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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-multigene CRISPR-Cas9 and CRISPR-Cpf1 genome editing system for developing multiple 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 Postdoc (N-PDF or others)/ Research Associate/ SRF are encouraged to contact me with your CV and summary of 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)
  • In situ bioremediation technology for reclamation of oil and coal operated areas of Assam. CSIR-FTT. Team Member (2016-2018)
List of Publications (Most Recent Ten)
  • Marwein, R et al., (2018). Genetic engineering/Genome editing approaches to modulate signaling processes in abiotic stress tolerance. Plant Signalling Molecules. ELSEVIER Publishers (Accepted).
  • Kumar, S et al., (2018). Screening of tomato genotypes for identification of resistant lines and DNA marker against bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearumL.). Australasian Plant Pathology. Springer Publishers (Accepted).
  • 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). Plant Molecular Biology, 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 Evolutionary Biology, Springer Publishers. 11, 47-58;10.1186/1471-2148-11-47.
  • Shahriari M et al., (2010). The AAA-type ATPase AtSKD1 contributes to vacuolar maintenance in Arabidopsis thaliana (2010). The Plant Journal, 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). The Arabidopsis elch mutant reveals functions of an ESCRT component in 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: AcSIR PhD and MSc Students
  • Indrani Baruah: Project Fellow and AcSIR PhD student (2016-present)
    Research project: DEAD-box RNA helicases and regulation of multiple abiotic stress in Arabidopsis plant model.
  • Johni Debbarma: CSIR-JRF and AcSIR PhD student (2016-present)
    Research Project: Development of fungal wilt resistance in tomato crop model through CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system.
  • Banashree Saikia: Project Fellow and AcSIR PhD student (2017-present)
    Research Project: Multiple abiotic stress tolerance in tomato crop model through dual-gene multiplex CRISPR-Cas9 system.
  • Riwandahun Marwein: UGC-JRF and AcSIR PhD student (2017-present)
    Research Project: Multiplex-multigene CRISPR-Cpf1genome editing system for fungal stress tolerance in rice crop model
  • Yogita N Sarki: UGC-JRF and AcSIR PhD student (2018-present)
    Research Project: Development of bacterial stress tolerance in rice crop model through CRISPR-Cpf1/ CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system
  • Gabriella Mawlong: MSc (Agri.) student, SHUATS, Allahabad (2018-present)
    Research Project: Expression validation of differentially expressed genes(DEGs) of Pseudomonas aeruginosaN002 exploited in crude oil biodegradation
  • Metying Enling: MSc (Agri.) student, SHUATS, Allahabad (2016-2017)
    Research Project: Gateway cloning, transient expression and multiple early stress response study of AtRH37 and DRD1 genes in Arabidopsis
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