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Genetics and Development

P   V   S H I V A P R A S A D

Post Doc:

  • Post Doctoral Research Associate in Prof. Sir David Baulcombe’s Laboratory, Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

  • Post Doctoral Fellowship (EMBO) in Prof. Thomas Hohn’s Laboratory, University of Basel, Switzerland


  • PhD: Madurai Kamaraj University, School of Biotechnology and Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

  • M. Sc: in applied Botany, Mangalore University, India

Research Interests:

Interest in our new lab will be on three broad areas: Plant Epigenetics using rice as a model system, Plant DNA viruses as novel vectors and Mechanism of action of core gene silencing proteins (Dicer-Like and Argonaute).

Five Key publications:

  1. Padubidri Shivaprasad, Ho-Ming, Kanu Patel, Donna Bond, and David Baulcombe (2012). A micro RNA superfamily regulates disease resistance via effects on NBS-LRR mRNAs and secondary siRNAs. Plant Cell 24: 859-874. See highlight in The Plant Cell 24: 840 (

  2. Padubidri Shivaprasad, R. Dunn, B. Santos, A. Bassett, and D.C. Baulcombe (2012). Extraordinary transgressive phenotypes of hybrids are influenced by epigenetics and small silencing RNAs. EMBO J. 31:257-266. See highlight in Nature Review Genetics (, Commentary in EMBO J. ( ) and News article in Cambridge University news ( updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00Z&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00Z&max-results=13).

  3. Padubidri V. Shivaprasad, R. Rajeswaran, T. Blevins, J. Schoelz, F. Meins, Jr, T. Hohnand M. M. Pooggin (2008). The CaMV transactivator/viroplasmin interferes with RDR6-dependent trans-acting and secondary siRNA pathways in Arabidopsis. Nucleic Acids Res. 36: 5896-5909.

  1. P.V. Shivaprasad, R. Akbergenov, D. Trinks, R. Rajeswaran, K. Veluthambi, Thomas Hohn and Mikhail Pooggin (2005). Promoters, transcripts and regulatory proteins of Mungbean yellow mosaic geminivirus. Journal of Virology 79:8149-8163.

  2. M. M. Pooggin, P.V. Shivaprasad, K. Veluthambi, and T. Hohn. (2003). RNAi targeting DNA virus in plants. Nature Biotechnology 21:131-132.

Openings in the group:

Inquiries from prospective students, graduate trainees and visitors are welcome. Please email on with your detailed cv and an outline of your interests.

Dr. P.V. Shivaprasad
National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR
GKVK Post, Bellary Road
Bengaluru 560 065, India
Phone: 91 80 2366 6611