Ananda Mustafiz
Associate Professor
Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (FLSB)
Akbar Bhawan
New Delhi 110021
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Research Interest:

We have been working in the field of abiotic stress response in the plant system. It is a challenge to develop crop plants that can withstand different abiotic stresses at the field level. Tolerance towards a particular stress is a polygenic trait.

It is very important to understand the complex network of genes and proteins in the abiotic stress response. Our goal is to understand and identify the basic molecular mechanism underneath abiotic stress signaling in the plant system.

Research Experience:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario London, Canada (2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Delhi, India (2011-2012)
  • Short term Postdoctoral Fellow, IBG-2: Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany (2010)



  • PhD from International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi , in 2010
  • M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh , in 2005

Recent Publications

  • Nagar P, Sharma N, Jain M, Sharma G, Prasad M, Mustafiz A. OsPSKR15, a phytosulfokine receptor from rice enhances abscisic acid response and drought stress tolerance. Physiol Plant. 2021 Sep 22. Available from

  • Raina M, Kumar A, Yadav N, Kumari S, Yusuf A, Mustafiz A, Kumar D. StCaM2, a calcium binding protein, alleviates negative effects of salinity and drought stress in tobacco. Plant Molecular Biology volume 106, pages 85–108 (2021).

  • Jain M, Aggarwal S, Nagar P, Tiwari R, Mustafiz A. A D-lactate dehydrogenase from rice is involved in conferring tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses by maintaining cellular homeostasis. Sci Rep. 2020; 10(1):1–17. Available from:

  • Aggarwal S, Kumar A, Jain M, Sudan J, Singh K, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. C-terminally Encoded Peptides (CEPs) are potential mediators of abiotic stress response in plants. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. Accepted on 4 Sept, 2020

  • Nagar P, Kumar A, Jain M, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. Genome-wide analysis and transcript profiling of PSKR gene family members in Oryza sativa. PLoS One. 2020;15(7 July):1–26. Available from:

  • Batth R, Jain M, Kumar A, Nagar P, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. Zn2+ dependent glyoxalase i plays the major role in methylglyoxal detoxification and salinity stress tolerance in plants. PLoS One. 2020;15(5):1–14. Available from:

  • Jain M, Nagar P, Sharma A, Batth R, Aggarwal S, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. (2018) GLYI and D-LDH play key role in methylglyoxal detoxification and abiotic stress tolerance. Sci. rep. 8 (1), 5451. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23806-4

  • Jain M, Nagar P, Goel P, Singh AK, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. (2018) Second Messengers: Central Regulators in Plant Abiotic Stress Response In: Zargar S., Zargar M. (eds) Abiotic Stress-Mediated Sensing and Signaling in Plants: An Omics Perspective. Springer, Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-7479-0_2

  • Sudan J, Sharma D, Mustafiz A, Kumari S. (2018) Signaling Peptides: Hidden Molecular Messengers of Abiotic Stress Perception and Response in Plants. In: Zargar S., Zargar M. (eds) Abiotic Stress-Mediated Sensing and Signaling in Plants: An Omics Perspective. Springer, Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-7479-0_3

  • Sudan J, Raina M, Singh R, Mustafiz A, Kumari S. (2017) A modified protocol for high-quality DNA extraction from seeds rich in secondary compounds. J Crop Improv. 31 (5), 637-647. doi: 10.1080/15427528.2017.1345028

  • Batth R, Jain M, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. (2017) Glyoxalase System: A Glutathione-Dependent Pathway for Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants. In: Hossain M., Mostofa M., Diaz-Vivancos P., Burritt D., Fujita M., Tran LS. (eds) Glutathione in Plant Growth, Development, and Stress Tolerance. Springer, Cham. 235-263. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66682-2_11

  • Batth, R., Singh, K., Kumari, S., and Mustafiz, A. (2017) Transcript Profiling Reveals the Presence of Abiotic Stress and Developmental Stage Specific Ascorbate Oxidase Genes in Plants. Front. Plant Sci. 8:198.doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00198

  • Jain M, Batth R, Kumari S, Mustafiz A. (2016) Arabidopsis thaliana Contains Both Ni2+ and Zn2+ Dependent Glyoxalase I Enzymes and Ectopic Expression of the Latter Contributes More towards Abiotic Stress Tolerance in E. coli. PLoS One. 14;11(7):e0159348. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159348. eCollection 2016.

  • Mustafiz, A. Kumari, S. and Karan, R. (2016) Ascribing functions to genes: Journey towards genetic improvement of rice via functional genomics. Current Genomics. 17(3): 155-176.

  • Kaur, C., Kushwaha, H.R., Mustafiz , A., Pareek, A., Sopory, S,K., and Singla-Pareek S,L. (2015) Analysis of global gene expression profile of rice in response to methylglyoxal indicates its possible role as a stress signal molecule. Front Plant Sci. 6:682. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00682.

  • Mustafiz, A., Ghosh, A., Tripathi, A.K., Kaur, C., Ganguly, A.K., Bhavesh, N.S., Tripathi, J.K., Pareek, A., Sopory, S.K., and Singla-Pareek, S,L. (2014) A unique Ni2+ -dependent and methylglyoxal-inducible rice glyoxalase I possesses a single active site and functions in abiotic stress response. Plant J. Jun;78(6):951-63. doi: 10.1111/tpj.12521. Epub 2014 May 23. PMID: 24661284

  • Kumar R*, Mustafiz A*, Sharma V, Samanta S, Sahoo KK, Sopory SK, Pareek A, Singla-Pareek SL (2012) Functional screening of cDNA library from a salt tolerant rice genotype Pokkali identifies Mannose -1-phosphate guanyl transferase gene (OsMPG1) as a key me. Ananda Mustafiz (2012)
  • Sharma S, Mustafiz A, Singla-Pareek S, Shankar Srivastava P, Sopory S (2012) Characterization of stress and methylglyoxal inducible triose phosphate isomerase (OscTPI) from rice  Plant Signal Behav. 1;7(10). [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22902706.

  • Mustafiz A, Singh AK, Pareek A, Sopory SK and Singla-Pareek SL (2011) Genome-wide analysis of rice and Arabidopsis identifies two glyoxalase genes that are highly expressed in abiotic stresses. Funct Integr Genomics. [Epublished ahead of print]. PMID: 21213008.

Research Interests

  • Plants response towards abiotic stresses

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