Dr. Dinakar Challabathula

  • ABOUT
  • Dr. Dinakar Challabathula obtained his Ph.D. from University of Hyderabad, India in the field of Molecular Plant Physiology. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Institute for Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Bonn, Germany. Currently he is working as Assistant Professor in Central University of Tamil Nadu, India where his research focus is on Molecular Physiology of drought/salinity stress responses and Plant-Microbe interactions. He has served as a reviewer for International funding agencies and has reviewed several articles in international peer reviewed journals including Planta, Journal of Plant Physiology and Gene. He is a visiting scientist at IMBIO, Germany under the INSA-DFG Bilateral Exchange Programme and IPID4all (International promovieren in Deutschland – für alle) DAAD funding programmes.

  • RESEARCH AREA
  • Exploring the mechanisms involved in desiccation tolerance in resurrection plants
  • Mitochondrial oxidative electron transport during abiotic stress conditions in plants
  • Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Challabathula D, Jos T. Puthur, Bartels D (2016) Surviving metabolic arrest: Photosynthesis during desiccation and rehydration in resurrection plants. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1365: 89-99.
  • Dinakar C, Abhaypratap Vishwakarma, Agepati Raghavendra, Kollipara Padmasree (2016) Alternative oxidase pathway optimize photosynthesis during osmotic and temperature stress by regulating cellular ROS through redox couples of malate valve and antioxidative system. Frontiers in Plant Science. 7: 1-17.
  • Ataei S, Braun V, Challabathula D, Bartels D (2016) Differences in LEA-like 11-24 gene expression in desiccation tolerant and sensitive species of Linderniaceae are due to variations in gene promoter sequences. Functional Plant Biology, 43: 695-708.
  • VanBuren R, Bryant D, Edger P P, Tang H, Burgess D, Challabathula D, Spittle K, Hall R, Gu J, Lyons E, Freeling M, Bartels D, Hallers BT, Hastie A, Michael TP, Mockler TC (2015) Single molecule sequencing of the desiccation tolerant grass Oropetium thomaeum. Nature 527; 508-511. Impact Factor: 41.456.
  • Giarola V, Challabathula D, Bartels D (2015) Quantification of expression of dehydrin isoforms in the desiccation tolerant plant Craterostigma plantagineum using specifically designed reference genes. Plant Science 236: 103-115. Equal first authors.
  • EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship., Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology, Institute for Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Bonn, Germany; 2013
  • Research Associate., Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India; 2009
  • Ph.D., Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India; 2009
  • M.Sc., Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India; 2002
  • B.Sc., Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India; 2000
  • AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • IPID4all (International promovieren in Deutschland – für alle) DAAD funding for travel to Germany 2017
  • INSA-DFG Bilateral Exchange Programme: Visiting Scientist, University of Bonn, 8th May to 5th August 2017
  • Outstanding Publication Award 2016- Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN) – India
  • University of Bonn Postdoctoral Fellow (January 2010- August 2013)
  • CSIR-Junior and Senior Research Fellowships (2003-2007).
  • Best Poster Award 2009: International Conference on Photosynthesis in the Global Perspective, held at DAVV, Indore, India

EXPERIENCE

  • Assistant Professor Department of Life Sciences, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur

    September 2013- current

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Bonn, Germany

    January 2010 - August 2013

  • Research Associate, Department of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

    October 2008 - December 2009

  • Senior Research Fellowship, Department of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

    2005 - 2007

  • Junior Research Fellowship, Department of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

    2003 - 2004