National Institute of Plant Genome Research
Digital India     
    Dr. Pinky Agarwal
    Staff Scientist IV
    M. Sc. and Ph. D. (Plant Molecular Biology-South Campus Delhi University)
    Tel: 91-11-26735211
    Fax: 91-11-26741658
 Research Area
Regulatory networks controlling the development of rice seed
Scientist III, NIPGR (2014 onwards)
Scientist II, NIPGR (2011 - 2014)
Research Scientist, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University (2010-11)
Ph. D., Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University (2003-09)
M. Sc., Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University (2001-03)
B. Sc. (Botany-Hons.), Gargi College, Delhi University (1998-2001)
 Awards & Honors
Travel grant award by American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) to attend Plant Biology 2018 (not availed)
Special mention in Indian Women Scientist's Association (IWSA) newsletter (December 2012)
Selected for the 1st EMBO research leadership course in India by DBT India Alliance (2018)
SERB 'Women Excellence Award' (2013) by Science and Research Engineering Board, India and was felicitated with the same on Women's Day, 2013 at the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi
INSA Young Scientist's Award (2012)
Junior and senior research fellowships from UGC (2001)
President of Gargi College Botanical Society (2000)
 Research Interests and ongoing work
Rice is the staple food of more than 50% of the world's population. The edible part is the seed or grain. Based on the morphological changes occurring during rice seed development, we have classified the process into five stages. Microarray performed on these stages shows that transcription factors form one of the major classes of differentially expressed genes. With this in view, many transcription factor encoding gene families such as the C2H2 zinc finger encoding gene family members have been identified from the rice genome. Thus, a plethora of genes involved in controlling rice seed development have emerged. We have also performed RNAseq on the five stages from two genotypes of rice with extremes of seed size/ weight, and have listed out genes/pathways controlling rice seed size. Apart from this, research is ongoing to functionally characterize genes which control the seed size and nutrition, with the aim of producing a better crop.
 Group Members
 Iny E. Mathew Ph. D. student
  Sweta Das Ph. D. student
  Ankit Verma Ph. D. student
  Arunima Mahto Ph. D. student
  Priya Jaiswal Ph. D. student
  Richa Priyadarshini Ph. D. student
  Rashmi Renu Sahoo SRF
  Ankur Vichitra RA
  Shubhra Rastogi RA
  Akanksha Panwar SRF
  Purnima Singh SRF
  Megha Varshney SRF
  Sanjoli Jain JRF
  Swarnmala Samal JRF
 Veena K. Sinha JRF
 Selected Publications
Malik N, Agarwal P, Tyagi A K (2017)  Emerging functions of multi-protein complex Mediator with special emphasis on plants. Crit Rev Biochem Mol Biol (doi: 10.1080/10409238.2017.1325830).
Mathew IE, Das S, Mahto A, Agarwal P (2016) Three rice NAC transcription factors heteromerize and are associated with seed size. Front Plant Sci 7:1638.
Agarwal P, Parida S K, Raghuvanshi S, Kapoor S, Khurana P, Khurana J P, Tyagi A K (2016) Rice improvement through genome-based functional analysis and molecular breeding in India. Rice (N Y) 9 (1):1.
Daware A, Das S, Srivastava R, Badoni S, Singh AK, Agarwal P, Parida SK, Tyagi AK (2016) An efficient strategy combining SSR markers- and advanced QTL-seq-driven QTL mapping unravels candidate genes regulating grain weight in rice. Front Plant Sci 7:1535.
Badoni S, Das S, Sayal Y K, Gopalakrishnan S, Singh A K, Rao AR, Agarwal P, Parida S K, Tyagi A K (2016) Genome-wide generation and use of informative intron-spanning and intron-length polymorphism markers for high-throughput genetic analysis in rice. Sci Rep 6:23765.
Malik N, Dwivedi N, Singh A K, Parida S K, Agarwal P, Thakur J K, Tyagi A K (2016) An integrated genomic strategy delineates candidate mediator genes regulating grain size and weight in rice. Sci Rep 6:23253.
Agarwal P, Parida S K, Mahto A, Das S, Mathew I E, Malik N, Tyagi A K (2014) Expanding frontiers in plant transcriptomics in aid of functional genomics and molecular breeding. Biotechnol J 9:1480-1491.
Thakur J K, Agarwal P, Parida S, Bajaj D, Pasrija R (2013) Sequence and expression analyses of KIX domain proteins suggest their importance in seed development and determination of seed size in rice, and genome stability in Arabidopsis. Mol Genet Genomics 288:329-46.
Sharma R*, Agarwal P*, Ray S, Deveshwar P, Sharma P, Sharma N, Nijhawan A, Jain M, Singh A K, Singh V P, Khurana J P, Tyagi A K, Kapoor S. 2012. Expression dynamics of metabolic and regulatory components across stages of panicle and seed development in indica rice. Funct Integr Genomics 12:229-248 (*-equal contribution)
Agarwal P, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. 2011. Transcription factors regulating the progression of monocot and dicot seed development. BioEssays 33:189-202.
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 286:171-187.
Ray S, Dansana, P K, Giri J, Deveshwar P, Arora R, Agarwal P, Khurana J P, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. (2011). Modulation of transcription factor and metabolic pathway genes in response to water-deficit stress in rice. Funct Integr Genomics 11:157-78.
Agarwal P, Arora R, Ray S, Singh A K, Singh V P, Takatsuji H, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. 2007. Genome-wide identification of C2H2 zinc-finger gene family in rice and their phylogeny and expression analysis. Plant Mol Biol 65:467-485.
Ray S, Agarwal P, Arora R, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K. 2007. Expression analysis of calcium- dependent protein kinase gene family during reproductive development and abiotic stress conditions in rice (Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica). Mol Genet Genomics 278:493-505.
Arora R, Agarwal P, Ray S, Singh A K, Singh V P, Tyagi A K,  Kapoor S. 2007. MADS-box gene family in rice: Genome wide identification, organization and expression profiling during reproductive development and stress. BMC Genomics 8:242.
Jain M, Nijhawan A, Arora R, Agarwal P, Ray S, Sharma P, Kapoor S, Tyagi A K, Khurana J P. 2007. F-box proteins in rice: Genome-wide analysis, classification, spatial and temporal gene expression during panicle and seed development, and regulation by light and abiotic stress. Plant Physiol 143:1467-1483.
 Book Chapters
Mahto A, Mathew IE and Agarwal P (2017). Decoding the transcriptome of rice seed during development. In Advances in Seed Biology, J. C. Jimenez-Lopez (Ed.), 25, InTech, Spain.
Tyagi AK, Khurana JP, Khurana P, Kapoor S, Singh VP, Singh AK, Thakur JK, Gupta V, Anand S, Vij S, Jain M, Ray S, Agarwal P, Arora R, Sharma P, Mukerjee S, Nijhawan A, Giri J, Khurana R (2007). Expression and functional analysis of rice genes involved in reproductive development and stress response. Rice Genetics V, 301-334, IRRI, Philippines.
Kapoor S, Khurana R, Baranwal V, Agarwal P, Ray S, and Tyagi AK (2011). Genome-wide Strategies for Genetic Enhancement of Rice. Proceedings of National Symposium on Genomics and Crop Improvement 2011 (In Press), Hyderabad, India.
Agarwal P, Parida S, Kothari KS, Sharma G, Baranwal V, Kapoor S and Tyagi A. (2012). Transcriptome resources for function analysis and genetic enhancement of rice. In International Dialogue on Designer Rice for Future: Perception and Prospects EA Siddiq eds., 1-25, Patancheru, India
Patent titled: "Nucleic acid sequences from rice involved in seed development and uses thereof". Inventor; Tyagi AK, Kapoor S, Agarwal P; Patent File, 160/DEL/2007