Dr. Mrunmay Kumar Giri
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
M.Sc. Department of Biotechnology, The M.S. University of Baroda, India

Email: [email protected]

Post-doctoral Training

  • School of Life sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2013-2014)
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, USA (2014-2017)

 Awards

  • Travel award to attend the XVII IS-MPMI International Congress 2016 at Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Best poster award at the National Symposium on “Functional strategies for tackling emerging diseases of major crops” held at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi on 13th December 2013
  • Qualified NET-JRF conducted by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India in June and Dec 2007
  • Junior Research Fellowship award by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2007
  • Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2007 with 95.56 percentile conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Recipient of Scholarship from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India during M.Sc. 2004-2006

Research Interest

Being sessile in nature, plants undergo continuous exposure to different kinds of stresses in natural environment that adversely affect their growth, development and productivity. Biotic stress, which is imposed by the living phyto-pathogens and insects, results in around 25% worldwide loss in crop yield. As the population of earth is increasing day by day with great pace, it will really be a challenge to feed the whole mankind in near future. To meet the demand of the increasing population, stress tolerant plant varieties has to be developed by the help of plant breeding and genetic engineering. In my lab, we would be mostly focus on understanding the molecular mechanism of plant disease resistance. Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) is an inducible defense mechanism that confers long lasting and broad-spectrum disease resistance throughout the plant against subsequent pathogen infections. My lab would be interested in working on lipid transfer proteins that might act as carrier of mobile SAR signals in plants.

Selected Publications

  • Giri M.K., Singh N., Banday Z.Z., Singh V., HathiRam, Singh D., Chattopadhyay S., Nandi A.K. (2017) GBF1 differentially regulates CAT2 and PAD4 transcription to promote pathogen defense in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Journal. 91, 802-815
  • Giri M.K., Swain S., Singh S., Gautam J., Singh N., Bhattacharjee L., Nandi A.K. (2014). Arabidopsis thaliana At4g13040 gene, a unique member of AP2/EREBP family, is a positive regulator for salicylic acid accumulation and basal defense against bacterial pathogens. Journal of Plant Physiology 171(10), 860-867
  • Shah J., Giri M.K., Chowdhury Z., Venables V.J. (2016). Signaling function of dehydroabietinal in plant defense and development. Phytochemistry Review 15, 1115–1126
  • Singh S., Giri M.K., Singh P.K., Siddiqui A., Nandi A.K. (2013). Down-regulation of OsSAG12-1 results in enhanced senescence and pathogen induced cell death in transgenic rice plants. Journal of Biosciences 38(3), 583-592.
  • Singh V., Roy S., Giri M.K., Chaturvedi R., Chowdhury Z., Shah J., Nandi A.K. (2013). Arabidopsis thaliana FLOWERING LOCUS D is required for systemic acquired resistance. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact 26(9), 1079–1088.
  • Giri M.K., Singh N., Banday Z.Z., Singh V., HathiRam, Singh D., Chattopadhyay S., Nandi A.K. (2017) GBF1 differentially regulates CAT2 and PAD4 transcription to promote pathogen defense in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Journal. 91, 802-815
  • Giri M.K., Swain S., Singh S., Gautam J., Singh N., Bhattacharjee L., Nandi A.K. (2014). Arabidopsis thaliana At4g13040 gene, a unique member of AP2/EREBP family, is a positive regulator for salicylic acid accumulation and basal defense against bacterial pathogens. Journal of Plant Physiology 171(10), 860-867
  • Shah J., Giri M.K., Chowdhury Z., Venables V.J. (2016). Signaling function of dehydroabietinal in plant defense and development. Phytochemistry Review 15, 1115–1126
  • Singh S., Giri M.K., Singh P.K., Siddiqui A., Nandi A.K. (2013). Down-regulation of OsSAG12-1 results in enhanced senescence and pathogen induced cell death in transgenic rice plants. Journal of Biosciences 38(3), 583-592.
  • Singh V., Roy S., Giri M.K., Chaturvedi R., Chowdhury Z., Shah J., Nandi A.K. (2013). Arabidopsis thaliana FLOWERING LOCUS D is required for systemic acquired resistance. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact 26(9), 1079–1088.