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Ajay Gaur

Senior Principal Scientist

Research Interests

My area of research interest is conservation genetics of Indian endangered species especially, big cats and ungulates. My lab focuses on the application ofDNA markers in population and evolutionary genetics and in wildlife forensics. The major efforts are towards the use of non-invasive sampling protocols and species - specific DNA markers to look into the genetic structure of existing populations in wild as well as in captivity.

Selected Publications

N.Rai*, S. K.Verma*, Ajay Gaur*, F. M.Iliescu, M.Thakur, T. R.Golla, K.Chandra, S. Prakash, W.Tabasum, A.Sreenivas, L.Singh, K.Thangaraj and G. S.Jacobs (2020) Ancient mtDNA from the extinct Indian cheetah supports unexpectedly deep divergence from African cheetahs. Scientific Reports: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60751-7. *Equal contribution.

S. Mitra, A. Sreenivas, D. T. Sowpati, A. S. Kumar, G. Awasthi, M. Kumar, W. Tabasum and Ajay Gaur (2019). De novo assembly and annotation of Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) genome. BioRxiv: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/549790. 

R. K. Sarvani, D. R. Parmar, W. Tabasum, N. Thota, A. Sreenivas and Ajay Gaur (2018). Charecterization of complete mitogenome of Indian mouse deer, Moschiola indica (Artiodactyla: Tragulidae) and its evolutionary significance. Scientific Reports: DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20946-5. 

D. R. Parmar, S. Mitra, S. Bhadouriya, T. Rao, V. Kunteepuram and Ajay Gaur (2017). Characterization of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I and Class II DRB Loci of Captive and Wild Indian Leopards (Panthera pardus fusca). Genetica: DOI: 10.1007/s10709-017-9979-5.

W. Tabasum, A. Sreenivas, N. Rai, K. Thangaraj and Ajay Gaur (2016). Complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica). Mitochondrial DNA: DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2016.1214541.

C. N. Balakrishnan, S. L. Monfort, Ajay Gaur, L. Singh and M. D. Sorenson (2003). Phylogeography and conservation genetics of Eld`s Deer (Cervuseldi). Molecular Ecology, 12: 1 - 10.

 

Education & Experiance

P.G: Genetics ; CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar ; 1992
Ph.D: Studies on Plant Regeneration and Genetic Transformation in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L. Czern&Coss) ; CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar ; 1998
Post.Doc:

Genetic transformation in Basmati Rice ; CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar ; 1998-2000

Conservation Genetics of Indian Endangered Species ; Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad ; 2000-2004

Publications

TitleJournalYear
Ancient mtDNA from the extinct Indian cheetah supports unexpectedly deep divergence from African cheetahs Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-60751-7 2020
De novo assembly and annotation of Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) genome BioRxiv doi.org/10.1101/549790 2019
Characteristics of the complete mitochondrial genome of the monotypic genus Arctictis (Family: Viverridae) and its phylogenetic implications PeerJ: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.8033 2019
How healthy the Indian leopards are? Atlas of Science: http//atlasofscience.org 2018
The complete mitochondrial genome of Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) with phylogenetic consideration Mitochondrial DNA Part B: DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2018.1443853 2018
Characterization of the complete mitogenome of Indian Mouse Deer, Moschiola indica (Artiodactyla: Tragulidae) and its evolutionary significance Scientific Reports: DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-20946-5 2018
Range-wide snow leopard phylogeography supports three subspecies. Journal of Heredity: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esx044. 2017
Characterization of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I and Class II DRB Loci of Captive and Wild Indian Leopards (Panthera pardus fusca). Genetica: DOI: 10.1007/s10709-017-9979-5. 2017
The complete mitochondrial genome of Eld`s deer (Rucervus eldii eldii) and its phylogenetic implications Gene Reports: DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.genrep.2017.10.001. 2017
DNA tools to establish species and individual identity of confiscated biological samples in wildlife related crime: A case report Journal of Forensic, Legal and Investigative Sciences 2: 006 2016
Complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica). Mitochondrial DNA: DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2016.1214541. 2016
Complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Indian clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa). Mitochondrial DNA: DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2016.1214543. 2016
Detection of 40 bp insertion?deletion (INDEL) in mitochondrial control region among sambar (Rusa unicolor) populations in India BMC Research Notes, 8:581-587 2015
Pre-Historic and recent vicariance events shape genetic structure and diversity in endangered Lion-tailed macaque in the western ghats: Implications for conservation PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142597 2015
DNA-based identification of a snake in a wine bottle using universal primers: A case of mistaken identity Forensic Science International, 214: e51-3 2012
Species identification from dried snake venom confiscated from a hotel in Kerala: a case report. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 57: 826-8 2012
Cross-species amplification of human microsatellite in Pig-tailed and Stump-tailed macaques Journal of Genetics, 90: e6-e9 2011
Phylogenetic studies in Indian scleractinian corals based on mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequences Current Science, 101: 669-76 2011
DNA based Wildlife Forensics: Clues in the strands Biotech News, 5: 186 - 191 2010
Modern approaches to the wildlife conservation In: You deserve we conserve. IK Intl. Publishing House, New Delhi 2007
The origin of Indian Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analysis: a story of rescue and repatriation Conservation Genetics, 7: 231-240 2005
Twenty polymorphic microsatellite markers in the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) Conservation Genetics, 7:1005-1008 2005
A novel microsatellite (STR) marker for forensic identification of big cats Forensic Science International, 141: 123-127 2004
Conservation of wild animals by assisted reproduction and Molecular marker technology- a review Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 41: 710 - 723 2003
Development and characterization of ten novel microsatellite markers from Chital deer (Cervus axis) and their cross-amplification in other related species Molecular Ecology Notes, 3: 607 - 609 2003
Phylogeography and conservation genetics of Eld's Deer (Cervus eldi) Molecular Ecology, 12: 1-10 2003
Development and characterization of novel microsatellite markers in Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) Molecular Ecology Notes, 2: 542 - 543 2002
Role of tissue culture in crop improvement. In Proceedings: Recent Advances in Biosciences for Sustainable Food Security In Proceedings: Recent Advances in Biosciences for Sustainable Food Security pp. 53 - 57. 1999
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L. Coss and Czern). Cruciferae Newsletter, 19: 59-60. 1997
High frequency plant regeneration from seedling explants of Brassica juncea (L.) Coss & Czern. Cruciferae Newsletter, 18: 28-29. 1996

Ajay Gaur

Senior Principal Scientist

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agaur@ccmb.res.in

A Sreenivas

Technical Officer

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sreeara@ccmb.res.in

Chandan Kumar Verma

Junior Research Fellow (Project)

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