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Keithellakpam Sanatombi

Designation: Professor

Specialization: Plant Biotechnology

Contact: +91-9856133838

Email: ksanatombi [AT] rediffmail.com, ksanatombi [AT] manipuruniv.ac.in

M.Sc.(Panjab University);  Ph.D.(Manipur University)

Website: http://manipuruniv.ac.in/faculty/71

Curriculum vitae


  1. Name and full correspondence address: Keithellakpam Sanatombi

    1. Professor

    2. Department of Biotechnology,

              1. Manipur University

Canchipur, Imphal-795003

  1. Email(s) and contact number(s): ksanatombi@rediffmail.com,

M: 9856133838

  1. Academic Qualification:




  1. Post-Doctoral Experience:

  1. CSIR (Research Associate); Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University (2008 to 2009)


  1. Professional Recognition/ Award/ Prize/ Certificate, Fellowship received:

  1. Award of Merit by Panjab University Botanical Society, 2001

  2. JRF–NET & SRF-NET, CSIR (2003-2008)

  3. CSIR Research Associate (Oct., 2008- Jan., 2009)

  4. DBT Bio-CARE Research Scheme (2012- 2015)

  5. Selected for Women Leadership in STEM Program (2024 cohort) conducted by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), in collaboration with Grand Challenges India (GCI), and WomenLift Health


  1. Interest / Research Area: Plant Molecular Biology; In vitro secondary metabolite production and genetic profiling of plants


  1. Publications:

Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Sanatombi, K., Kabita, K.C., Adhikari, A., Roy, D., Hossain, Z., Sharma, S.K. Identification of Differentially Expressed miRNAs and Target Genes in a Highly Pungent Pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.). J Plant Growth Regul (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00344-024-11399-4.

  2. Devi, R.L., Devi, S.T. & Sanatombi, K. Hairy root culture of Strobilanthes cusia for the production and enhancement of indigo biosynthesis. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult 157, 62 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-024-02791-9.

  3. Sanatombi, K. Genetics and evolutionary insights from Solanaceae genome sequences. Plant Syst Evol 310, 2 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00606-023-01883-x..

  4. Sanatombi K. Antioxidant potential and factors influencing the content of antioxidant compounds of pepper: A review with current knowledge. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. 2023 Jul;22(4):3011-3052. doi: 10.1111/1541-4337.13170..

  5. Oinam Priyoda DeviSusheel Kumar SharmaKonjengbam Sarda DeviNitika GuptaA. Ratankumar SinghSubhra Saikat RoyRicha RaiKeithellakpam Sanatombi & Virendra Kumar Baranwal. First report of natural infection of Capsicum chlorosis virus (Orthotospovirus capsiciflavi) in Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens from jhum groves of North East India. Journal of Plant Pathology (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42161-023-01524-9.

  6. Devi OP, Sharma SK, Sanatombi K, Devi KS, Pathaw N, Roy SS, Chanu NT, Sanabam R, Devi HC, Singh AR, et al. A Simplified Multiplex PCR Assay for Simultaneous Detection of Six Viruses Infecting Diverse Chilli Species in India and Its Application in Field Diagnosis. Pathogens. 2023; 12(1):6. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens12010006.

  7. Sneha Yogindran, Manish KumarLingaraj SahooKeithellakpam Sanatombi &  Supriya Chakraborty. (2021) Occurrence of Cotton leaf curl Multan virus and associated betasatellites with leaf curl disease of Bhut-Jolokia chillies (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) in India. Molecular Biology Reports 48(3):1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-021-06223-1.

  8. Keithellakpam Sanatombi and Sanatombi Rajkumari (2019) Effect of Processing on Quality of Pepper: A Review. Food Reviews International 36(1):1-18. DOI: 10.1080/87559129.2019.1669161.

  9. Sanatombi Rajkumari & K. Sanatombi (2020) Secondary metabolites content and essential oil composition of in vitro cultures of Zingiber montanum (Koenig) Link ex A. Dietr. Biotechnology Letters 42, 1237–1245. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10529-020-02872-7.

  10. Khaidem Chanu KabitaKeithellakpam Sanatombi Susheel Kumar Sharma (2020) Efficient enhancement of capsaicinoids biosynthesis in cell suspension cultures of Capsicum chinense Jacq. cv. ‘Umorok’ by elicitors and differential gene expression analysis of elicited cultures. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, 141pages145–154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-020-01775-9.

  11. Nganthoi, M.; Sanatombi, K (2019) Artemisinin content and DNA profiling of Artemisia species of Manipur. South African Journal of Botany, 125:9-15. DOI:  10.1016/j.sajb.2019.06.027.

  12. Kabita, K.C., Sharma, S.K. & Sanatombi, K. (2019) Analysis of capsaicinoid biosynthesis pathway genes expression in callus cultures of Capsicum chinense Jacq. cv. ‘Umorok’. Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture. 137(3):565–573; https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-019-01591-w.

  13. Rajkumari, S. & Sanatombi, K. Genetic Diversity Analysis of Hedychium Species Based on RAPD and ISSR Markers. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., India, Sect. B Biol. Sci. (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40011-018-0976-y.

  14. Rajkumari S., Sanatombi K. (2018) Nutritional Value, Phytochemical Composition and Biological Activities of Edible Curcuma Species: A Review. International Journal of Food Properties; 20(3): S2668-S2687.

  15. Sanatombi, R. and Sanatombi K. (2017). Biotechnology of Zingiber montanum (Koenig) Link ex A. Dietr.: A review. Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. 4:1-4.

  16. Sanatombi, K., and Sharma G.J. (2012). In vitro regeneration of Capsicum chinense Jacq. Current Trends in Biotechnology and Pharmacy. Vol. 6 (1): 66-72.

  17. Sanatombi K., Sen-Mandi S., & Sharma G.J.(2010). DNA profiling of Capsicum landraces of Manipur. Scientia Horticulturae 124: 405-408.

  18. Sanatombi K. & Sharma G.J.(2008). In vitro plant regeneration in six cultivars of Capsicum spp. using different explants. Biologia Plantarum, 52(1): 141-145.

  19. Sanatombi K. & Sharma G.J. (2008). In vitro propagation of Capsicum chinense Jacq. Biologia Plantarum 52 (3): 517-520.

  20. Sanatombi K. & Sharma G.J.(2008). Capsaicin content and pungency of different Capsicum spp. cultivars. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 36(2):88-90.

  21. Sanatombi, K., and Sharma, G.J. (2007). Micropropagation of Capsicum frutescens L. using axillary shoot explants, Scientia Horticulturae., 113(1): 96-99.

  22. Sanatombi K. & Sharma G.J.(2007). Micropropagation of Capsicum annuum L. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 35(1):57-64.

  23. Sanatombi, K., and Sharma, G.J. (2006). In vitro regeneration and mass multiplication of Capsicum annuum L. J. Food Agric. Environ., 4(1): 205-208..


  1. Book chapters published:


  1. Devi, S.T., Sanatombi, K. (2023). Bioactive Compounds and Biological Activities of Curcuma Species. In: Murthy, H.N., Paek, K.Y., Park, SY. (eds) Bioactive Compounds in the Storage Organs of Plants. Reference Series in Phytochemistry. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-29006-0_19-1

  2. Rajkumari S., Sanatombi K. (2018) In Vitro Production of Some Important Secondary Metabolites from Zingiber Species. In: Kumar N. (eds) Biotechnological Approaches for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Springer, Singapore

  3. Rajkumari S., Sanatombi K. (2016) Biodiversity and Conservation of Medicinal Plants. In: Medicinal plants and its Therapeutic Uses. Birla Kshetrimayum, OMICS Group eBooks, USA; pp 1-7.

  4. Nganthoi M., Sanatombi K. (2019) “Biodiversity and ethnobotany of the genus Artemisia in Manipur” in Medicinal Plants- Exploration, Evaluation and Utilization: 1, 1-12, Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

  1. Research Projects Completed:

  1. In vitro culture of cassumunar zinger (Zingiber montanum Koenig link ex Dietr) for secondary metabolite production. DBT (BioCARE sheme for women Scientists) project. 2012 to 2015. Role- Principal Investigator.

  2. In vitro culture of Strobilanthes flaccidifollius Nees. for indigo production. SERB (Fastract scheme for young scientists). 2012 to 2015. Role- Principal Investigator.

  3. In vitro culture of Capsicum chinense Jacq. cv. ‘Umorok’ for capsaicin production. DBT (Agricultural Biotechnology2013 to 2016. Role- Principal Investigator.

  4. Production of capsaicin from cell suspension cultures of Capsicum chinense Jacq. in bioreactor and enhancement with elicitors. Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), CORE RESEARCH GRANT; 2020 to 2023; Role- Principal Investigator

  1. Number of Ph.D. Students guiding:     Five (5)

  1. Ms. Rajkumari Lunphasana Devi (Registration No. 3693/17);

  2. Ms. Oinam Priyoda Devi (Registration No. 3676/17);

  3. Ms. Sanasam Thoibi Devi (Registration No. 4202/19; CSIR JRF-NET

  4. Mr. Thomas T. K. Tungnung (Registration No. 4654/21; CSIR JRF-NET)

  5. Mr. Mutum Dingku Singh (Registration year:2023)

  6. Mr. Kshetrimayum Berlin Singh (Registration year: 2024)

  1. Number of Ph.D. Students guided: Three (3)

  1. M. Nganthoi Devi (Ph. D. Registration No. 2993/12); Title of thesis: DNA profiling and in vitro culture of some Artemisia species; Degree awarded (25th September, 2018)

  2. Sanatombi Rajkumari, (Ph. D. Registration No. 3102/13); Title of thesis: In vitro culture of Zingiber montanum (Koenig) Link ex A. Dietr.; Degree awarded (2nd April, 2019)

  3. Khaidem Kabita Chanu (Registration No. 3412/15); Title of thesis: Studies on the capsaicin production from in vitro cultures of Capsicum chinense Jacq. Cv. Umorok; Thesis submitted (April 30, 2022)

  1. P.G. dissertation guided: 21

  2. Contribution towards conduct of MOOCs course:

  1. Course Coordinator for MOOCs course “Plant Biochemistry and Plant Biotechnology” (40 modules); SWAYAM Portal (https://onlinecourses.swayam2.ac.in/cec21_bt03/preview); Duration: January 2019 - June 2019; January- June 2021

  2. Course Coordinator for MOOCs course “Cell Biology” (40 modules); SWAYAM Portal (https://onlinecourses.swayam2.ac.in/cec19_bt12/preview); Duration: July 2019-November 2019; July 2020-November 2020; January - June 2023


  1. Memberships in Scientific bodies:

    1. Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Premier Membership - 23-Nov-2022 to 30-Nov-2023

    2. Life Member “Indian Science Congress Association”

    3. Life Member “Society of Biological Chemist (India)”

    4. Life Member “Environmental Mutagen Society of India”

    5. Life Member “Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India”

  1. E-content or MOOCs module/lecture (developed in 4 quadrants): 59

  2. Resource person for the documentary “The wonderful spice of Manipur” by EMRC, Manipur University (2018).