V. S. Pragadheesh , Ph.D.


Research Interest

Natural Product Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry and Separation Science


Secondary metabolite dynamics in plants


2018 Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Division, CSIR – Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India

2015 – 2017 Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Ecology, Dr. Shannon B Olsson group, National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR), Bangalore, India.

2010 – 2015 Ph.D., Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India. Mentor: Dr. Chandan Singh Chanotiya


2008 – 2010 BASF Coatings India (Pvt) Ltd, Mangalore, India

Patents & Publications

K Nordström, J Dahlbom, VS Pragadheesh, S Ghosh, A Olsson, O Dyakova, S Krishna, S Olsson (2017) In situ modeling of multimodal floral cues attracting wild pollinators across environments, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (50), 13218-13223.

VS Pragadheesh, CS Chanotiya, S Rastogi, AK Shasany (2017). Scent from Jasminum grandiflorum flowers: Investigation of the change in linalool enantiomers at various developmental stages using chemical and molecular methods, Phytochemistry 140, 83-94.

VS Pragadheesh, A Saroj, R Maurya, A Yadav, N Gupta, A Samad, CS Chanotiya (2017) Enantioselective GC analysis of C3–oxygenated p-menthane type Indian Mentha spicata L. var. viridis ‘Ganga’ essential oil, Natural Product Communications, 12(3), 427-430.

VS Pragadheesh, Anju Yadav, CS Chanotiya (2015). Role of substituents in cyclodextrin derivatives for enantioselective gas chromatographic separation of chiral terpenoids in the essential oils of Mentha spicataJournal of Chromatography B, 1002, 30-41.

Arvind Saroj, VS Pragadheesh, M Palanivelu, Anju Yadav, A Samad, CS Chanotiya. (2015). Anti-phytopathogenic activity of Syzygium cumini essential oil, hydrocarbon fractions and its novel constituents. Industrial Crops and Products, 74, 327-335.

VS Pragadheesh, Anju Yadav and CS Chanotiya (2015). Enantiomer differentiation of key volatile constituents from leaves, stems, rhizome and flowers of Hedychium coronarium Koenig from India. Journal of Essential Oil Research, 27(2) 101-106.

VS Pragadheesh, Arvind Saroj, Anju Yadav, CS Chanotiya, A Samad (2013) Compositions, enantiomer characterization and antifungal activity of two Ocimum essential oils. Industrial Crops and Products, 50, 333-337.

VS Pragadheesh, Arvind Saroj, Anju Yadav, CS Chanotiya, M Alam, A Samad (2013) Chemical characterization and antifungal activity of Cinnamomum camphora essential oil. Industrial Crops and Products, 49, 628-633.

VS Pragadheesh, A Yadav, M Singh, CS Chanotiya (2013) Characterization of volatile components of Zingiber roseum essential oil using capillary GC on modified cyclodextrins. Natural Product Communications, 8(2), 221-224.

 VS Pragadheesh, A Yadav, SC Singh, N Gupta, CS Chanotiya (2013) Leaf essential oil of cultivated Pimenta racemosa (Mill.) JW Moore from North India: Distribution of phenylpropanoids and chiral terpenoids. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, 2 (118), 2167-0412.100011

Neharica Gupta, N Manika, Suman Singh, SC Singh, VS Pragadheesh, Anju Yadav, CS Chanotiya (2012). Investigation on phenylpropanoids rich Melaleuca decora (Salisb.) Britt. essential oil. Natural Product Research, 26(20), 1945-1947.

Archana Prasad, VS Pragadheesh, Archana Mathur, NK Srivastava, Manju Singh, AK Mathur (2012). Growth and centelloside production in hydroponically established medicinal plant-Centella asiatica (L.). Industrial Crops and Products, 35(1), 309-312.


VS Pragadheesh, Anju Yadav, CS Chanotiya, PK Rout, GC Uniyal (2011). Monitoring the emission of volatile organic compounds from flowers of Jasminum sambac using Solid-Phase Microextraction fibers and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry detection. Natural Product Communications, 6(9), 1333-1338.