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Dr Keithellakpam Sanatombi

Designation: Associate 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



Name and full correspondence address: Keithellakpam Sanatombi, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Manipur University Canchipur, Imphal-795003

Email(s) and contact number(s): ksanatombi [AT] rediffmail.com,



Academic Qualification:




Post-Doctoral Experience:

  1. CSIR (Research Associate); Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University; 01-10- 2008 to 16-01-2009


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)


Teaching experience:


  1. Lecturer, Moirang College, Moirang, Manipur; From 16/01/2009 to 04/03/2009

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Manipur University, Imphal; From 05/03/2009 - 04/03/2021

  2. Associate Professor: 05/03/2021 till date


Interest / Research Area: Plant Biotechnology; In vitro secondary metabolite production and genetic profiling of plants



Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. 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.

  2. Keithellakpam Sanatombi and Sanatombi Rajkumari (2020) Effect of Processing on Quality of Pepper: A Review. Food Reviews International 36(6): 626-643. DOI: 10.1080/87559129.2019.1669161.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Nganthoi M., Sanatombi K. (2018) Artemisinin production by callus and cell suspension culture of Artemisia nilagarica (C.B. Clarke) Pamp. International Journal of Scientific Research and Reviews; 7(1): 179-188.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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.


Book chapters published:

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    Number of Ph.D. Students guiding: Four (4)

  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); and

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

    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)

    P.G. dissertation guided: 17

    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 2021- 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


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

Memberships in Scientific bodies:

    1. Life Member “Indian Science Congress Association”

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