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Name : Dr. C.Chikkaputtaiah
Designation : Senior Scientist & SERB-Ramanujan Fellow
Qualification : MSc (Agri.) Plant Biotechnology, University of Agriculture Science, Bangalore, India
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) Natural Sciences/ Molecular Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany
Postdoc Fellow (PD1) in Plant Molecular Biology, UCC Cork & NUI Galway, Ireland
Postdoc Fellow (PD2) in Biotechnology, USB, Czech Republic & Uni. Verona, Italy
Contact Details : Ph: +91 376 2372951 Ext. 2332
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Research Interest
  • My research group interested in understanding the role of the DEAD-Box RNA helicase genes in regulating molecular mechanism of multiple abiotic stress responses in model plant system Arabidopsis thaliana using a range of molecular genetics, cell biology and functional genomics approaches. My group is also establishing multiplex CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system for developing resistance to abiotic and biotic stress resistance in plants using Tomato (S. lycopersicum L.) as a crop model and Arabidopsis as a plant model.
PS: Ambitious researches (preferably with their own Fellowship/ Funding) who are willing to join my research group for PhD/ Postdoc, please contact me with your CV and research interest.
  • Role of the DEAD-Box RNA helicases in regulating responses to multiple abiotic stresses using model plant system Arabidopsis thaliana. Ramanujan Fellowship Research Grant. SERB-DST, Govt. of India. Principal Investigator (2015-2020)
  • Development of multiple abiotic and biotic stress resistance in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) crop model through dual-gene multiplex CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. Early Career Research Grant. SERB-DST, Govt. of India. Principal Investigator (2017-2020)
  • Molecular breeding and metabolomic analysis of Curcuma caesia and Curcuma zedoaria for high yielding and quality traits. NMPB-Ministry of Ayush. Co-Principal Investigator (2016-2019)
List of Publications (Most Recent Ten)
Total No. of Publications: Peer-reviewed SCI Journals- 12; Review- 1; Book Chapter- 2; Periodicals- 2; International/ National Conferences(Oral, Papers presented and Abstracts) -18; Total Citation: 241; Total IF: 33
  • Channa Keshavaiah, Lenka Havlickova, Irena Jelinkova, Milan Urban, Pavel Vitamvas, Ilja Prasil and Vladislav Curn (2016). Identification, expression quantification and functional characterization of ERD-1, ERD-2 and Bn115 dehyrdins in drought and cold stress responses in Brassica napus L. Plant Molecular Biology (In Review)
  • Vladislav Curn, Lenka Havlickova, Irena Jelinkova and Channa Keshavaiah# (2016). Molecular genetics and functional genomics of abiotic stress responsive genes in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). Plant Science (In Review)
  • Channa Keshavaiah, Lenka Havlickova, Irena Jelinkova and Vladislav Curn (2014). Differential expression analysis of genes involved in abiotic stress in oilseed rape. Crop Science, LXII (12):167-170. ISSN 0139-6013
  • Jelínková I, Channakeshavaiah Ch., Havlíčková L., Vítámvás P, Urban M (2014). Comparative analysis of protein/gene expression profiling in terms of time and duration of exposure to drought in winter oilseed rape. Crop Science, LXII (12):187-190. ISSN 0139-6013
  • Mojgan Shahriari*, Channa Keshavaiah*, David Scheuring, Peter Pimpl, Martin Huelskamp and Swen Schellmann (2010). The AAA-type ATPase AtSKD1 contributes to vacuolar maintenance in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Journal, Oct;64(1):71-85
  • Mojgan Shahriari, Klaus Richter, Channa Keshavaiah, Aneta Sabovljevic, Martin Huelskamp and Swen Schellmann (2011). The Arabidopsis ESCRT protein-protein interaction network. Plant Molecular Biology, May;76(1-2):85-96
  • Channa Keshavaiah*, Peter McKeown*, Antoine Port, Reetu Tuteja, Manash Chatterjee, Rajeev Varshney and Charles Spillane (2012). Harnessing Genomics to Improve Nutritional Content and Bioavailability of Plant-derived Foods. Panesar and S.S. Marwaha (Eds). Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food Processing: Opportunities and Challenges. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), USA
  • Mark Donoghue, Channa Keshavaiah, Sandesh Swamidatta and Charles Spillane (2011). Evolutionary origins of Brassicaceae specific genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. BMC Evolutionary Biology, Feb 18;11:47
  • Mary J O’ Connell, Aisling M Doyle, Thomas E Juenger, Mark Donoghue, Channa Keshavaiah, Reetu Tuteja and Charles Spillane (2012). In Arabidopsis thaliana codon volatility scores reflects GC3 composition rather than selective pressures. BMC Research Notes, 5 (1), 359
  • Christoph Spitzer, Swen Schellmann, Aneta Sabovljevic, Mojgan Shahriari, Channa Keshavaiah, Nicole Bechtold, Michel Herzog, Stefan Mueller, Franz-Georg Hanish and Martin Huelskamp (2006). The Arabidopsis elch mutant reveals functions of an ESCRT component in cytokinesis. Development, 133, 4679-4689
  • Nagesha, N., Ramanjini Gowda, P.H., Devaiah, B.N., Maduvanthi, R., Vani, K., Saraswathi, S., Dinesh, A.N., Prakash, C.S., Channakeshavaiah, K.C., Gowda, T.K.S., Madhusudhan, S.N., Narasimhamurthy, Y.K., Ramanjini Gowda, P.H., Swamidatta, S.H., Raghavendra, G., Nair, A.V., Malatheshaiah, M.T., Nanjappa, D. (2009). Production and Characterization of Hepatitis B Recombinant Vaccine in Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. ‘Kanchun’). Transgenic Plant Journal, 3 (Special Issue 1), 97-101.
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Awards and Fellowships
  • Ramanujan Fellowship: SERB-DST, Govt. of India (2015-2020)
  • Early Career Research Award: SERB-DST, Govt. of India (2017-2020)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), UCC and NUIG, Ireland (2009-2012)
  • SFI-TIDA Entrepreneurship & Career Development Award: SFI, Dublin, Ireland (2011)
  • International PhD Fellowship: International Graduate School in Genetics and Functional Genomics (IGS-GFG), University of Cologne, Germany (2004-2008)
  • Joint CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship: CSIR New Delhi, India (2003)
  • Institute of Agricultural Technologists (IAT) Fellowship: Bangalore, India (2002)
  • Swarnambha Gurusiddappa Memorial Fellowship: UAS Bangalore, India (1998)
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