Dr. Riddhi Datta

Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Botany
Qualification: M.Sc. (C.U.), Ph. D.
Area of Specialization: Molecular Mycology and Plant Pathology

E-mail: riddhi.bot@gmail.com



Research Interests

Understanding the molecular details of the defense signaling cross-talks in plants

Research Projects


  • Title of the project: Dissecting the molecular mechanism of glutathione-mediated regulation of iron homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana (PI)
  • Funding agency: DST-SERB, Govt. of India
  • Value: 48.07 lakhs
  • Year: 2017-2020
  • Status: Sanctioned


  • Title of the project: Molecular  regulation  of  drought  tolerance  in  rice  with  special  reference  to  functional aspect of OsR40C1 protein (Co-PI)
  • Funding agency: WB-DBT (DHESTBT)
  • Value: 31.79 lakhs
  • Year: 2017-2020
  • Status: Ongoing

Research Publications

Cumulative Impact factor: 42.695; Citations (Google scholars): 191; h-index: 9; i-10 index: 8

  1. 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
  2. Datta R, Kumar D, Chattopadhyay S (2016) Membrane proteome profiling of Mentha arvensis leaves in response to Alternaria alternata infection identifies crucial candidates for defense response. Plant Signaling & Behavior (In Press)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Datta R, Chattopadhyay S (2015) Changes in the proteome of pad2-1, a glutathione depleted Arabidopsis mutant, during Pseudomonas syringae Journal of Proteomics 126: 82–93
  6. Datta R, Paul S (2015) Plant microRNAs: master regulator of gene expression mechanism. Cell Biology International 39: 1185–1190
  7. 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
  8. Kumar D, Datta R, Hazra S, Sultana A, Mukhopadhyay R, Chattopadhyay S (2015) Transcriptomic profiling of Arabidopsis thaliana mutant 1 in response to combined cold and osmotic stress. Plos One 10: e0122690
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Datta R, Sarkar J, Acharya K; (2012) An insight into the kinships of the fungi. Nature Precedings.
  16. 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
  17. 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 Assistant in the WB-DBT (DHESTBT)-funded project: 1

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


  1. INSA medal for Young Scientists (2017)
  2. Best Poster Presentation Award at International Conference on Insight to Plant Biology in Modern Era (2017), Bose Institute, Kolkata
  3. Best Oral Presentation Award at 3rd International Meeting on Advanced Studies in Cell Signaling Network (CeSiN 2016), CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata.
  4. S N Banerjee Memorial Gold Medal (2011) by Indian Mycological Society, for securing highest marks in M.Sc. (Botany) in University of Calcutta.
  5. Professor H. L. Chakraborty Memorial Award (2011) by Botanical Society of Bengal, for securing highest marks in M.Sc. (Botany) in University of Calcutta.
  6. Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders (2009-2010) by U.G.C., for securing 1st Position in Botany (Hons.) at U. G. Level.
  7. Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child (2009-2010).
  8. Swati Bose Memorial Scholarship (2009) by University of Calcutta, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at U. G. level.
  9. Professor J. Sen Memorial Medal (2009) by Botanical Society of Bengal, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at U. G. level.
  10. P. Chatterjee Memorial Award (2009) by Botanical Society of Bengal, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at U. G. level.
  11. C. Nag Memorial Medal (2009) by Presidency College, Kolkata, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at U. G. level.
  12. Dhirendra Nath Chatterjee Memorial Prize (2009) by Presidency College, Kolkata, for securing 1st position in Botany (Hons.) at U. G. level.
  13. 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. Invited lecture at CSIR-IICB Skill development Programme 2017-18, Kolkata.
  2. Young Scientist presentation at Indian Science Congress, Tirupati, 2017.
  3. Invited speaker at 4th International Conference on Plant Genomics, Brisbane, Australia, 2016.
  4. 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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