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Dr. Deepika Kandoi Gupta

Dr. Deepika Kandoi Gupta

Assistant Professor, Life Science


Dr. Deepika Kandoi Gupta studied Biochemistry at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, and obtained her postgraduate degree as MSc (Hons) in 2008. She earned her PhD in Biotechnology in 2017 under the guidance of Prof. B C Tripathy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, where she subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the same laboratory.
She is recognized for her expertise in genetic manipulation of plants aimed at enhancing their productivity. In 2018, she represented India at the BRICS Summit organized by the Ministry of South Africa in Durban, South Africa, for her contributions to Indian women in science.
Her research is focused on increasing plant productivity to meet the demands of the global population, projected to reach 9 billion by 2050. With the growing population and the impact of global climate change on food supply, there is an urgent need to improve crop performance, particularly in terms of grain productivity. Rice, a staple food, requires a substantial amount of water for cultivation, receiving a significant portion of the world's irrigation water. To address this challenge, efforts have been made to enhance rice grain productivity and yield potential through genetic engineering.
Dr. Gupta's current work involves the genetic transformation of C3 plants, such as Arabidopsis and rice, into single-cell C4 plants to achieve higher photosynthetic efficiency, reduce water consumption, and enhance tolerance to salinity and drought stress in crops. Converting C3 crops to C4 photosynthesis has the potential to increase yield by 30% while using only half the water. By developing crop plants with enhanced photosynthesis and stress tolerance, Dr. Gupta aims to contribute to global food security and sustainability.





Award & Recognition

  • Received a grant from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research to attend “International congress on Photosynthesis research, Dunedin, New Zealand” (2022) 
  • D. S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship (DSKPDF) by the UGC, India (2020) 
  • Recipient of a grant from the DBT to present research work in Photosynthesis Gordon Research Conference, Newry, United States (2019) 
  • Alumni of BRICS ((Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Young Scientist Forum (2018) 
  • Awarded National postdoctoral fellowship (N-PDF) by the SERB, GoI (2017) 
  • Recipient of a grant from the CICS to present research work at the International Congress on Photosynthesis Research in Maastricht, 2016


  • Biswal AK, Pattanayak GK, Ruhil K, Kandoi D, Mohanty SS, Leelavati S, Reddy VS, Govindjee G, Tripathy BC (2023) Reduced expression of chlorophyllide a oxygenase (CAO) decreases the metabolic flux for chlorophyll synthesis and downregulates photosynthesis in tobacco plants. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 3:1-6
  • Kandoi D, and Tripathy BC (2023) Overexpression of chloroplastic Zea mays NADP-malic enzyme (ZmNADP-ME) confers tolerance to salt stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. Photosynthesis Research 158: 57-76 
  • Kandoi D, R Kamal, Govindjee G, and Tripathy BC (2022) Overexpression of cytoplasmic C4 Flaveria bidentis carbonic anhydrase in C3 Arabidopsis thaliana increases amino acids, photosynthetic potential, and biomass. Plant Biotechnology Journal 20: 1518-1532
  • Padhi B, Chauhan G, Kandoi D, Stirbet A, Tripathy BC, and Govindjee G (2021) A comparison of chlorophyll fluorescence transient measurements, using Handy PEA and FluorPen fluorometers Photosynthetica 59: 39-48. 
  • Kandoi D, Mohanty S, and Tripathy BC (2017) Overexpression of plastidic maize NADP-malate dehydrogenase (ZmNADP-MDH) in Arabidopsis thaliana confers tolerance to salt stress. Protoplasma 2:547-563
  • Kandoi D, Mohanty S, Govindjee G, and Tripathy BC (2016) Towards efficient photosynthesis: overexpression of Zea mays phosphenolpyruvate carboxylase in Arabidopsis thaliana. Photosynth Res 130:47-72. doi: 10.1007/s11120-016-0224-3 

Area of Interest

  • Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Physiology, Abiotic Stress