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Dr. G. Ganesan, Ph.D

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Research Assistant Professor

Dr. G. Ganesan joined as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetic Engineering in July 2016. He received his master and Ph.D degrees in Biotechnology from the University of Madras. Prior to joining SRM, he worked as a Scientist at M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai and Visiting Research Fellow at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Phillipines. He has more than ten years research experience in Plant Molecular Biology. His research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of salinity and drought tolerance in plants.


  • Plant tissue culture and Plant Genetic Engineering
  • Molecular Techniques
  • Biology for Engineers
  • Ethical Issues and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Regulation of Gene Expression (lab course)
  • Plant Genetic Engineering (lab course)
Research Interests
  • Targeted genome engineering for crop improvement
  • Plant epigenenomics and epitranscriptomics 
  • Nutrient, biotic and abioitic stress responsive microRNA regulations

Academic Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, SRM Institue of Science and Engineering, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India, February 2022-present
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oklahoma State University, USA,  February 2017- December 2022
  • USDA Borlaug fellow, Lousina State University, USA, October 2016-December 2016
  • Research Assistant Professor, SRM Institue of Scicence and Engineering, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India, July 2016- October 2016
  • Scientist, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India, January 2015- June 2016
  • Visiting Research Fellow, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, April 2014- Sep 2014
  • Research Associate, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India, July 2013- March 2014
  • Senior Research Fellow (CSIR-Direct), M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India, April 2011- June 2013

Funded Projects

  • Principal Investigator, ‘Molecular and Functional Characterization of NAC transcripion factor genes from Avicennia marina (FORSK.) SERB, Govt of India, Rs. 36.5 Lakhs
  • Co- Principal Investigator, Generation of inheritable, transgene free abiotic stress (salinity and drought) tolerant and semi-dwarfrice cultivar using new plant breeding approach, Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, Rs 43.96 Lakhs

Achievements and Awards:

  • Certifcate of Award For Outstanding Performance, Department of Biocehemistry and Molecular Biology (2021), Oklahoma State University, USA
  • SERB Indo-US Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016), Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
  • USDA Borlaug Fellowship (2016), USDA, USA
  • Start up research grant (Young Scientist Fellowship) from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India (2016)
  • Short-term visiting research fellowship from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines (2014)
  • Senior Research Fellowship (Direct) from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India- 2011-2013

Other Professional Experience

  • Reviewer- Journal of Experimental Botany, Scientific Reports,  International Journal of Molecular Science, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, Genes
  • Guest editor,  Frontiers in Agronomy
  • Member, Indian Youth Science Congress

Book Chapters

  • Nisha S. Keeran, B. Usha, G. Ganesan and Ajay K. Parida. Prosopis juliflora: A Potential Plant for Mining of Genes for Genetic Engineering to Enhance Phytoremediation of Metals. Transgenic Plant Technology for Remediation of Toxic Metals and Metalloids. Elsevier.
  • Nisha S Keeran, Balasundaram Usha, G Ganesan. P-type ATPases and their role in metal homeostasis in plants. Metal and Nutrient Transporters in Abiotic Stress 

Salinity and drought are major abiotic stress factors that adversely affect plant growth and productivity, especially crops like rice and wheat. A clear understanding of the molecular basis of plant tolerance to above mentioned stresses will help us to engineer crops that can grow and  yield under such extreme conditions. To achieve this goal, we focus on the following specific research topics

  • Functional characterization of genes responsible for salinity and drought tolerance
  • CRISPR-Cas9 based targeted genome engineering in crops
  • Understanding the role of microRNAs in plant abiotic stress tolerance

Working Papers

  • Deciphering the role of N6-methyladenosine (m6A) in cold stress response of Arabidopsis
  • Epigenetic regulation of microRNA398 under copper deficiency in Arabidopsis

Work in Progress

  • CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing in rice for improving tolerance to abiotic stresses
  • CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing in tomato for enhancing resistance to biotic stress 

Research fellow:

  • M. Ashok Kumar
  • Natarajan P, Murugesan AK,  G Govindan., A Gopalakrishnan., R Kumar., P Duraisamy., R Balaji., PS Shyamli., AK Parida., M Parani. A reference-grade genome identifies salt-tolerance genes from the salt-secreting mangrove species Avicennia marina. Communications Biology (2021) 4, 1-10
  • A Saini., JS Rohila., G Govindan., YF Li., R Sunkar. Splice Variants of Superoxide Dismutases in Rice and Their Expression Profiles under Abiotic Stresses. (2021) 22, 3997
  • A Harb., C Simpson., W Guo., G Govindan., VG Kakani., R Sunkar. The Effect of Drought on Transcriptome and Hormonal Profiles in Barley Genotypes With Contrasting Drought Tolerance.
  • Frontiers in plant science (2020). 2060
  • AK Murugesan., S Somasundaram., H Mohan., AK Parida., V Alphonse., G Govindan*. Ectopic expression of AmNAC1 from Avicennia marina (Forsk.) Vierh. confers multiple abiotic stress tolerance in yeast and tobacco. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC) (2020) 142, 51-68.
  • Yong-Fang Li, Yun Zheng, Lakshminarayana R Vemireddy, Sanjib Kumar Panda, Smitha Jose, Alok Ranjan, Piyalee Panda, Ganesan Govindan, Junxia Cui, Kangning Wei, Mahmoud W Yaish, Gnanambal Charmaine Naidoo, Ramanjulu Sunkar. Comparative transcriptome and translatome analysis in contrasting rice genotypes reveals differential mRNA translation in salt-tolerant Pokkali under salt stress  BMC Genomics (2018) 19, 95-113
  • Abiramavalli, B Usha, G Govindan, S Ramalingam. A Missing Piece of CRISPR/Cas9 – Detection of No Indels in the T0 Generation Plants from Targeted Mutagenesis of NtSUT (3) in Nicotiana tabacum. Research Journal of Biotechnology (2018) 13, 65-71
  • NS Keeran., G. Ganesan., AK. Parida (2017) . A novel heavy metal ATPase peptide from Prosopis juliflora is involved in metal uptake in yeast and tobacco. Transgenic Research 26, 247-261
  • G Govindan and S Ramalingam. Programmable Site Specific Nucleases for Targeted Genome engineering in Higher Eukaryotes. Journal of Cellular Physiology (2016) 231, 2380-2392
  • Dixit S., Biswal A., Min A., Henry A., Oane R., Raorane M., Longkumer ., Pabuayon I., Mutte S, Vardarajan A., Miro B., Govindan G., Enriquez B., Pueffeld M., Sreenivasulu N., Slamet-Loedin I., Sundarvelpandian K., Tsai Y-C., Raghuvanshi S., Hsing Y-i., Kumar A., Kohli A. Action of multiple intra-QTL genes concerted  around a co-localized transcription factor underpins a large effect QTL Scientific Reports (2015) 5, 1-16
  • Ganesan G, Sankararamasubramanian HM, Harikrishnan M, Ashwin G, Parida A. A MYB   transcription factor from the grey mangrove is induced by stress and confers NaCl tolerance in tobacco. Journal of Experimental Botany (2012) 63, 4549-61.
  • Chinnaswamy A, Govindan G, M Kalita, K Raghavan,, S Balamurugan, PV Ramalingam, N Sudha. Phylogenetic diversity of rhizobia associated with horsegram [Macrotyloma uniflorum (Lam.) Verdc.] grown in South India based on glnII, recA and 16S–23S intergenic sequence analyses, Current Microbiology (2011) 62 1230-1238.
  • Vinod MS, Sankararamasubramanian HM, Priyanka R, Ganesan G and Parida AK.  Gene expression analysis of volatile-rich male flowers of dioecious Pandanus fascicularis using expressed sequence tags, Journal of Plant Physiology (2010) 167, 914-919.
  • Ganesan G, Sankararamasubramanian HM, Narayanan JM, Sivaprakash KR, Parida AK. Transcript level characterization of a cDNA encoding stress regulated NAC transcription factor in the mangrove plant Avicennia marina, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (2008) 46, 928-934.

  • GN1011- Plant Genetic Engineering
  • 15GN2013- Molecular Techniques
  • GN1024- Ethical Issues and IPR



Opportunities: Will be updated
Dr. G. Ganesan

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Research Assistant Professor
Department of Genetic Engineering
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University)
Kattankulathur-603 203
Chengalpattu District
Tamilnadu, India
Email: ganesang@srmist.edu.in