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Title

Prof.

First Name

Akshay Kumar

Last Name

Pradhan

Photograph

Designation

Professor



Department

Department of Genetics

Address Office

Residence

Department of Genetics, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi – 110021.
1052, Joy Apartment, Plot No. 2, Sector 2, Dwarka Phase 1, New Delhi – 110075.

Phone No. Office



24112322

Mobile

9871748739

Fax

24112761

Email

pradhancgmcp@gmail.com

Education Qualifications

Subject

Institution

Year

Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Genetics), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

1986

PG

M.Sc. (Plant Breeding & genetics), Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar.

1980

UG

B.Sc. (Agriculture), Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar.

1978

Career Profile

2002 – till date: Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi, Delhi.


1996 – 2002: Senior Research Scientist and Principal Scientist, National Dairy Development Board/DOFCO.

1986 – 1996: Research Associate and Fellow, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi.




Administrative Assignments

8th September, 2003 – 7th September, 2006: Head, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi.





Areas of Interest / Specialization

Plant Genetics and Molecular Plant Breeding.





Subjects Taught


Post Graduate level
Population Genetics and Molecular Plant Breeding.


Research Guidance


Supervision of awarded Doctoral Thesis 4

Ramchiary, Nirala. 2007. Molecular mapping of yield components and seed glucosinolate traits in Brassica juncea. University of Delhi.


Padmaja K. Lakshmi. 2008. Genome mapping and molecular dissection of seed coat colour trait in Brassica juncea. University of Delhi.
Kumar, Amarendra. 2009 submitted. Molecular mapping of gene(s) conferring resistance to Alternaria blight (Alternaria brassicae) in Arabidopsis thaliana. University of Delhi.
Yadava Satish Kumar. 2010 submitted. Development of integrated map and QTL dissection of yield components in Brassica juncea. University of Delhi.

Supervision of Doctoral Thesis, under progress 6

Rout, Kadambini. Genetic analysis of oil content and quality traits in Brassica juncea. University of Delhi (24. 07. 2009) (Thesis submitted).


Sharma, Manisha. Molecular cloning and isolation of the gene responsible for propyl glucosinolatein Brassica juncea (05. 01. 2010).
Kajla, Sachin. Reduction of anti-feedant compound sinapine from the seeds of Brassica juncea through transgenic approach (05.01.2010).
Tanupriya. To study the role of bZIP transcription factors in Dictyostelium discoideum development (05. 01. 2010).
Dhaka, Namrata. Genetic dissection of some agronomically important traits in Brassica juncea (21.07.2010).

Yadav, Balgovind. Genetic dissection of yield and oil parameters in Brassica species (16.11.2012).


Supervision of awarded M.Phil dissertations 2
Bhatia, Varnika. 2005. Process of gene introgression through backcross breeding: A case study in Brassica juncea. University of Delhi.
Vaishali, Anushila. 2006. Study of genetic diversity in Brassica juncea using gene-specific markers. University of Delhi


Publications Profile :


Research papers Published in Refereed/Peer Reviewed Journals
Yadava, S. K., Paritosh, K., Panjabi-Massand, P., Gupta, V., Chandra, A., Sodhi, Y. S., Pradhan, A. K., Pental, D. Tetralocular ovary and high siliqua width in yellow sarson lines of Brassica rapa (subspecies trilocularis) are due to a mutation in Bra034340 gene, a homologue of CLAVATA3 in Arabidopsis. Theor. Appl. Genet. DOI 10.1007/s00122-014-2382-z
Paritosh, K., Gupta, V., Yadava, S. K., Singh, P., Pradhan, A. K., Pental, D. (2014) RNA-seq based SNPs for mapping in Brassica juncea (AABB): Synteny analysis between the two constituent genomes A (from B. rapa) and B (from B. nigra) shows highly divergent gene block arrangement and unique block fragmentation patterns. BMC Genomics 15:396
Sarita Sharma, K Lakshmi Padmaja, Vibha Gupta, Kumar Paritosh, Akshay K Pradhan, Deepak Pental (2014) Two Plastid DNA Lineages—Rapa/Oleracea and Nigra—within the Tribe Brassiceae Can Be Best Explained by Reciprocal Crosses at Hexaploidy: Evidence from Divergence Times of the Plastid Genomes and R-Block Genes of the A and B Genomes of Brassica juncea. PloS One, 9 (4): e93260.
Padmaja, L. K., Agarwal, P., Gupta, V., Mukhopadhyay, A., Sodhi, Y. S., Pental, D., Pradhan, A. K. (2014) Natural mutations in the two homoeologous TT8 genes control yellow seed coat trait in allotetraploid Brassica juncea (AABB). Theor. Appl Genet. 127: 339 - 347
Kumar P, Yadava, S. K., Gupta, V., Panjabi-Massand, P., Sodhi, Y. S., Pradhan, A. K. and Pental, D. (2013) RNA-seq based SNPs in some key oleiferous lines of Brassica rapa and their use for genome wide linkage mapping and specific-region fine mapping BMC Genomics, 14:463

Yadava, S. K., Arumugam, N., Mukhopadhyay, A., Sodhi, Y. S., Gupta, V., Pental, D., Pradhan, A. K. (2012) QTL mapping of yield associated traits in Brassica juncea: Meta-analysis and epistatic interactions using two different crosses between east European and Indian gene pool lines Theor. Appl. Genet. 125:1553-1564


Pradhan, A. K., Pental D. 2011. Genetics of Brassica juncea. In R. Schmidt and I. Bancroft (eds), Genetics and Genomics of the Brassicaceae. pp 323 – 345, Springer International

Jagannath, A., Sodhi, Y. S., Gupta, V., Mukhopadhyay, A., Arumugam, N., Singh, I., Rohtagi, S., Burma, P. K., Pradhan, A. K., Pental, D. (2011) Eliminating expression of erucic acid-encoding loci allows the identification of ‘hidden’ QTL contributing to oil quality fractions and oil content in Brassica juncea (indian mustard). Theor. Appl. Genet. 122:1019 - 1103




Panjabi-Massand, P, S K Yadava, P Sharma, A Kaur, A Kumar, N Arumugam, Y S Sodhi, A Mukhopadhyay, V Gupta, A K Pradhan and D Pental. 2010. Molecular mapping reveals two independent loci conferring resistance to Albugo candida in the east European germplasm of oilseed mustard Brassica juncea Theor. Appl. Genet. 121:137-145.

Bisht, N C, V Gupta,N Ramchiary, Y S Sodhi, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2009. Fine mapping of loci involved with glucosinolate biosynthesis in oilseed mustard (Brassica juncea) using genomic information from allied species. Theor. Appl. Genet. 118: 413-421.

Panjabi, P, A Jagannath, N C Bisht, K Lakshmi Padmaja, S Sharma, V Gupta, A K Pradhan and D Pental. 2008. Comparative mapping of Brassica juncea and Arabidopsis thaliana using Intron Polymorphism (IP) markers: homeologous relationships, diversification and evolution of the A, B and C Brassica genomes. BMC Genomics. 9:113.




Ramchiary, N, N C Bisht, V Gupta, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, Y S Sodhi, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2007. QTL analysis reveals context-dependent loci for seed glucosinolate trait in the oilseed Brassica juncea: Importance of recurrent selection backcross (RSB) scheme for the identification of ‘true’ QTL. Theor. Appl. Genet. 116: 77-85.




Ramchiary, N, K L Padmaja, S Sharma, V Gupta, Y S Sodhi, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2007. Mapping of yoeld influencing QTL in Brassica juncea: Implications for breeding of major oilseed crop of dryland areas. Theor. Appl. Genet. 115: 807-817.

Arumugam, N, V Gupta, A Jagannath, A Mukhopadhyay, A K Pradhan, P K Burma and D Pental. 2007. A passage through in vitro culture leads to efficient production of true marker-free transgenic plants in Brassica juncea using the Cre-loxP system. Transgenic Research. 16: 703-712.


Bisht, N C, A Jagannath, P K Burma, A K Pradhan and D Pental. 2007. Retransformation of a male sterile barnase line with the barstar gene as an efficient alternative method to identify male sterile-restorer combinations for heterosis breeding. Plant Cell Reports. 26: 727-733.
Sodhi, Y S, A Chandra, J K Verma, N Arumugam, A Mukhopadhyay, V Gupta, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2006. A new cytoplasmic male sterility system for hybrid seed propuduction in Indian oilseed mustard Brassica juncea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 114: 93-99.
Lakshmi Padmaja, K, N Arumugam, V Gupta, A Mukhopadhyay, Y S Sodhi, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2005. Mapping and tagging of seed coat colour and identification of microsatellite markers for marker assisted manipulation of the trait in Brassica juncea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 111: 8-14.
Gupta, V, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, Y S Sodhi, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2004. Molecular tagging of erucic acid trait in oilseed mustard (Brassica juncea) by QTL mapping and SNPs in FAE 1 gene. Theor. Appl. Genet. 108: 743-749.
Sivaraman, I, N Arumugam, Y S Sodhi, V Gupta, A Mukhopadhyay, A K Pradhan, P K Burma and D Pental. 2004. Development of high oleic and low linolenic acid transgenics in a zero erucic acid Brassica juncea L. (Indian mustard) line by antisense suppression of the fad2 gene. Mol. Breeding. 13: 365-375.
Srivastava, A, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, V Gupta, J K Verma, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2004. Resynthesis of Brassica juncea (Czern) L. through interspecific crosses between Brassica rapa and B. nigra. Plant Breeding. 123: 204-206.
Pradhan, A K, V Gupta, A Mukhopadhyay, Y S Sodhi, N Arumugam and D Pental. 2003. A high-density linkage map in Brassic juncea using AFLP and RFLP markers. Theor. Appl. Genet. 106: 607-614.
Sodhi, Y S, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, J K Verma, V Gupta, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2002. Inheritance pattern of total glucosinolate content in crosses involving a high glucosinolate Indian variety and a low glucosinolate line of Brassica juncea. Plant Breeding. 121: 508-511.
Jagannath, A, N Arumugam, V Gupta, A K Pradhan, P K Burma and D Pental. 2002. Development of transgenic barstar lines and identification of a male sterile (barnase) / restorer (barstar) combination for heterosis breeding in Indian oilseed mustard (Brassica juncea). Curr. Sci. 82: 46-52.
Arumugam, N, A Mukhopadhyay, V Gupta, Y S Sodhi, J K Verma, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2002. Synthesis of somatic hybrids (RCBB) by fusing heat-tolerant Raphanus sativus (RR) and Brassica oleracea (CC) with Brassica nigra (BB). Plant Breeding. 121: 168-170.
Srivastava, A, V Gupta, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2001. AFLP based genetic diversity assessment amongst agronomically important natural and some newly synthesized lines of Brassica juncea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 102: 193-199.
Verma, J K, Y S Sodhi, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, V Gupta, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2000. Identification of stable maintainer and fertility restorer lines for ‘Polima’ CMS in Brassica campestris. Plant Breeding. 119: 90-92.
Arumugam, N, A Mukhopadhyay, V Gupta, Y S Sodhi, J K Verma, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 2000. Somatic cell hybridization of ‘oxy’ CMS Brassica juncea with B. oleracea for correction of chlorosis and transfer of novel organelle combinations to alloteytaploid brassicas. Theor. Appl. Genet. 100: 1043-1049.
Chrungu, B, N Verma, A Mohanty, A K Pradhan and K R Shivanna. 1999. Production and characterization of interspecific hybrids between Brassica maurarum and crop brassicas. Theor. Appl. Genet. 98: 608-613.
Rao, G U, A K Pradhan and K R Shivanna. 1998. Isolation of useful variants in alloplasmic crop brassicas in the cytoplasmic background of Erucastrum gallicum. Euphytica. 103: 301-306.
Arumugam, N, A Mukhopadhyay, V Gupta, D Pental and A K Pradhan. 1996. Synthesis of hexaploid (AABBCC) somatic hybrids: A bridging material for the transfer of ‘tour’ cytoplasmic male sterility to Brassica species. Theor. Appl. Genet. 92: 762-768.
Nagpal, R, S N Raina, Y S Sodhi, A Mukhopadhyay, N Arumugam, A K Pradhan and D Pental. 1996. Transfer of Brassica tournefortii (TT) genes to allotetraploid oilseed Brassica species (B. juncea AABB, B. napus AACC, B. carinata BBCC): Homoeologous pairing is more pronounced in the three genome hybrids (TACC, TBAA, TCAA, TCBB) as compared to diploids (TA, TB, TC). Theor. Appl. Genet. 92: 566-571.
Mukhopadhyay, A, N Arumugam, A K Pradhan, H N Murthy, B S Yadav, Y S Sodhi and D Pental. 1995. Somatic hybrids with substitution type genomic configuration TCBB for the transfer of nuclear and organelle genes from Brassica tournefortii TT to allotetraploid oilseed crop Brassica carinata. Theor. Appl. Genet. 89: 19-25.
Sodhi, Y S, A K Pradhan, J K Verma, N Arumugam, A Mukhopadhyay and D Pental. 1994. Identification and inheritance of fertility restorer genes for tour CMS in rapeseed (Brassica napus L). Plant Breeding. 112: 223-227.
Pradhan, A K, Y S Sodhi, A Mukhopadhyay and D Pental. 1993. Heterosis breeding in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea (L.) Czern & Coss): Analysis of component characters contributing to heterosis for yield. Euphytica. 69 : 219-229.
Pental, D, A K Pradhan, Y S Sodhi and A Mukhopadhyay. 1993. Variation amongst Brassica juncea cultivars for regeneration from hypocotyl explants and optimization of conditions for Agrobacterium mediated genetic transformation. Plant Cell Reports. 12: 462-467.
Sodhi, Y S, A K Pradhan, A Mukhopadhyay and D Pental. 1993. Identification of stable maintainer line for Polima cytoplasmic male sterility in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.). Plant Breeding. 110: 334-337.
Sodhi, Y S, A K Pradhan, A Mukhopadhyay and D Pental. 1993. Stability of ogura cytoplasmic male sterility in three Indian cultivars of radish (Raphanus sativus). Indian J. Agric. Sciences. 63: 421-422.
Pradhan, A K, S Prakash, A Mukhopadhyay and D Pental. 1992. Phylogeny of genus Brassica and allied genera based on diversity of chloroplast and mitochondrial DNA. Theor. Appl. Genet. 85: 331-340.
Mukhopadhyay, A, N Arumugam, P B A Nandakumar, A K Pradhan, V Gupta and D Pental. 1992. Agrobacterium mediated genetic transformation of oilseed Brassica campestries: Transformation frequency is strongly influenced by the mode of shoot regeneration. Plant Cell Reports. 11: 506-513.
Mukhopadhyay, A, R Topfer, A K Pradhan, Y S Sodhi, S S Steinbiss, J Schell and D Pental. 1991. Efficient regeneration of Brassica oleracea hypocotyl protoplasts and high frequency genetic transformation by direct DNA uptake. Plant Cell Reports. 10: 375-379.
Pradhan, A K, A Mukhopadhyay and D Pental. 1991. Identification of the putative cytoplasmic donor of a CMS system in Brassica juncea. Plant Breeding. 106: 204-208.
Mukhopadhyay, A, A K Pradhan, and D Pental. 1991. Mitochondrial DNA patterns are similar in gametosomatic and somatic hybrids of two Nicotiana species. Plant Cell Reports. 10: 522-524.
Pental, D, A K Pradhan and A Mukhopadhyay. 1989. Transmission of organelles in triploids produced by gameto-somatic fusions of two Nicotiana species. Theor. Appl. Genet. 78: 547-552.
Pental, D, A Mukhopadhyay, A Grover and A K Pradhan. 1988. A selection method for the synthesis of triploid hybrids by fusion of microspore protoplasts (n) with somatic cell protoplasts (2n). Theor. Appl. Genet. 76: 237-243.



Conference Organization/Presentations (in the last three years)




Research Projects (Major Grants/Research Collaboration)


Name of Project: Development of CMS/restorer lines in Brassica species for hybrid seed production and transfer of alternaria resistance from B. carinata to B. juncea.

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 1995-1996

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 35.0 lakhs
Name of Project: Tagging of fertility restorer genes for ‘tour’ cytoplasmic male sterility in Brassica napus with RAPD markers and their marker assisted transfer to B. juncea.

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 1995-1996

Funding Agency: DST

Grant: 12.0 lakhs
Name of Project: Investigations on cytoplasmic male sterility in Brassica.

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 1996

Funding Agency: Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research.

Grant: 35.0 lakhs
Name of Project: Establishment of (a) Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP) at the Department of Genetics, University of Delhi South Campus and (b) Research facilities at Mangolpuri for genetic engineering of oilseed mustard/rapeseed and selected vegetable crops

Position in Project: Co-Principal Investigator

Period: 2001-2016

Funding Agency: NDDB/ MDFVPL

Grant: 665.72 lakhs
Name of Project: Molecular mapping, tagging and development of high throughput DNA markers for some agronomically important traits in Brassica juncea.

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 2004-2010

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 66.01 lakhs
Name of Project: Tagging and marker assisted transfer of low glucosinolate trait in Brassica juncea.

Position in Project: Project Co-ordinator

Period: 2007-2010

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 61.91 lakhs
Name of Project: Molecular mapping and isolation of gene(s) from Arabidopsis thaliana conferring resistance to fungal pathogen Alternaria brassicae causing alternaria blight disease in oilseed mustard (Brassica juncea).

Position in Project: Co-Principal Investigator

Period: 2006-2010

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 52.72 lakhs
Name of Project: Centre of Excellence on genome mapping and molecular breeding of Brassicas.

Position in Project: Co-Team Leader

Period: 2009-2013

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 622.34 lakhs
Name of Project: Identification and manipulation of genetic factors involved in seed yield and oil content in rapeseed and mustard.

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 2009-2012

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 74.55 lakhs
Name of Project: To conduct confined field trials and biosafety studies on genetically engineered Brassica juncea (male sterility and restorer lines as pollination control mechanism) for heterosis breeding and yield improvement (under BIPP programme).

Position in Project: Key Investigator

Period: 2010-2014

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 800.0 lakhs
Name of Project: Development of low sinapine mustard (Brassica juncea) through anti-sense and RNAi technology

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 2012-2015

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 49.55 lakhs
Name of Project: Diversification of canola quality traits to some Indian cultivars of Brassica juncea through marker-assisted backcross breeding (MAB)

Position in Project: Principal Investigator

Period: 2013-2016

Funding Agency: DBT

Grant: 64.43 lakhs


Awards and Distinctions

Awarded Gold Medal for securing 1st Position in M.Sc.


Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS).
Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India (FNASc)
Fellow Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India (FNA)


Association with Professional Bodies



Reviewing
Reviewer, BMC Genomics
Reviewer, Theoretical and Applied Genetics.
Reviewer, Plant Breeding.
Reviewer, Euphytica.
Reviewer, Genome.
Reviewer, Current Science.
Reviewer, Plant Cell Reports
Reviewer, Molecular Breeding


Other Details


Member, Task Force, Agricultural Biotechnology, DBT, Govt. of India
Member, GEAC (Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee), Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt of India (2013 - )


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