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Harsh Chauhan
Harsh Chauhan Assistant Professor harsh.fbt[at] +91-1332-284814 Website
Areas of Interest
  • Plant Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Functional Genomics, Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses, Transgenic Crops, Nutrigenomics
Educational Details
Post-Doctoral StudyMolecular Plant Pathogen InteractionUniversity of Zurich, Switzerland2010-2014
PhDPlant Molecular BiologyUniversity of Delhi South Campus2009
Administrative Background
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyYear
Development of transformation and tissue culture systems for crop plantsFIG IIT Roorkee2014
Generation of heat and abiotic stress tolerant barley through genetic manipulation of HsfA2 geneSERB-DST2016
  • Plant Molecular Biology (Springer Nature), Associate Editor
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Gene RegulationBTN-628MSc (including pre PhD)Spring
Biotechnology Lab IIBTN-523MScSpring
Genomics and ProteomicsBTN-629MSc (including pre PhD)Autumn
Recombinant DNA TechnologyBTN-657MTech (including pre PhD)Autumn
Plant BiotechnologyBTN-303BtechAutumn
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Mr Anuj PooniaDevelopment of transgenics in Indian barley cultivars for heat stress tolerance
Mr Sumit K MishraRole of A type Hsf in barley heat stress response
Reeku ChaudharyGenomics and metabolomics of heat stress in barley
Mr Bidya Bhushan GuptaTransgenic rice and wheat for biofortification
Mr Sampath K BanothMolecular biology of heat stress in barley
Parul SirohiFunctional genomics for nutritional improvements
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
VISCEA Vienna AustriaInternational Conferences Plant Genetics and Breeding Technologies II (February 1-2, 2016) Plant Genes and “Omics”: Technology Development (February 11-12, 2016) 01-02-2016
Special Lectures Delivered
Transgenic approaches for biotic stress management in cropsUniversity of Delhi01-04-2016
Genomics and genetic engineering approaches for Biotic Stress Management in plantsGuru Nanak Dev University Amritsar29-06-18
Refereed Journal Papers

Research articles:

Boni R, Chauhan H, Hensel G et al. (2017) Pathogen-inducible Ta-Lr34res expression in heterologous barley confers disease resistance without negative pleiotropic effects. Plant Biotech J. DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12765.

Krattinger S, Sucher J, Selter LL, Chauhan H et al. (2016)  The wheat durable, multi-pathogen resistance gene Lr34 confers partial blast resistance in rice. Plant Biotech J. 14(5): 1261-68.

Chauhan H, Boni R, Bucher R, Kuhn B et al. (2015) The wheat resistance gene Lr34 results in the constitutive induction of multiple defense pathways in transgenic barley. Plant J. 84(1):202-15

Krattinger S, Sucher J, Selter LL, Chauhan H et al. (2015)  The wheat durable, multi-pathogen resistance gene Lr34 confers partial blast resistance in rice. Plant Biotech J. (accepted)

Khurana N, Chauhan H and Khurana P (2015) Characterization of a chloroplast localized wheat membrane protein (TaRCI) and its role in heat, drought and salinity stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Gene (accepted)

Chauhan H, Khurana N, Agarwal P, Khurana JP and Khurana P (2013) A seed preferential heat shock transcription factor from wheat provides abiotic stress tolerance and yield enhancement in transgenic Arabidopsis under heat stress environment. PLoS One 10.1371/journal.pone.0079577

Singh B, Chauhan H, Khurana JP and Khurana P and Singh P (2013) Evidence for the role of wheat eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 subunit g (TaeIF3g) in abiotic stress tolerance. Gene doi: 10.1016/j.gene.201309.078

Risk JM, Selter LL, Chauhan H, Krattinger  SG, Kumlehn J, Hensel G, Viccars LA, Richardson TM, Buesing G, Troller A, Lagudah ES and Keller B (2013) The wheat Lr34 gene provides resistance against multiple fungal pathogens in barley. Plant Biotechnology Journal 11(7): 847-854

Khurana N, Chauhan H and Khurana P (2012) Wheat Chloroplast Targeted sHSP26 Promoter Confers Heat and Abiotic Stress Inducible Expression in Transgenic Arabidopsis Plants. PloS One 8(1): e54418. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054418

Chauhan H, Khurana N, Nijhavan A, Khurana JP and Khurana P (2012) The chloroplastic small heat shock protein (sHSP26) is involved in seed maturation and germination and imparts tolerance to heat stress. Plant Cell Environment 35(11):1912-31

Chauhan H and Khurana P (2011) Use of doubled haploid technology for development of stable drought tolerant bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) transgenics. Plant Biotechnology Journal 9 (3): 408-417

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(2): 171-187

Chauhan H, Khurana N, Tyagi AK, Khurana JP and Khurana P (2011) Identification and characterization of high temperature stress responsive genes in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and their regulation at various stages of development. Plant Molecular Biology 75(1-2): 35-51

Khurana N, Chauhan H and Khurana P (2011) Expression analysis of a heat inducible, Myo-Inositol-1-Phosphate Synthase (MIPS) gene from wheat and the alternatively spliced variants of  Rice and Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Reports 31 (1):237-51

Khurana P, Chauhan H and Khurana N (2011) Characterization and expression of high temperature stress responsive genes in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Czech J Genet Plant Breed 47 (2011): S94-S97

Das M, Chauhan H, Chhibbar A, Rizwanul Haq QM and Khurana P (2010) High efficiency transformation and selective tolerance against biotic and abiotic stress in mulberry, Morus indica cv. K2, by constitutive and inducible expression of tobacco osmotin. Transgenic Research 20 (2):231-46

Chauhan H, Desai SA and Khurana P (2007) Comparative analysis of differential regeneration response of various genotypes of Triticum aestivum, Triticum durum and Triticum dicoccum. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture 91: 191-199

Rane J and Chauhan H (2002) Rate of Grain growth in advanced wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under late sown condition. Indian J Agricultural Sciences. 72(10):581-585

Rane J, Chauhan H and Shoran J (2003) Post anthesis stem reserve mobilization in wheat genotypes tolerant and susceptible to heat temperature. Indian J Plant Physiology (special issue) 383-385

Rane J and Chauhan H (2001) Impact of polyhouse environment on growth, yield and high temperature tolerance in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)- Indian Wheat News Letter 7 (1):5-6


Review articles:


Paramjit Khurana, Harsh Chauhan and Srinivas A. Desai (2008) WHEAT. In: A Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants. Vol.1: Cereals and Forage Grasses. Eds. Chittaranjan Kole and Timothy C Hall, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford U.K.

Paramjit Khurana, Anju Chhibbar, Bhumica Singla, Harsh Chauhan, Neetu Chaudhary and Vikram Ratnu (2008) Wheat Biotechnology: From genes to genomics. In Utilization of Biotechnology in Plant Sciences. Eds. I D Arya and Sarita Arya, Forest Research Institute Dehradun India

Patents: Three patents filed

1.  Title: Wheat chloroplastic small heat shock protein (sHSP26) promoter and uses thereof. Application no. 1724/DEL/2009

2.  Title: Polynucleotide encoding chloroplastic small heat shock protein (sHSP26) and uses thereof. Application No. 1723/DEL/2009

3.  Title: Wheat polynucleotide responsible for abiotic stress tolerance in plant. Application No. 1700/DEL/2011