Dr. Gautam Kumar
MPhil, PhD (Plant Molecular Biology, JNU)
Areas of Expertise/Research interest :
Transcript profiling of salt and drought stress in crop plants and cloning-characterization of stress related genes. Plant tissue culture and Agrobacterium mediated transformation of crop plants.
He did PhD in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2010 and worked as a research associate in ICGEB and JNU (2010-12). He received young scientist travel award by DST and 1st poster awarded in Indo-US workshop.
Publications: Clustered metallothionein genes are co-regulated in rice and overexpression of OsMT1e confers multiple abiotic stress tolerance via ROS scavenging: BMC Plant Biology (2012) (doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-12-107); Analysis of a salinity induced BjSOS3 protein from Brassica indicate it to be structurally and functionally related to its ortholog from Arabidopsis: Plant Physiol Biochem 49(9):996-1004. (2011); Cloning, structural and expression analysis of OsSOS2 in contrasting cultivars of rice under salinity stress: Genes, Genomes, Genomics :(2010). Maintenance of stress related transcripts in tolerant cultivar at a level higher than sensitive one appears to be a conserved salinity response among plants: Plant Signaling and Behaviour. 4:5 431-434.(2009); Physiological responses among Brassica species under salinity stress show strong correlation with transcript abundance for SOS pathway related genes: Journal of Plant Physiolog 166: 507-520.(2009); Towards Salinity Tolerance in Brassica: an Overview: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants;14:15-22 (2008). Mustard: Approaches for Crop Improvement and Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress (Volume 2), Wiley Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. Weinheim, Germany (Book Chapter)
Patents: Method for Enhancing Regeneration Frequency Of Brassica Species [Indian Patent Application No. 1682/DEL/2008 A]: [US Patent Application No. PCT/IN2009/000402]. Inventors: Pareek A., Kumar G. Hybrid-type Histidine Kinase Gene Isolated from Indica Rice IR64, and Clones Produced Thereby. [Indian Patent Application No. 1896/DEL/2008]: [US Patent Application No. PCT/IN2009/000444 dated 11/08/09]. Inventors: Pareek A., Karan R., Kumar G., Singla-Pareek SL.