Senior Principal Scientist
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.
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 & Experience
|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|
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
|Ancient mtDNA from the extinct Indian cheetah supports unexpectedly deep divergence from African cheetahs||Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-60751-7||2020|
|Conservation status of Asiatic Wild Buffalo (Bubalus arnee) in Chhattisgarh revealed through genetic study||A report||2019|
|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|
|DNA Techniques in Wildlife Forensics (Animals): Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)||A SOP||2017|
|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|