Name : Siddhi Chavan

Designation : Junior Research Fellow

Brief Background :

Project Trainee –“Unravelling the Microbial Composition of Marine Sponge and Screening for Antagonistic Activities” National Centre For Cell Science (NCCS-NCMR)І Jan 2018 – April  2018

JRF- “Management of Fugal Cuteneous Infection and to Study Virulence Factors in Keratitis using Ex vivo Carpine Model” The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda І Aug 2018- Aug 2019

 JRF- “Development, Evaluation and Molecular Characterization of seedless mutants in Grape Variety ARI-516” Agharkar Research Institute, Pune,1st Sep 2019 – Present

Qualified GATE (2019)

Contact Details :

  • B.Sc(Biotechnology-2016)
  • M.Sc(Biotechnology-2018)

There is a large consumer demand for seedless grape for fresh and dry fruit consumption. Nowadays, most breeding programs focus on the generation of new cultivars combining seedlessness together with disease resistance, large berry size, muscat flavour and crispiness.

Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) has developed a seeded hybrid named ARI 516 earlier which is multipurpose, moderately resistant, high yielding variety with musky flavor, good taste. Consumer acceptance of ARI 516 can further be improved through imparting seedlessness in the variety. A seedless mutant of ARI 516 is identified through mutation breeding. We aim to establish the seedless mutant of ARI 516 as a cultivar by standardizing horticultural practices.

Also, the investigation of molecular basis of seedlessness will enhance the current understanding of grape seed development and shed light on the possible mechanism by which grape seed formation is controlled. The genomic and genetic resources will be useful to develop seedless cultivars in grapes.

1-“Nanoparticles laden In Situ gel for sustained drug release after topical ocular administration”, Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, April 2020

 2-“Formulation of Hydrophilic drug loaded Solid Lipid Nanoparticles for Ophthalmic delivery: Optimization by Box-Behnken design, Ex vivo and In vitro characterization”, Asian Journal of Biological Sciences, September 2020