Dr(Ms) Vijay Rani Rajpal

Associate Professor M.Sc. M.Phil. Ph.D. | Department of Botany Contact (Off.): +91-11-27667458

Specialization Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Vijay Rani Rajpal, M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D
, is a Plant-Geneticist and Molecular Biologist at Hansraj College, University of Delhi. She obtained her M.Phil and Ph.D. degree in Botany specializing in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Delhi University. She has been teaching theory and practical courses in Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology to undergraduate students of B.Sc (Hons) Botany and B.Sc (Prog) Life Sciences since 1996. Her research domains include Cytogenetics, Molecular markers application, Population genetic analysis and Phylogenetics. Dr Rajpal conducted cytogenetical and biochemical research to understand the genetic differentiation of species in the genus Medicago an important forage species for her M.Phil thesis. For her doctoral work, she for the first time, showed the usefulness of molecular DNA markers in detecting somaclonal variation in the micropropagated plants of Populus deltoides clones, Eucalyptus tereticornis and E.camaldulensis. Her work is considered as a landmark that stressed upon the importance of analysis of genetic fidelity of micropropagated plants derived from every micropropagation protocol even based upon organized meristem cultures before it is approved and released for commercial multiplications. She showed the incidence of somaclonal variation at DNA sequence level with a series of papers that she published on the genetic analysis of plants derived through enhanced axillary branching cultures in five clones of Populus deltoides, Eucalyptus tereticornis, E. camaldulensis, Coffea arabica, and Camellia sinensis. Simultaneously, she has been working on the Population genetic analysis and molecular phylogenetical studies in the genera Arachis, Carthamus, and medicinal plant species like Valleriana jatamansi and Picrorhiza kurroa. She has published landmark papers on these facets. Currently, she is working upon the understanding the genetical dynamics of Plant invasions in Lantana camara and genetic improvement of important medicinal plant species Tinospora cordifolia and T. sinensis through induction of polyploidy and analysis of associated genomic changes in neo-autopolyploids, Dr Rajpal has published more than 20 research papers in international peer reviewed journals like Plant Cell Reports, Genome, Genetica, Plant Systematics and Evolution, In Vitro Cellular Developmental Biology (IVCDB) Plant , Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology . In addition, she has contributed five review papers in books published from Springer Verlag and Kluwer Acad. Publ. and CRC Press Ltd. She has also edited two books on Gene Pool diversity and crop improvement and Molecular Breeding and Crop Improvement from Springer's. Dr Rajpal has presented her research as an invited speaker in many national and international conferences/ workshops. She is a member of International Society of Plant Morphologists and New York Academy of Sciences, USA

Career Profile


1996                                         Ph.D, Botany                     Delhi University, Delhi, India

1991                                         M.Phil, Botany*                 Delhi University, Delhi , India

1989                                         M.Sc, Botany*                   Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India

* Gold Medalist, University Top Rank

Professional Positions held:

2006- current              Associate Professor           Hansraj College, University of Delhi   

1997- 2006                 Assistant Professor            Hansraj College, University of Delhi   

1996-1997                   Assistant Professor           ANDC, Delhi University, .                                                                            

1995-1996                   Postdoctoral Fellow          Laboratory of Cellular and  Molecular Cytogenetics

                                                                                       Department of Botany, Delhi University, Delhi

Subjects taught

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Plant Biotechnology

Administrative Assignments

College Committees

  • Convener, College Ranking Committee 2017-18
  • Nodal Officer, HansRaj College, 2017- 18
  • Member, Portal Committee, 2017-18
  • Convener, Criterion 3, SSR NAAC, 2015-17
  • Convener, Research Committee, 2015-17
  • Member, Steering Committee, NAAC, 2015-17
  • Convener, Admissions (Sciences), HansRaj College, 2011-12
  • Secretary, Staff Council, HansRaj College 2012-13
  • Superintendent, Theory Examinations, HansRaj College 2014-15
  • Co-ordinator, Star College Proposal, HansRaj College,  2011-13
  • Convener, Environment Awareness Society, HansRaj College 2008-09
  • Convener, Garden Committee, HansRaj College 2011-12 
  • Teachers’ representative on The Governing Body, Hans Raj College 2006-2007

Departmental Committees

  • Teacher-in-charge, Department of Botany, HansRaj College 2011-13
  • Convener, Botanical Society, Botany Department 1997-2005
  • Purchase Incharge, Department of Botany, HansRaj College
  • Superintendent Practical Examinations, HansRaj College, 2011
  • Convener, Admissions, Department of Botany, Hansraj College, 2017-18
  • Garden Incharge, Department of Botany, HansRaj College, 2016-17
  • Excursion Incharge, Department of Botany, Hansraj College 2015-16
  • Scholarship Incharge, Department of Botany, Hansraj College 2012-13
  • Library Incharge, Department of Botany 2014-15


M.Phil Thesis " Genetic differentiation in the evolution of diploid and tetraploid Medicago species" in 1991, University of Delhi, Delhi

Ph.D. Thesis  "Potential use of Molecular techniques in the genetic analysis of in vivo and in vitro propagated tree systems" in  1995, University of Delhi, Delhi



  1. Rajpal VR, Rao SR, Raina SN (Editors) (2016) Gene Pool Diversity and Crop Improvement, Volume 1,  ISSN 2352-474 X, ISSN 2352-4758 (e-book), ISBN 978-3-319-27096-8, Springer’s


  1. Rajpal VR, Rao SR, Raina SN (Editors) (2016) Molecular Breeding for sustainable crop improvement, Volume 2,  ISSN 2352-474X, ISSN 23s2-4758 (e-book),  ISBN 978-3-319-27090-6, (2016), Springer’s



  1. Rani V, Raina SN (1998) Genetic Diagnostics in Micropropagation System. In: Gupta PK (ed) Genetics and Biotechnology in Crop Improvement. Rastogi publ, Meerut,India, 465-474
  2. Raina SN, Rani V (2001) GISH technology in plant genome research. In : Sharma AK and Sharma A (eds) Methods in Cell Science –Chromosome Painting, Kluwer Acad Publ 1-22
  3. Rani V, Raina SN (2002) Molecular DNA markers for the assessment of genetic integrity of  micropropagated tree species. In : Jain SM  and Ishii K (eds) Micropropagation of Woody Tree and Fruits.  Kluwer Acad Publ. pp.  75-102
  4. Vijay Rani Rajpal, Sarita Sharma, Rachhaya M. Devarumath,  Manju Chaudhary, Avinash Kumar, Neeraj Khare  and S.N. Raina (2014) Nuclear and Organelle DNA Fingerprints as the Most Useful Markers to Evaluate Genetic Integrity of Micropropagated Plants. In Ramawat NS (ed) Tree Biotechnology. CRC Press. Boca Raton, pp 303-332
  5.  Sehgal Deepmala, Singh R, Rajpal VR (2016)  Quantitative trait loci mapping in plants: Concepts and Approaches. In: Rajpal VR, Rao SR and Raina SN (ed) Molecular Breeding in sustainable crop improvement, Volume 2,  ISSN 2352-474X,  ISSN 2352-4758 (e-book),  ISBN 978-3-319-27090-6 (2016), Springer’s

Journals Articles


  1. Rani V, Parida A, Raina SN (1995)  Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers for genetic analysis of micropropagated plants of Populus deltoides Plant Cell Reports 14:459-462 (Impact factor: 3.071)
  2. Garg L, Bhandari NN, Rani V, Bhojwani SS (1996) Somatic embryogenesis and regeneration of triploid plants in endosperm cultures of Acacia nilotica Plant Cell Reports 15:855-858 (Impact factor: 3.071)
  3. Rani V, Raina SN (1998) Genetic analysis of enhanced axillary branching derived Eucalyptus tereticornis and E. camaldulensis plants. Plant Cell Reports 17(3) 236-242 (Impact factor: 3.071)
  4. Rani V, Raina SN (2000) Genetic fidelity of organized meristem derived micropropagated plants: a critical reappraisal.  In Vitro Cellular Developmental Biology (IVCDB) Plant 36: 319-330 (Impact factor: 1.145)
  5. Rani V, Singh K P, Shiran M, Nandy S, Goel S, Sreenath HL, Raina SN (2000) Evidence for  new nuclear and mitochondrial genome organizations among high frequency somatic embryogenesis-derived plants of allotetraploid coffea Arabica L. (Rubiaceae) Plant Cell Reports 19: 1013-1020 (Impact factor: 3.071)
  6. Rani V,  Parida A,  Raina SN (2001) Chromosome number dependent genome size and RAPD fingerprinting diagnostics for genetic integrity of enhanced axillary branching derived plants of ten forest tree species. Acta Horticulturae 560:531-534
  7. Raina SN, Rani V, Kojima T, Ogihara Y, Singh KP, Devarumath M (2001) RAPDs and ISSRs as useful genetic markers for analysis of genetic diversity, varietal identification and phylogenetic relationships in peanut (Arachis hypogaea) and wild species. Genome 44: 1-10 (Impact factor: 1.668)
  8. Debarumath R, Nandy S, Rani V, Raina SN (2002) Molecular DNA markers- based assessment of genetic fidelity of enhanced axillary branching – derived plants of three diploid (2n=2x=30) and triploid (2n=3x=45) tea clones representing Camellia sinensis and C.assamica clones. Plant Cell Reports: 21: 166-173 (Impact factor: 3.071)
  9. Sehgal DeepMala, Rajpal VR and Raina SN (2008) Chloroplast DNA diversity reveals the contribution of two wild species in the origin and evolution of diploid safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) Genome 51:638-643 (Impact factor: 1.668)
  10. Sehgal DeepMala, Rajpal  VR , Raina SN, Sasanuma T, Sasakuma T (2009) Assaying polymorphism at DNA level for genetic diversity diagnostics of the safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) world germplam resources.  Genetica 135(3): 457-470 (Impact factor: 1.7)
  11. Raina SN, Jain S, Sehgal D, Kumar A, Dar TU, Bhat V, Pandey V, Vaishnavi S, Bhargav A, Singh V, Rani V, Tandon R, Tewari M, Mahmoudi A 2012. Diversity and relationships of multipurpose seabuckthorn (Hippophae L.) germplasm from the Indian Himalayas as assessed by AFLP and SAMPL markers. Genet Resour and Crop Evol, 59: 1033-53 (Impact factor: 1.5)
  12. Mehrotra S., Goel S, S. Sharma, S. N. Raina and V. R. Rajpal. 2013. Sequence Analysis of KpnI Repeat Sequences to Revisit the Phylogeny of the Genus Carthamus LApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 69:1109–1125 (Impact factor: 1.735)
  13. Mehrotra S., Goel S, S. Sharma, S. N. Raina and V. R. Rajpal. 2014. Significance of satellite DNA revealed by conservation of wide-spread repeat DNA sequence among angiosperms. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 173(7):1790–1801 (Impact factor: 1.735)
  14.  Avinash, Rani V, Raina Ravinder, Chaudhary Manju,  Raina SN (2014) Nuclear DNA  assay of the wild endangered medicinal and aromatic Indian Himalayan Valeriana jatamansi  germplasm with multiple DNA markers: implications for genetic enhancement, domestication and ex situ conservation. Plant Systematics and Evolution 300 (9), 2061-2071 (Impact factor: 1.545)
  15.  Singh A, Raina SN, Vijay Rani, Singh (AK) (2017) Seed protein fraction electrophoresis in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) accessions and wild species. Physiology and Molecular Biology of plants (communicated)
  16. Rani V,  Raina  SN (1996) PCR Technology. The Botanica 46: 78-81
  17. Rani V,  Goel S, Raina SN (1997) Recent Trends in Biotechnology.  The Botanica 47: 138-149
  18. Rani V, Raina SN (1998) Forthcoming terminator and allied gene technologies: implications for the agriculture economy based nations.  The Botanica 48(1): 93-98
  19. Ambica, Anjali, Vijay Rani Rajpal (2016) “Herbal Cosmetics” with anticancer and antimicrobial properties. J Mat. NanoSci 3(1), S1-S23, S15
  20. Vijay Rani Rajpal, Rakesh Thakur, Anand Sonkar, S. N. Raina (2016) Quantitative Estimation of  Berberin using TLC and HPLC in Tinospora cordifolia, T.sinensis  and  T. crispa.  J. Integr. 

Conference/ Symposium etc. Paper Presented

Publications (Conference Proceedings)

  1. Rani V, Singh KP, Raina SN (1999) Molecular markers as an aid to evaluate genetic integrity of forest tree species regenerated in vitro. Proc. International Tree Biotechnology Meet  NCL, Pune, Nov 17-19 , pp 24-26,
  2. Rani V, Raina SN (2000) Molecular DNA markers for genetic analysisin  in vitro. In vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding Symposium, July 2-7, Tampere, Finland
  3. Rani V, Raina SN (2000) Impact of molecular markers on the evaluation of genetic stability/instability of micropropagated tree species. Proc Natl Symposium on Man and Forests Feb 18-19, Panjab University , Chandigarh, India, pp 41
  4. Rani V, Raina SN (1996) Genetic analysis of somaclonal variation in micropropagated plants of Populus deltoides. Proc. Natl Symp Plant Tissue Culture: Commercialization, Diversification of agriculture and Preservation of Fragile Ecosystems and XIX Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association of India . April 10-12, G.B. Pant Univ of Agriculture and Technology , pp 13-14
  5. Raina SN, Rani V (2001) Molecular DNA markers as an aid to evaluate genetic integrity of micropropagated plants. Proc. 4th intl Plant Tissue Culture Conference Nov 1-3, BanglaDesh Association for Plant Tissue Culture, Dhaka, Bangladesh, pp82
  6. Rani V, Raina SN (2001) Molecular markers based assessment of genetic fidelity of organized meristem –derived micropropagated plants. Proc. Golden Jubilee Symposium on “ Biotechnological innovations in conservation and analysis of Plant Diversity” . Delhi University Botanical Society. Pp 51
  7. Avinash A, Dar TH, Rajpal VR, Raina SN (2010) Pattern of genetic variation in critically engangered medicinal Himalayan herb Gentiana kurroo  using DNA markers. ICFHM- OC 8
  8. Vijay Rani Rajpal, Avinash Kumar, Raina SN  (2012) Molecular techniques for sustainable use and effective conservation of the germplasm. Proc National Workshop on Medicinal Plant Species-Scientist, Grower and Industry Interaction, INSA, New Delhi, pp14  (Invited Lecture)
  9. Ambica, Anjali, Vijay Rani Rajpal (2016) “Herbal Cosmetics” with anticancer and antimicrobial properties. J Mat. NanoSci 3(1), S1-S23, S15 
  10. Vijay Rani Rajpal, Rakesh Thakur, Anand Sonkar, S. N. Raina (2016) Quantitative Estimation of  Berberin using TLC and HPLC in Tinospora cordifolia, T.sinensis  and  T. crispa.  J. Integr. Sci. Technol 42 :S1-S23, S2

Workshops/Trainings/Conferences/Symposium  Attended

  • Two weeks training program at TERI, New Delhi on Molecular DNA Markers 2000
  • Two weeks training program at MSSRF, Chennai, on Gene Isolation and Sequencing, 2001
  •  Biology Laboratory Course, Institute of Lifelong Learning, 2008
  •  5-days hands on training workshop on Fundamentals of Bioinformatics, ILLL,  2011
  • 8-days workshop on “Integrating ICT in Teaching and Learning, December 11-18, 2015
  • Four weeks Orientation. program , Academic Staff College, Jawahar Lal University, 1998
  • Three weeks, Refresher program, Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, 1999
  • Three weeks, Refresher program, Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, 2005
  •  Four weeks, Refresher program , Academic Staff College, Jawahar Lal University, 2007
  • .National Seminar on Genetically modified Organisms-Biosafety Aspects organized by Delhi University Botanical Society, March 10-11, 2005
  • .National Conference on Biodiversity Related International Conventions: Role of Indian Scientific Community organized by Delhi University Botanical Society, March 8-10, 2006
  • National Conference on Wetland, Science and Society – An Assessment of their Integration  organized by Delhi University Botanical Society, December 11-13, 2007
  • The Academic Congress; Enabling the Young: Redefining Education organized by University of Delhi, 6-7 September, 2012
  • INSPIRE Internship Program – 2012, organized by Hans Raj College, University of Delhi, held from December 17th-21st, 2012
  • National conference  on Relevance of Nanotechnology in Biology organized by HansRaj College, Delhi University, Delhi, March 1, 2013
  • International Conference on “Integrating Medicinal Plants with forestry sector” organized by National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), New Delhi, June 13-14, 2014
  • International Symosium on  drafting  policy on  Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of India By NMPB at NASC complex  IARI, New Delhi, Jan 19-20, 2017


  • Resource person for a lecture cum interactive session on  Gene Therapy during  in-service Master training Programme for PGTs in Biology from May 30 to June 4, 2005 in DAV NOIDA School Sector 56
  • Resource person and Co-ordinator, workshop for Botany teachers of various DU colleges 2006. A hands on training was given on experiments like DNA extraction, ELISA, and Phylogenetic Analysis using soft wares like UPGMA, Phylip etc
  • Resource person and invited speaker, in National Conference on “ Medicinal Plants: Scientist, Grower and Industry Interaction” on March 23, 2012 at INSA, New Delhi
  • Resource person in Genetics in the INSPIRE training programme, organized by HansRaj College, University of Delhi, during December 17-21, 2012
  • Resource person for Training of Lab Attendents,  Labratory Instruments, Hansraj College, 2015
  • Resource person for training of Lab Staff,  Computer and ICT applications, 2017
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