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Postdoctoral Fellow

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Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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Currently, I am proudly a part of the FTBP group under FABI, as a post-doctoral researcher. My research focus is on ‘Unravelling the molecular basis of interaction between the Avocado-Phytophthora cinnamomi interaction through gene silencing’.

 

I completed my PhD in Biotechnology (Thesis entitled: Polygalacturonase-inhibitor proteins and their genes from pearl millet: Role in resistance against downy mildew) in 2013 from the University of Mysore, Karnataka, India, under the supervision of Prof. K. Ramachandra Kini. My doctoral work was funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, India. A part of my PhD was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Moerschbacher, Institut für Biologie und Biotechnologie der Pflanzen, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Schlossplatz 8, D-48143 Münster, Germany. It was financially supported by European Molecular Biology Organization and Prof. Moerschbacher.

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Melvin P, Prabhu SA, Veena M, Shailasree S, Petersen M, Mundy J, Shetty SH, Kini KR. (2015) The pearl millet MAP kinase PgMPK4 is involved in responses to downy mildew infection and in jasmonic- and salicylic acid-mediated defense. Plant Molecular Biology 87(3):287-302. 10.1007/s11103-014-0276-8
Prabhu SA, Melvin P, Wagenknecht M, Gnanesh KBS, Veena M, Shailasree S, Moerschbacher B, Kini KR. (2015) Immuno-capture of a polygalacturonase-inhibitor protein from pearl millet: evaluation of its inhibition potential and role in resistance against downy mildew. Molecular Biology Reports 42(6):1123-1138. 10.1007/s11033-015-3850-5
Melvin P, Prabhu SA, Anup CP, Shailasree S, Shetty SH, Kini KR. (2014) Involvement of mitogen-activated protein kinase signalling in pearl millet-downy mildew interaction. Plant Science 214(January 2014):29-37. 10.1016/j.plantsci.2013.09.008
Prabhu SA, Singh R, Kolkenbrock S, Neerakkal S, El Gueddari NE, Moerschbacher B, Kini KR, Wagenknecht M. (2014) Experimental and bioinformatic characterisation of a recombinant polygalacturonase-inhibitor protein from pearl millet and its interaction with fungal polygalacturonases. Journal of Experimental Botany 65(17):5033-5047. 10.1093/jxb/eru266
Pushpalatha HG, Sudisha J, Prabhu SA, Geetha NP, Shetty SH. (2013) Association between accumulation of allene oxide synthase activity and development of resistance against downy mildew disease of pearl millet. Molecular Biology Reports 40(12):6821-6829. 10.1007/s11033-013-2799-5
Prabhu SA, Kini KR, Raj SN, Moerschbacher B, Shetty SH. (2012) Polygalacturonase-inhibitor proteins in pearl millet: possible involvement in resistance against downy mildew. Acta Biochimica Biophysica Sinica 44(5):415-423. 10.1093/abbs/gms015
Prabhu SA, Kini KR, Shetty SH. (2012) Partial purification and characterization of polygalacturonase-inhibitor proteins from pearl millet. Partial purification and characterization of polygalacturonase-inhibitor proteins from pearl millet 11(27):7000-7008. 10.5897/AJB11.3479