Admissions 2018

Faculty - TERI University


Mandira Kochar
Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Biotechnology

My research endeavours over the last ten years have been focused on Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, and Genetics of environmental microbes. Molecular and functional analysis of phytohormone (indole acetic acid, IAA) biosynthesis in the plant associated bacteria, Azospirillum has broadened knowledge relating to regulation of this plant growth promoting trait and extended understanding of the role of these phytohormones in plant-microbe interactions and improving host plant productivity. The successful use of novel mutagenesis strategies for environmental bacteria has aided detailed analysis of different microbial genomes and variations exhibited by them.

Recently, we were successful in generating large- chromosomal knock-outs of resistance islands in the multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and ascribed defined functions to them. This was a first of its kind study that has performed a genetic and functional analysis of resistance islands in this nosocomial, human pathogen performed at University of Leicester, UK. My current research interests lie in unraveling signalling pathways in plant-associated bacteria, RNAi technology for biocontrol and nanotechnology based interventions for sustainable agriculture and bioremediation.

Interest area: Molecular Microbiology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Nanobiotechnology approaches for Agriculture and Bioremediation




Educational Qualifications
  •  Ph D in Genetics, University of Delhi, 2007

  •  M Sc in Genetics, University of Delhi, 2002

  •  B Sc in Zoology, Gargi College, University of Delhi, 2000

Selected Publications
 Bacterial Biosynthesis of Indole-3-acetic acid: Signal Messenger Service
Kochar M, A Vaishnavi, A Upadhyay and S Srivastava
Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere , Volume 1, Chapter 29, Wiley/Blackwell .,

 Acinetobacter insertion sequence ISAba11 1 Aba11 belongs to a novel family that encodes 2 transposases with a signature HHEK catalytic core motif.
Rieck B, Tourigny DS, Crosatti ML, Schmid R, Kochar M, Harrison EM, Ou HY, Turton JF, Rajakumar K.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78:471-480. Journal impact factor: 3. 8.,

 Deletion of TnAbaR21 results in both expected and unexpected antibiogram changes in a multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii strain
Kochar M, Crosatti ML, Harrison EM, Rieck B, Chan J, Constantinidou C, Pallen M, Ou HY, Rajakumar K
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, April; 56(4): 1845-1853. Journal impact factor: 4.8.,

 Azospirillum brasilense SM in the indole acetic acid dependent growth improvement of sorghum
Kochar M and Srivastava S.
Journal of Basic Microbiology, Volume 52, (2): 123-131.,

 Indole-3-acetic acid biosynthesis in the biocontrol strain Pseudomonas fluorescens Psd and plant growth regulation by hormone over-expression
Kochar M, Upadhyay A and Srivastava S.
Research in Microbiology, 162: 426-435 . Journal Impact Factor: 2.943.,

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