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Dr Saumya Awasthi

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr Saumya Awasthi
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333934


Saumya joined the lab in 2018. Exposure to ethylene causes premature senescence of both the leaves and the flowers. Like fruits, most flowers also show a climacteric rise in ethylene following pollination. She aims to investigate the role of pollination in regulating flower senescence in tomato at both physiological and molecular levels to get a better insight on the importance of ethylene during growth, senescence and boosting future research with the aim to improve the qualitative and quantitative traits of crop mechanism. Her proposed research has the potential to initiate a conceptual shift in the understanding of the importance of the expression of ACS (1-AMINOCYCLOPROPANE-1- CARBOXYLATE SYNTHASE) gene family in regulating ethylene synthesis in tomato flower in response to pollination.


M.Sc: Genetics and Plant Breeding, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, India.

Ph.D: Genetics and Plant Breeding, Banaras Hindu University, India


Saumya is currently sponsored by the Commonwealth Rutherford fellowship to conduct her postdoctoral research.

Professional experience:

Visiting researcher, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford (Erasmus Mundus: EXPERTS4Asia)

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tokyo (Japan Society for the Promotion of science)

Other activities: 

Saumya was part of a campaign during her Ph.D. days to explain new agricultural techniques and use of high yielding varieties, less use of pesticides and insecticides to the farmers to achieve most optimum results during the crop production. She was also a part of ‘JSPS Science dialogue’ programme where she motivated school students to look at science not just as a subject but as a future career prospect.


In Press: Awasthi Saumya, Tomohiro Shimada, Kan Tanaka, Nobuyoshi Mochizuki, Tatsuru Masuda (2018): Biochemical characterization of tetrapyrrole binding pentatricopeptide-repeat (PPR) proteins in plastids. 


1. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2015). Enhancing yield performance of Rice cultivar under drought condition using Molecular approaches, Int. J. Rec. Biotech. 2015, 3 (2): 7-14

2. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2015), Application of molecular markers to improve drought tolerance and yield enhancement in upland rice, Annals of Plant Sciences, 4 (04), 1051-1056

3. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Genotypic Correlation and Path Analysis Study in Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Under Irrigated and Rainfed Conditions. Annals of Plant Sciences, 2014, 3 (12), 916-920

4. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Investigating phenotypic correlation and path analysis in rice (Oryza sativa L.) under irrigated and rainfed conditions. Int. j. sci. footpr.2014 2(5): 22–33

5. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Improvement of high yielding rice variety HUR - 105 by introgression of qDTY2.3 and qDTY3.2 from the source Birsa Gora, Int. J. Rec. Biotech. 2014, 2 (4): 24-33

6. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Validation of SSR markers associated with drought tolerant QTLs in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Int. j. sci. footpr., 2014; 2(3):99 –113

7. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Marker assisted selection for the improvement of Sarjoo - 52 for drought tolerance by introgression of MQTL1.1 from the source Nagina – 22. Journal of Plant Molecular Breeding, 2(2):43-55

8. Awasthi, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Marker Assisted approach for developing drought tolerant rice cultivars. Int. j. sci. footpr. 2014; 2(6):1–14

9. Awasthi Sand, S., Lal, J. P. (2014). Estimation of generation mean- five parameter model for the evaluation of drought tolerant lines in rice (Oryza sativa L.), Int. j. sci. footpr. 2014; 2(4): 1 –17

10. Awasthi Saumya, Lavanya, G. R. and Suresh Babu, G. (2011). Character association and component analysis in garden pea (Pisumsativum L. hortense). Environ. and Ecol., 29(1): 133 - 135.

11. Awasthi Saumya, Lavanya, G. R. and Jain, Rashmi (2009). Heterosis estimates of garden pea crosses (Pisumsativum L. hortense). Trends in Biosci., 2(2): 45 – 47


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