Dr. Sumeet Gairola

Biodiversity and Applied Botany Division
CSIR - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine,Canal Road, Jammu – 180001
Email: sumeetgairola[at]iiim[dot]ac[dot]in

Positions Held  
Position Held Date Organization
Scientist 2012 - Present CSIR-IIIM
UGC Dr. D.S. Kothari Post-doctoral fellow Jan 2012 - Nov 2012 University of Delhi
Honours & Awards  
  • Received Dr. D.S. Kothari Post-doctoral fellowship from UGC, India in 2012.

  • Qualified CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET), Lectureship (Life Sciences) twice in 2004-2005.

  • Awardee of the Scientist Assistance Program (SAP) from organizing committee of XXIII International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress held at COEX in Seoul, South Korea on 22nd to 28th August 2010.

  • International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE).

  • International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

  • Reviewer of many National and International Journals viz., Climatic Change, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Taiwania, Forestry Studies in China, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences India Section-B Biological Sciences, Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan, Journal of Crop Improvement.

Research Area

Plant ecology, plant systematics, bioprospection, biodiversity conservation, climate change research in the Himalayas, Ethnomedicine.

Research Interests/Focus:

My interest lies in the interdisciplinary research on the rare, endangered and threatened (RET) medicinal plants in the Himalayan region to aid drug discovery from plants. Within this conceptual theme my research falls in following six overlapping areas: i) Systematics of RET medicinal plants, ii) Bioprospection, iii) Ecology and conservation biology of RET medicinal plants, iv) Ecological distribution of plant communities along various environmental and disturbance gradients, v) Effects of Climate Change on Himalayan biodiversity, vi) Ethnomedicine. To solve research questions in these areas, I employ a combination of field and laboratory experiments along with advance statistical techniques. I am currently involved in management and up gradation of Janaki Ammal Herbarium (RRLH) and Crude Drug Repository at IIIM, Jammu. General overview of research conducted so far has been provided in the following figure (for references see complete list of publications).


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  • Bahuguna, Y.M.; Gairola, S.; Uniyal, P.L.; Bhatt, A.B. Moss flora of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary (KWLS), Garhwal Himalaya, India. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences (2015), [DOI: 10.1007/s40011-015-0531-z].

  • Mahajan, V.; Rather, I.A.; Awasthi, P.; Anand, R.; Gairola, S.; Meena, S.R., Bedi, Y.S.; Gandhi, S.G. Development of chemical and EST-SSR markers for Ocimum genus. Industrial Crop and Products (2015), 63: 65–70. [DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.10.052].

  • Gairola, S.; Sharma, J.; Bedi, Y.S. A cross-cultural analysis of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (India) medicinal plant use. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2014), 155(2): 925–986. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.06.029].

  • Sharma, J.; Gairola, S.; Sharma, Y.P.; Gaur, R.D. Ethnomedicinal plants used to treat skin diseases by Tharu community of district Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand, India. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2014), 158(Part A): 140–206. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.10.004].

  • Gairola, S.; Sharma, J.; Gaur, R.D.; Painuli, R.M.; Siddiqi, T.O. Plants used for treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea by the Bhoxa community of district Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2013), 150(3): 989–1006. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.10.007].

  • Sharma, J.; Gairola, S.; Gaur, R.D.; Painuli, R.M.; Siddiqi, T.O. Ethnomedicinal plants used for treating epilepsy by indigenous communities of Sub-Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, India. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2013), 150(1): 353–370. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.08.052].

  • Sharma, J.; Gaur, R.D.; Gairola, S.; Painuli, R.M.; Siddiqi, T.O. Traditional herbal medicines used for the treatment of skin disorders by the Gujjar tribe of Sub-Himalayan tract, Uttarakhand, India. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (2013), 12(4): 736–746.

  • Sharma, J.; Gairola, S.; Gaur, R.D.; Painuli, R.M. The treatment of jaundice with medicinal plants in indigenous communities of the Sub-Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, India.Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2012), 143(1): 262-291. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2012.06.034].

  • Gairola, S.; Sharma, C.M.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Regeneration dynamics of dominant tree species along an altitudinal gradient in a moist temperate valley slopes of the Garhwal Himalaya. Journal of Forestry Research (2012), 23(1): 53-63, [DOI: 10.1007/s11676-012-0233-9].

  • Gairola, S.; Sharma, C.M.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Chemical properties of soils in relation to forest composition in moist temperate valley slopes of Garhwal Himalaya, India. The Environmentalist (2012), 32(4): 512-523, [DOI: 10.1007/s10669-012-9420-7].

  • Gairola, S.; Sharma, C.M.; Suyal, S.; Ghildiyal, S.K. Composition and diversity of five major forest types in moist temperate climate of the Western Himalaya.Forestry Studies in China (2011), 13(2): 139-153. [DOI: 10.1007/s11632-011-0207-6].

  • Gairola, S.; Sharma, C.M.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Live tree biomass and carbon variation along an altitudinal gradient in moist temperate valley slopes of the Garhwal Himalaya (India). Current Science (2011), 100(12): 1862-1870.

  • Sharma, C.M.; Gairola, S.; Baduni, N.P.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Variation in carbon stocks on different slope aspects in seven major forest types of temperate region of Garhwal Himalaya, India. Journal of Biosciences (2011), 36(4): 701-708. [DOI: 10.1007/s12038-011-9103-4].

  • Sharma, C.M.; Baduni, N.P.; Gairola, S.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Tree diversity and carbon stocks of some major forest types of Garhwal Himalaya, India. Forest Ecology and Management (2010), 260(12): 2170-2179. [DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2010.09.014].

  • Sharma, C.M.; Baduni, N.P.; Gairola, S.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Effects of slope aspects on the forest compositions, community structures and soil properties in natural temperate forests of Garhwal Himalaya. Journal of Forestry Research (2010), 21(3): 331-337. [DOI: 10.1007/s11676-010-0079-y].

  • Sharma, C.M.; Gairola, S.; Ghildiyal, S.K.; Suyal, S. Forest dependent livelihood in relation to socio-economic status of the people in temperate villages of Garhwal Himalaya: A case study. Mountain Research and Development (2009), 29(4): 308-319. [DOI: 10.1659/mrd.00018].


  • Gairola, S. Structure and diversity of moist temperate forest of Garhwal Himalaya, India. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Dudweiler Landstr. 99, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany. (2011), ISBN No- 978-3-8443-0788-7.

CSIR Fellow

Mr. Sushil Kumar


  • Janaki Ammal Herbarium (RRLH) with more than 23,000 herbarium specimens.

  • Crude Drug Repository (CDR) with more than 4000 crude drug specimens.


  • Compound microscope.

  • GPS.

  • Digital Camera.

  • Hypsometer.

  • Digital balance.

  • Clevenger apparatus.

  • pH and Electrical conductivity meter.

  • Soil and water analysis equipment.

  • Field equipments viz., soil augers, tents, sleeping bags, plant presses, etc.