Molecular Physiology of PGPR - Carbon Catabolite Repression of MPS Phenotype , Breach of Rhizobium Legume Symbiosis
Shalini Rajkumar is a trained Rhizosphere Bacteriologist who received PhD and MSc in Microbiology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. Recipient of IARI fellowship she was awarded Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance during MSc. She not only qualified for National Eligibility Test (NET) but was also awarded Junior (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowships (SRF) from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She graduated with BSc (H) in Microbiology from University of Delhi.
Rhizosphere is a complex environment and phytobeneficial traits of Plant Grwoth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) are governed by the genetic & metabolic blueprint of the rhizobacteria. Understanding molecular physiology of PGPR is therefore fundamental to developing inoculants for plant growth and addressing the reasons for failure of these rhizobacteria upon field application. Her research is supported by Department of Biotechnology (DBT, Govt. of India), Department of Science and Technology (DST, Govt. of India) and GSBTM (Govt. of Gujarat). She has published 44 research papers, book chapters in high impact factor, reputed international journal (PLoS ONE, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Microbiology, Microbiological Research, Archives for Microbiology, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Current Research in Microbiology and Biotechnology etc. and national journals), presented papers and delivered invited lectures at national and international conferences. She has filed an Indian patent.
Associated with Institute of Science from its inception, she has guided 6 PhD students and currently another 6 PhD scholars are working under her supervision. She has guided 96 MSc students for dissertation and teaches Molecular Microbial Physiology, Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology.