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Pinky Agarwal

Country of origin: India Currently in: India, New Delhi General field of specialization: Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Academic Background


2009 Doctorate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

In my laboratory at National Institute of Plant Genome Research, India, we work on the molecular aspects of grain/seed development in rice, with the aim to improve its yield and nutritional qualities.

Research Keywords: 
Seed Biology
molecular biology
Transcription factor

Publications resulting from Research: 

Corresponding author publications:
i. Mathew I E, Agarwal P (2018) May the fittest protein evolve: favoring the plant-specific origin and expansion of NAC transcription factors. Bioessays 40 (doi: 10.1002/bies.201800018)
(IF – 4.725)
ii. Mathew I E, Das S, Mahto A, Agarwal P (2016) Three rice NAC transcription factors heteromerize and are associated with seed size. Front Plant Sci 7:1638.
(IF - 4.298)
First author publications:
iii. Agarwal P, Parida S K, Raghuvanshi S, Kapoor S, Khurana P, Khurana J P, Tyagi A K (2016) Rice improvement through genome-based functional analysis and molecular breeding in India. Rice (N Y) 9 (1):1.
(IF – 3.739)
iv. Agarwal P, Parida S K, Mahto A, Das S, Mathew I E, Malik N, Tyagi A K (2014) Expanding frontiers in plant transcriptomics in aid of functional genomics and molecular breeding. Biotechnol J 9:1480-1491.
(IF – 3.446)
v. Sharma R*, Agarwal P*, Ray S, Deveshwar P, Sharma P, Sharma N, Nijhawan A, Jain M, Singh A K, Singh V P, Khurana J P, Tyagi A K, Kapoor S. (2012) Expression dynamics of metabolic and regulatory components across stages of panicle and seed development in indica rice. Funct Integr Genomics 12:229-248 (*-equal contribution)
(IF – 3.496)
vi. Agarwal P, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. (2011) Transcription factors regulating the progression of monocot and dicot seed development. BioEssays 33:189-202.
(IF – 4.725)
vii. Agarwal P, Arora R, Ray S, Singh A K, Singh V P, Takatsuji H, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. (2007) Genome-wide identification of C2H2 zinc-finger gene family in rice and their phylogeny and expression analysis. Plant Mol Biol 65:467-485.
(IF – 3.356)
Contributing author publications:
viii. Malik N, Agarwal P, Tyagi A K (2017) Emerging functions of multi-protein complex Mediator with special emphasis on plants. Crit Rev Biochem Mol Biol 52: 475-502.
(IF – 7.714)
ix. Daware A, Das S, Srivastava R, Badoni S, Singh AK, Agarwal P, Parida SK, Tyagi AK (2016) An efficient strategy combining SSR markers- and advanced QTL-seq-driven QTL mapping unravels candidate genes regulating grain weight in rice. Front Plant Sci 7:1535.
(IF – 4.298)
x. Badoni S, Das S, Sayal Y K, Gopalakrishnan S, Singh A K, Rao AR, Agarwal P, Parida S K, Tyagi A K (2016) Genome-wide generation and use of informative intron-spanning and intron-length polymorphism markers for high-throughput genetic analysis in rice. Sci Rep 6:23765.
(IF – 4.259)
xi. Malik N, Dwivedi N, Singh A K, Parida S K, Agarwal P, Thakur J K, Tyagi A K (2016) An integrated genomic strategy delineates candidate mediator genes regulating grain size and weight in rice. Sci Rep 6:23253.
(IF – 4.259)
xii. Thakur J K, Agarwal P, Parida S, Bajaj D, Pasrija R (2013) Sequence and expression analyses of KIX domain proteins suggest their importance in seed development and determination of seed size in rice, and genome stability in Arabidopsis. Mol Genet Genomics 288:329-46.
(IF – 2.979)
xiii. Chauhan H, Khurana N, Agarwal P, Khurana P (2011) Heat shock factors in rice (Oryza sativa L.): genome-wide expression analysis during reproductive development and abiotic stress. Mol Genet Genomics 286:171-187.
(IF – 2.979)
xiv. Ray S, Dansana, P K, Giri J, Deveshwar P, Arora R, Agarwal P, Khurana J P, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. (2011). Modulation of transcription factor and metabolic pathway genes in response to water-deficit stress in rice. Funct Integr Genomics 11:157-78.
(IF – 3.496)
xv. Ray S, Agarwal P, Arora R, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. (2007) Expression analysis of calcium- dependent protein kinase gene family during reproductive development and abiotic stress conditions in rice (Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica). Mol Genet Genomics 278:493-505.
(IF –2.979)
xvi. Arora R, Agarwal P, Ray S, Singh A K, Singh V P, Tyagi A K, Kapoor S. (2007) MADS-box gene family in rice: Genome wide identification, organization and expression profiling during reproductive development and stress. BMC Genomics 8:242.
(IF – 3.729)
xvii. Jain M, Nijhawan A, Arora R, Agarwal P, Ray S, Sharma P, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K, Khurana J P. (2007) F-box proteins in rice: Genome-wide analysis, classification, spatial and temporal gene expression during panicle and seed development, and regulation by light and abiotic stress. Plant Physiol 143:1467-1483.
(IF – 6.280)

Current profession

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Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Dec 2012
INSA Young Scientist Award
The INSA Young Scientists Award, is awarded by the Indian National Science Academy and is considered to be the highest recognition of promise, creativity and excellence in a young scientist. It recognizes research work carried out in India.
Mar 2013
SERB Women Excellence Award
The award is given by Science and Engineering Research Board to women below 40 years of age, who have received a National award.

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