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Dr. Dhara Patel

Assistant Professor

Contact No.:- 079-30514240
Email:- dhara.patel@iar.ac.in

Professional & Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D.: Microbiology (Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Gujarat University, 2013)
  • M.Phil: Microbiology (Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Gujarat University, 2009)
  • Post Graduation: Microbiology (Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Gujarat University, 2006)
  • Graduation: Microbiology (R.G. Shah Science College, Gujarat University, 2004)
  • Work Experience:
    • Assistant Professor, Institute of Advanced Research, Gandhinagar (2018-Present)
    • DBT Bio-CARe, Women Scientist, Gujarat University, (2014-2018)
    • Assistant Professor, Gujarat Arts and Science College, Ahmedabad (2013-2014)
    • Microbiologist, Divine life Care Pvt. Ltd., Moraiya, Ahmedabad (2007-2008)
    • Microbiologist, Gujarat Laboratory, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad (2006-2007)

Current Research Interest and Area Working On

1. Crop Simulation model using plant growth promoting rhizobacteria.
2. Bioformulation of rhizobacteria for enhancement of vegetative growth of plant.
3. Integrated Nutrient Management for sustainable agriculture.
4. Disease Management using rhizobacteria.
5. Bioprospection of rhizobacteria as green surfactant in remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soil.

Latest Publications

  1. Dhara Patel and Meenu Saraf (2014). Comparative study of different soil amendments and microbes for integrated nutrient management and growth promotion of Jatropha curcas. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 37: 2209-2226.
  2. Dhara Patel, Stuti Patel, Pooja Thakker and Meenu Saraf (2017). Siderophore producing Aspergillus spp as bioinoculant for enhanced growth of Mungbean. International Journal of Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology, Vol. 5(1); 111-120. ISSN: 2320-026X.
  3. Dhara Patel and Meenu Saraf (2017). An ABC transporter protein from Pseudomonaspseudoalcaligens involved in improved plant growth under salt stress. Archives of Applied Science Research, Vol 9(1); 13-22.ISSN: 0975-508X.
  4. Dhara Patel and Meenu Saraf (2018). Production and Optimization of Siderophore Production by Bacillus tequilensis. Vidya, special issue proceeding of conference Synthetic Biology approach for drug discovery and microbial biotechnology, 47-53, ISSN: 2321-1520.
  5. Dhara Patel and Meenu Saraf (2018).Statistical optimization of medium for enhancing siderophore production by Bacillus tequilensis DB1. Research Journal of Biotechnology (Accepted).

Book Chapters

  1. Dinesh Kumar Maheshwari, Verinda Wahla, Abhinav Aeron, Chaitanya Kumar Jha, Dhara Patel, Meenu Saraf and Shilpi Shukla.Rhizobacteria for Management of Fungal-Nematode Disease Complex. In: Bacteria in Agrobiology: Disease Management. Ed. Maheshwari, D. K. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 379-404.
  2. Meenu Saraf and Dhara Patel (2014). Integrated Nutrient Managament Using Biotechnological Approaches for Growth of Jatropha curcas in Saline Conditions. In: Advances in Biotechnology and Patenting. Ed. Sivaramakrishnan S., Ilangovan A., Karthik Raja R. Elsevier, New Delhi, pp. 1-12.

Awards & Achievements

  1. M.Phil and PhD. Scholarship from British Petroleum, UK (2007-2012)
  2. DBT Bio-CARe Women Scientist for the year 2014-17
  3. Best oral presentation has been awarded for paper entitled “Proteomics of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria subjected to salt stress” in 4th Science Excellence, Department of Botany, Gujarat University, January 4, 2014.
  4. Awarded for oral presentation for paper entitled “Role of multispecies consortia on integrated nutrient management and growth promotion of Jatropha curcas L” XXXVIII All India Conference of the Indian Botanical Society & National Symposium on “Emerging Trends in Plant Science”, October 2015, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

Additional Information

  1. Lifetime Membership of Indian Botanical Society.
  2. Reviewer of Cogent Food and Agriculture, Taylor and Francis.

Courses Taught at UG / PG / Ph.D.

1. Introduction to Microbiology and Microbial Diversity
2. Microbial Physiology and Metabolism
3. Microbial Diagnosis in Health Clinics
4. Microbial Biotechnology


1. General Microbiology
2. Microbiology and Virology