SOAS KRMU Faculty Mr. Sahil Mehta

Faculty

Sahil Mehta

Dr. Sahil Mehta

Assistant Professor -Agricultural Sciences

Interest Area(s)

  • Phytopathogens
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbiome
  • Herbicides 
  • Transgenics
  • in silico Docking
Recently back in March, Dr. Sahil Mehta has been awarded his Ph.D. degree under the joint supervision of Dr. M. K. Reddy and Dr. Neel Sarovar Bhavesh in International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Before Ph.D., he completed his M.Sc. (Botany) degree from very reputed Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. During his Ph.D. tenure, he had also served in the Faculty of Life Sciences Institute of Applied Medicines and Research (IAMR), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India as a Guest Lecturer of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology. In addition, he has been teaching undergraduate students since 2018 actively in many private institutes aimed at PG level entrance examinations. 
 
His primary research interests include (i) the development of transgenics and their biotechnological applications in cutting-edge areas, (ii) the effect of herbicides on plant microbiome, (iii) fungicidal application of agrochemicals, and (iv) application of nanotechnology in plant protection and alleviating non-biological stresses. To date, he has received CSIR-JRF fellowships twice, CSIR/ARS-NET twice, two Best Poster Presentation Award, and one Young scientist award. In addition, he is a lifetime member of the Indian Phytopathological Society and Delhi University Botanical Society and teaches graduate students in the School of Agricultural Sciences, K.R. Mangalam University, Gurugram. 
 
To date, he (h-index 12) has published more than 15 research and review articles along with 45+ book chapters, 12 popular articles and produced more than 5 conference papers in the last three years. Recently, he is editing a Taylor and Francis book “Applications of Nanoscaled Platforms In Gene Delivery” along with many stalwarts in Nanotechnology.
  • Ph.D. in Life Sciences from International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 28th March 2022 (2017-2022).
  • Masters in Botany from Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi in 2017 (First Division) (2015-2017).
  • Bachelor in Botany (Hons.) from Department of Botany, Hansraj College, University of Delhi in 2015 (First Division) (2012-2015).
 
  • Assistant professor at K.R. Mangalam University, Gurugram from 20th December 2021 – Till date)
  • Assistant Professor (Guest faculty) at IAMR, Ghaziabad (18.10.2019—27.02.2020)
  • Crop Improvement
 
Paper presentations:
  • Mehta, S., Kumar, A., Prakash, G., Achary, V.M.M., and Reddy, M.K. 2022. Fungicidal activity of herbicidal compound, Glyphosate, against Rice blast disease on glyphosate-tolerant OsmEPSPS transgenic rice, poster presented at International Conference (Hybrid mode) on Plant Pathology: Retrospect and Prospects, 23-26 March 2022, SKN Agricultural University, Jobner-Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Abstract No. PP105 (On) 3B) (Best Poster Award).
  • Mehta, S., Kumar, A., Prakash, G., Singh, A., Rathi, N., Achary, V.M.M., Das, T.K. and Reddy, M.K., 2021. Potassium phosphite: A novel blasticide enhances blast disease resistance in ptxD-OE transgenic rice, poster presented at the National e-Conference on Plant Health and Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities, 25-27 March, 2021, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. (Abstract No. PP(S3)/02) (Best Poster Award).
  • Lal, S.K., Dhandapani, R., Mehta, S., Chinnusamy, V. and Reddy, M.K., 2021. Enhancement in nitrogen use efficiency and grain yield through modulated co-overexpression of GS1.1 and GS2 in rice, poster presented at the International Symposium on Advances in Plant Biotechnology and Genome editing & 42nd Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India), 8-10 April, 2021, ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi, India. (Abstract No. S6-PP2).
  • Mehta, S., Kumar, A., Achary, V.M.M., Ganesan, P., Rathi, N., Das, T.K., Lal, S.K., Jameel, M.R., and Reddy, M.K., 2019. Fungicidal activity of the herbicidal compound, glyphosate against blast disease on glyphosate-resistant transgenic rice, poster presented at the XIX International Plant Protection Congress, 10-14 November, 2019, Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. (Abstract No. IPM2 P36).
  • Kumar, A., Munjal, V., Ganesan, P., Achary, V.M.M., Rathi, N., Das, T.K., Mehta, S. and Reddy, M.K., 2019. Potassium phosphite: A versatile compound displays fungicidal, bactericidal and herbicidal activity against major pathogens and weeds of rice, poster presented at the XIV Agricultural Science Congress-Innovations for Agricultural Transformation, 20-23 February, 2019, ICAR-NASC complex, New Delhi, India. (Abstract No. 978).
  • Lal, S.K., Sheri, V., Varakumar, P., Mehta, S., Jameel, M.R., Kumar, V.A., and Reddy, M.K., 2018. Overexpression of GS-GOGAT gene in rice for enhancing nitrogen use efficiency, poster presented at the 4th International Plant Physiology Congress, 2-5 December, 2018, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India. (Abstract No. PM371/IPC_2018_ABS_L2751).
 
Seminar, Webinar, Conferences, workshops & others:
  • Participated in the DBT-Apex BTIC workshop on “Advanced Structural Bioinformatics” from 18-21st November 2019 at ICGEB, New Delhi, India.
  • Participated in the course “Translational aspects of plant microbiome research” from 26-30th November, 2018 at ICGEB, Trieste, Italy.
  • Attended the workshop “Plant responses to light and stress: emerging issues in climate change” from 10-12th October, 2018 at ICGEB, New Delhi, India.
  • Participated in the training program entitled “Schrodinger Training Workshop” from 24-28th September, 2018 at ICGEB, New Delhi, India.
  • Attended the workshop “Smart metabolic engineering of plants for drug biosynthesis” from 16-17th March, 2018 at ICGEB, New Delhi, India.
  • Masters Dissertation titled “Evaluation and elicitation of berberine (Anticancerous and Neuroprotective biomolecule) in Linum usitatisimum L.” under the supervision of Professor Veena Agrawal (Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India) from July, 2016-May, 2017.
  • Participated in collaborative mini-course: “The fate of carbon in forests: a functional traits approach” held at Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India from 12-17th  October, 2016.
  • Participated in “National Conference on Plant Science Research: Looking Beyond 21st century” as a volunteer held at Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (2015).
  • Participated at “Century for Environmental & Agricultural Revolution” held at Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (2015).
  • Participated in “Inspire Internship Programme-2015” as Student Mentor held at Miranda House, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (2015).
  • Attended 2 days DBT workshop on “Recent Advances in Microbiology” at Hansraj College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (2014).
  • Presented poster in National Conference on “Nano technology in Cancer Cure” held at Hans Raj College, New Delhi, India from 16-18th March, 2013. 
 
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Guha, S., Mehta, S. and Husen, A., 2022. Potential applications of engineered nanoparticles in plant disease management: a critical update. Chemosphere, 295, p.133798. (JCR IF=7.086).
  • Singh, A., Mehta, S., Yadav, S., Nagar, G., Ghosh, R., Roy, A., Chakraborty, A. and Singh, I.K., 2022. How to Cope with the Challenges of Environmental Stresses in the Era of Global Climate Change: An Update on ROS Stave off in Plants. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23(4), p.1995. (Equally contributed as First author) (JCR IF=5.924). 
  • Chattopadhyay, A., Purohit, J., Mehta, S., Parmar, H., Karippadakam, S., Rashid, A., Balamurugan, A., Bansal, S., Prakash, G., Achary, V.M.M. and Reddy, M.K., 2022. Precision Genome Editing Toolbox: Applications and Approaches for Improving Rice’s Genetic Resistance to Pathogens. Agronomy, 12(3), p.565. (Equally contributed as First author) (JCR IF=3.417).
  • Panditi, V., Fartyal, D., Sheri, V., Agarwal, A., Mehta, S., Lal, S.K., Venkatapuram, A.K., Parmar, H., Karippadakam, S., Rashid, A. and Reddy, M.K., 2022. Functional characterization of differentially-expressed increased glyphosate resistance (igrA) gene in transgenic rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), pp.1-11. (JCR IF=2.711).
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H. and Mehta, S., 2022. A walk towards Wild grasses to unlock the clandestine of gene pools for wheat improvement: A review. Plant Stress, 3, p.100048.
  • Mehta, S., Kumar, A., Achary, V.M.M., Ganesan, P., Rathi, N., Singh, A., Sahu, K.P., Lal, S.K., Das, T.K. and Reddy, M.K., 2021. Antifungal activity of glyphosate against fungal blast disease on glyphosate-tolerant OsmEPSPS transgenic rice. Plant Science, 311, p.111009. (JCR IF=4.729).
  • Mehta, S., Kumar, A., Achary, V.M.M., Ganesan, P., Patel, A., Singh, A., Rathi, N., Das, T.K., Lal, S.K. and Reddy, M.K., 2021. Antifungal and defense elicitor activity of potassium phosphite against fungal blast disease on ptxD-OE transgenic indica rice and its acceptor parent. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 182, p.105026. (JCR IF=3.963).
  • Mehta, S., Chakraborty, A., Roy, A., Singh, I.K. and Singh, A., 2021. Fight Hard or Die Trying: Current Status of Lipid Signaling during Plant–Pathogen Interaction. Plants, 10(6), p.1098. (JCR IF=3.935).
  • Sahu, K.P., Patel, A., Kumar, M., Sheoran, N., Mehta, S., Reddy, B., Eke, P., Prabhakaran, N. and Kumar, A., 2021. Integrated Metabarcoding and Culturomic-Based Microbiome Profiling of Rice Phyllosphere Reveal Diverse and Functional Bacterial Communities for Blast Disease Suppression. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12, p.780458 (JCR IF=5.640).
  • Reddy, B., Kumar, A., Mehta, S., Sheoran, N., Chinnusamy, V. and Prakash, G., 2021. Hybrid de novo genome-reassembly reveals new insights on pathways and pathogenicity determinants in rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae RMg_Dl. Scientific reports, 11(1), p. 22922. (JCR IF=4.379).
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Mehta, S. and Husen, A., 2021. Metal-based nanoparticles, sensors, and their multifaceted application in food packaging. Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 19, p. 256. (JCR IF=10.435).
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Mehta, S. and Husen, A., 2021. Smart nanomaterial and nanocomposite with advanced agrochemical activities. Nanoscale Research Letters, 16, p.156. (JCR IF=4.703).
  • Sharma, P., Pandey, V., Sharma, M.M.M., Patra, A., Singh, B., Mehta, S. and Husen, A., 2021. A Review on Biosensors and Nanosensors Application in Agroecosystems. Nanoscale Research Letters, 16, p.136. (JCR IF=4.703).
  • Yadav, B., Jogawat, A., Lal, S.K., Lakra, N., Mehta, S., Shabek, N. and Narayan, O.P., 2021. Plant mineral transport systems and the potential for crop improvement. Planta, 253, p. 45. (JCR IF=4.116).
  • Viswanath, K.K., Varakumar, P., Pamuru, R.R., Basha, S.J., Mehta, S. and Rao, A.D., 2020. Plant lipoxygenases and their role in plant physiology. Journal of Plant Biology, 63(2), pp.83-95. (JCR IF=2.434).
  • Kumar, K.N, Manoranjitham, S.K., Rajendran, L., Darshan, K., Bharani, A. and Mehta, S., 2020. Morphological and molecular characterization of two devastating chilli pathogens Colletotrichum acutatum (Chilli die-back/ Anthracnose) and Fusarium brachygibbosum (Chilli wilt). Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 9(2), 916-921.
  • Mehta, S., Bharti, J. and Guha, S., 2020. WRKY transcription factor super family: Role in plant disease management. Hans Shodhsudha, 1(1), 34-50.

Publications (Book chapters):

  • Choudhary, J.R., Tripathi, A., Kaldate, R., Rana, M., Mehta, S., Ahlawat, J., Bansal, M., Zaid, A. and Wani, S.H., 2022. Breeding Efforts for Crop Productivity in Abiotic Stress Environment. In Augmenting Crop Productivity in Stress Environment (pp. 63-103). Springer, Singapore.
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Kumar, R., Sharma, R., Gautam, H. and Mehta, S., 2022. Water Pollution and Medicinal Plants: Insights into the Impact and Adaptation Responses. In Environmental Pollution and Medicinal Plants (pp. 117-129). CRC Press.
  • Choudhary, A., Kumar, A., Kaur, H., Singh, M., Suri, G.S., Kaur, G. and Mehta, S., 2022. Effect of Elevated CO2 Conditions on Medicinal Plants: A Relatively Unexplored Aspect. In Environmental Pollution and Medicinal Plants (pp. 95-111). CRC Press.
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Aggarwal, S.K. and Mehta, S., 2022. Smut and Bunt Diseases of Wheat: Biology, Identification, and Management. In New Horizons in Wheat and Barley Research (pp. 107-131). Springer, Singapore.
  • Parmar, H., Venkatapuram, A.K., Rashid, A., Sangeetha, K., Mehta, S., Reddy, M.K., Goel, A. and Achary, V.M.M., 2022. Portfolio of Drought Stress Response and Genetic Enhancement Strategies for Development of Future Drought-Tolerant Crop. In Plant Stress Mitigators (pp. 515-539). Springer, Singapore.
  • Lal, S.K., Mehta, S., Kumar, S., Singh, A.K., Kumar, M., Singh, B.K., Bhadana, V.P. and Pattanayak, A., 2022. Genetic engineering intervention in crop plants for developing biopesticides. In Biopesticides (pp. 237-245). Woodhead Publishing.
  • Mehta, S., Singh, B., Patra, A., Tripathi, A., Easwaran, M., Choudhary, J.R., Choudhary, M. and Aggarwal, S.K., 2021. Maize microbiome: current insights for the sustainable agriculture. In Microbiomes and Plant Health (pp. 267-297). Academic Press, Cambridge.
  • Mehta, S., Gogna, M., Singh, B., Patra, A., Singh, I.K. and Singh, A., 2021. Silicon: A plant nutritional “non-entity” for mitigating abiotic stresses. In Plant Stress Biology (pp. 17-49). Springer, Singapore.
  • Reddy, B., Kumar, A., Mehta, S. and Sahu, K.P., 2021. Methods of Assessments of Microbial Diversity and Their Functional Role in Soil Fertility and Crop Productivity. In Plant, Soil and Microbes in Tropical Ecosystems (pp. 293-314). Springer, Singapore.
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Padhy, A.K. and Mehta, S., 2021. Conventional Medicinal Plants: Boosting the Immune System in Humans. In Traditional Herbal Therapy for the Human Immune System (pp. 75-122). CRC Press.
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Arya, A., Singh, B. and Mehta, S., 2021. Traditional Himalayan Plants: Nature's Gift for Maintaining a Strong Immune System. In Traditional Herbal Therapy for the Human Immune System (pp. 211-244). CRC Press.
  • Kumari, P., Kumar, S., Patra, A., Singh, B., Pandey, V. and Mehta, S., 2021. Plant-Microbe Symbiosis led synthesis of Bioactive Compounds. In Antioxidants in Plant-Microbe Interaction (pp. 21-40). Springer, Singapore.
  • Dilawari, R., Kaur, N., Priyadarshi, N., Kumar, B., Abdelmotelb, K.F., Lal, S.K., Singh, B., Tripathi, A., Aggarwal, S.K., Jat, B.S. and Mehta, S., 2021. Genome Editing: A Tool from the Vault of Science for Engineering Climate-Resilient Cereals. In Harsh Environment and Plant Resilience: Molecular and Functional Aspects (pp. 45-72). Springer, Cham.
  • Keshan, R., Patra, A., Mehta, S., Abdelmotelb, K.F., Lavale, S.A., Chaudhary, M., Aggarwal, S.K. and Chattopadhyay, A., 2021. Expression and regulation of stress-responsive genes in plants under harsh environmental conditions. In Harsh Environment and Plant Resilience (pp. 25-44). Springer, Cham.
  • Bharti, J., Mehta, S., Ahmad, S., Singh, B., Padhy, A.K., Srivastava, N. and Pandey, V., 2021. Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase, Plants, and Heat Stress. In Harsh Environment and Plant Resilience (pp. 323-354). Springer, Cham.
  • Sharma, M.M.M., Sharma, P., Kapoor, D., Beniwal, P. and Mehta, S., 2021. Phytomicrobiome Community: An Agrarian Perspective Towards Resilient Agriculture. In Plant Performance Under Environmental Stress (pp. 493-534). Springer, Cham.
  • Kumar, A., Choudhary, A., Kaur, H., Javed, M. and Mehta, S., 2021. Plant Performance and Defensive Role of γ-Gamma Amino Butyric Acid Under Environmental Stress. In Plant Performance Under Environmental Stress (pp. 277-299). Springer, Cham.
  • Choudhary, A., Kumar, A., Kaur, H., Balamurugan, A., Padhy, A.K. and Mehta, S., 2021. Plant Performance and Defensive Role of β-Amino Butyric Acid Under Environmental Stress. In Plant Performance Under Environmental Stress (pp. 249-275). Springer, Cham.
  • Pandey, P., Pallujam, A.D., Leelavathi, S., Mehta, S., Dagla, M.C., Bhushan, B. and Aggarwal, S.K., 2021. Nitric Oxide: A Key Modulator of Plant Responses Under Environmental Stress. In Plant Performance Under Environmental Stress (pp. 301-328). Springer, Cham.
  • Keshan, R., Mehta, S., Abdelmotelb, K.F., Aggarwal, S.K., Lavale, S.A., Jat, B.S., Tripathi, A. and Rajput, L.S., 2021. Salicylic Acid for Vigorous Plant Growth and Enhanced Yield Under Harsh Environment. In Plant Performance Under Environmental Stress (pp. 99-127). Springer, Cham.
  • Das, A., Mehta, S., Abdelmotelb, K.F., Lavale, S.A., Aggarwal, S.K., Jat, B.S., Tripathi, A. and Garg, S., 2021. Jasmonic Acid for Sustainable Plant Growth and Production Under Adverse Environmental Conditions. In Plant Performance Under Environmental Stress (pp. 71-98). Springer, Cham.
  • Sharma, P., Sharma, M.M.M., Malik, A., Vashisth, M., Singh, D., Kumar, R., Singh, B., Patra, A., Mehta, S. and Pandey, V., 2021. Rhizosphere, Rhizosphere Biology, and Rhizospheric Engineering. In Plant Growth-Promoting Microbes for Sustainable Biotic and Abiotic Stress Management (pp. 577-624). Springer, Cham.
  • Rajput, L.S., Aggarwal, S.K., Mehta, S., Kumar, S., Nataraj, V., Shivakumar, M., Maheshwari, H.S., Yadav, S. and Goswami, D., 2021. Role of WRKY Transcription Factor Superfamily in Plant Disease Management. In Plant Stress Biology (pp. 335-361). Springer, Singapore.
  • Ahmad, S., Chitkara, P., Khan, F.N., Kishan, A., Alok, V., Ramlal, A. and Mehta, S., 2021. Mobile technology solution for COVID-19: surveillance and prevention. In Computational Intelligence Methods in COVID-19: Surveillance, Prevention, Prediction and Diagnosis (pp. 79-108). Springer, Singapore.
  • Tiwari, M., Suri, G.S., Kaur, G., Singh, B., Mehta, S. and Mishra, D., 2021. Genomic Evidence Provides the Understanding of SARS-CoV-2 Composition, Divergence, and Diagnosis. In Integrated Omics Approaches to Infectious Diseases (pp. 63-79). Springer, Singapore.
  • Balasubramanian, B., Ahmad, S., Alok, V., Khan, F.N., Anand, K., Mehta, S., Easwaran, M., Meyyazhagan, A. and Saravanan, M., 2021. Exosomes as an emerging nanoplatform for functional therapeutics. In Handbook on Nanobiomaterials for Therapeutics and Diagnostic Applications (pp. 483-498). Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  • Sharma, P., Sharma, M.M.M., Patra, A., Vashisth, M., Mehta, S., Singh, B., Tiwari, M. and Pandey, V., 2020. The role of key transcription factors for cold tolerance in plants. In Transcription Factors for Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants (pp. 123-152). Academic Press, Cambridge.
  • Mehta, S., Lal, S.K., Sahu, K.P., Venkatapuram, A.K., Kumar, M., Sheri, V., Varakumar, P., Vishwakarma, C., Yadav, R., Jameel, M.R., Ali, M., Achary, V.M.M. and Reddy, M.K., 2020. CRISPR/Cas9-edited rice: a new frontier for sustainable agriculture. In New frontiers in stress management for durable agriculture (pp. 427-458). Springer, Singapore. 
  • Mehta, S., James, D. and Reddy, M.K., 2019. Omics technologies for abiotic stress tolerance in plants: current status and prospects. In Recent Approaches in Omics for Plant Resilience to Climate Change (pp. 1-34). Springer, Cham. 
  • Mehta, S., Singh, B., Dhakate, P., Rahman, M. and Islam, M.A., 2019. Rice, marker-assisted breeding, and disease resistance. In Disease Resistance in Crop Plants (pp. 83-111). Springer, Cham.
  • Anamika, Mehta, S., Singh, B., Patra, A. and Islam, M.A., 2019. Databases: a weapon from the arsenal of bioinformatics for plant abiotic stress research. In Recent approaches in Omics for plant resilience to climate change (pp. 135-169). Springer, Cham.
  • Dhakate, P., Sharma, P., Mehta, S., Akter, J., Bhatt, V., Chandanshive, S., Chakravarty, D., Rahman, M. and Islam, M.A., 2019. Beneficial role of metalloids in plants: molecular understanding and applicability. In Recent Approaches in Omics for Plant Resilience to Climate Change (pp. 357-387). Springer, Cham.
  • Singh, B., Mehta, S., Aggarwal, S.K., Tiwari, M., Bhuyan, S.I., Bhatia, S. and Islam, M.A., 2019. Barley, disease resistance, and molecular breeding approaches. In Disease resistance in crop plants (pp. 261-299). Springer, Cham.
  • Rahman, M., Sultana, S., Nath, D., Kalita, S., Chakravarty, D., Mehta, S., Wani, S.H. and Islam, M.A., 2019. Molecular breeding approaches for disease resistance in sugarcane. In Disease Resistance in Crop Plants (pp. 131-155). Springer, Cham.
  • Mehta, S., Lal, S.K., Varakumar, P., Fartyal, D. and Reddy, M.K., 2018. Tobacco rattle virus-A pathogen Based Vector System as a Tool for Functional Genomics. In Current Research in Microbiology, Volume 3 (pp. 1-5). Open Access eBooks, Las Vegas.
  • Singh, B., Mehta, S., Tiwari, M. and Bhatia, S., 2018. Legume breeding for fungal resistance: a lesson to learn. In Molecular approaches for plant improvement (pp. 159-180). Kalpaz Publication, New Delhi.
  • Lal, S.K., Kumar, S., Sheri, V., Mehta, S., Varakumar, P., Ram, B., Borphukan, B., James, D., Fartyal, D. and Reddy, M.K., 2018. Seed priming: an emerging technology to impart abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants. In Advances in seed priming (pp. 41-50). Springer, Singapore.