Mrunmay Kumar Giri

Assistant Professor

Mrunmay Kumar Giri has six years of experience in teaching and research after PhD. Throughout his academic career, he received many scholarships to continue his study. He holds a master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He loves to teach the concepts of molecular biology, genetic engineering, genomics and proteomics and plant biotechnology. He received his PhD in life sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and went to University of North Texas, USA for three years to pursue his postdoctoral research career. In KIIT School of Biotechnology, his lab mainly focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism of plant disease defense. He uses Arabidopsis and pear millet plant models to decipher the role of different transcription factors in regulating plant defense signaling against biotic stress. Recently, he also started working on identification of bioactive compounds from endogenous medicinal plants of Odisha having anticancer activity against breast cancer.

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Educational Qualification

Genome-wide analysis of WRKY transcription factors in pearl millet and their functional characterization in biotic stress tolerance, SERB/ECR/2018/001179

Administrative Responsibility
Coordinator of NET and GATE preparation team

Awards & Honours
  1. Best oral presentation in the category of Young Scientist at the International Conference on Plant Developmental Biology and 3rd National Arabidopsis Meeting (ICPDB 2017) at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, Dec 12-16, 2017
  2. Travel award to attend the XVII IS-MPMI International Congress 2016 at Portland, Oregon, USA
  3. 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
  4. Qualified NET-JRF conducted by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India in June and Dec 2007
  5. Junior Research Fellowship award by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2007
  6. Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2007 with 95.56 percentile conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  7. Recipient of Scholarship from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India during M.Sc. 2004-2006


Journals/Conferences :
1. Chowdhury Z., Mohanty D, Giri M.K., Venables V.J., Chaturvedi R., Chao A., Petros R., Shah J. (2020) Dehydroabietinal promotes flowering time and plant defense via the autonomous pathway genes FLD, FVE and REF6. Journal of Experimental Botany, eraa232,
2,. Chanwala J., Satpati S., Dixit A., Parida A., Giri M.K.& Dey N. (2020) Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of WRKY transcription factors in pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) under dehydration and salinity stress. BMC Genomics, volume 21, Article number: 231
3. 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(5), 802-815
4. Giri M.K., Gautam J, Prasad V.B.R., Chattopadhyay S., Nandi A.K. (2017) Rice MYC2 (OsMYC2) modulates light-dependent seedling phenotype, disease defence but not ABA signalling. Journal of Biosciences, 42 (3), 501-508
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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.
8. 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.