Department of Biological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal


Personal Details


  • Name: Dr. Sourav Datta
  • Designation: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Biological Sciences
  • E-Mail: sdatta[AT]iiserb.ac.in
  • Phone: +91 755 269 1420, 669 1420
  • Lab Page: Click Here


Awards and Fellowships


  • IYBA (Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award) by Department of Biotechnology, India (2014)
  • Ramalingaswami Fellowship by Department of Biotechnology, India (2013).
  • EMBO Long term Fellowship for post doctoral research (availed in 2010).
  • HFSP Long-term Fellowship (2009)-not availed
  • Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF) for post doctoral studies (2008)
  • University Gold Medal Award in M.Sc. Biotechnology (2003) awarded by the then President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
  • CSIR-UGC JRF and NET in Life Sciences (2003)
  • University Gold Medal Award in B.Sc. Botany (2001)

Academic Details


  • 2013 (Oct) Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, IISER, Bhopal
  • 2009-2013 Postdoctoral Marie Curie and EMBO Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2003-2008 Ph.D., Plant Molecular Biology, Gothenburg University, Sweden.
  • 2001-2003 M.Sc., Biotechnology, Pondicherry Central University, India.
  • 1998-2001 B.Sc., Botany (Honours), Kalyani University, India.

Research Interest


  • Root hairs as a model to study cell growth in plants.
  • Root hairs as a tool to improve nutrient assimilation under low nutrient conditions.
  • Symbiotic interactions between root and soil microbes to enhance plant growth and productivity.
  • Role of the B-box family of transcription factors in light signaling in plants
Authors Title of Article Journal Year
Nikhil Job
Premachandran Yadukrishnan
Katharina Bursch
Sourav Datta
Henrik Johansson
Two B-box proteins regulate photomorphogenesis by oppositely modulating HY5 through their diverse C-terminal domains Plant Physiology 2018
Priya Vijayakumar
Sourav Datta
Liam Dolan
RSL4 promotes root hair elongation by transcriptionally regulating the expression of genes required for cell growth. New Phytologist 2016
Sourav Datta
Helen Prescott
Liam Dolan

Intensity of a pulse of RSL4 transcription factor synthesis determines Arabidopsis root hair cell size. Nature Plants 2015

PhD Students


  • Nikhil Job
  • Diksha Singh
  • Neha Upadhyay
  • Arpita Yadav
  • Yadukrishnan Prem
  • Nevedha Ravindran

Open Positions


  • Candidates interested in plant research should send email to sdatta@iiserb.ac.in with their CV and expression of interest.