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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
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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-multigene CRISPR/Cas9 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/ Funding) who are willing to join my research group for Postdoc (N-PDF or others) and PhD, please contact 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)
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
  • Molecular genetics and functional genomics of abiotic stress-responsive genes in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.): a review of recent advances and future (2017). Plant Biotechnology Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11816-017-0458-3. ISSN 1863-5474
  • The DEAD-box RNA helicases and multiple abiotic stresses in plants: a systematic review of recent advances and challenges (2017). Plant OMICS Journal (Accepted)
  • Screening of tomato genotypes for identification of resistant lines and DNA marker against bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) (2017). Molecular Breeding (In Review)
  • Verifying the reliability of molecular selection markers for identifying fertility restorers in Shaan 2A CMS system (2016). Crop Science 12. ISSN 0139-6013
  • Differential expression analysis of genes involved in abiotic stress in oilseed rape (2014). Crop Science, LXII (12):167-170. ISSN 0139-6013
  • In Arabidopsis thaliana codon volatility scores reflects GC3 composition rather than selective pressures (2012). BMC Research Notes, 5 (1), 359
  • Harnessing Genomics to Improve Nutritional Content and Bioavailability of Plant-derived Foods (2012). Panesar and S.S. Marwaha (Eds). Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food Processing: Opportunities and Challenges. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), USA
  • The Arabidopsis ESCRT protein-protein interaction network (2011). Plant Molecular Biology, May;76(1-2):85-96
  • Evolutionary origins of Brassicaceae specific genes in Arabidopsis thaliana (2011). BMC Evolutionary Biology, Feb 18;11:47
  • The AAA-type ATPase AtSKD1 contributes to vacuolar maintenance in Arabidopsis thaliana (2010). The Plant Journal, Oct;64(1):71-85
  • Production and Characterization of Hepatitis B Recombinant Vaccine in Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. ‘Kanchun’) (2009). Transgenic Plant Journal, 3 (Special Issue 1), 97-101.
  • The Arabidopsis elch mutant reveals functions of an ESCRT component in cytokinesis (2006). Development, 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)
PhD Students
  • Indrani Baruah, Project Fellow and AcSIR PhD student
    Research project: DEAD-box RNA helicases and multiple abiotic stress in Arabidopsis plant model
  • Johni Debbarma, CSIR-JRF and AcSIR PhD student
    Research Project: CRISPR-Cas9 system for fungal wilt resistance in tomato crop model
  • Banashree Saikia, Project Fellow and AcSIR PhD student
    Research Project: CRISPR-Cas9 system for multiple abiotic stress tolerance in tomato crop model
  • Riwandahun Marwein, UGC-JRF and AcSIR PhD student
    Research Project: CRISPR-Cas9 system for biotic stress tolerance in rice crop model
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