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Dr. Parvathi M Sreekumar

Assistant Professor
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Department of Plant Physiology

College of Agriculture, Vellanikkara
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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 CoA, Vellayani under KAU, 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 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 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, CoA 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, CoA Vellanikkara in March 2019. Her main research focus is on Plant Abiotic Stress Physiology and Plant Nutrition Physiology and has to her credit 13 research articles in peer reviewed journals and 5 Book chapters and has presented her research findings 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

  • 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)


  1. Jeevan U, Sreelatha U, Narayanankutty C, Parvathi MS, Anupama TV, 2021, Grafting as a promising technique for popularizing marigold cultivation in bacterial wilt sick soils in humid tropics of Kerala, India. Current Science 120 (9), 1517.
  2. Bangi S, Parvathi MS, Nataraja KN, 2020, Development and standardization of a robust protocol to screen for cellular tolerance contributing for abiotic stress tolerance in rice. Mysore Journal of Agricultural Sciences 54 (1), 33-40
  3. Jeevan U, Sreelatha U, Kurian P S, Anupama T V and Parvathi M S, 2019, Assessment of resistance against bacterial wilt in marigold genotypes under humid tropics, Journal of Tropical Agriculture, 57(2), 152-159.
  4. 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 Genetics 98:46
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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 milletCurrent Science, 111(5): 890-894.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Parvathi MS, RohiniSreevathsa, Rama N and Nataraja KN, 2015, Simultaneous expression of AhBTF3AhNF-YA7 and EcZF modulates acclimation responses to abiotic stresses in rice (Oryza sativa L). Procedia Environmental Sciences, 29:236 – 237.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

Books (Edited)

Girija, T., Nandini, K. and Parvathi, M.S. (2021). Plant Growth Responses for Smart Agriculture Prospects and Applications: Prospects and Applications (1st ed.).

NIPA, New Delhi and CRC Press Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003245742

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. Sajad MajeedZargar, 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.)

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