Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College


Dr. Smita Ray

General Information
Department Botany
Designation Assistant Professor
Qualification First class first in M.Sc. in Botany, Calcutta University (2005)
Ph.D, Calcutta University (2015)
Specialization Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Plant Tissue Culture

Colleges Served

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


  • Cytological and molecular approach for studying polymorphism of medicinal plants and Biotechnological approach to obtain secondary metabolite from medicinal plants.
  • Presented poster on " Cytotoxic effect of artificial sweetners on plant test system" in AICCG and International Symposium on "Translationg genes and genomes" 29-31 , January, 2018 in IICB, Kolkata.
  • Presented poster on '' Study of genetic variability in different accessiins of Catharantus roseus (L.) G. Don" in National Seminar on "Advances in biology: Exploitation of Phytoresources" 2nd-3rd November, 2017 in Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Govt. College, New Town, Kolkata.
  • Participated in the One-day International Workshop on "Flood Disaster & Management", Jadavpur University on 29 Dec 2017.
  • Presented poster on " Genetic transformation of Rauvolfia serpentina with Agrobacterium rhizogenes : Effects of Ri T-DNA on growth, phenotype and secondary metabolism in hairy root cultures" in the International Conference on "The green planet: past, present and future", 21st- 23rd December, 2016 at Department of Botany, University of Calcutta.
  • Presented poster entitled 'Antiviral plants: a promising tool to drug development' in the International seminar on "Recent trends in microbiology", 14th January 2017, at Department of Microbiology, Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir.
  • Participated in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on "Teaching Botany in 21st century: prospects and challenges", 6th-7th August, 2016 in Bidhannagar College.
  • Presented poster on 'Antidiabetic plants: sustainable use, conservation and future prospects' in UGC sponsored National Seminar- "Medicinal plants, health and environment", 9th-10th September, 2016 in APC College, New Barrackpore.


Seminar and Workshops

  • Attended Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants, Spices and other Natural Products (ASOMPS XIII), IICT, 2008, Hyderabad
  • Attended International Symposium on a journey from plant physiology to plant biology, 2008, Kolkata
  • Attended Seminar-cum-workshop on the syllabi of B.Sc Hons. And General courses in Botany, 2010, Calcutta University
  • Attended National Symposium on Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture: The Present Scenario, 2010, Kolkata
  • Attended International Symposium on Trends in Plant Science Research, 2014, Kolkata
  • Oral Presentation atNational Symposium on Plant diversity: Structure, Function, Utilization and Conservation, Botanical Society of Bengal, 2014, Kolkata
  • Training course on Basics of Flow Cytometry at Center for Research in Nanoscince and Nanobiotechnology, University of Calcutta, 2015, Kolkata


Some Important Publications

  • Genetic transformation of sarpagandha (Rauvolfia serpentina) with Agrobacterium rhizogenes for identification of high alkaloid yielding lines (2014)
    Smita Ray, Anrini Majumder, Maumita Bandyopadhyay, Sumita Jha
    Acta Physiol Plant. DOI 10.1007/s11738-014-1536-6
  • Cytogenetic characterization of Agrobacterium rhizogenes transformed root lines of Rauvolfia serpentina (2014)
    Smita Ray, Tundra Samanta, Anrini Majumder, Maumita Bandyopadhyay, Sumita Jha
    Nucleus. DOI 10.1007/s13237-014-0112-1