Dr. Nilofer Sheikh
Department of Botany
Date of Joining: -/-/-
Area of Specialization: –
- Ph.D. in Botany (North Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya), 2014
- M. Sc. in Botany with Cytogenetics and Plant breeding specialization (Gauhati University, Assam), 2006
- B. Sc. in Botany (Hons.) (Gauhati University, Assam), 2004
Field of Interest
- Ethnobotany and Conservation
- Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics
- Cytogenetics and mutation breeding
- Plant Systematics
- Presently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany, Biswanath College.
- Worked as Assistant Professor in the department of Botany, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya from 01-02-19 to 01-02-20.
- Worked as Assistant Professor in Jagiroad College (Ad-hoc basis) from 16-02-18 to 31-01-19.
- Worked as Part-time Lecturer in Department of Botany in B. Barooah College under Gauhati University from Feb, 2014 – July, 2014.
- Research Assistant in RCSD (Resources Centre for Sustainable Development) Assam from Dec, 2006 – June, 2007 on Bio-diesel prospects in Kamrup District.
- Project fellow from 03.09.2007 to 13.08.2010 (3 years) under UGC funded project for University with potential for Excellence (UPE) entitled “Identification, Processing of E-herbaria, Computer aided storage and retrieval system, establishment of gene banks”.
- Junior Research Fellow — Research towards Ph.D. Thesis- April, 2009 – April, 2011.
- Senior Research Fellow – Research towards Ph.D. Thesis- April, 2011 – March, 2014.
- Awarded Maulana Azad National Minority fellowship in year 2009.
- Cleared SLET, NE region (2015).
- Life member of Indian society of genetics and plant breeding.
- Natural member, of EHSST (East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy).
- Life member of, IAAT (Indian Association of Angiosperm Taxonomy).
- Life member of Indian Science Congress.
- Annual member of IAPT (International Association of Plant Taxonomy)
Details of Research Publication
- Total Publication:18
- International/National Refereed:11
- Books edited and published: 2
- Book Chapters:7
- Abstracts: 9
- Sheikh, N., Kumar, Y., Misra, A.K. and Pinokiyo, A. 2009. Status documentation of Dioscorea L.(Dioscoreaceae) in Meghalaya: an approach towards food security. Pleione. 3(1):74-82.
- Daimei, P., Kumar, Y., Sheikh, N., Pfoze, N.L. and Paduna, S. 2012. The finest Lakadong variety of turmeric from the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, India. Pleione. 6(1):141-148.
- Pfoze, N.L., Kumar, Y., Sheikh, N. and Myrboh, B. 2012. Assessment of Local Dependency on selected Wild Edible Plants and fruits from Senapati district, Manipur, Northeast India. Ethnobotany Research & Application. 10:357-367.
- Sheikh, N., Kumar, Y., Misra, A.K. and Pfoze, N.L. 2013. Phytochemical screening to validate the ethnobotanical importance of root tubers of Dioscorea species of Meghalaya, North East India. Journal of medicinal plant studies. 1(6):62-69.
- Sheikh, N. and Kumar, Y. 2017.Morphological characterization of MeghalayanDioscoreaspp. (yam), North East India. Journal of Agricultural science and technology. 19:487-497. IF: 0.815.
- Sheikh, N. and Kumar, Y. 2017. Foliar epidermal, stem and petiole anatomy of MeghalayanDioscorea L.(Dioscoreaceae) and its implication to the systematic of the genus. Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy. 24(1):53-63. IF:0.36
- Sheikh, N. and Kumar, Y. 2017. Morphology of flower, pollen and orbicules of MeghalayanDioscoreaL. (Dioscoreaceae), North-East India: a pivotal taxon in the evolution of monocot. Asian journal of Biosciences 12 (2):223-232.
- Sheikh, N. and Kumar, Y. 2018. Palynological implication to the systematic of the genus Dioscorea of Meghalaya, North East India. International journal of pure and applied Biosciences 6 (1): 94-100.
- Sheikh, N., Kumar, Y., Jeri, L. and Bhat, N.A., 2017. Ethnobotanical Uses and Survey of Dioscorea Species of North East India: Its Conservation and Sustainable Utilization. International Journal of Current Research in Biosciences and Plant Biology 4 (12): 117-124.
- Sheikh, N., Kumar, Y. and Misra, A.K., 2019. Molecular characterization and phylogenetic assessment of a few Dioscorea (Dioscoreaceae) species of North-East India. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding. DOI: 10.31742/IJGB.79.1.11. IF: 0.31
- Sheikh, N., Patowary H. and Laskar R.A.2020. Screening of cytotoxic and genotoxic potency of two pesticides (malathion and cypermethrin) on Allium cepa L. Molecular and Cellular Toxicology. DOI 10.1007/s13273-020-00077-7. IF: 1.83
Book/Book Chapter Published:
- Book published entitled “An approach towards systematics studies of MeghalayanDioscorea (Dioscoreaceae), North East India” edited by N. Sheikh and Y. Kumar. Sara publishing House. Gujarat, India. ISBN: 978-1-73038-448-6.
- Book entitled “Conservation and Management of Bio-resources for rural Development” edited by Sharma, T.C., Baruah, P.K., Chowdhury, B., Deka, J., Mech, J. and Sheikh, N. TECHNO ED (USTM). Meghalaya, India. ISBN: 978-93-87275-47-8.
- N. Sheikh and Y. Kumar (2019) Phylogeny of MeghalayanDioscorea species assessed by morphology and ITS sequences analysis. In: Research trends in Multidisciplinary research (Vol 4), Dr. R. Jayakumar (eds.), pp. 169-182. Akinik publications. ISBN: 978-93-5335-515-9.
- N. Sheikh and S.R. Ahmed (2019). Effect of mosquito repellent (Godzilla and Odomos) on root tip cells of Allium sativum L. In: Advances in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Vol 1), DrZhanibekYessimbekov (eds.), pp.01-08. Weser Books. ISBN: 978-3-96492-120-8.
- S. Begum and N. Sheikh (2019). Effect of Herbicides (Glyphosate) on meristem cell of root tip of Allium cepaIn: Advances in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Vol 1), DrZhanibekYessimbekov (eds.), pp.09-18. Weser Books. ISBN: 978-3-96492-120-8.
- N. Sheikh, N.A.Bhat, Y.kumar and M. Das (2020). Ethnobotany, Phytochemistry and Sustainable conservation status of few cultivated and wild Dioscorea species of North East India. In: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Utilization and Conservation, Gopal Shukla, Bidhan Roy, Vineeta and SumitChakravarty(eds), pp. 173-182. New India publishing Agency. ISBN: 978-93-89571-87-5.
- N.A.Bhat, B.War, C.J.Nongkynrih, P.mipun, N.Sheikh and Y.kumar (2020). Ethnobatanical survey of wild edible plants used by the Indigenous people of East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, N.E. India. In: Medicinal and Aromatic plants Utilization and Conservation, Gopal Shukla, Bidhan Roy, Vineeta and SumitChakravarty(eds), pp. 173-182. New India publishing Agency. ISBN: 978-93-89571-87-5.
- N.Sheikh, A.Narula and R. Roy (2020). Phytochemical screening and cytotoxic effect of seed of Thevetiaperuviana (pers.) K.Schum. In: Conservation and Management of Bio-resources for rural development, Milu Rani Das (eds), pp. 194-202. ISBN: 978-87275-47-8
- N. Sheikh, D. Barman and K. Bhattacharjee (2020). Abiotic and Biotic stress research in Plants: A Gizmatic approach of modern Omics Technologies.In: Sustainable Agriculture in the Era of Climate changes, R. Roychowdhury et al. (eds.), Springer Nature Switzerland. pp. 413-439, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45669-6_19 .
- Webinar organized: 02 (1 national; 1 international)
- Webinar attended: 04 (national); 03 (international)
- Workshop conducted: 01
- Session chaired, panelist, and Rapporteur:01
- Workshop/Training Programs: 01 (one week); 01 (less than oneweek)
- Orientation Program: 01 (4 weeks)
- Faculty Development Programs: 02(2 weeks); 03(less than a week)
Abstracts published in Proceedings/Souvenir and Abstract Volume and Presented (Oral)
- Poster presentation at 96th Indian Science Congress on the topic entitled “Status documentation of the genus Dioscorea (yam) of Meghalaya and their economic aspect: an approach towards food security”. By Nilofer Sheikh&Yogendra Kumar.
- Paper presentation at national seminar on Exploration, Utilization…………plant resources, held at Gauhati University, Feb 27-28, 2009 on the topic entitled “Diversity of the genus Dioscorea in Ri-bhoi District of Meghalaya, North East India”. By Nilofer Sheikh &Yogendra Kumar.
- Paper presentation at international symposium on Angiosperm Systematic and Phylogeny: Retro prospects and prospects, held at NBRI, Lucknow on 12-14Nov, 2009, on the topic entitled “Floristic database of some rare, endangered and endemic plant of Meghalaya: a plea to conservation”. By Nilofer Sheikh&Yogendra Kumar.
- Oral presentation in UPE-Biosciences Seminar on Assessment, conservation and value addition of Biodiversity held at North Eastern Hill University, April 22-23, 2010 on the topic entitled “Floristic database of herbaceous plants of Meghalaya, North East India”. By Nilofer Sheikh and Yogendra Kumar.
- Paper presentation at national symposium on Himalayan Biodiversity: Prospects and Challenges, held at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong from March 20-21, 2014 on the topic entitled “Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Dioscorea species of Meghalaya”. By Nilofer Sheikh and Yogendra Kumar.
- Poster presentation at national seminar on “Understanding Himalayan Phytodiversity in changing climate, held at Botanical survey of India, Sikkim Himalayan Regional centre, Gangtok from 9-10 March, 2017 on the topic entitled “Diversity of Dioscoreaspecies (Yam) of North East India-its conservation and sustainable utilization”. By Nilofer Sheikh and Yogendra Kumar.
- Oral presentation at international Symposium on “Plant Systematics: Priorities and Challenges”, held at Delhi University, Delhi from 10-12 November, 2017 on the topic entitled “Morphometric & Molecular characters: Congruence or conflict in the phylogeny of MeghalayanDioscorea species?
- Oral presentation at national seminar on “Bioresources conservation and management strategies for rural development”, held at USTM, Meghalaya from 22nd -23rd August, 2019 on the topic entitled “Phytochemical screening and cytotoxic effect of seed of Thevetiaperuviana(pers.)K.Schum”.
- Paper presentation in national seminar on “Advances in Biodiversity and traditional Knowledge for sustainable development: special reference to N.E. India”, held at Biswanath college, Assam from 10th – 11th August, 2020 on the topic entitled “Potential prospect and conservation strategies of Kaempferiagalanga L. (Zingiberaceae): A highly sought medicinal plant of North East India”.
Total no. of M.Sc dissertation supervised: 20
- Assessment of antioxidant activities in two species of Allium L. in response to Aluminium stress.
- Cytotoxic and Genotoxic Potency Screening of Two Pesticides (Malathion and Cypermethrin) on Allium cepa L.
- Screening of Cytotoxic effect of mosquito repellent (Godzilla and Odomos) on root tip cells of Allium sativum L
- Effect of Herbicides (Glyphosate) on meristem cell of root tip of Allium cepa L.
- Phytochemical screening and cytotoxic effect of seed of Thevetiaperuviana (pers.) K.Schum.
- Screening of cytotoxic and genotoxic potency of tricyclazole (systemic fungicide) on Allium cepa L.
- Screening of cytotoxic and genotoxic potency of fungicide (bavistin) on Allium cepa L
- Effect of Sodium Azide on Cucumis varieties of Meghalaya.
- Morphometric and Molecular Characterization study of some local varieties of Bora rice of Assam (Oryza sativa L.)
- Effect of EMS & DES on local Maize Zea mays (L.) varieties of Mizoram
- Phylogenetic rearrangement of Bora Rice varieties (Oryza sativa L.) of Assam on the basis of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region using molecular morphometrics approach
- Effect of megacal (organic nutritional product) on the germination, nodule formation and mitotic index of PisumsativumL.
- Screening of cytotoxic and genotoxic potency of one insecticide [fenvalerate] on Allium cepa L.
- screening of cytotoxicand genotoxic potency of insecticide (imidacloprid) on Allium cepa L.
- Effect of EMS on two local bora rice varieties of Assam.
- Variation in the anatomical features of Tomato variety of Assam due to effect of herbicides Malathion.
- Cytotoxic effect of Aluminium stress on Allium sativum L.