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Dr. Parvathi M Sreekumar

Assistant Professor
Attached Department: 
Address (Office): 
Department of Plant Physiology
College of Horticuture, Vellanikkara
Thrissur Kerala 680656
India
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9480123407
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India
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04872304862
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Dr. Parvathi M Sreekumar completed her B.Sc (Ag.) from CoA, Vellayani and M.Sc (Ag.) and PhD in Crop Physiology from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UASB).  She was third rank holder for her undergraduate degree programme from College of Agriculture, Vellayani under Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur. and University Gold Medal holder for her post graduate degree programme from UASB. She was the recipient of ICAR JRF for her postgraduate degree programme and UGC JRF her Ph.D education at UASB. She was also awarded the NAMASTE India-European Union Mobility scholarship to carry out part of her doctoral research at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands for six months (2014-15) under the supervision of Dr. Luit J De Kok. She was also awarded the Carl Storm International Diversity Award to attend the prestigious Gordon Research Conference at Switzerland in May 2016. She is the recipient of prestigious B4 (Boston- Bangalore Biosciences Beginnings) Science and Technology Fellowship from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India to undertake postdoctoral studies at Harvard University, Boston under the supervision of Prof. Philippe Cluzel. After her postdoctoral stint in Harvard, she returned to India and joined the Department of Plant Physiology, CoH Vellanikkara as Assistant Professor (On contract) in July 2018. She has about two years of postdoctoral experience in India and abroad and about three years of teaching experience during her academic career, before she joined KAU as Assistant Professor Department of Plant Physiology, CoH Vellanikkara in March 2019. Her main research focus is on Plant Abiotic Stress Physiology and Plant Nutrition Physiology and has to her credit 10 research articles in peer reviewed journals and 5 Book chapters and five abstracts each in international and national conference/seminar/symposia.  She also serves as the Reviewer for Plant Cell Reports and Plant Biotechnology Journal and Review Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science.

 

Detailed list of Scholarships/fellowships and honors

  • Adjudged Best Outgoing Girl of Class XII (2001-2002) for academic and extracurricular achievements from Rajagiri Public School, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
  • Secured Third Rank at the University (KAU) level for excellence in B.Sc.(Agriculture) education
  • Awarded the ‘M. Sulaiman Memorial Award for securing third rank for B.Sc. (Ag.), instituted by the National Institute for Personnel Management
  • Awarded ICAR JRF (All India Rank 8) for M.Sc. education for the period 2008- 2010
  • Qualified in Jawaharlal Nehru University Combined Entrance Examination 2008- 2009 for securing JNUJunior Research Fellowship (All India Rank 1)for M.Sc. education
  • Awarded the University Gold Medal as well as Prof. Krishna Sastry Memorial Gold Medal’for excellence in M.Sc. education at UAS Bengaluru
  • Cleared Joint CSIR-UGC Test, December 2009 (both Junior Research Fellowship - JRF and NET) and awarded JRF for PhD education
  • Cleared ARS- NET, 2010 national level examination conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi
  • Awarded the ITS-Travel Grant from Department of Science and Technology, India (availed), Travel Grants from Department of Biotechnology, India and CSIR, New Delhi, India (not availed) to attend InterDrought IV Conference held at Crown Perth, Western Australia from 2-6 September, 2013.  
  • Nominated by the University of Agricultural Sciences as a student delegate to attend the 100th Indian Science Congress, January 3-7, 2013 held at Kolkata, India
  • Awarded the NAMASTE Consortium Grant under the NAMASTE India-EU Mobility Project to undertake short term research activity at the Laboratory of Plant Physiology,University of Groningen, The Netherlands during 2014-2015 under the supervision of Dr. Luit J de Kok.
  • Awarded the GRC Carl Storm International Diversity (CSID) Award of $1250 to cover registration to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Salt and Water Stress in Plants held from 29 May 2016- 3 June 2016 at Les Diablerets, Switzerland
  • Awarded the B4 (Bangalore Boston Biosciences Beginnings) Fellowship for a one year post doctoral experience at the Harvard University during 2016-17 under the mentorship of Prof. Philippe Cluzel at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)

Publications

  1. Parvathi MS, Nataraja KN, Naika MBN, Reddy YAN, Gowda MVC, 2019, Transcriptome analysis of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) reveal drought responsive genes. Journal of Genetics98:46
  2. Sajeevan RS, Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2017, Leaf wax trait in crops for drought and biotic stress tolerance: regulators of epicuticular wax synthesis and role of small RNAs. Ind J Plant Physiol. 22. 10.1007/s40502-017-0333-9.
  3. Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2017, Discovery of stress responsive TATA-box Binding Protein Associated Factor6 (TAF6) from finger millet (Eleusine coracana Gaertn (L.)). J Plant Biol. 60(4): 335-342.
  4. Pruthvi V, Rama N, Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2017, Transgenic tobacco plants constitutively expressing peanut BTF3 exhibit increased growth and tolerance to abiotic stresses. Plant Biol. doi:10.1111/plb.12533
  5. Nagarjuna KN, Parvathi MS, Sajeevan RS, Pruthvi V, Mamrutha HM, Nataraja KN, 2016, Full-length cloning and characterization of abiotic stress responsive CIPK31-like gene from drought tolerant crop, finger millet. Current Science, 111(5): 890-894.
  6. Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2016, Emerging tools, concepts and ideas to track the modulator genes underlying plant drought adaptive traits: An overview. Plant Signal. Behav. 11:1, e1074370.
  7. Pavithra GJ, Mahesh S, Parvathi MS, Basavarajeshwari RM, Nataraja KN and Shankar AG, 2016, Comparative growth responses and transcript profiling of zinc transporters in two tomato varieties under different zinc treatments. Ind. J Plant Physiol.21: 208.
  8. Parvathi MS, RohiniSreevathsa, Rama N and Nataraja KN, 2015, Simultaneous expression of AhBTF3, AhNF-YA7 and EcZF modulates acclimation responses to abiotic stresses in rice (Oryza sativa L). Procedia Environmental Sciences, 29:236 – 237.
  9. Parvathi MS, Nataraja KN, Yashoda BK, Ramegowda HV, Mamrutha HM and Rama N, 2013, Expression analysis of stress responsive pathway genes linked to drought hardiness in an adapted crop, finger millet (Eleusine coracana), J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 22 (3): 193-201.
  10. Mahesh S, Pavithra GJ, Parvathi MS, Rajashekara Reddy and Shankar AG, 2015, Effect of processing on phytic acid content and nutrient availability in food grains. International Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 5 (5), pp. 771-777.
  11. Parvathi M S, 2015, Transcriptional regulation to enhance drought tolerance in plants: Co-expression of AhBTF3, AhN-FYA7 and EcSAP-ZF in rice and characterization of novel regulator, EcTAF6 in model system. Ph.D Thesis, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
  12. Parvathi M S, 2010, Prospecting candidate genes for drought tolerance from finger millet (Eleusine coracana Gaertn (L.)). M.Sc Thesis, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.

Book Chapters

1. Parvathi MS, Dhanyalakshmi KH, Nataraja KN, 2019, Molecular mechanisms associated with drought and heat tolerance in plants and options for crop improvement for combined stress tolerance. In book: Agronomic Crops, Volume 3: Stress Responses and Tolerance, Springer.

2. Karthika K S, Rashmi I, Parvathi M S, 2018, Biological Functions, Uptake and Transport of Essential Nutrients in Relation to Plant Growth. In book: Plant Nutrients and Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Springer.

3. Karaba N. Nataraja, Madhura Bhat G., and Parvathi MS, 2017, Omics: Modern tools for precise understanding of drought adaptation in plants. In: Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding., AAP Inc., Canada and Taylor and Francis. SajadMajeedZargar, Vandna Rai. (Eds.)

4. Parvathi MS and Karaba N Nataraja, 2017, Simultaneous expression of stress regulatory genes for abiotic stress tolerance. In: Plant Tolerance to Individual and Concurrent Stresses, Springer. Senthil-Kumar, Muthappa (Ed.)

5. Karaba N Nataraja and Parvathi MS, 2016, Tolerance to drought stress in plants: Unravelling the signaling networks. In: Drought Stress Tolerance in Plants, Vol 2 - Molecular and Genetic Perspectives, Springer. Hossain MA, Wani SH, Bhattachajee S, Burritt DJ, Tran L-SP. (Eds.)

Conference Abstracts and Proceedings

1. Rakshitha HC, Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2017, Expression analysis of basal transcriptional regulators (TBPAssociated Factors) under different stress conditions in finger millet. Poster presented by Rakshitha HC atInterDrought-V, 21-25 February, 2017, Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC) Hyderabad, India. IDT9-067.

2. Rakshitha HC, Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2016, Overexpression of TATA box Binding Protein (TBP)Associated Factor6 (TAF6) identified from finger millet regulates abiotic stress acclimation response in Arabidopsis.Poster presented by Rakshitha HC In: National Conference of Plant Physiology “Challenges in Crop Physiology Research:From Molecular to Whole Plant” December 8-10, 2016, UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru Session B: Climate Smart Agriculture:Abiotic Stress Biology, PB64.

3. ShivalingappaBangi, Parvathi MS, RohiniSreevathsa and Nataraja KN, 2016, Co-expression of basal

transcriptional regulators promotes growth in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Poster presented by ShivalingappaBangi

In: National Conference of Plant Physiology “Challenges in Crop Physiology Research: From Molecular to Whole

Plant” December 8-10, 2016, UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru Session B: Climate Smart Agriculture: Abiotic Stress

Biology, PH193.

4. Manjunatha SR, ManjunathGowda, Parvathi MS, Narayanaswamy KC, Jagadish KS, Paramjit Khurana andNataraja KN, 2016, Performance of silkworm (Bombyx mori L.) hybrid PM x CSR2 on transgenic mulberry linesexpressing stress responsive genes. Poster presented by Manjunatha SR In: National Conference of PlantPhysiology “Challenges in Crop Physiology Research: From Molecular to Whole Plant” December 8-10, 2016, UAS, GKVK,Bengaluru. Session B: Climate Smart Agriculture: Abiotic Stress Biology, PF147.

5.Parvathi MS, Nataraja KN, Salimath Mahesh, Tahereh A, Luit J De Kok, 2016, Regulatory role of TAF6 in drought stress response: evidences from monocot and dicot plant species. Poster presented at Gordon Research Conference on Salt and Water Stress in Plants 2016, 29 May 2016 – 3 June 2016, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

6.Sapna Harihar,Parvathi MS, Dhanyalakshmi KH, Nataraja KN, 2016, Effect of 5’- azacytidine on seedling growth of contrasting upland rice genotypes under oxidative and salinity stresses. Poster presented by Sapna Harihar at Keystone Symposisa on “Plant Epigenetics: From Genotype to Phenotype” February 15–19, 2016 Sagebrush Inn & Suites, Taos, New Mexico, USA.

7. Parvathi MS, RohiniSreevathsa, Rama N and Nataraja KN, 2015, Simultaneous expression of AhBTF3, AhNF-YA7 and EcZF modulates acclimation responses to abiotic stresses in rice (Oryza sativa L). Procedia Environmental Sciences, 29:236 – 237. (Poster presented at Agriculture and Climate Change, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 15-17 February, 2015)

8. Parvathi MS, TaherehAghajanzadeh, Nataraja KN, L J de Kok, 2015, Transcriptional regulator, TAF6 responds to multiple environmental cues across tropical and temperate plant species. Poster presented at the Experimental Plant Sciences meeting held at Lunteren, The Netherlands from 13-14 April 2015.

9. Parvathi MS and Nataraja KN, 2013, Basal transcriptional regulator, TATA Box Binding Protein (TBP)-Associated Factor6 from finger millet is up-regulated under drought. Poster presented at InterDrought IV, Crown Perth, Western Australia. 2-6 September, 2013.

10. Nataraja KN, Pruthvi V, Parvathi MS and Rama N, 2012, Abiotic Stress Management: Identification and exploitation of specific adaptive traits for improving drought tolerance in crop plants. Paper presented by Nataraja KN in the National Seminar of Plant Physiology on “Physiological and molecular approaches for development of climate resilient crops”, ANGRAU, Hyderabad. 12-14 December, 2012.(National) page no.62-64.

11. Nataraja KN, Pruthvi V, Parvathi MS and Rama N., 2011, Unravelling drought tolerance mechanisms in crop plants using genomic approaches. Paper presented by Nataraja KN in the National Seminar on Sustainable Crop Productivity through Physiological Intervention, RamnarainRuia College, Mumbai. 24- 26 November, 2011.(National), page no.123-124.

12. Parvathi MS, Mahesh S, Ramu SV, Udayakumar M, 2014, Current status of flowering control: will it provide options for chemical regulation of flowering? Paper presented by Udayakumar M in the National Seminar- cum-Workshop on Physiology of Flowering in Perennial Fruit Crops, Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow. 24-26 May, 2014. (National) page no. 1-2.

13. Parvathi MS, Mamrutha HM, Udayakumar M and Nataraja KN, 2011, Identification of early stress responsive genes from finger millet (Eleusinecoracana) experiencing drought. International Conference on Plant Science in Post Genomic Era (ICPSPGE 2011), Sambalpur University, Orissa. February 17- 19, 2011. (International) page no.114.

14. Parvathi MS, Yashoda BK, Mamrutha HM, Udayakumar M and Nataraja KN, 2010, Prospecting drought resistant genes from finger millet (Eleusinecoracana). National Symposium on Genomics and Crop Improvement: Relevance and Reservations, ANGRAU, Hyderabad. February 25-27, 2010. (National) page no.58.

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Kerala Agricultural University
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