Indira Singh

Lead – Office of the School of Environment and Sustainability (SES) | isingh at iihs dot ac dot in


2005    PhD, Genetics South Campus, Delhi University Delhi NCR, India
1998    MSc (Honours), Biotechnology Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) Roorkee Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India
1996    BSc, Zoology, Chemistry, Botany Navyug Degree College, Lucknow University Lucknow,

             Uttar Pradesh, India


Countries: India
States: Karnataka
Cities: Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil

Indira Singh works as Lead, IIHS School of Environment and Sustainability (SES).


She has a PhD in genetics from South Campus, Delhi University. Her PhD work led to the development of transgenics in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea cv. Varuna) with improved seed-oil quality to reduce rancidity of food prepared in mustard oil. Post her PhD, she has acquired a postdoctoral training in Systems Biology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA. Here, she worked on understanding the cross-talk between nucleotide, TOR and amino acids metabolism pathways in yeast.


Upon her return to India, she joined the Department of Biochemistry, University of Delhi to teach budding biochemists the basics of molecular biology, cell biology and genetics for the next four years. As life took her to Bengaluru, she worked for a year in NCBS on rice epigenetics following which she joined ATREE’s Development Office. She spent almost seven years at ATREE undertaking various portfolios for fundraising and institutional development, leading to multiple grants, awards, collaborations and developments for ATREE. At ATREE she also undertook research to compare the soil bacterial profiles in regenerative versus conventional agricultural plots.


Indira is a diligent and active researcher and teacher-cum-administrator who has worn multiple hats at various times in her career and brings along varied expertise and experiences.


  • Grow, Cook and Eat, Soil Health, Agricultural Sustainability, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Urban Biodiversity, Ecology, Genetic Impacts on Urban Biodiversity, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS

Journal Articles

  • Singh, I., Hussain, M., Manjunath, G., Chandra, N., & Ravikanth, G. (2023). Regenerative agriculture augments bacterial community structure for a healthier soil and agriculture. Frontiers in Agronomy, 5.
  • Pachamuthu, K., Swetha, C., Basu, D., Das, S., Singh, I., Sundar, V. H., Sujith, T. N., & Shivaprasad, P. V. (2021). Rice-specific Argonaute 17 controls reproductive growth and yield-associated phenotypes. Plant Molecular Biology, 105(1–2), 99–114.
  • Jagannath, A., Sodhi, Y. S., Gupta, V., Mukhopadhyay, A., Arumugam, N., Singh, I., Rohatgi, S., Burma, P. K., Pradhan, A. K., & Pental, D. (2011). Eliminating expression of erucic acid-encoding loci allows the identification of “hidden” QTL contributing to oil quality fractions and oil content in Brassica juncea (Indian mustard). Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 122(6), 1091–1103.
  • Čopič, A., Dorrington, M., Pagant, S., Barry, J., Lee, M. C. S., Singh, I., Hartman, J. L., & Miller, E. A. (2009). Genomewide analysis reveals novel pathways affecting endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis, protein modification and quality control. Genetics, 182(3), 757–769.
  • Singh, I., Pass, R., Togay, S. O., Rodgers, J. W., & Hartman, J. L. (2009). Stringent mating-type-regulated auxotrophy increases the accuracy of systematic genetic interaction screens with saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant arrays. Genetics, 181(1), 289–300.
  • Sivaraman, I., Arumugam, N., Sodhi, Y. S., Gupta, V., Mukhopadhyay, A., Pradhan, A. K., Burma, P. K., & Pental, D. (2004). Development of high oleic and low linoleic acid transgenics in a zero erucic acid Brassica juncea L. (Indian mustard) line by antisense suppression of the fad2 gene. Molecular Breeding, 13(4), 365–375.


Other Writing

  • Greening Urban Food Systems: Building Sustainable Urban Agriculture Practices in Bengaluru through Nature-Based Solutions
  • Solid Waste Management in Chikkaballapur