Pankaj Kumar Sharma

Associate Professor, Department of BIological Sciences, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Plant Biotechnology
Department of Biological Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani- 333031, Rajasthan. India.

Participation / Presentation in Conferences /Seminars /Symposia


  • Invited workshop on “Ayurvedic Phytochemicals: Recent Research and Clinical Implications”, held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar on 8th October, 2022.
  • 28th Indian Convention of Food Scientists & Technologists (28TH ICFOST) “Emerging and Adoptable Technologies for Sustainable Agro Food industries and Economy (EAT-SAFE)”, 20th-22nd January, 2022
  • Online webinar on 'Covid-19 diagnosis, drug discovery and vaccine design', organized by Current Biotech Academy, Chennai, on 12th July, 2020.
  • Online technical workshop on 'Protein design and engineering', organized by Wisecorner Laboratories Pvt Ltd., Chennai, on 19th July, 2020.
  • Workshop on 'Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis and Targeted Genome Engineering using CRISPR-Cas9', organized by Wisecorner Laboratories Pvt Ltd., Chennai, 25-28th July, 2019.
  • Workshop on 'Use of storytelling in conducting effective undergraduate biology classes', conducted by Dr. Eric Miller, Chennai, 22-25th Dec, 2018.
  • Kannan M, Marathe S, Shukla P and Sharma PK (2018), Avoiding Technology Overuse in Science Education for Holistic Well Being of School and College Students, International Conference on Spirituality, Science and Civilization, organized by IIT Roorkee.
  • Saxena, V….Sharma, PK (2018) Composing an Interactive Question Paper to Generate Interest of Students and De-stress them during Examination. In: Question Paper to Generate Interest of Students and De-stress them during Examination. In: National Workshop on Improving Synergy between Teaching and Research in Indian Academia (ISTRIA 2018), BITS, Pilani – Pilani Campus, March 26-27.
  • Sharma PK and Marathe S (2016) Using Individual Strength-based Assignments for Student Evaluation to foster a Spirit of Confidence and Well-being. In: National Convention on Current Practices and Future of Classroom Teaching at Higher Education Level, organized by Department of Humanities and Social Sciences & Teaching Learning Centre, BITS, Pilani – Pilani Campus, 30th Sep-1st Oct.
  • Mehrotra R, Kannan M and Sharma PK (2016) Smart Question Paper Design to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement in Examinations. In: National Convention on Current Practices and Future of Classroom Teaching at Higher Education Level, organized by Department of Humanities and Social Sciences & Teaching Learning Centre, BITS, Pilani – Pilani Campus, 30th Sep-1st Oct.
  • Sharma, PK (2016), “Engaging activity-based and learning-centred classes for a second year, undergraduate course on evolutionary biology and taxonomy”, Fourth International Conference on Psychology & Allied Sciences, Ravindra Bhawan, Goa, Jan 16-18, 2016.
  • Divya R., Dubey A, Asati V. and Sharma PK (2016), Extraction and Identification of Secondary Metabolites from Seeds of Cordia dichotoma (Lassora). In: 5th Biennial International Conference on New Developments in Drug Discovery from Natural Products and Traditional Medicines, NIPER, Mohali, November 18-20, 2016.
  • Sharma PK (2015), Use of Analogies From Nonscience and Other Pedagogical Tools in Teaching Biochemistry and Cell Biology to a Large, Multi-Disciplinary, First Year Undergraduate Class, In: Second International Conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences, Department of Life Science, NIT, Rourkela, 22-24 Feb, 2015.
  • Shruti S. and Sharma PK, Purification and Characterization of a Thermostable Beta-Galactosidase from Solanum lycopersicum seeds. In: 2nd International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (ICBB – 2015), Feb 6 – 8, 2015.
  • Workshop on Neurolinguistic Programming for effective teaching in classes, conducted by Shinota Consulting, 3rd-9th Aug 2014, Karjat, Mumbai.
  • Gupta S and Sharma PK, 12-13th March, 2011, Preliminary characterization of a stable β-glucosidase activity from the seeds of Albizzia lebbeck. National Conference on Contemporary Trends in Biological and Pharmaceutical Research (CTBPR-2011), organized by Departments of Biological Sciences and Pharmacy, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.
  • Sharma PK, Sangwan NS and Sangwan RS, February 21-24, 2010, “Purification and Characterization of a Novel Geraniol Acetyltransferase (GAAT) from Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini var Motia) Grass Leaf,” in International Symposium on Current Status and Opportunities in Aromatic & Medicinal Plants (AROMED), Lucknow.
  • Sharma PK, Sangwan NS and Sangwan RS, October 6-8, 2006, “Aroma ester metabolism in plants: evolution of two discrete substrate specific types of AATs and deacetylases,” in Seventy-sixth Annual Session, Symposium and Concluding Function of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of The National Academy of Sciences, India, under the joint auspices of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
  • Sharma PK, Sangwan NS and Sangwan RS, 24-26 February, 2006, “The next front in fragrant monoterpene ester biosynthesis: a novel geraniol acetyltransferase from palmarosa,” in National Conference on ‘Role of Plant Physiology in Biotechnology and Biodiversity Conservation’ held in University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.


  • Chauhan S., Joshi T., Adhikari U, Sinha A., Deepa P.R. and Sharma P.K. (2024) Desert legumes as sustainable sources of proteins and bioactive peptides: Technological insights into functional food development from underutilized plants. Food and Humanity,
  • Joshi, T., Agrawal, K., Mangal, M., Deepa, P.R. and Sharma P.K. (2024) Measurement of antioxidant synergy between phenolic bioactives in traditional food combinations (legume/non-legume/fruit) of (semi) arid regions: insights into the development of sustainable functional foods. Discover Food: 4, 11.
  • Katyal, A., Chowdhury, S., Sharma, P.K. and Kannan, M. (2024) Fink’s Integrated Course Design and Taxonomy: The Impact of Their Use in an Undergraduate Introductory Course on Bioinformatics. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
  • Joshi, T., Mandal, S.K., Asati, V. Deepa P.R. and Sharma P.K. (2023) Arid/semi-arid flora as a treasure trove of bioactives and bioenergy: the case for underutilized desert legumes towards environmental sustainability. Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • Joshi T, Deepa PR, Joshi M and Sharma PK (2023) Matters of the desert: A perspective on achieving food and nutrition security through plants of the (semi) arid regionsJournal of Agriculture and Food Research, Vol. 14, 100725.
  • Chatterjee A, Puri S, Sharma PK, Deepa PR and Chowdhury S (2023) Nature-inspired Enzyme Engineering and Sustainable Catalysis: Biochemical Clues from the World of Plants and Extremophiles. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, section Industrial Biotechnology. Vol. 11. Doi:
  • Mandal SK, Puri S, Banoth KK, Muzaffar‑Ur‑Rehman M, Sharma PK, Murugesan S and Deepa PR (2023) Targeting lipid-sensing nuclear receptors PPAR (α, γ, β/δ): HTVS and molecular docking/dynamics analysis of pharmacological ligands as potential pan-PPAR agonists. Molecular Diversity. doi: 10.1007/s11030-023-10666-y
  • Joshi T, Sehgal H, Mandal SK, Joshi M, Deepa PR and Sharma PK (2023) Nutraceutical and flavor profiles in underutilized desert legumes of India: Gene editing strategies towards sustainable food development. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, (Special issueGenome Editing – A precision breeding tool for sustainable food, nutrition and environmental sustainability)
  • Joshi T, Mandal SK, Puri S, Asati V, Deepa PR and Sharma PK (2023) Investigating the antioxidant activity enhancer effect of Cyamopsis tetragonoloba seed extract on phenolic phytochemicals. Frontiers in Plant Science 14:1131173. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2023.1131173 (Research TopicAdvances in Discoveries of Plant Phytochemicals)
  • Mandal SK, Banoth KK, Sharma PK, Murugesan S and Deepa PR (2022) In silico and in vitro analysis of PPAR – α / γ dual agonists: Comparative evaluation of potential phytochemicals with anti-obesity drug Orlistat. Computers in Biology and Medicine28:105796.
  • Joshi T, Deepa PR and Sharma PK (2022) Effect of different proportions of phenolics on antioxidant potential: pointers for bioactive synergy/antagonism in foods and nutraceuticals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences92: 939–946.
  • Asati V, Deepa PR and Sharma PK (2022) Desert legume Prosopis cineraria as a novel source of antioxidant flavonoids / isoflavonoids: Biochemical characterization of edible pods for potential functional food development, Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports, Vol. 29, 101210.
  • Asati V, Deepa PR and Sharma PK (2021) Silent metabolism and not-so-silent biological activity: possible molecular mechanisms of stress response in edible desert legumes, Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 30, 640–645. (Special issueNew Insights into Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Stress Response in Plants)
  • Asati V, Srivastava A, Mukherjee S and Sharma PK (2021) Comparative analysis of antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of crude and purified flavonoid enriched fractions of pods/seeds of two desert legumes Prosopis cineraria and Cyamopsis tetragonolobaHeliyon, Vol 7, Issue 6, e07304.
  • Asati V. and Sharma P.K. (2019) Purification and characterization of an isoflavones conjugate hydrolyzing β-glucosidase (ICHG) from Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (guar), Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports, Vol. 20: 100669
  • Asati V. and Sharma P.K. (2018) Using thin-layer chromatography for the metabolic characterization of an isoflavone glycoside-specific β-glucosidase in Cyamopsis tetragonolobaJournal of Planar Chromatography – Modern TLC, 32(2), 169-172.
  • Asati V. and Sharma P.K. (2018) Identification of an isoflavone glycoside hydrolyzing β-glucosidase in the seeds of the desert legume Prosopis cinerariaLegume Research, 41(6), 837-841.
  • Sharma P.K. (2017) Combining diverse pedagogical tools for effective teaching of General Biology to a large class comprising of first year science and engineering undergraduates, Educational Quest, 8(3), 517-524.
  • Sharma P.K., Sangwan N.S., Bose S.K. and Sangwan R.S. (2013) Biochemical characteristics of a novel vegetative tissue geraniol acetyltransferase from a monoterpene oil grass (Palmarosa, Cymbopogon martinii var. Motia) leaf, Plant Science, Vol. 203-204, pages 63-73.
  • Sharma P.K., Sangwan NS, Mishra BN and Sangwan RS (2009) Coherent ontogenic dynamics of geraniol acetyltransferase activity and geranyl acetate concentration in flowers and leaves of aroma grass Cymbopogon martini var. Motia, Plant Growth Regulation, Vol. 57(2), 103-108, 2009.
  • Pant M, Sharma P.K., Radha T, Sangwan RS and Roy U (2008) Nonlinear optimization of enzyme kinetic parameters, Journal of Biological Sciences, Vol. 8(8), 1322-1327. 
  • Sangwan RS-Sangwan NS, Sharma P.K., Chaurasiya ND, Mishra SK, Tyagi BR and Srivastava AK (2008), Carbonate extraction process for proteomic profiling of rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium sp ), a hyper-acidic plant, Phytochemical Analysis, Vol. 19, 104–115.
  • Sangwan NS, Sharma P.K. and Sangwan RS (2007), Geranyl acetate esterase is commonly present but linalyl acetate esterase occurrence is highly limited in plants, Flavour and Fragrance Journal, Vol. 22(3), 173-177.
  • Sharma P.K., Sangwan NS and Sangwan RS (2005), Trichloroacetic acid-facilitated coenzyme A-SH-stabilization-based end-point spectrophotometric 5,5’- dithiobis-2-nitrobenzoic acid assay for plant terpene alcohol acetyltransferases, Analytical Biochemistry, Vol. 346, 176-178.
  • Agrawal R, Sharma P.K. and Rao GS (2001), Release of iron from ferritin by metabolites of benzene and superoxide radical generating agents. Toxicology, Vol. 168(3), 223-230.