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Prof. Srinivasan

Professor, Biotechnology


I received myM. Sc and PhD. degrees in Biochemistry from the Banaras Hindu University, India. I am a recipient of BHU Gold Medal for my performance during M.Sc. After successfully competing in the Agricultural Research Service examination of 1977, I joined the Indian Agricultural Research Institute as a Scientist in 1977. Since then, Ihadheld several positions including Professor of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Project Director of NRC on Plant Biotechnology.After superannuation in 2015, I served at NRCPB as an Emeritus Scientist. I had my post-doctoral training at University of Washington, Seattle and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. My research encompasses a unique combination of plant biochemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, transgenic and genomics.

I have regularly offered courses on Enzymology, Plant Molecular Biology, Eukaryotic Molecular Biology and Plant Genetic Engineering to PG students of IARI. I have already guided more than 20 Ph.D. and 5 M.Sc. students.

  • 41 years
  • Ph.D
Award & Recognition

  • BHU Medal, Professor G.V. Joshi Memorial Award by Indian Society Plant Physiology in 2017


  • Kakrana, A., Kumar, A., Satheesh, V., Abdin, MZ., Subramaniam, K., Bhattacharya, RC., Srinivasan, R., Sirohi, A. and Jain PK.(2017) Identification, validation and utilization of novel nematode-responsive root-specific promoters in Arabidopsis for inducing host-delivered RNAi mediated root-knot nematode resistance. Front. Plant Sci.8:2049. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02049.
  • Singh, SK., Kumar, V., Srinivasan, R., Ahuja, PS., Bhat, SR. and Sreenivasulu, Y. (2017) The TRAF Mediated Gametogenesis Progression (TRAMGaP) gene is required for Megaspore Mother Cell specification and gametophyte development.Plant Physiology, 175,1220-1237.
  • Kumar, V., Saha, DN., Thakare, DR., Jajoo, A., Jain, PK., Bhat, SR. and Srinivasan, R.(2017) A part of the upstream promoter region of SHN2 gene directs trichome specific expression in Arabidopsis thaliana and heterologous plants. Plant Science,264, 138-148.
  • Pratibha, P., Singh, SK., Srinivasan, R.,Bhat, SR. and Sreenivasulu, Y. (2017) Gametophyte development needs mitochondrial Coproporphyrinogen III oxidase function in Arabidopsis, Plant Physiology, 174, 258–275.
  • Kohli, D., Joshi, G., Deokar, AA., Bhardwaj, AR., Agarwal, M., Agarwal, SK., Srinivasan, R., Jain P K. (2014)Identification and characterization of wilt and salt stress-responsive microRNAs inchickpea through high-throughput sequencing. PLoS ONE, 9(10): e108851
  • Kumar, P.,Vasupalli,  N., Srinivasan, R. and Bhat, S R. (2012) An evolutionarily conserved mitochondrial orf108 is associated with cytoplasmic male sterility in different alloplasmic lines of Brassica juncea and induces male sterility in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana. J. Expt. Botany, 63, 2921–2932.
  • Hiremath, P J., .............. Srinivasan, R.,Lohse, M., Xiao, Y., Town, C D., Cook, D R., May, G D., and  Varshney, R K.(2011) Large-scale transcriptome analysis in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), an orphan legume crop of the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 9: 922–931.
  • Deokar, A A.,  Kondawar, V., Jain, P K., Karuppayil, S M, Raju, N L., Vadez, V., Varshney, RK and Srinivasan, R.(2011) Comparative analysis of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) between drought-tolerant and -susceptible genotypes of chickpea under terminal drought stress. BMC Plant Biol. 11:70.
  • Sivanandan, C., Sujatha, T. P., Prasad, A.M., Resminath, R.,Thakare, D. R.,   Bhat, S.R. and Srinivasan (2005) T-DNA Tagging and Characterization of a cryptic root-specific promoter in Arabidopsis. Biochim. Biophys.Acta, 1731, 202-208. 
  • Ramarao, C.S., Srinivasan and Naik, M.S. (1981) Origin of reductant for reduction of nitrate and nitrite in rice and wheat leaves in vivo. New Phytologist 87, 517-525. 

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