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Dr Vinod Kumar

Dr Vinod Kumar

Associate Professor of Plant Biology

 Geoffrey Pope MO1a

 

Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK

Overview

I am a biologist interested in the fundamental principles that define environmental signaling and responses in plants. I am particularly interested in understanding how plants sense temperature and coordinate growth and immune responses. My research concentrates on the molecular mechanisms that translates environmental signal perception into gene regulatory outputs.

If you are interested in our research and want know more or would like to join us in exploring an exciting area of research as a PhD student or as a Postdoc please get in touch with me through email.

 

Qualifications

2004   PhD (Genetics) University of Delhi, India

1997   MSc. Mahatma Gandhi University, India

1995   BSc. Mahatma Gandhi University, India

Career

2019 -                        Associate Professor of Plant Biology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter

2011 - 2018:             Project Leader, John Innes Centre, UK

2011 - 2016:             BBSRC Fellow (Institute Career Path/David Philips), John Innes Centre, UK

2006 - 2011:             Postdoctoral Scientist, John Innes Centre, UK

2004 - 2006:             Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delhi, India. 

Research

Research interests

My research is addressing the fundamental biological question of how plants sense and integrate environmental signals. We are particularly interested in understanding the thermosensory modulation of growth and immunity. Current research is seeking to understand the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in response to the environment; and adaptation of these mechanisms to local and dynamic environments. Our long-term objective is to provide a mechanistic framework for temperature perception and its impact on growth and defense responses. We are interested in elucidating the fundamental principles that underlie important biological processes such as environmental signal integration and trade-offs between important traits. Beyond fundamental biology, our research will contribute to the efforts to improve yield, particularly through laying foundation for climate resilient crops in the long run.

 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2018). DET1 and COP1 Modulate the Coordination of Growth and Immunity in Response to Key Seasonal Signals in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports, 25(1), 29-37.e3. Abstract.  Full text.
Li X-R, Deb J, Kumar SV, Ostergaard L (2018). Temperature Modulates Tissue-Specification Program to Control Fruit Dehiscence in Brassicaceae. MOLECULAR PLANT, 11(4), 598-606. Author URL.  Full text.
Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2017). DET1 and HY5 Control PIF4-Mediated Thermosensory Elongation Growth through Distinct Mechanisms. CELL REPORTS, 18(2), 344-351. Author URL.  Full text.
Gangappa SN, Berriri S, Kumar SV (2017). PIF4 Coordinates Thermosensory Growth and Immunity in Arabidopsis. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 27(2), 243-249. Author URL.  Full text.
Kumar SV, Lucyshyn D, Jaeger KE, Alos E, Alvey E, Harberd NP, Wigge PA (2012). Transcription factor PIF4 controls the thermosensory activation of flowering. NATURE, 484(7393), 242-U127. Author URL.
Kumar SV, Wigge PA (2010). H2A.Z-Containing Nucleosomes Mediate the Thermosensory Response in Arabidopsis. CELL, 140(1), 136-147. Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2018). DET1 and COP1 Modulate the Coordination of Growth and Immunity in Response to Key Seasonal Signals in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports, 25(1), 29-37.e3. Abstract.  Full text.
Kumar SV (2018). H2A.Z at the Core of Transcriptional Regulation in Plants. Molecular Plant, 11(9), 1112-1114. Full text.
Li X-R, Deb J, Kumar SV, Ostergaard L (2018). Temperature Modulates Tissue-Specification Program to Control Fruit Dehiscence in Brassicaceae. MOLECULAR PLANT, 11(4), 598-606. Author URL.  Full text.
Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2017). DET1 and HY5 Control PIF4-Mediated Thermosensory Elongation Growth through Distinct Mechanisms. CELL REPORTS, 18(2), 344-351. Author URL.  Full text.
Gangappa SN, Berriri S, Kumar SV (2017). PIF4 Coordinates Thermosensory Growth and Immunity in Arabidopsis. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 27(2), 243-249. Author URL.  Full text.
Yu N, Nuetzmann H-W, MacDonald JT, Moore B, Field B, Berriri S, Trick M, Rosser SJ, Kumar SV, Freemont PS, et al (2016). Delineation of metabolic gene clusters in plant genomes by chromatin signatures. NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH, 44(5), 2255-2265. Author URL.
Berriri S, Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2016). SWR1 Chromatin-Remodeling Complex Subunits and H2A.Z Have Non-overlapping Functions in Immunity and Gene Regulation in Arabidopsis. MOLECULAR PLANT, 9(7), 1051-1065. Author URL.  Full text.
Gardener C, Kumar SV (2015). Hot n' Cold: Molecular Signatures of Domestication Bring Fresh Insights into Environmental Adaptation. MOLECULAR PLANT, 8(10), 1439-1441. Author URL.  Full text.
Kumar SV, Lucyshyn D, Jaeger KE, Alos E, Alvey E, Harberd NP, Wigge PA (2012). Transcription factor PIF4 controls the thermosensory activation of flowering. NATURE, 484(7393), 242-U127. Author URL.
Franklin KA, Lee SH, Patel D, Kumar SV, Spartz AK, Gu C, Ye S, Yu P, Breen G, Cohen JD, et al (2011). PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 4 (PIF4) regulates auxin biosynthesis at high temperature. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(50), 20231-20235. Author URL.
Kumar SV, Wigge PA (2010). H2A.Z-Containing Nucleosomes Mediate the Thermosensory Response in Arabidopsis. CELL, 140(1), 136-147. Author URL.
Kumar V, Wigge PA (2007). Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning. Nature Genetics, 39(11), 1309-1310.
Rajam MV, Kumar SV (2006). Green Alga (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii). Methods Mol Biol, 344, 421-433. Abstract.  Author URL.
(2006). Modulation of polyamine levels influence growth and cell division in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, 12(1), 53-58. Abstract.
Kumar SV, Rajam MV (2005). Polyamines enhance Agrobacterium tumefaciens vir gene induction and T-DNA transfer. PLANT SCIENCE, 168(2), 475-480. Author URL.
Narula A, Kumr SV, Pande D, Rajam MV, Srivastava PS (2004). Agrobacterium-mediated transfer of arginine decarboxylase and ornithine decarboxylase genes to Datura innoxia enhances shoot regeneration and hyoscyamine biosynthesis. JOURNAL OF PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 13(2), 127-130. Author URL.
Kumar SV, Misquitta RW, Reddy VS, Rao BJ, Rajam MV (2004). Genetic transformation of the green alga - Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by Agrobacterium tumefaciens. PLANT SCIENCE, 166(3), 731-738. Author URL.
(2004). Polyamine-ethylene nexus: a potential target for post-harvest biotechnology. Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 3(2), 299-304. Abstract.
Kashyap V, Vinod Kumar S, Collonnier C, Fusari F, Haicour R, Rotino G, Sihachakr D, Rajam M (2003). Biotechnology of eggplant. Scientia Horticulturae, 97(1), 1-25.

Chapters

Kumar SV, Lucyshyn D (2017). Studying Transcription Factor Binding to Specific Genomic Loci by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP). In  (Ed) , 193-203.  Abstract.  Author URL.
Rajam MV, Kumar SV (2007). Eggplant. In  (Ed) Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry, 201-219.

Publications by year


2018

Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2018). DET1 and COP1 Modulate the Coordination of Growth and Immunity in Response to Key Seasonal Signals in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports, 25(1), 29-37.e3. Abstract.  Full text.
Kumar SV (2018). H2A.Z at the Core of Transcriptional Regulation in Plants. Molecular Plant, 11(9), 1112-1114. Full text.
Li X-R, Deb J, Kumar SV, Ostergaard L (2018). Temperature Modulates Tissue-Specification Program to Control Fruit Dehiscence in Brassicaceae. MOLECULAR PLANT, 11(4), 598-606. Author URL.  Full text.

2017

Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2017). DET1 and HY5 Control PIF4-Mediated Thermosensory Elongation Growth through Distinct Mechanisms. CELL REPORTS, 18(2), 344-351. Author URL.  Full text.
Gangappa SN, Berriri S, Kumar SV (2017). PIF4 Coordinates Thermosensory Growth and Immunity in Arabidopsis. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 27(2), 243-249. Author URL.  Full text.
Kumar SV, Lucyshyn D (2017). Studying Transcription Factor Binding to Specific Genomic Loci by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP). In  (Ed) , 193-203.  Abstract.  Author URL.

2016

Yu N, Nuetzmann H-W, MacDonald JT, Moore B, Field B, Berriri S, Trick M, Rosser SJ, Kumar SV, Freemont PS, et al (2016). Delineation of metabolic gene clusters in plant genomes by chromatin signatures. NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH, 44(5), 2255-2265. Author URL.
Berriri S, Gangappa SN, Kumar SV (2016). SWR1 Chromatin-Remodeling Complex Subunits and H2A.Z Have Non-overlapping Functions in Immunity and Gene Regulation in Arabidopsis. MOLECULAR PLANT, 9(7), 1051-1065. Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Gardener C, Kumar SV (2015). Hot n' Cold: Molecular Signatures of Domestication Bring Fresh Insights into Environmental Adaptation. MOLECULAR PLANT, 8(10), 1439-1441. Author URL.  Full text.

2012

Kumar SV, Lucyshyn D, Jaeger KE, Alos E, Alvey E, Harberd NP, Wigge PA (2012). Transcription factor PIF4 controls the thermosensory activation of flowering. NATURE, 484(7393), 242-U127. Author URL.

2011

Wigge PA, Kumar SV (2011). METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR ALTERING TEMPERATURE SENSING IN EUKARYOTIC ORGANISMS.
Franklin KA, Lee SH, Patel D, Kumar SV, Spartz AK, Gu C, Ye S, Yu P, Breen G, Cohen JD, et al (2011). PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 4 (PIF4) regulates auxin biosynthesis at high temperature. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(50), 20231-20235. Author URL.
Wigge PA, Kumar SV (2011). Temperature Sensing in Plants.

2010

Kumar SV, Wigge PA (2010). H2A.Z-Containing Nucleosomes Mediate the Thermosensory Response in Arabidopsis. CELL, 140(1), 136-147. Author URL.

2007

Rajam MV, Kumar SV (2007). Eggplant. In  (Ed) Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry, 201-219.
Kumar V, Wigge PA (2007). Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning. Nature Genetics, 39(11), 1309-1310.

2006

Rajam MV, Kumar SV (2006). Green Alga (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii). Methods Mol Biol, 344, 421-433. Abstract.  Author URL.
(2006). Modulation of polyamine levels influence growth and cell division in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, 12(1), 53-58. Abstract.

2005

Kumar SV, Rajam MV (2005). Polyamines enhance Agrobacterium tumefaciens vir gene induction and T-DNA transfer. PLANT SCIENCE, 168(2), 475-480. Author URL.

2004

Narula A, Kumr SV, Pande D, Rajam MV, Srivastava PS (2004). Agrobacterium-mediated transfer of arginine decarboxylase and ornithine decarboxylase genes to Datura innoxia enhances shoot regeneration and hyoscyamine biosynthesis. JOURNAL OF PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 13(2), 127-130. Author URL.
Kumar SV, Misquitta RW, Reddy VS, Rao BJ, Rajam MV (2004). Genetic transformation of the green alga - Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by Agrobacterium tumefaciens. PLANT SCIENCE, 166(3), 731-738. Author URL.
(2004). Polyamine-ethylene nexus: a potential target for post-harvest biotechnology. Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 3(2), 299-304. Abstract.

2003

Kashyap V, Vinod Kumar S, Collonnier C, Fusari F, Haicour R, Rotino G, Sihachakr D, Rajam M (2003). Biotechnology of eggplant. Scientia Horticulturae, 97(1), 1-25.

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