Dr. GIRDHAR K. PANDEY
Department of Plant Molecular Biology
University of Delhi South Campus
Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021, INDIA
E-mail: [email protected]
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I received B.Sc (Hon.) in Biochemistry from Delhi University, Delhi in 1992 and M.Sc. in Biotechnology in year 1994 from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India. Subsequently, I joined as Ph.D. student in the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi under the mentorship of Prof. Sudhir K. Sopory and worked in the field of calcium signal transduction under abiotic stresses in plants. I was awarded the Ph.D. degree in year 1999 and then pursued post-doctoral career in Prof. Sheng Luan’s lab at Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley in the year, 2000. There, I extended work in the field of calcium mediated signaling in Arabidopsis by studying CBL-CIPK, phosphatases, channels/transporters, and transcription factors involved in abiotic stresses.
In year 2007, I joined Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University South Campus as Associate Professor. My teaching responsibility includes, Molecular Cell Biology to M.Sc. and Advance Concepts in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology to Ph.D. students. I have supervised three Ph.D. students (Ph.D. awarded) and currently supervising 7 Ph.D. students.
My group’s research interest is to understand the detail mechanistic interplay of signal transduction networks in plant under mineral nutrient deficiency (mostly potassium, calcium and nitrate) and abiotic stresses such as drought, salinity and oxidative stresses induced by heavy metals. My laboratory is working on the coding and decoding of mineral nutrient deficiency and abiotic stress signals by studying several signaling components such as phospholipases (PLA, PLC, and PLD), calcium sensors such as calcineurin B-like (CBL) and CBL-interacting protein kinases (CIPK), phosphatases (mainly PP2C and DSP), transcription factors (AP2-domain containing or ERF, WRKY), transporters and channels proteins (potassium and calcium channels/transporters), small GTPases, and Armadillo domain containing proteins in both Arabidopsis and rice. The long-term goal of my research group is to establish the mechanistic interplay and cross talk of mineral nutrient deficient conditions and different abiotic stress signaling cascades in Arabidopsis and rice model system by using the advance tools of bio-informatics, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and physiology with greater emphasis on functional genomic and proteomic approaches. This will ultimately help to dissect the interaction of several pathways to converge and diverge at some points and mapping of the “Signaling Interactome” under stress conditions.
I have published 50 research articles in the reputed international peer-reviewed journals such as The Plant Cell, PNAS USA, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Cell Research, Molecular Plants, BMC Genomic, PLoS One, European Journal of Biochemistry, Plant Science, Plant Signaling and Behavior and others. I also contributed 10 book chapters and edited 5 books/volume with international publishers. My research in the field of development of abiotic stress tolerance from both Ph.D. and post-doctoral work has been patented in the USA. I am actively involved in the peer-review process for several leading journal such as Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Molecular Plants, PLoS One, BMC Genomics, BMC Plant Biology, Plant Cell and Environment, Plant Science, Molecular General Genomics, Plant Signaling and Behavior, OMIC, Genomics, Planta, Journal of Plant Physiology, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants. Moreover I am also serving as the Academic editor of PLoS One and editorial board member of Plant Signaling and Behavior, Current Biotechnology, and Dataset in Science, Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering.
I have presented several invited talks at national and international research institutes and universities. I have been awarded with Far Eastern Regional Research Organization (FERRO) fellowship to work at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD (1998) in Dr. Autar K. Mattoo’s lab. Later, I was awarded with Indian National Science Academy (INSA)-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) bilateral exchange visiting scientist fellowship to work in Prof. Joerg Kudla’s laboratory in 2011. Also Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India has awarded me with prestigious DBT-CREST Award (Cutting-edge Research Enhancement and Scientific Training) in 2011-2012 to visit and work at Prof. Sheng Luan’s lab at Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley, California, USA as Visiting Scientist/Visiting Professor from March 2012 to March 2013.