National Institute of Plant Genome Research
Digital India   Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav     
    Dr. Saloni Mathur
    Staff Scientist V
    Phone: 91-11-26741612/14/17 Ext. 175
    Direct: 91-11-26735175
    Fax: 91-11-26741658
 Research Area
Plant regulatory biology, high throughput genomics, bioinformatics.
Scientist III (April 2013 - present): NIPGR.
Research Scientist (2011-2013): Interdisciplinary Centre for Plant Genomics, Delhi University South Campus.
Research Scientist (2005-2011): Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University South Campus.
Ph. D. (1999-2005): Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University South Campus.
M. Sc. (1997-1999): Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University South Campus.
B. Sc. (Botany- Honors, 1994-1997): Gargi College, Delhi University.
 Awards and Honors
SERB 'Women Excellence Award' (2013) by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India.
Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (2008) in Biological Sciences by National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).
Junior and Senior Research fellowships (1999-2004) from CSIR.
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE- 1999).
AWARD-98 awarded by Delhi University Student's Union.
University Gold Medal in B. Sc. Botany honors (1997), awarded by Delhi University.
Pratibha Mukherjee Memorial award (1997), awarded by Gargi College Delhi University.
 Research Interests
Globally the rate of climate warming has averaged twice over the last 50 years than that of last 100 years. The mean air temperature is predicted to rise by up to 4oC by the end of this century. Higher temperatures negatively impact agriculture directly both in terms of yield and quality. In tomato, increased temperatures have been shown to significantly disturb microsporogenesis and megasporogenesis that result in substantial decrease in fruit set. Our group is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying plant response to harsh environment such as heat stress. In particular, the upstream factors regulating the known heat shock responsive genes is currently not well understood. MicroRNAs form one such class of small regulatory molecules with potential to control these genes. The idea is to identify and characterize heat-responsive miRNAs in tomato and dissect out the regulatory networks that are responsive to heat stress. This would provide clues to better understand stress signaling and heat tolerance. This feat will be achieved by adopting a global approach by comparative analysis of the modulation of miRNA expressions in contrasting tomato cultivars during different stages of plant development with special emphasis on flower and fruit development. The long-term goal of the lab is to elucidate the miRNA networks and identify key genes instrumental in regulating response to heat stress. These key regulators can then be manipulated to engineer for the better survival, yield as well as quality potential of tomato and other related crop plants.
 Group Members
Chandni Bansal Ph. D. Student
Jaishri Rubina Das Ph. D. Student
Apoorva Gupta Ph. D. Student
Monika Shrivastava Ph. D. Student
Adesh Kumar Ph. D. Student


Bansal, C., Kumar, A., Shrivastava, M. and Mathur, S., (2024). Functional diversification of miR172 isoforms in tomato under abiotic stress. Environmental and Experimental Botany, p.105696.
Gupta, A., Ghosh, D., Rao, S. and Mathur, S., (2024). Deciphering the role of MIR169d: NF-YA2 module under individual as well as combined drought and heat stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology Reports, pp.1-12.
Das, J.R. and Mathur, S., (2023). HSFA1a: the quarterback of heat stress response and 3D-chromatin organization. Trends in Plant Science
Rao S, Gupta A, Bansal C, Sorin C, Crespi M and Mathur S. (2022) A conserved HSF:miR169:NF-YA loop involved in tomato and Arabidopsis heat stress tolerance. The Plant Journal 112(1): 7-26.
Rao S, Balyan S, Bansal C, Mathur S. (2022) An integrated bioinformatics and functional approach for miRNA validation In Plant Gene Silencing 2022 (pp. 253-281). Humana, New York, NY
Rao S, Das JR, Balyan, S, Verma R, Mathur S. (2022) Cultivar-biased regulation of HSFA7 and HSFB4a govern high temperature tolerance in tomato. Planta 255(2):1-18.
Gour P, Kansal S, Agarwal P, Mishra BS, Sharma D, Mathur S, Raghuvanshi S (2022) Variety-specific transcript accumulation during reproductive stage drought stress in rice. Physiologia Plantarum 174(1): pe13585.
Rao, S., Balyan, S., Bansal, C. and Mathur, S., (2022). An Integrated Bioinformatics and Functional Approach for miRNA Validation. In Plant Gene Silencing: Methods and Protocols (pp. 253-281). New York, NY: Springer US.
Rao S, Das JR, Mathur, S. (2021). Exploring the master regulator heat stress transcription factor HSFA1a-mediated transcriptional cascade of HSFs in the heat stress response of tomato. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 30(4) 862-877.
Bansal C, Balyan S, Mathur S. (2021) Inferring the regulatory network of the miRNA-mediated response to individual and combined heat and drought stress in tomato. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 30(4) 878-888.
Parida AP, Srivastava A, Mathur S, Sharma AK, Kumar R. (2021) Identification, evolutionary profiling, and expression analysis of F-box superfamily genes under phosphate deficiency in tomato. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry.162:349-62.
Balyan S, Rao S, Jha S, Bansal C, Das JR and Mathur S (2020). Characterization of novel regulators for heat stress tolerance in tomato from Indian sub-continent. Plant Biotechnology Journal 18(10), p. 2118.
Rao S, Balyan S, Jha S and Mathur S (2020) Novel insights into expansion and functional diversification of MIR169 family in tomato. Planta, 251(2):55.
Rao S, Balyan S, Jha S, Bansal C, Das JR, Gupta A, Mathur S. (2020) Orchestration of MicroRNAs and Transcription Factors in the Regulation of Plant Abiotic Stress Response. In Plant Stress Biology (pp. 251-277). Springer, Singapore.
Pandey S, Muthamilarasan M, Sharma N, Chaudhry V, Dulani P, Shweta, Jha S, Mathur S, Prasad M. (2019) Characterization of DEAD-box family of RNA helicases in tomato provides insights into their roles in biotic and abiotic stresses. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 158:107-116.
International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (2018) Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome. Science, 361(6403): eaar7191.
Balyan S, Kumar M, Mutum R, Raghuvanshi U, Agarwal P, Mathur S, and Raghuvanshi S. (2017) Identification of miRNA-mediated drought responsive multi-tiered regulatory network in drought tolerant rice, Nagina 22. Scientific Reports 7: 15446.
Paul A, Rao S, Mathur S. (2016) The a-Crystallin Domain Containing Genes: Identification, Phylogeny and Expression Profiling in Abiotic Stress, Phytohormone Response and Development in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:426
Mutum R, Kumar S, Balyan S, Kansal S, Mathur S, and Raghuvanshi S. (2016) Identification of novel miRNAs from drought tolerant rice variety Nagina 22. Scientific Reports, 6:30786.
Jaiswal V, Gahlaut V, Mathur S, Agarwal P, Khandelwal MK, Khurana JP, Tyagi AK, Balyan HS and Gupta PK. (2015) Identification of novel SNP in promoter sequence of TaGX2-GA associated with grain weight and other agronomic traits in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). PLOS One, 10(6): e0129400.
Kansal S, Mutum RD, Balyan SC, Arora MK, Singh AK, Mathur S, Raghuvanshi S. (2015) Unique miRNome during anthesis in drought-tolerant indica rice var. Nagina 22. Planta, 241(6):1543-1559.
Balyan SC, Mutum RD, Kansal S, Kumar S, Mathur S and Raghuvanshi S. (2015) Insights into the small RNA mediated networks in response to abiotic stress in plants. In: Pandey GK (ed), Elucidation of Abiotic Stress Signaling in Plants. Springer Science, New York, USA : pp 45-91
Dhariwal R, Gahlaut V, Govindraj BR, Singh D, Mathur S, Vyas S, Bandopadhyay R, Khurana JP, Tyagi AK, Prabhu KV, Mukhopadhyay K, Balyan HS, and Gupta PK. (2015) Stage-specific reprogramming of gene expression characterizes Lr48-mediated adult plant leaf rust resistance in wheat. Funct. Integr. Genomics, 15(2):233-245.
Gahlaut V, Mathur S, Dhariwal R, Khurana JP, Tyagi AK, Balyan HS, and Gupta PK. (2014) A multi-step phosphorelay two-component system impacts on tolerance against dehydration stress in common wheat. Funct. Integr. Genomics, 14(4):707-716.
Mathur S, and Dasgupta I (2013) Further support of genetic conservation in Indian isolates of Rice tungro bacilliform virus by sequence analysis of an isolate from north-western India. Virus Genes, 46(2): 387-391.
Saloni Mathur, Shailendra Vyas, Amolkumar U. Solanke, Rahul Kumar, Vikrant Gupta, Arun K. Sharma, Paramjit Khurana, Jiten Khurana, Akhilesh Tyagi, (The Tomato Genome Consortium, the list of authors from UDSC) (2012). The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution. Nature, 485(7400), 635-641.
Shailly Anand, Naseer Sangwan, Pushp Lata, Jasvinder kaur, Ankita Dua, Amit Singh, Mansi Verma, Jaspreet Kaur, Jitendra Khurana, Paramjit Khurana, Saloni Mathur, Rup Lal. (2012). Genome Sequence of Sphingobium indicum B90A, a Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) Degrading Bacterium. Journal of Bacteriology, 194(16), 4471-4472.
Mathur S,Vyas S, Kapoor S, Tyagi AK (2011). The mediator complex in plants: structure, phylogeny and expression profiling of representative genes in a dicot (Arabidopsis) and a monocot (Rice) during reproduction and abiotic stress. Plant Physiology, 157(4), 1609-1627.
Purkayastha A, Mathur S, Verma V, Sharma S and Dasgupta I. (2010). Virus-induced Gene Silencing in rice using a vector derived from a DNA virus. Planta, 232(6):1531-1540.
Saloni Mathur, Shailendra Vyas, Amolkumar U. Solanke, ....., Nagendra Kumar Singh (The Tomato Genome Sequencing Consortium, the list of Indian authors) (2009). A snapshot of the emerging tomato genome sequence. The Plant Genome, 2, 78-92.
Vikrant Gupta, Saloni Mathur, Amolkumar U. Solanke, Manoj K. Sharma, Rahul Kumar, Shailendra Vyas, Paramjit Khurana, Jitendra P. Khurana, Akhilesh K. Tyagi, Arun K. Sharma. (2009). Genome analysis and genetic enhancement of tomato. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 29(2): 152-181.
Mathur, S. and Dasgupta, I. (2007). Downstream promoter sequence of an Indian isolate of rice tungro bacilliform virus alters tissue-specific expression in host rice and acts differentially in heterologous system. Plant Molecular Biology, 65(3), 259-275.
Niazi, F.R., Dasgupta, I., Singh, J., Mathur, S. and Varma, A. (2005). Characterization of new strains in rice tungro viruses. Indian Phytopathology, 58(3), 308-313.
Nath, N., Mathur, S. and Dasgupta, I. (2002). Molecular analysis of two complete rice tungro bacilliform virus genomic sequences from India. Archives of Virology, 147(6), 1173-1187.
Patent entitled “RTBV plant promoter and process thereof”. Inventors: Mathur S and Dasgupta I. International Patent Application number PCT/IN2005/000285.
A patent for the USA, Eurasian countries, Japan and several other countries has been granted. The patent no. is 013229

The patent has been commercialized with 'Bejo Sheetal Seeds', Jalna, India.
 Our research in news

Work from our lab on identifying and functionally characterizing heat stress genes for providing thermotolerance in tomato (Balyan et al., 2020 in Plant Biotechnology Journal) has been in focus and shared and presented at:

1. Vigyan Prasar (an autonomous organisation under Department of Science and Technology) has posted the news draft on vigyan samachar

2. SCISOUP (a science and technology blog for science professionals and general public), has showcased our research