Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor


Ph. D.,  Plant Molecular Biology (1998), Durham University, United Kingdom
M. Phil.,  Biochemistry and Genetics (1998), Kurukshetra University (India)
M. Sc.,  Botany (1987), Kurukshetra University (India)
B. Sc.,  Medical (1985), Maharishi Dayanand University (India)

Teaching (Courses Developed and Taught)

  • STOCKCH 597A - Phyto/Bioremediation
  • STOCKCH 591A - Plant Biotechnology
  • STOCKCH 792A/892A - Seminar in plant Sciences
  • FFSY 197PSISS - GM Crops: Facts, Myths and Controversies
  • NatSci 499 F - Icons 4 (Integrated Scientific Research)
  • PLANTSOIL385 - Introductory Biotechnology lab
  • PLNTSOIL290A - Principles of Modern Biotechnology

Research Specialties

  • γ-glutamyle cycle and Glutathione homeostasis in plants for improved oxidative stress tolerance and Nitrogen use efficiency in agricultural crops
  • Engineering non-food crops for phytoremediation of heavy metals and metalloids
  • Molecular and physiological strategies for developing arsenic free rice
  • Molecular and biochemical mechanisms of abiotic stress (including heavy metals, drought, high temperature, salinity and nutrient stress) tolerance in plants
  • Metabolic engineering of oil seed crops (Camelina sativa, Crambe abyssinica, and Brassica juncea) for biofuels and value-added bioproducts.
  • Fate and transport of metal-based Nanoparticles toxicity in Agricultural crops

Honors and Awards

Haryana Gaurav Samman Award in Education awarded at the 1st Haryana Pravasi Diwas Jan 10-11, 2017, to an Overseas Indian of Haryana origin who has made significant contribution in the Education field in India.
Vice President for the International Society for Phytotechnologies (IPS, 2015-2017)
Elected Fellow of the Indian Society for Plant Physiology (2015)
Member, Executive Committee of American Society for Plant Biologists (3 years term, 2012-2015)
Nominated as the Division Chair for C7 in the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) in 2013 and 2015
Faculty Honor/ Recognition for Patent Awards, May 2011 and May 2012.
Faculty Research/ Healey Endowment Award, University of Massachusetts Amherst, April 2005.
Research Excellence Award for outstanding Research, Division of Environmental Chemistry, American Chemical Society, New Orleans, March 26, 2003.
Best presentation award at an international conference "Heavy Metals in Plants: Ecosystem to Biomolecules", University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2002.
Commonwealth Scholarship award by Commonwealth Commission London (U.K.), October 1994 to December 1997.

Publications and Books/Book Chapters:

I have published more than 80 publications in high profile journals including Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences USA, Plant Cell, Plant Physiology etc.

Selected Publications

Klaus Nüsslein, Om Parkash Dhankher et al. Food Security Needs Social Science Inputs. Nature 535, 37 (07 July 2016) doi:10.1038/535037d (This is an opinion article in Nature Correspondence section).

Chuanxin Ma, Hong Liu, Huiyuan Guo, Craig Musante, Sanem Hosbas Coskun, Bryant C. Nelson, Jason C. White, Baoshan Xing, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Defense Mechanisms and Nutrient Displacement in Arabidopsis thaliana upon Exposure to CeO2 and In2O3 Nanoparticles. Environ Sci: Nano (published) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b02976 (2017)

Qing Zhao, Chuanxin Ma, Jason C White, Om Parkash Dhankher, Xuejiao Zhang, Siyu Zhang, Baoshan Xing. Quantitative evaluation of multi-wall carbon nanotube uptake by terrestrial plants. Carbon 114: 661e670 ((2017) DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2016.12.036 (2017)

Amit Pal Singh, Garima Dixit, Amit Kumar, Seema Mishra, Navin Kumar, Sameer Dixit, Pradyumna Kumar Singh, Sanjay Dwivedi, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Vivek Pandey, Om Prakash Dhankher, Gareth J Norton, Debasis Chakrabarty, Rudra Deo Tripathi. A protective role for nitric oxide and salicylic acid for arsenite phytotoxicity in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (In press) DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2017.02.019 (2017).

Alia D. Servin, Luca Pagano, Hiram Castillo-Michel, Roberto De la Torre-Roche, Joseph Hawthorne, Jose A. Hernandez-Viezcas, Rene Loredo, Sanghamitra Majumdar, Jorge Gardea-Torresday, Om Parkash Dhankher, Jason C. White. Weathering in soil increases nanoparticle CuO bioaccumulation within a terrestrial food chain. Nanotoxicology, 11(1): 98-111. DOI:10.1080/17435390.2016.1277274 (2017).

Guangcai Chen, Chuanxin Ma, Arnab Mukherjee, Craig Musante, Jianfeng Zhang, Jason C. White, Om Parkash Dhankher, Baoshan Xing. Tannic acid alleviates Nd2O3 bulk and nanoparticle toxicity in pumpkin: physiological and molecular response. Nanotoxicology Jul 11:1-11 (2016) DOI:10.1080/17435390.2016.1202349.

Hesham M. Abdullah, Bibin Paulose, Danny Schnell, Ashwani Pareek, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Transcriptome Profiling of Camelina sativa to Identify Genes Involved in Triacylglycerol Biosynthesis and Accumulation in Developing Seeds. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9:136 (2016).

Pagano L., Servin A., De La Torre-Roche R., Majumdar S., Mukherjee A., Hawthorne J., Marmiroli M., Maestri E., Dhankher, Om Parkash, White J.C., Marmiroli N. Nanomaterials and crop plants: health and environmental safety related to molecular effects of ENMs exposure. Environ. Sci. Technol, 50: 7198-7207 (2016).

Pankaj Kumar Verma, Shikha Verma, Veena Pande, Shekhar Mallick, Rudra Deo Tripathi, Om Parkash Dhankher, Debasis Chakrabarty. Overexpression of Rice Glutaredoxin OsGrx_C7 and OsGrx_C2.1 Reduces Intracellular Arsenic Accumulation and Increases Tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Plant Sciences, 7: 740 (2016).

Pankaj Kumar Verma, Shikha Verma, Alok Kumar Meher, Veena Pande, Shekhar Mallick, Amit Kumar Bansiwal, Rudra Deo Tripathi, Om Parkash Dhankher, Debasis Chakrabarty. Overexpression of rice glutaredoxins (OsGrxs) significantly reduces arsenite accumulation by maintaining glutathione pool and modulating aquaporins in yeast. Plant Physiol Biochem, 106: 208-217 (2016).

Kareem A. Mosa, Ismail Saadoun, Kundan Kumar, Mohamed Helmy, Om Parkash Dhankher. Potential Biotechnological Strategies for the Cleanup of Heavy Metals and Metalloids. Frontiers in Plant Sciences, 7: 303 (2016).

Arnab Mukherjee, Sanghamitra Majumdar, Alia D. Servin, Luca Pagano, Om Parkash Dhankher and Jason C. White. Carbon Nanomaterials in Agriculture: A Critical Review. Frontiers in Plant Sciences, 7: 172 (2016).

Kareem Mosa, Kundan Kumar, Sudesh Chhikara, and Om Parkash. Enhanced Boron Tolerance in Plants Mediated by Bidirectional Transport Through Plasma Membrane Intrinsic Proteins. Nature Scientific Reports 6:21640 (2016).

Amit Pal Singh, Dixit G, Kumar A, Mishra S, Singh PK, Dwivedi S, Trivedi PK, Chakrabarty D, Mallick S, Pandey V, Dhankher OP and Tripathi RD. Nitric Oxide Alleviated Arsenic Toxicity by Modulation of Antioxidants and Thiol Metabolism in Rice (Oryza sativa L.). Front. Plant Sci. 6:1272 (2016).

Chuanxin Ma, Jason C. White, and Om Parkash Dhankher.  Phytotoxicity and Ecological Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles. Int. J. Plant and Environment, 1: 1-7 (2015).

Chuanxin Ma, Jason C. White, Om Parkash Dhankher, and Baoshan Xing. Metal-Based Nanotoxicity and Detoxification Pathways in Higher. Plants. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49, 7109−7122 (2015).

Ma C, Chhikara S, Minocha R, Long S, Musante C, White JC, Xing B, Dhankher OP. Reduced Silver Nanoparticle Phytotoxicity in Crambe abyssinica with Enhanced Glutathione Production by Overexpressing Bacterial γ-Glutamylcysteine Synthase. Environ Sci. Technol. 49: 10117−10126 (2015).

Garima Dixit, Amit Pal Singh, Amit Kumar, Pradyumna Kumar Singh, Smita Kumar,Sanjay Dwivedi, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Vivek Pandey, Gareth John Norton, Om Parkash Dhankher, Rudra Deo Tripathi. Sulfur mediated reduction of arsenic toxicity involves efficient thiol metabolism and the antioxidant defense system in rice. J. Hazzardous Mat. 298: 241-251 (2015).

Kundan Kumar, Kareem A. Mosa, Sudesh Chhikara, Craig Musante, Jason C. White and Om Parkash Dhankher. Two Rice Plasma Membrane Intrinsic Proteins, OsPIP2;4 and OsPIP2;7, are Involved in Transport and Providing Tolerance to Boron Toxicity. Planta, 239:187-98 (2014).

Bibin Paulose, Sudesh Chhikara, Joshua Coomey, Ha-il Jung, Olena Vatamaniuk and Om Parkash Dhankher. A -Glutamyl Cyclotransferase Protects Arabidopsis Plants from Heavy Metal Toxicity by Recycling Glutamate to Maintain Glutathione Homeostasis. The Plant Cell, 25: 4580–4595 (2013).

Sanjay Singh Parmar, Anjali Jaiwal, Om Parkash Dhankher, Pawan K Jaiwal. Coenzyme Q10 production in plants: current status and future prospects. Critical Rev. Biotechnology, 35(2): 152-164 (2013).

Chuanxin Ma, Sudesh Chhikara, Baoshan Xing, Craige Musante, Jason C. White, and Om P. Dhankher. Physiological and Molecular Response of Arabidopsis thaliana to Nanoparticle Cerium and Indium Oxide Exposure. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2013, 1: 768−778.

Sudesh Chhikara, Indrajit Dutta, Pawan Jaiwal, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Developing an Agrobacterium-mediated stable transformation method for industrial oilseed crop Crambe abyssinica ‘BelAnn’. Industrial Crops and Products 37: 457– 465 (2012).

Kareem A. Mosa, Kundan Kumar, Sudesh Chhikara, Joseph Mcdermott, Zijuan Liu, Craig Musante, Jason C. White, Om Parkash Dhankher. Members of rice plasma membrane intrinsic proteins subfamily are involved in arsenite permeability and tolerance in plants. Transgenic Res. 21:1265–1277 (2012).

Om Parkash Dhankher, Sharon Dotty, Richard B Meagher, and Elizabeth Pilon-Smits. Biotechnological Approaches for Phytoremediation. In: Plant biotechnology and agriculture: Prospects for the 21st Century, Eds: Arie Altman and Paul Hasegawa. Elsevier Press. (2012).

Richa Dave, Pradyumna Kumar Singh, Preeti Tripathi, Manju Shri, Garima Dixit , Sanjay Dwivedi, Debasis Chakrabarty, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Om Prakash Dhankher, Francisco Javier Corpas, Juan B. Barroso, Rudra Deo Tripathi. Arsenite Tolerance is Related to Proportional Thiolic Metabolite Synthesis in Rice (Oryza sativa L.). Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 64(2): 235-42 (2012).

Sudesh Chhikara, Darshana Chaudhary, Om Parkash Dhankher and Pawan K Jaiwal.  Combined expression of barley II chitinase and type I ribosomal inactivating protein in transgenic Brassica juncea provides protection against fungus Alternaria brassicae. Plant Tissue and Organ Culture 108(1): 83-89 (2012).

Anirudha Dixit and Om Parkash Dhankher. A Novel Stress-Associated Protein ‘AtSAP10’ from Arabidopsis thaliana Confers Tolerance to Nickel, Manganese, Zinc, and High Temperature Stress. PLoS One, 6(6) e20921: 1-13 (2011).

Asma Zulfiqar, Sudesh Chhikara, Bibin Paulose, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Identifying Genes/Gene Networks Involved in Chromium Metabolism and Detoxification in Crambe abyssinica. Environmental Pollution 159: 3123-3128 (2011).

Sudesh Chhikara, Bibin Paulose, Jason White and Om Parkash Dhankher. Understanding the Physiological and Molecular Mechanism of Persistent Organic Pollutant Uptake and Detoxification in Cucurbit Species (Zucchini and Squash). Environ Sci. & Technol.  44: 7295-7301 (2010).

Dwivedi S, Tripathi, R.D., Tripathi P., Kumar A., Dave, R., Mishra S., Singh R., Sharma D., Rai U.N., Chakrabarty D., Trivedi P.K., Adhikari B.A., Bag M.K., Dhankher Om P., and Tuli R. Arsenate Exposure Affects Amino Acids, Mineral Nutrient Status and Antioxidants in Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Genotypes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44: 9542–9549 (2010).

Bibin Paulose, Suganthy Kandasamy and Om Parkash Dhankher. Expression Profiling of Crambe abyssinica under Arsenate Stress Identifies Genes and Gene Networks involved in Arsenic Metabolism and Detoxification. BMC Plant Biology 10:108 (2010).

Seema Misra, R.D. Tripathi, Sudhakar Srivastava, Sanjay Dwivedi, Prabodh K. Trivedi, Om Parkash Dhankher, and A. Khare. Thiol metabolism play significant role during cadmium detoxification by Ceratophyllum demersum L. Bioresource Technology, 100: 2155-2161 (2009).

Rakesh Minocha, P. Thangavel, Om Parkash Dhankher and Stephanie Long. Separation and quantification of monothiols and phytochelatins from a wide variety of cell cultures and tissues of trees and other plants using high performance liquid chromatography.  J. Chromatography A, 1207: 72-83 (2008).

Katty E. Smith, Raymond A. Putnam, Clifford Phaneuf, Guy R. Lanza, Om Parkash Dhankher, and John M. Clark. 2008. Selection of plants for optimizations of vegetative strips treating runoff pollutants from turfgrass. J. Environ. Quality, 37: 1855-1861 (2008).

Om Parkash Dhankher, Barry P. Rosen, Elizabeth C. McKinney and Richard B. Meagher. Hyperaccumulation of arsenic in the shoots of Arabidopsis silenced for arsenate reductase, ACR2. PNAS 103: 5413-5418 (2006).

Yujing Li, Om Parkash Dhankher, Laura Carreira, Aaron P. Smith and Richard B. Meagher. The shoot-specific expression of g-glutamylcysteine synthetase directs the long-distance transport of thiol-peptides to root conferring tolerance to mercury and arsenic. Plant Physiology 141; 288-298 (2006).

Om Parkash Dhankher. Arsenic in Plants: an Inside Story. New Phytologist 168:503-505 (2005).

Tehrung Kim, Rebecca S. Balish, Andrew C.P. Heaton, Elizabeth C. Mckinney, Om Parkash Dhankher, and Richard B. Meagher. Engineering a root-specific, repressor-operator gene complex. Plant Biotechnology, 3 (6): 571-582 (2005).

Anne Marie, Om Parkash Dhankher, Bonnie McCaig and Richard B. Meagher. Ancient classes of plant metallothioneins bind nutrient and toxic metals differentially. Plant Molecular Biology 58(6): 839-55 (2005).

Yujing Li, Om Parkash Dhankher, Laura Carreira, Rebecca Balish and Richard B. Meagher. Arsenic and mercury tolerance and cadmium sensitivity in Arabidopsis plants expressing bacterial g-glutamylcysteine synthetase. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 24, 1376-1386 (2005).

Om Parkash Dhankher and J.A. Gatehouse. Tissue-specific and developmental regulation of stress-induced Pisum sativum HSP70 promoter in transgenic tobacco. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 10(1): 49-58 (2004) (with cover page).

Om Parkash Dhankher, Barry P. Rosen, Mark Fuhrmann and Richard B. Meagher. Increased cadmium tolerance and accumulation by plants expressing bacterial arsenate reductase. New Phytologist 159(2): 431-441 (2003).

Om Parkash Dhankher and J.A. Gatehouse. Non-systemic induction of polyphenol oxidase in pea and chickpea after wounding. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 9: 125-129 (2003).

Om Parkash Dhankher, Yujing Li, Barry P. Rosen, Jin Shi, David Salt, Julie F. Senecoff, Nupur A. Sashti and Richard B. Meagher. Engineered tolerance and hyperaccumulation of arsenic in plants by combining arsenate reductase and g-glutamylcysteine synthetase expression. Nature Biotechnology 20 (11): 1140-1145 (2002). (Highlighted in FACULTY of 1000 by Mary Lou Guerinot).

Om Parkash Dhankher, J.E. Drew and J.A. Gatehouse: Characterization of a pea hsp70 gene which is both developmentally and stress regulated. Plant Molecular Biology 34: 345-352 (1997).

Om Parkash Dhankher and N.K. Matta: Effect of salinity on storage proteins of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seeds. J. Plant Science Research 8: 74-76 (1992).

Om Parkash Dhankher, Krishna Kumari and N.K. Matta: Qualitative and quantitative studies on seed protein fractions of Vigna unguiculata L.Walp. J. Plant Science Research 6:75-79 (1990).

Book Chapters published

Suchismita Roy1, Manjari Mishra1, Om Parkash Dhankher, Sneh L Singla-Pareek and Ashwani Pareek. Molecular chaperones in Plants: Players in abiotic stress responses. In: Genetic Enhancement of Crops for Tolerance to Abiotic Stress: Mechanisms and Approaches. Eds: Vijay Rani Nagpal, Deepmala Sehgal, Avinash Kumar and S.N Raina. Springer Publishers (reviewed and Accepted), 2016

Sudhakar Srivastava, Garima Dixit, Munish Kumar Upadhyay, Poonam, Om .P. Dhankher and R.D. Tripathi.  Strategies to mitigate arsenic in crop plants: An approach towards enhancing crop quality. In: Genetic Engineering of Plants – Enhancing Productivity and Product Value Editors: Prabodh K Trivedi, Pravendra Nath and Mondher Bouzayen. John Willey and Sons Limited, UK. (Reviewed and Accepted). 2016.

Parul R. Tomar, Anirudha A. Dixit, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Engineered Plants for Heavy Metals and Metalloids Tolerance. In: Genetic Manipulation in Plants for Mitigation of Climate Change. Eds: Pawan K. Jaiwal, Rana P. Singh and Om P. Dhankher. Springer Publishers, ISBN: 978-81-322-2660-4 (2015).

Manish Sainger, Poonam Ahlawat Sainger, Darshna Chaudhary, Ranjana Jaiwal, Rana Pratap Singh, Om Parkash Dhankher, and Pawan Kumar Jaiwal. GM Crops for Developing World in the Era of Climate Change: For Increase of Farmer’s Income, Poverty Alleviation, Nutrition and Health. In: Genetic Manipulation in Plants for Mitigation of Climate Change. Eds: Pawan K. Jaiwal, Rana P. Singh and Om P. Dhankher. Springer Publishers, ISBN: 978-81-322-2660-4 (2015).

Ackmez Mudhoo, Sanjay K. Sharma, Zhi-Qing Lin, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Phytoremediation of Arsenic-Contaminated Environment. In: Green Chemistry for Environmental Sustainability. Eds: Madhoo and Sharma, CRC Press, pp 127-149 (2009).

Bibin Paulose, Pawan K. Jaiwal, and Om Parkash Dhankher. Heavy Metal Transporters in Plants. In: Plant Membrane and Vacuolar Transporters. Eds: Jaiwal, Singh, and Dhankher, CABI International 2008, Oxfordshire UK, pp 213-238 (2008).

Savita Dahiya, Darshna Chaudhary, Ranjana Jaiwal, Om Parkash Dhankher, Rana P. Singh, and Pawan K. Jaiwal. Elemental Biofortification of Crop Plants. In: Plant Membrane and Vacuolar Transporters. Eds: Jaiwal, Singh and Dhankher, CABI International 2008, Oxfordshire UK, pp 345-371 (2008).

Richard B. Meagher, Aron P. Smith, Melissa Pischke, Tehrung Kim, Om Parkash Dhankher, and Andrew C.P. Heaton. Multigene Strategies for Engineering the phytoremediation of mecrcury and arsenic. Z. Xu et al (eds): Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond, 49-60 (2007) Springer.

Om Parkash Dhankher, Yujing Li, Andrew C.P. Heaton and Richard B. Meagher. Strategies for phytoremediation of mercury and arsenic. In: Subsurface Contamination Remediation: Accomplishments of the Environmental Management Science Program; Berkey, E., Zachry, T., Eds.; American Chemical Society Symposium Series 904; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, pp 96-116 (2005).

Om Parkash Dhankher*, Jason L. Tucker, Valentine A. Nzengung, and N. Lee Wolfe. Isolation, purification and partial characterization of plant dehalogenase-like activity from waterweed (Elodea canadensis). In: Phytoremediation and innovative strategies for specialized remedial applications. eds: Leesan and Alleman, vol. 6, pp 145-150 (1999).

Technical Notes

Om Parkash Dhankher. Fact sheet- Crambe abyssinica. Prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources used for educational purpose for biofuel crops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Books Edited/Published: 2 Books

Book Title: Plant Membrane and Vacuolar Transporters. Eds: Jaiwal, P.K., Singh, R.P. and Dhankher, Om Parkash. CABI International Publishers, Oxfordshire UK, ISBN 978-1-84593-402-6, 371 pages (2008).
Book Title: Genetic Manipulation in Plants for Mitigation of Climate Change. Eds: Pawan K. Jaiwal, Rana P. Singh and Om P. Dhankher. Springer Publishers, ISBN: 978-81-322-2660-4 (2016).

Patents (US and International) Awarded

US Patent: US 7,816,579. “Metal Resistant Plants, Methods of Manufacture, and Methods of use Thereof.” Inventor: Om Parkash Dhankher. Awarded October 2010.
US Patent: US 7,951,992. Genes for Improving Tolerance to Heavy Metals and Environmental Stresses.” Inventors: Om Parkash Dhankher and Anirudha Dixit. Awarded May 2011.
US patent: US 8,329,987. Metal Resistant Plants and methods of Manufacture thereof. Inventors: Om Parkash Dahnkher and Anirudha Dixit. Awarded May 11, 2012
US patent: US 7,700,827. “Metal Resistant Plants and Phytoremediation of Environmental Contamination.” Inventors: Richard B. Meagher, Om Parkash Dhankher and Yujing Li. Awarded April 2010.

Outreach and Professional Services

Fellow, Indian Society of Plant Physiology, 2015
Elected Vice President for the International Phytotechnology Society
(IPS, 2015-2017)
Member, Steering Committee, Worldwide University Network’s Responding to Climate change group, 2015- present
Member, Faculty Senate Council for University Relations and Advancement, UMass Amherst (201502018)
Member, Executive Committee, American Society for Plant Biologists (3 years term, 2012-2015).
Member, Executive committee of the Northeast Section of the ASPB twice for three-year term (2007-2009; 2011-2014).
Nominated as the Division Chair for C7 and C9 in the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) in 2013 and 2015
Editor, International Journal of Plant & Environment, 2015- Present.
Editor: International Journal of Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants published by Elsevier (2004-2009).
Editor, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, 2015- present
Associate Editor, Frontiers Agricultural Biological Chemistry, 2014- Present.
Associate Editor, International Journal of Plant Biology Research, 2014-Present.
Editorial Board, International J. of Phytoremediation, published by Taylor & Francis Group (2009- present)
Editorial Board, Plant and Soil Journal, published by Springer Netherlands (2007-2011).
Scientific Advisory Board, Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water held each year at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mid October (2005- present).
Technical Advisor- Fields to Table Ag Innovation grant to Hill Town Farmers Co-op to grow biofuel crops and produce biodiesel on-farm. Played a key role to secure in securing funding and advising farmers. 2009-2010.
Founding member, The Institute of Massachusetts Biofuels Research (TIMBR) at UMass Amherst and contributing as an active member of Biofuel Research on Campus and in Northeast region. Since 2009 - present.

Professional Societies membership:
1. American Society for Plant Biologists (since 2001)
2. Crop Soil Society of America (since 2013),
3. Agronomy Society of American (Since 2014)
4. International Society for Phytotechnologies, Since 2009.

I have developed strong research and faculty/student exchange program in India, China, Italy and Egypt. I visited various labs in these countries, actively engaged in research collaboration and hosted several visiting faculty and students in my lab.