Dr. Riddhi Datta – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Govt. College

Dr. Riddhi Datta

Designation: Assistant Professor

Department: Botany

Qualification: M.Sc. (University of Calcutta), Ph. D. (CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology)

Area of Specialization: Molecular Mycology and Plant Pathology

E-mail: riddhi.bot@gmail.com

Personal Home Page: https://www.mpplaboratory.com/

Research Interests

  • Plant Nutrition and biofortification
  • Role of lectin proteins in stress tolerance in plants

Research Projects

Women Excellence Award                                                                                                                                  2020-2023
Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India
Project title: Designer legume: Development of genome-edited grass pea for neurotoxin free seeds (Principal Investigator)

Early Career Research Award                                                                                                                              2018-2021
Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India
Project title: Dissecting the molecular mechanism of glutathione-mediated regulation of iron
homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana (Principal Investigator)

Extramural Research Grant                                                                                                                                 2017-2020
Department of Biotechnology (DHESTBT), Government of West Bengal
Project title: Molecular regulation of drought tolerance in rice with special reference
to functional aspect of OsR40C1 protein (Co-Principal Investigator)

Research Publications

    1. Cumulative Impact factor: 64.279; Citations (Google scholars): 460; h-index: 12; i-10 index: 14
    2. Shee R, Ghosh S, Khan P, Sahid S, Roy C, Shee D, Paul S, Datta R* (2022) Glutathione regulates transcriptional activation of iron transporters via S-nitrosylation of bHLH factors to modulate subcellular iron homoeostasis. Plant Cell & Environment (In Press)
    3. Sahid S, Roy C, Shee D, Datta R*,Paul S(2021) Jacalin domain containing protein OsSalT interacts with OsDREB2A and OsNAC1 to impart drought stress tolerance in planta. Environmental and Experimental Botany 183: 104362
    4. Sahid S, Roy C, Paul S, Datta R* (2020) Rice lectin protein r40c1 imparts drought tolerance by modulating S-adenosylmethionine synthase 2, stress associated protein 8 and chromatin associated proteins. Journal of Experimental Botany 71:7331-7346
    5. Datta R, Paul S (2019) Long non-coding RNAs: Fine-tuning the developmental responses in plant. Journal of Biosciences 44:77
    6. Datta R, Kumar D, Chattopadhyay S (2018) Membrane proteome profiling of Mentha arvensis leaves in response to Alternaria alternata infection identifies crucial candidates for defense response. Plant Signaling & Behavior 13: e1178423
    7. Datta R*, Chattopadhyay S (2018) Glutathione as a crucial modulator of phytohormone signaling during pathogen defense in plants. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy 84: 581-597
    8. Kumar D, Hazra S, Datta R, Chattopadhyay S (2016) Transcriptome analysis of Arabidopsis mutants suggests a crosstalk between ABA, ethylene and GSH against combined cold and osmotic stress. Scientific Reports 6: 36867
    9. Bhattacharyya D, Hazra S, Banerjee A, Datta R, Kumar D, Chakraborti S, Chattopadhyay S (2016) Transcriptome-wide identification and characterization of CAD isoforms specific for podophyllotoxin biosynthesis from Podophyllum hexandrum. Plant Molecular Biology 92: 1-23
    10. Datta R, Kumar D, Sultana A, Hazra S, Bhattacharyya D, Chattopadhyay S (2015) Glutathione regulates ACC synthase transcription via WRKY33 and ACC oxidase by modulating mRNA stability to induce ethylene synthesis during stress. Plant Physiology 169: 2963-2981
    11. Datta R, Chattopadhyay S (2015) Changes in the proteome of pad2-1, a glutathione depleted Arabidopsis mutant, during Pseudomonas syringae infection. Journal of Proteomics 126: 82–93
    12. Datta R, Paul S (2015) Plant microRNAs: master regulator of gene expression mechanism. Cell Biology International 39: 1185–1190
    13. Sarkar Y, Das S, Datta R, Chattopadhyay S, Ray A, Parui PP (2015) Exploitation of a new Schiff-base ligand for boric acid fluorescent sensing in aqueous medium with bio-imaging studies in a living plant system. RSC Advances 5: 51875–51882
    14. Kumar D, Datta R, Hazra S, Sultana A, Mukhopadhyay R, Chattopadhyay S (2015) Transcriptomic profiling of Arabidopsis thaliana mutant pad2.1 in response to combined cold and osmotic stress. Plos One 10: e0122690
    15. Sinha R, Kumar D, Datta R, Hazra S, Bhattacharyya D, Mazumdar AB, Mukhopadhyay R, Sultana A, Chattopadhyay S (2014) Integrated transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to glutathione unravels its role in plant defense. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC) 120: 975–988
    16. Kumar D, Datta R, Sinha R, Ghosh A, Chattopadhyay S (2014) Proteomic profiling of γ-ECS overexpressed transgenic Nicotiana in response to drought stress. Plant Signaling & Behavior 9: e29246
    17. Ghanta S1, Datta R1, Bhattacharyya D, Sinha R, Kumar D, Hazra S, Mazumdar AB, Chattopadhyay S (2014) Multistep involvement of glutathione with salicylic acid and ethylene to combat environmental stress. Journal of Plant Physiology 171: 940–950 (1 Equal contribution)
    18. Bhattacharyya D, Sinha R, Hazra S, Datta R, Chattopadhyay S (2013) De novo transcriptome analysis using 454 pyrosequencing of the Himalayan Mayapple, Podophyllum hexandrum. BMC Genomics 14: 748
    19. Datta R, Sinha R, Chattopadhyay S (2013) Changes in leaf proteome profile of Arabidopsis thaliana in response to salicylic acid. Journal of Biosciences 38: 317–328
    20. Sinha R, Bhattacharyya D, Majumdar AB, Datta R, Hazra S, Chattopadhyay S (2013) Leaf proteome profiling of transgenic mint infected with Alternaria alternata. Journal of Proteomics 93: 117–132
    21. Datta R, Sarkar J, Acharya K; (2012) An insight into the kinships of the fungi. Nature Precedings
    22. Chatterjee S, Datta R, Dey A, Pradhan P, Acharya K (2012) In vivo hepatoprotective activity of ethanolic extract of Russula albonigra against carbon tetrachloride induced hepatotoxicity in mice. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology 5(8): 1034-1039
    23. Chatterjee S, Dey A, Datta R, Dey S, Acharya K (2011) Hepatoprotective effect of the ethanolic extract of Calocybe indica on mice with CCl4-induced hepatic intoxication. International Journal of PharmTech Research 3(4): 2162-2168

Research Guidance

      • Research fellow: 03
      • Summer research fellow (Sponsored by Indian Science Academies): 01

Membership of Learned Societies

      1. Life Member, Indian Society for Plant Physiology
      2. Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association
      3. Life Member, Society of Biological Chemists (India)
      4. Life Member, Botanical Society of Bengal
      5. Life Member, The Indian Botanical Society


      1. Young Botanist Award by the Indian Botanical Society (2021)
      2. Associate Fellow elected by West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAST; 2020)
      3. Best Poster Award at International symposium on Advances on plant biotechnology and genome editing & 42nd meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India), ICAR-IIAB, Ranchi (2020)
      4. Women Excellence Award by Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India (2020)
      5. Young Scientists award by Indian Society of Plant Physiology (2018)
      6. INSA medal for Young Scientists by Indian National Science Academy (2017)
      7. Best Poster Presentation Award at International Conference on Insight to Plant Biology in Modern Era (2017), Bose Institute, Kolkata
      8. Best Oral Presentation Award at 3rd International Meeting on Advanced Studies in Cell Signalling Network (CeSiN 2016), CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata
      9. S N Banerjee Memorial Gold Medal (2011) by Indian Mycological Society, for securing highest marks in M.Sc. (Botany) in University of Calcutta
      10. Professor H. L. Chakraborty Memorial Award (2011) by Botanical Society of Bengal, for securing highest marks in M.Sc. (Botany) in University of Calcutta
      11. Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders (2009-2010) by U.G.C., for securing 1st Position in Botany (Hons.) at Undergraduate Level
      12. Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child (2009-2010).
      13. Swati Bose Memorial Scholarship (2009) by University of Calcutta, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at Undergraduate Level
      14. Professor J. Sen Memorial Medal (2009) by Botanical Society of Bengal, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at Undergraduate Level
      15. P. Chatterjee Memorial Award (2009) by Botanical Society of Bengal, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at Undergraduate Level
      16. C. Nag Memorial Medal (2009) by Presidency College, Kolkata, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at Undergraduate Level
      17. Dhirendra Nath Chatterjee Memorial Prize (2009) by Presidency College, Kolkata, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at Undergraduate Level
      18. Aparajita Chattopadhyay Memorial Prize (2008) for securing highest marks in Botany (Hons.) at Part I & II Examinations of the University of Calcutta

Invited Lectures

        1. Resource person at CSIR-IICB Skill development Programme 2019, Kolkata.
        2. Invited lecture at CSIR-IICB Skill development Programme 2017-18, Kolkata.
        3. Young Scientist presentation at Indian Science Congress, Tirupati, 2017.
        4. Invited speaker at 4th International Conference on Plant Genomics, Brisbane, Australia, 2016.
        5. Invited speaker at Special seminar on ‘Emerging trends on plant sciences’, Bhairab Ganguly College, West Bengal, 2016.

Teaching Experience

Under graduate teaching: Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Government College, New Town, Rajarhat (2015-Present)

Post graduate teaching: Visiting faculty, Post graduate Department of Botany, Barasat Govt. College, Barasat (Academic session 2015-2016)

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