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Dr. Rehna Augustine

Dr. Rehna Augustine
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Rehna Augustine has obtained her Ph.D. Degree from National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi (Jawaharlal Nehru University) in 2013. She has about four years of research experience as Post-doctoral Fellow at National Institute of Plant Genome research and more than one year experience as Research Scientist at Agrigenome Labs, Pvt. Ltd. Kochi, before joining KAU. Her main research focus is on nutritional quality improvement of important food and oil crops through CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene editing and RNAi mediated gene silencing. She has published 14 research papers in highly reputed journals like Plant Cell, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Plant Cell Environment, Journal of Experimental Botany etc. She owes two book chapters and an Indian patent also to her credit. Dr. Rehna is also the recipient of prestigious awards like “NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 2016” from National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, “INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2015” from Indian National Science Academy, “Jawaharlal Nehru Award for outstanding P.G. Doctoral thesis in agriculture and allied subjects, 2014 from Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Detailed list of Awards and Publications

  • NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 2016 from National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad,

  • INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2015 from Indian National Science Academy.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru award for outstanding P.G. Doctoral thesis research in agricultural and allied sciences, 2014, from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India.

  • Best scientific presentation award and Gold Medal for Sciefflux- student’s research symposium held at National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.

  • Best score award and Gold Medal for Ph.D. course work at National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.

  • Junior and Senior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (C.S.I.R.), New Delhi for pursuing Ph.D.

  • Qualified National Eligibility Test (for lectureship/Assistant Professorship) in Plant Biotechnology conducted by ASRB/ICAR, New Delhi in 2006 and in life sciences conducted by C.S.I.R., New Delhi in 2007.

  • Best poster award under the theme “Innovative agriculture practices and livestock management” at India International Science Festival (IISF-2016), held during December 7-11, at New Delhi.


Patent filed

  • Indian patent application No: 363/DEL/2012

Date of filing: 8 February 2012

Title: “Compositions and methods for production of transgenic plants having reduced glucosinolates levels.” Inventors: Bisht NC, Augustine R.


Selected publications


  1. Kumar R*, Lee SG*, Augustine R*,Reichelt M,Vassão DG, Palavalli MH,Allen A, Gershenzon J, Jez JM, andBisht NC (2019) Molecular basis of the evolution of methylthioalkylmalate synthase and the diversity of methionine-derived glucosinolates. The Plant Cell 31: 1–15(*equal contribution).

  2. Bajpai PK, Reichelt M, Augustine R, Gershenzon J and Bisht NC (2019) Heterotic patterns of primary and secondary metabolites in the oilseed crop Brassica juncea. Heredity (In Press).

  3. Augustine R and Bisht NC (2019) Targeted silencing of genes in polyploids: lessons learned from Brassica juncea-glucosinolate system. Plant cell Reportsdoi.org/10.1007/s00299-018-2348-8.

  4. Kumar P*Augustine R*, Singh AK and Bisht NC. (2017) Feeding behaviour of generalist pests on Brassica juncea: implication for manipulation of glucosinolate biosynthesis pathway for enhanced resistance. Plant, Cell & Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.13009. (*equal contribution).

  5. Pandey C, Augustine R, Panthri M, Zia I, Bisht NC and Gupta M (2017). Arsenic affects the production of glucosinolate, thiol and phytochemical compounds: A comparison of two Brassica cultivars. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 111: 144e154. doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2016.11.026.

  6. Chandna R*, Augustine R*, Kanchupati P*, Kumar R, Kumar P, Arya GC and Bisht NC (2016). Class-specific evolution and transcriptional differentiation of 14-3-3 family members in mesohexaploid Brassica rapa. Frontiers in Plant Science DOI:10.3389/FPLS.2016.00012. (*equal contribution).

  7. Augustine R and Bisht NC(2015). Biofortification of oilseed Brassica juncea by suppressing the GSL-ALK gene family. Scientific Reports 5:18005 | DOI: 10.1038/srep18005.

  8. Augustine R and Bisht NC(2015).Biotic elicitors and mechanical damage modulate glucosinolate accumulation by co-ordinated interplay of glucosinolate biosynthesis regulators in polyploid Brassica juncea.Phytochemistry 117: 43-50. doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2015.05.015.

  9. Meenu*, Augustine R*, Majee M, Pradhan AK and Bisht NC (2015). Genomic origin, expression differentiation and regulation of multiple genes encoding CYP83A1, a key enzyme for core glucosinolate biosynthesis, from the allotetraploid Brassica juncea.Planta 241:651–665 (*equal contribution). doi: 10.1007/s00425-014-2205-0.

  10. Bisht NC, Jagannath A, Augustine R, Burma PK, Gupta V, Pradhan AK, and Pental D (2015). Effective restoration of male-sterile (barnase) lines requires overlapping and higher levels of barstar expression: A multi-generation field analysis in Brassica juncea. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s13562-014-0289-z.

  11. Augustine R*, Arya GC*, Nambiar DM, Kumar R and Bisht NC (2014). Translational genomics in Brassica crops: challenges, progress, and future prospects. Plant Biotechnology Reports 8: 65-81 (*equal contribution). doi.org/10.1007/s11816-013-0298-8.

  12. Augustine R, Majee M, Gershenzon J and Bisht NC (2013). Four genes encoding MYB28, a major transcriptional regulator of aliphatic glucosinolate pathway, are differentially expressed in the allopolyploid Brassica juncea. Journal of Experimental Botany 64: 4907-21. doi.org/10.1093/jxb/ert280.

  13. Augustine R, Mukhopadhyay A and Bisht NC (2013). Targeted silencing of BjMYB28 transcription factor gene directs development of low glucosinolate lines in oilseed Brassica juncea. Plant Biotechnology Journal 11: 855-866.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.12078.

  14. Chandna R, Augustine R andBisht NC (2012). Evaluation of candidate reference genes for gene expression normalization in Brassica juncea using real-time quantitative RT-PCR. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36918. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0036918.


Book chapters

  • Augustine R and Bisht NC (2016).Regulation of glucosinolate metabolism: from model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to Brassica crops. In: Ramawat K and Merillon JM (eds), Reference series in phytochemistry: Glucosinolates. Springer, Germany. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26479-0_3-1.


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