Dr. Smita Ray

Dr. Smita Ray

Position Assistant Professor (Stage 2) in WBES
Department Botany
Specialization Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Plant Tissue Culture


Degree Field of Study Institution Year
M. Sc. Botany University of Calcutta 2005
B.Ed. Botany Institute of Education for Women, University of Calcutta 2007
Ph. D. Botany University of Calcutta 2015

Contact Information

  • smitaray2008@gmail.com

Teaching Experience

  • Since 2008

Colleges served

  • Taki Govt. College: 2008-2016
  • Bethune College: 2016-till date

Research Interests

  • Biotechnological approach to obtain secondary metabolite from medicinal plants
  • Cytological and molecular study of medicinal plants
  • Bioinformatic study of metabolite biosynthesis pathway genes

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate course in Botany as per West Bengal State University and University of Calcutta Syllabus (CBCS)
  • Postgraduate course in Botany as per University of Calcutta Syllabus (CBCS)
  • Supervision of PG dissertation in the field of Cytogenetics and bioinformatics study of medicinal plants.



  • Chatterjee P, Karn R, Emerson Isaac A, Ray S (2023) Unveiling the vulnerabilities of synthetic lethality in triple negative breast cancer. Clinical and Translational Oncology https://doi.org/10.1007/s12094-023-03191-9
  • Ray R, Mukherjee S, Ray S (2023) In silico characterization of Ajmaline biosynthesis pathway genes in plants. Plant Gene 34 (2023) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plgene.2023.10042012
  • Ray S and Neogy M (2022) Identification of vehicular emission hyper accumulator and its subsequent use as phytoremediation, Bangladesh J. Bot. 51(2): 207-216
  • Khatun N and Ray S (2022) Molecular marker assisted characterization of the genes of Ocimum sp., Heritage Vol VIII, ISSN 2349-9583, pp 10-19
  • Ray S, Mukherjee S and Ghosh S (2021), Medicinal plants: a boom towards antiviral drug development in Sinha D eds. Hand Book of agriculture and plant sciences, ABS Books, Delhi. ISBN: 978-93-91002-25-1
  • Upadhyay T, Mukherjee S and Ray S (2021) Agronomic Advancement of Rice: A Review. Heritage, Vol VII, pp 47-62, (ISSN 2349-9583)
  • Ray S, Chakraborty P, and Chattopadhyay D (2019) Wheat: Cytology in the genomics era and its relevance in breeding. Heritage, Vol.VI, Pg-188-198, (ISSN 2349-9583)
  • Datta A, Ray S and Chattopadhyay D (2017) Molecular markers in sex determination of dioecious angiosperms Pg-185-193, Heritage, Vol.IV(ISSN 2349-9583)
  • Ray S, Majumder A, Bandyopadhyaya and Jha S (2014) Genetic transformation of sarpagandha (Rauvolfia serpentina) with Agrobacterium rhizogenes for identification of high alkaloid yielding lines. Acta Physiol Plant. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11738-014-1536-6
  • Ray S, Samanta T, Majumder A, Bandyopadhyaya and Jha S (2014) Cytogenetic characterization of Agrobacterium rhizogenes transformed root lines of Rauvolfia serpentina. Nucleus. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13237-014-0112-1

Book Chapters

  • Majumder A, Roychowdhury D, Ray S (2023) Biotechnological approaches for ex-situ conservation of medicinal plants. In Medicinal plants: biodiversity, biotechnology and conservation Part of the book series: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity (SDEB) eds Sumita Jha, Mihir Halder pp 729-800. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-19-9936-9
  • Ray S (2022) Green audit and sustainable development. In Back to Basics, a multidisciplinary approach to organic living and waste management Volume 3, Kaushik Kiran Ghosh, Payel Mandal, and Shila Neogi (Editors) ISBN: 999-99-999999-9-9). https://jogamayadevicollege.ac.in/site/college_publication.
  • Halder M, Majumder A, Ray S and Jha S (2021) Medicinal Plant Research at Crossroads: Biotechnological Approaches for Conservation, Production and Stability in Tissue Cultures and Regenerated Plants In Ekiert HM, Ramawat KG, Arora J eds Medicinal Plants: domestication, biology and regional importance, Chapter 16, pp-459-544, Springer, Switzerland, ISBN: 978-3-030-74779-4
  • Ray S, Mukherjee S and Ghosh S (2021) Medicinal Plants: A Boom Towards Antiviral Drug Development, pp:231-257. In Sinha D eds. Handbook of Agriculture and Plant Sciences, ABS Books, Delhi, ISBN: 978-93-91002-25-1
  • Ray S (2021) Ethics of publishing research papers in international scientific journals in Ethics and Values: a different perspective, ISBN: 978-81-932331-5-3
  • Ray S (2021) J.E.D. Bethune's association with the world of flora. In John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune: Chhayapother ek bichitro abhijatri. Bethune College and Sopan publication ed Krishna Ray
  • Mukherjee S, Ray S, Ghosh S and Sinha Ray D (2020) Women and Nature interface in Voices beyond silence: issues and insights, Bethune College publication, (ISBN: 978-81-948279-2-4)
  • Majumder A, Ray S and Jha S Hairy roots and phytoremediation in A. Pavlov, T. Bley (eds.), Bioprocessing of plant in vitro systems,(2016) Reference series in phytochemistry, doi 10.1007/978-3-319-32004-5_22-1.

Conference Proceedings

  • Ghosh D, Ray S and Mukherjee M (2022) In silico characterization of Phytochelatin Synthase in Plants. In Biosystematics and Bioresources: The proceedings of the International Conference on Algae, Fungi and Plants: Systematics to Applications (AFPSA-2020)" in celebration of the 100 years Anniversary of the Calcutta university Herbarium (CUH). Editor: Debabrata Maity and Krishnendu Acharya
    Year of Publication: 2022, Pages: xii, 250, ISBN : 978-93-93628-21-33
  • Ray S, Das A, Sarkar S, Chamling S F, Mitra S and Ghosh S. Increased carbon footprint: a review (2020). Proceedings of seminar on Environment: Issues for concern 24.02.2020 (Bethune College) pp 58-61
  • Ray S. Career prospects after specialising in Botany (2020). Proceedings on one day state level seminar on career counselling and soft skill development. 19.02.2020 (Bethune College) pp 58

Conference/ Seminar Paper Presentation Details

  • Attended State Level Workshop on basic cell biology techniques organised by City College, 25-26 November 2022.
  • Attended two days national level workshop on Identification and Nomenclature of Plants including lower groups by APJ Abdul Kalam Government College, 6th -7th
    September 2022.
  • Act as a resource person in '7 day workshop in Research Techniques', conducted by Department of Botany, Bethune College, under DBT-STAR College Scheme, 25.04.2022-02.05.2022.
  • Act as a resource person in 'Workshop on Plant Genomic DNA Isolation' on 15.12.2021 and 16.12.2021', conducted by Department of Botany, Bethune College, under DBT-STAR College Scheme.
  • Oral presentation at Biospectrum 18th to 20th Nov, 2021.
  • Act as an Organizing Secretary in an International Webinar on "Human Ailment: Basic Research and Clinical Implications", organized by the PG Department of Botany in collaboration with IQAC, Bethune College on 22nd August, 2020.
  • Act as an Organizing Secretary in the Webinar on "Coastal areas of West Bengal: Botany and Beyond" organized by the PG Department of Botany in collaboration with IQAC, Bethune College on 18th July 2020.
  • Act as a member in State level seminar on "Environment: Issues for Concern" at Bethune College on 24/02/2020.
  • Participated in an online FDP on 'Molecular visualization and Modelling using Python' from 10.08.2020 to 12.08.2020 organized by Maulana Azad College, Kolkata; online workshop on 'Developing skills through tools and techniques' from 02.07.2020 to 04.07.2020 organized by Gokhale Memorial Girls' College, Kolkata; online STC on 'National workshop on 'Statistical analysis using SPSS' from 22.06.2020 to 26.06.2020 organized by Lovely Professional University, Punjab; Online National FDP on 'Moodle-Learning Management System" from 22.05.2020 to 26.05.2020 organized by Sanatan Dharma College, Ambala.
  • Presented Poster entitled "Bread Wheat: cytology in the genomic era." at University of Calcutta sponsored National Seminar on "Advancement in Plant Sciences: An Insight" on 30th September 2019.

Grants and Awards

  • Gold Medal from University of Calcutta for securing the 1st rank in the M.Sc. Final Examination, 2005
  • Swati Bose Memorial Scholarship (for obtaining highest marks in graduation among candidates pursuing post-graduation in Botany from Calcutta University).
  • Prof. H. L. Chakraborty Memorial Award for securing 1st class 1st position in M.Sc.
  • Completed Minor Research Project, UGC (2013-2015) entitled "Effects of Ri T-DNA on growth, phenotype and secondary metabolism in transgenic cultures of Rauvolfia serpentina" Sanction No: F. PSW-117/12-13 (ERO) SL. No. 214374 dated 01.03.13.
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for presenting poster entitled "Undermining the potentiality of plants in HIV therapy with special emphasis on bioinformatics approach" at International Conference on Biotechnology & Biological Sciences 'Biospectrum', at University of Engineering & Management Kolkata on 8th-10th August, 2019.

Professional Affiliations

  • Botanical Society of Bengal (Life member)
  • Indian Science Congress (Life member)