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Name : Dr. C. Chikkaputtaiah
Designation : Senior Scientist & SERB-DST Ramanujan Fellow
Qualification : PhD (Dr. rer.nat.) (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 : Phone: +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 establishing multiplex-CRISPR-Cas9 and CRISPR-Cpf1 genome editing systems for abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in tomato (S. lycopersicum L.) and rice (Oryza sativa) crop models.
  • PS: Ambitious researches (preferably with their own Fellowship or seeking Fellowship) who are willing to join my research group as N-PDF/ Nehru Postdoc/ Research Associate/ SRF are encouraged to contact me with your updated CV and summary of research interest.
  • DEAD-Box RNA helicases and abiotic stress tolerance (Arabidopsis thaliana). Ramanujan Fellowship Research Grant. SERB-DST, Govt. of India. PI
  • CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing and multi-stress crop tolerance (Solanum lycopersicum). Early Career Research Grant. SERB-DST, Govt. of India. PI
  • CRISPR-Cas9/Cpf1 genome editing and biotic crop stress (Oryza sativa). Focused Basic Research Grant. CSIR. PI
  • Novel carbohydrases and metagenomics (bacteria). DBT, Govt. of India. Co-PI
  • In situ bioremediation and functional genomics (bacteria). Oil India Limited. Co-PI
List of Publications (Selected only)
  • Das et al., (2019). Aptamer-conjugated functionalized nano-biomaterials for diagnostic and drug targeting application. Functional Polysaccharides for Biomedical Applications. Elsevier. ISBN: 9780081025550
  • Sehgal et al., (2019). Morpho-taxonomic, genetic, and biochemical characterization of freshwater microalgae as potential biodiesel feedstock. 3 Biotech.Springer Publishers. PMID: 30944784
  • Parasar et al., (2018). Metabolomic study of chemo-preventive phytochemicals and their therapeutic prospects. Anticancer Plants: Mechanisms and Molecular Interactions. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-8417-1_8
  • Debbarma, J et al., (2019). Ethylene response factor (ERF) family proteins in abiotic stresses and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing of ERFs for multiple abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants. Molecular Biotechnology. Springer Nature Publishers, Switzerland. PMID: 30600447.
  • Shashanko, S et al., (2019). Role of flow cytometry for the improvement of bioprocessing of oleaginous microorganisms. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Wiley Online Library (In Press)
  • Das, V et al., (2019). The basics of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT): A study from structure, dynamics and functional perspective. Journal of Cellular Physiology. Wiley Online Library (In Press)
  • Marwein, R et al., (2018). Genetic engineering/Genome editing approaches to modulate signaling processes in abiotic stress tolerance. Plant Signalling Molecules. ELSEVIER. ISBN 9780128164518.
  • Kumar, S et al., (2018). Screening of tomato genotypes for identification of resistant lines and DNA marker against bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum L.). Australasian Plant Pathology. Springer Publishers.
  • Chikkaputtaiah, C et al., (2017). Molecular genetics and functional genomics of abiotic stress-responsive genes in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.): a review of recent advances and future. Plant Biotechnology Reports. Springer Publishers. 11, 364-385; 10.1007/s11816-017-0458-3.
  • Baruah, I et al., (2017). The DEAD-box RNA helicases and multiple abiotic stresses in plants: a systematic review of recent advances and challenges. Plant OMICS Journal. Southern Cross Publishers. 10(5), 252-262; 10.21475/poj.10.05.17.pne855.
  • Dutta, S et al., (2017). Assessment of Selection Criteria for Developmentof High Yielding Genoptypes Using Variability Parameters in Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus L. Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants. Taylor & Francis Publishers. 20 (6), 1450-1460; 10.1080/0972060X.2017.1421104.
  • Keshavaiah C et al., (2014). Differential expression analysis of genes involved in abiotic stress in oilseed rape (2014). Crop Science,LXII (12):167-170; ISSN 0139-6013.
  • Connell M et al., (2012). In Arabidopsis thaliana codon volatility scores reflects GC3 composition rather than selective pressures (2012).BMC Research Notes,Springer Publishers. 5 (1), 359-368; 10.1186/1756-0500-5-359.
  • Keshavaiah C et al., (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.Taylor & Francis Publishers. ISBN: 9781439888360, 480-499.
  • Shariari M et al., (2011). The Arabidopsis ESCRT protein-protein interaction network (2011). PlantMolecularBiology,Springer Publishers. 76(1-2), 85-96; 10.1007/s11103-011-9770-4.
  • Donoghue M et al., (2011). Evolutionary origins of Brassicaceaespecific genes in Arabidopsis thaliana (2011). BMC EvolutionaryBiology,Springer Publishers. 11, 47-58; 10.1186/1471-2148-11-47.
  • Shahriari M et al., (2010). TheAAA-typeATPaseAtSKD1contributesto vacuolarmaintenance inArabidopsis thaliana(2010). ThePlantJournal,Wiley Online Library. 64(1), 71-85; 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2010.04310.x.
  • Nagesha N et al., (2009). Production and Characterization of Hepatitis B Recombinant Vaccine in Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. ‘Kanchun’) (2009). Transgenic Plant Journal, 3 (Special Issue 1), 3, 97-101.
  • Spitzer C et al., (2006). TheArabidopsiselchmutantrevealsfunctionsofanESCRTcomponentin cytokinesis (2006). Development, Springer Publishers.133,4679-4689.
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)
Lab Members(Current)
  • Dr. Dhanawantari L. Singha:SERB-National Postdoc Fellow (2019-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9/Cpf1 and spikelet (yield) traits in Oryza sativa Japonica
  • Dr. Sanjay Singh: Research Associate (2019-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9/Cpf1 and biotic stress tolerance (Oryza sativa)
  • Indrani Baruah: Project Fellow and AcSIR PhD student (2016-present)
    Research Area: DEAD-box RNA helicases and abiotic stress (Arabidopsis thaliana)
  • Johni Debbarma: CSIR-JRF and AcSIR PhD student (2016-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9 and biotic stress tolerance (Solanum lycopersicum)
  • Banashree Saikia: Project Fellow and AcSIR PhD student (2017-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9 and multi-stress tolerance (Solanum lycopersicum)
  • Riwandahun Marwein: UGC-JRF and AcSIR PhD student (2017-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9/Cpf1 and biotic stress tolerance (Oryza sativa)
  • Yogita N Sarki: UGC-JRF and AcSIR PhD student(2018-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9/Cpf1 and biotic stress tolerance (Oryza sativa)
  • Gabriella Mawlong: Project Fellow (2019-present)
    Research Area: CRISPR-Cas9/Cpf1 and biotic stress tolerance (Oryza sativa)
  • Metying Enling: MSc (Agri.) dissertation (2016-2017)
    Research Area: DEAD-box RNA helicases and abiotic stress (Arabidopsis thaliana)
  • Pranami Goswami: MSc dissertation (2016-2017)
    Research Area: Gateway virtual cloning of DEAD-box genes (Arabidopsis thaliana)
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