Publications and Presentations

  1. Anuradha Seshadri, Laasya Samhita, Rahul Gaur, Vidyasagar Malashetty and Umesh Varshney, "Analysis of the fusA2 locus encoding EFG-2 in Mycobacterium smegmatis", Tuberculosis. 2009, 89: 453-464


  1. Laasya Samhita, "The Handicap principle", Resonance. May 2010, 434-440


  1. Laasya Samhita and Umesh Varshney, "The Ribosome and the 2009 Nobel prize in Chemistry", Resonance. June 2010, 526-537


  1. Suman Kapoor, *Laasya Samhita and Umesh Varshney, "Functional significance of   an evolutionarily conserved alanine (GCA) resume codon in tmRNA in Escherichia coli", J.Bacteriol. 2011, 193: 3569-3576


  1. *Laasya Samhita, Sunil Shetty and Umesh Varshney, "Unconventional initiator tRNAs sustain Escherichia coli", Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA. 2012, 109: 18058-18068


  1. *Laasya Samhita, Kai Virumae, Jaanus Remme and Umesh Varshney, "Initiation with elongator tRNAs", J.Bacteriol. 2013, 195:4202-9


  1. Laasya Samhita and Hans Gross, "The “Clever Hans Phenomenon” revisited", 2013, Commun Integr Biol. 2013, 6:e27122


  1. *Laasya Samhita, Vidyanand Nanjundiah and Umesh Varshney, "How many initiator tRNA genes does E. coli need?", J.Bacteriol. 2014, 196:2607-15


Popular science articles- Science writing as a freelancer (July 2013- July 2014 ) in The New Scientist, The Scientist, Asian Scientist and Down to Earth


Feature article about recoding the genome:


News articles


Opinion pieces



          Newspaper articles



Articles in the Science section of the  Indian national newspaper  'The Deccan Herald'


·     "The Woman that never evolved": A book review (June 27th, 2006)

·     "The Handicap principle- Facing Shoaib sans a helmet" (July 26th, 2006)

·     "Prions- The selfish proteins" (September 26th, 2006)

·     "Marie Curie" (July 9th, 2013)

·     "The Coelacanth- a missing link" (July 23rd, 2013)

·     "What it means to be 98% chimpanzee" ( August 6th 2013)

·     "Cryptic gene turns prey into predator" (September 17th 2013)