to students and researchers in Life Sciences. All courses are Open and Free to all. For more information, please click here
Biological Networks and their Visualisation using R & Cytoscape
Co-Expression Networks from RNA-Seq Data
WGCNA and Network Motifs
As coordinator of the NIPGR Distributed Information Sub Centre (DISC) facility from 2007 to 2017, under DBT's Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISNET) program, Dr. Yadav conducted short- and long-term training in the area of Computational Biology, including annual Bioinformatics workshops and hands-on training of students for two to six months. These workshops and studentship programs were designed to help researchers aware of available facilities in plant computational biology and its applications.
For more details regarding DISC Facility Click Here
For more details regarding Web Resources Click Here
For more details regarding DBT-BTISNET Workshops Click Here
GROW-ECR: A Live Hands-on week long training in R coding for Data Skills for Early Career Researchers in India and the U.K. Scheduled to be held online in November 2020. Registration Information to be updated soon - Watch This Space!
National Frontiers of Science (NatFoS) Meeting 2019, funded by Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt of India, and the RCUK-BBSRC TIGR2ESS Program. As member of the National Core Committee of Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS), Dr. Gitanjali Yadav was the Convener of this meeting. For more information, Click Here
TIGR2ESS R4R India-U.K First Bioinformatics Workshop: A live Hands-On workshop on using R for Biological Data Analysis, RNA-Seq and Agricultural Genomics and Text MIning. Held in Feb-March 2019. For more information, click here
 Media Coverage & Public Links
Coping with COVID 2020: Indian Express (Aug 2020)
GY Lab Interview
Our work on Food Security
Cambridge GFS 2020
50 Years of Women at Cambridge
Science for Humanity
Nurturing a Support System for Women in Science
Online Lab Meeting 2020 SRFP-INYAS-KARYA Summer Internship Program
The Plant Terpenome
Harnessing The Ecological Data Revolution
Green Carbon For Food Security
INYAS Science and Serendipity 2020
Green Algal Photosynthesis
CEFIPRA WiS Seminar CNRS Paris
Report on Policies and Action Plan for a secure and sustainable Agriculture, Govt of India. (2019)
The plan to mine the worlds research papers Nature News, (2019)
The secret Life of Plants, Cambridge Alumni Magazine, (2019) Vol86
Coverage of Work and Scientific Outreach under RCUK- GCRF TIGR2ESS (2019)
Funding Challenges in Research (2018) Journey of a Young Investigator, IndiaBioscience (2018)
The Botanist Researching the Inner World of Plants. (2017) This Cambridge Life, Magazine
CSaP Science & Policy
TIGR2ESS Field Trip in Rural Haryana (2018)
Rural Science Outreach (2018)
Haryana Honours Scientists, The Hindu, National Daily, India (2012)
 Group Members
 Former Group Members
Verma P, Tandon R, Yadav G, Gaur V (2020) "Structural aspects of DNA repair and recombination in crop improvement", Frontiers in Genetics (Accepted)
Amish K and Yadav G* (2020) Unraveling the evolutionary origins of Histone fold motif (HFM) in plants
Mahtha SK, Purama R, Yadav G* (2020) Comparative genomics of StAR-related lipid transfer (START) domains across wild and cultivated rice
Sharma M, Jamsheer MK, Shukla BN, Awasth PA, Mahtha SK, Yadav G and Laxmi A (2020) TOR coordinates with transcriptional and chromatin machinery to regulate thermotolerance and thermomemory
Misra P, Prasad A, Babu S and Yadav G* (2020) Decision Support Systems based on Scientific Evidence: Bibliometric Networks of Invasive Lantana camara
Smita S, Katyar A, Dalal, Mahtha SK,..Yadav G, Mani P and Bansal KC (2019) Gene network modules associated with abiotic stress response in tolerant rice genotypes identified by transcriptome meta-analysis, Functional and Integrative Genomics (DOI s10142-019-00697-w)
Mahtha, SK, Purama R, Kumari R and Yadav G* (2019)  Identification and Analysis of Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory (StAR) protein-related Lipid Transfer (START) domains in Rice. In Rice genome engineering, molecular biology and gene editing (Springer) (In Press).
Kumar A and Yadav G* (2019) Networks of function and shared ancestry provide insights into diversification of Histone Fold domains in the plant kingdom” Studies in Computational Intelligence Series (Springer-Verlag).
Kumar V,  Chauhan S, Kumar M, Kumari R, Babu S & Yadav G* (2019) “Chemical Curation of Lantana camara Emissions across Native/ Invaded Habitats” Zenodo  DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3558770.
Lamba V, Shruthi M, Kumar M, Kumar A, Yadav G, Murray-Rust P (2019) “EssoilDB A semantic phytochemical knowledgebase” Open Plant Forum 2019, Cambridge, UK
Murray-Rust P, Adams C, Davies C, Faria E, Kumar A, Yadav G* (2019) “CEVOpen: Can machines curate the Open phytochemistry literature” Zenodo DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3558784
Yadav G* Funding Challenges in Research (2018) Journey of a Young Investigator (JOYI) Series, Indiabioscience, March 2018
Yadav G*. The Botanist Researching the Inner World of Plants. (2017) This Cambridge Life
Babu, S and Yadav G* (2018) Robustness through Regime Flips in Collapsing Ecological Networks. Studies in Computational Intelligence Series. Eds Kacprzyk, Janusz. ISSN: 1860-949X (Springer-Verlag).
Babu, S and Yadav G* (2018) Extinction Curves and Error Propagation in Mutualistic Ecological Networks: The Case of Frugivores in a Tropical Rainforest. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications. December 11-13, 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Priya P, Yadav A, Jyoti C and Yadav G* (2018)  TERZYME: A Tool for Quantification and Analysis of the plant Terpenome. Plant Methods (In Press)
Yadav A, Thakur JK and  Yadav G* (2017)  KIXBASE: A Comprehensive web resource for identification and exploration of KIX domains. Scientific Reports 7(1):14924.
Yadav G and Mohanty, D (2017) Databases developed in India for Biological Sciences. Journal of Proteins and Proteomics 8(3), 159-167
Patra B, Kon Y, Yadav G, Sevold A,.. Hintze A, Galas D and Ray A* (2017) A genome wide dosage suppressor network reveals genetic robustness Nucleic Acids Research 45(1),255–270
Priya P, Kumari S and Yadav G* (2016) Quantification of the plant terpenome: predicted versus actual emission potentials. Ind J Plant Phys DOI: 10.1007/s40502-016-0256-x
Yadav G* and Babu S (2016) Evidence for alternate stable states in collapsing ecological networks. doi: Biorxiv/2016/046045
Amish K and Yadav G* (2016) Diversification of the Histone Fold Motif (HFM) in Plants: Evolution of New Functional Roles. Journal of Life Sciences (In Press)
Babu S and Yadav G* (2016) Life Science Co-Authorship Networks Reveal Patterns of Scientific Collaboration and Research Impact. Journal of Life Sciences (In Press)
Priya P, Bandhiwal N, Misra G, Mondal S and Yadav G* (2015) IGMAP: An Interactive Mapping and Clustering Platform for Plants. Molecular Plant. 8(5): 818–821. doi:10.1016/j.molp.2015.01.018
Parween S, Nawaz K, Roy R, Pole AK, Venkata Suresh B, Misra G, Jain M, Yadav G, Parida SK, Tyagi AK, Bhatia S, Chattopadhyay D (2015) An advanced draft genome assembly of a desi type chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Scientific Reports Doi: 10.1038/srep12806.
Yadav M., Babu S. and Yadav G* (2015) Patterns of Codon Usage in Plastidial Genomes of Ancient Plants Provide Insights into Evolution. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms, pages 144-149. DOI: 10.5220/0005246301440149
Kumari S, Pundhir S, Priya P, Jeena G, Punetha A, Chawla K, Jafaree Z, Mondal S and Yadav G* (2014) EssOilDB: A Database of Essential Oils reflecting Terpene Composition and Variability in the Plant Kingdom. Database DOI: 10.1093/database/bau120
Misra G, Priya P, Bandhiwal N, Bareja N, Jain M, Bhatia S, Chattopadhyay D, Tyagi AK and Yadav G* (2014) The Chickpea Genomic Web Resource: Visualization and Analysis of the Desi-type Cicer arietinum Nuclear Genome for Comparative Exploration of Legumes. BMC Plant Biology. 14(1): 315
[Recommended by Faculty of 1000] Schrick K, Bruno M, Khosla A, Roque RA, Nguyen H, Snyder MP, Singh D and Yadav G (2014) Shared functions of plant and mammalian StAR-related lipid transfer (START) domains in modulating transcription factor activity. BMC Biology. 12:70 doi:10.1186/s12915-014-0070-8 ( View Recommendation Here)
Thakur JK, Yadav A and Yadav G* (2014) Molecular recognition by the KIX domain and its role in gene regulation. Nucl. Acids Res. 42 (4): 2112-2125
Kumari S, Priya P, Misra G and Yadav G* (2013) Structural and biochemical perspectives in plant isoprenoid biosynthesis. Phytochemistry Reviews. 12: 255-291
Jain M, Misra G, Patel RK, Priya P, Jhanwar S, Khan AW, Shah N, Singh VK, Garg R, Jeena G, Yadav M, Kant C, Sharma P, Yadav G, Bhatia S, Tyagi AK, Chattopadhyay D (2013) A draft genome sequence of the pulse crop chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Plant Journal. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12173
Kumari R, Yadav G, Sharma V & Kumar S (2013) Cytosine hypomethylation at CHG and CHH sites in the pleiotropic mutants of Mendelian inheritance in Catharanthus roseus. Journal of Genetics 92(3): 499-511
Kumar S, Kumari R, Sharma V & Yadav G (2013) Common and Distinguishing Characteristics of Genes and Genomes and Their Evolution in the Genome Sequenced Legumes. Proc Indian Natl Sci Acad. 79 (2): 277-286
Yadav G, Anand S and Mohanty D (2013) Prediction of inter domain interactions in modular polyketide synthases by docking and correlated mutation analysis. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics 31(1): 17-29. (Spl Issue: Predictive biology using systems and integrative analysis and methods)
Yadav G* and Babu S (2012) NEXCADE: Perturbation Analysis for Complex Networks. PLoS ONE 7(8): e41827. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041827
Kumari S, Shridhar S, Singh D, Farmer R, Hundal J, Priya P, Sharma P, Bhavishi K, Schrick K, and Yadav G*. (2012) The role of lectins and HD-ZIP transcription factors in Isoprenoid based plant stress responses Proc. Ind. Natl. Sci. Acad. 78 (4): 671-691 (Article in Cover Illustration)
Gaur R, Azam S, Jeena G, Khan AW, Chaudhary S, Jain M, Yadav G, Tyagi AK, Chattopadhyay D, Bhatia S (2012) High-throughput SNP discovery and genotyping for constructing a saturated linkage map of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). DNA Research pp:1-17 doi:10.1093/dnares/dss018
Chaudhary S, Sharma V, Prasad M, Bhatia S, Tripathi BN, Yadav G, Kumar S (2011) Characterization and genetic linkage mapping of the horticulturally important mutation leafless inflorescence (lli) in periwinkle Catharanthus roseus. Sci. Horti. (in press) Doi: 10.1016/j.scienta.2011.02.025
Garg R, Patel RK, Jhanwar S, Priya P, Bhattacharjee A, Yadav G, Bhatia S et al (2011) Gene discovery and tissue-specific transcriptome analysis in chickpea with massively parallel pyrosequencing and web resource development. Plant Physiol 156: 1661-1678.
Anand S, Prasad MV, Yadav G, Kumar N, Shehara J et al.(2010) SBSPKS: structure based sequence analysis of polyketide synthases. Nucl. Acids. Res. 2010 May 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Shridhar S, Chattopadhyay D and Yadav G* (2009) PLecDom: A program for identification and analysis of plant Lectin Domains. Nucl. Acids. Res. Jul 1;37: W452-8. Epub 2009 May 27.
Kumar S, Mishra RK, Chaudhary S, Pandey R and Yadav G (2009) Co-regulation of Biomass Partitioning by Leafblade Morphology Genes Afila, Multifoliate-pinna, Tendril-less and Unifoliata in Grain Pea Pisum sativum. Proc. Ind. Natl. Sc. Acad, 75 No. 1 pp 15-25.
Yadav G, Gokhale RS and Mohanty D (2009) Towards prediction of metabolic products of Polyketide Synthases: An In Silico analysis. PLoS. Comp. Biol. Apr; Vol 5(4): e1000351.
Yadav G*, Prasad RLA, Jha BK, Rai V, Bhakuni VK and Datta K (2008). Evidence for inhibitory interaction of hyaluronan binding protein 1 (HABP1/p32/gC1qR) with S. pneumoniae hyaluronidase. J. Biol. Chem 284(6): 3897-3905 (*corresponding authors)
Kaur H, Shukla RK, Yadav G, Chattopadhyay D and Majee M (2008) Two divergent genes encoding L-myo-inositol 1 -phosphate synthase1 (CaMIPS1) and 2 (CaMIPS2) are differentially expressed in chickpea. Plant, Cell and Environment 31: 1701-1716.
Chopra T, Banerjee S, Gupta S, Yadav G, Anand S, et al. (2008) Novel Intermolecular Iterative Mechanism for Biosynthesis of Mycoketide Catalyzed by a Bimodular Polyketide Synthase. PLoS Biology 6(7): e163 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060163.
Ansari MZ, Yadav G, Gokhale RS and Mohanty D (2004) NRPS-PKS A knowledge based resource for analysis of non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and polyketide synthases. Nucl. Acids Res. 32: W401-W415.
Yadav G, Gokhale RS and Mohanty D (2003) Computational approach for prediction of domain organization and substrate specificity of modular polyketide synthases. J. Mol. Biol. 328: 335-63.
Yadav G, Gokhale RS and Mohanty D (2003) SEARCHPKS: A Program for detection and analysis of polyketide synthase domains. Nucl. Acids Res. 31: 3654-3658.
Saxena P, Yadav G, Mohanty D and Gokhale RS (2003) A new family of type III polyketide synthases in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J. Biol. Chem. 278: 44780-90.
Yadav G, Gokhale RS and Mohanty D (2004) Protein Science, 13 (1): 185, PS-04; 18th Synposium of the Protein Society, San Diego, California, August 14-18, 2004.
Yadav G, Gokhale RS and Mohanty D (2003) Abstract P9-01, 10th FAOBMB Congress Bangalore (India), Abstracts from International Conference.
Yadav G and Mohanty D (2001) Abstracts of the International Symposium on Crystallography and Bioinformatics in Structural Biology. S9