FACULTY PROFILE
Dr.AKILA CHANDRA SEKHAR
ASSISTANT PROFESOR (Stage-III)
DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY,
SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES,
YOGI VEMANA UNIVERSITY,
KADAPA-516005.AP.INDIA.
Phone:9849080331
     Office: 0091-8562-225426
        Fax: 0091-8562-225419
chandrasekhar9@yahoo.com & acsekhar@yogivemanauniversity.ac.in
Qualification :
M.Sc., Ph.D.,
Work experience (PDF/Teaching etc.):
1.Presently, from June, 2007 to Date: Working as Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa and involved in teaching of various courses to PG Students.
2. Worked as visiting scientist to the lab of Prof. Roberto Tuberosa, Biotechnology applied to Plant Breeding, Department of Agro environmental Sciences and Technology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy as visiting scientist under Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Senior Visiting Fellowship (Early Stage Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna). Mainly worked on two topics, (1) to analyse the genetic variability for plasticity of root architecture present in rice in response to ABA and (2) to identify candidate genes at QTL regions for roots in rice and to deploy EcoTILLING to investigate haplotype variation of different rice accessions at such candidate genes.
3. Worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Research Associate) with Prof. Arjula R. Reddy in a International collaboration project with ICRISAT and ICGEB under Generation Challenge Program (GCP) in Pearl millet EST generation project entitled “Stress response enriched ESTs for targeted species” (April, 2005 – June, 2006). My work involved in - “total RNA isolation from terminal drought stressed (Leaf and Panicle) pearl millet, differential cDNA libraries construction, generation of ESTs from differential cDNA libraries, sequencing of clones etc., and their use for identification and development of candidate gene based SSRs, EST-PCR markers and SNP markers linked to QTL(s) for drought tolerance, facilitating marker-assisted selection for drought tolerance in pearl millet.” Succeeded in generation of about 1200 ESTs from pearl millet differential cDNA libraries, out of which 243 ESTs has been submitted in the GenBank.
4. Ph.D., Degree "Molecular mapping using SSRs and EST-PCR based markers, and identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for drought tolerance in a Doubled Haploid Line population of rice (Oryza sativa L.)" under the guidance of Prof. Arjula R. Reddy, Plant Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. During my doctoral research, I have mainly involved in map saturation of a DHL mapping population with SSRs and EST-PCR markers and QTL identification for drought tolerance (morphological, phenological and yield traits under field drought stress) in rice, conversion of ESTs in to PCR-based markers and studied their use in diversity analysis and molecular mapping of rice.
5. Attended workshop “Plant Gene Expression” at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India from Nov 19th – Dec 2nd, 2001. Undergone training in differential cDNA libraries construction and screening.
6. One month training "Molecular mapping of Wheat quality related QTLs" under guidance of Dr. P. K Ranjekar and Dr. Vidya S. Gupta, Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune from July 17th - August 18th, 2000.
7. Two months project "Screening Heat Tolerant Varieties in Ground nut" in ICRISAT, under guidance of Dr. R.C. Nageshwara Rao, Senior Scientist, GREP, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Hyderabad, India from May 7th - July 7th, 1998.
Area(s) of research interest:
• Molecular Markers, Mapping and QTL identification - Foxtail millet – Germplasm Screening, Mapping Population(s) Development, QTL’s for Yield and Yield under Field Drought Stress
• Millet (Foxtail Millet) Functional Genomics of Drought Tolerance
• Biofortification – Cereals and Small Millets in general and Foxtail millet in particular
• Algal Biotechnology – Documentation, Bioprospecting and Prospects of Biodiesel production from local Micro Algal Strains
Research grants (during the last Five years) :
As Principal Investigator
1. Molecular Tagging of Tobacco Streak Virus gene: Screening Sunflower for Resistance to Tobacco Streak Virus and Mapping the TSV Resistance Gene by Vibha Agrotech, Ltd, Hyderabad.
2. Molecular tagging of stress tolerant small millet varieties and development of genetic and genomic resources for molecular breedingAgri Science Project, Yogi Vemana University2010-2012.
As Co-Investigator
1. Development of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea, L.) transgenics carrying HD-START transcription factor for improved drought stress tolerance by Department of Science and Technology (D.S.T), Govt. of India, New Delhi
2. Development of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) transgenics carrying HD-START and DREB1F transcription factors for improved abiotic stress tolerance by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (C.S.I.R), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
3. Phytoremediation of Uranium enriched soils: Molecular, Biochemical and Transgenic approach by Department of Biotechnology (D.B.T), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Research students (Ph.D awarded/working):
Guiding Ph.D., Students for their Doctorate in the advanced fields of
1) Plant Molecular Genetics and Functional Genomics
2) Algal Biotechnology
Working:
1) Mrs. Gurulakshmi Kola (DST-INSPIRE Fellow) Title of the proposed work entitled “ Biofortification of Orphan Millet Crop Foxtail Millet (Setaria Italica L)”
2) Mr. Gunti Mallikarjuna, (RGNF Fellow): Title of the proposed work entitled “Collection, Molecular Genetic Characterization of some Fresh Water Algae of Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh and Their Possible Biotechnological Applications”
3) Miss. Shaik Sameena (DST-INSPIRE Fellow) Title of the proposed work entitled “Mapping Population Development, Molecular Genetic Linkage Map construction and QTL identification for Yield and Yield related traits in Foxtail millet (Setaria Italica L)”
Awarded / Submitted:
1) Dr. Vijaya Naresh Juturu : Title of the thesis entitled “Heterologous Expression of Cajanus cajan Cyclophilin Gene in Rice (Oryza sativa L.): Confers Abiotic Stress Tolerance” - 22nd March, 2017 (Present Position: Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Israel)
2) Dr. Palakurthi Ramesh : Title of Thesis : “Comparative Genetic Analysis of Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica L.) Wild Relatives, Landraces And Cultivars: Identification Of Genotypes Conferring Abiotic Stress Tolerance And Mapping Population Development” - 1st June, 2018 (Present Position: Research Associate, Genetics Gains Programme, ICRISAT, Hyderabad)
Awards and achievements :
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
1. Recipient of Associate Fellow on 7th November, 2017 by Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, Amaravati during A.P. Science Congress
2. Recipient of SAB Young Scientist Award-2016 on 25th August, 2016 during an International Conference in GKVK Bangalore jointly organized by Society for Applied Biotechnology, Tamilnadu and GKVK, Bangalore
3. Recipient of prestigious Institute of Advanced Studies – Senior Visiting Fellowship (Early Stage Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna) for the year 2006 sponsored by IAS, University of Bologna, Italy for five months. July 2006 – November 2006.
4. Recipient of Research Associate Fellowship under Generation Challenge Program (GCP) project to Prof. Arjula R. Reddy, University of Hyderabad for the period of 14 months. April 2005 – June 2006.
5. Recipient of Senior Research Fellowship from University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, During PhD program. February, 2002- January, 2005
6. Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship from University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, During PhD program. February, 2001- January, 2002
7. Recipient of Research Assistantship under Rockefeller Foundation Rice Biotechnology Project to Prof. Arjula R. Reddy, University of Hyderabad. During Novovember, 2000 – Jananuary, 2001
8. Recipient of Merit Fellowship, for two years sponsored by University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. During M.Sc. 1997-1999
Selected publications:
1. Juturu, V.N., Ramesh, P., Gopalakrishna, M., Mallikarjuna, G., Puli, C.O.R., Kirti, P.B., Sekhar, A.C (2017). Ectopic Expression Of Pigeonpea Cyclophilin (CcCYP) Enhances Abiotic Stress Tolerance In Rice. (Under Communication to PTOC)
2. Banavath, J.N., Chakradhar, T., Pandit, V., Konduru, S., Guduru, K.K., Akila, C.S., Podha, S., and Puli, P.C.O.R (2018). Stress Inducible Overexpression of AtHDG11 Leads to Improved Drought and Salt Stress Tolerance in Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). Front. Chem. 6:34. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00034
3. Guduru, K.K., Pandit, V., Palakurthi, R., Konduru, S., Kandi, S.R., Banavath, J.N., Akila, C.S., and Puli, C.O.R (2018). Identification of Nitrogen Efficient Indica Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Genotypes: A physiological and Multivariate statistical approach. Current Trends in Biotechnology and Pharmacy 12(1): 16-32. Print ISSN: 0973-8916 ; Online ISSN: 2230-7303 (NAAS IF: 4.42; H Index: 7.0; SJR:0.158)
4. Chandrakala, S., Reddi, K.V.N.R., Sekhar, A.C., Reddy, P.C.O., and Mallikarjuna, K (2017). In vitro propagation and genetic diversity analysis of Canthium parviflorum Lam by RAPD and ISSR markers. Annals of Plant Sciences 6(11): 1775-1783. (ISSN: 2287-688X)
5. Ramesh, P., Kola, G., Gunti, M., Reddy, P.C.O.R, Banavath, J. N and Sekhar, A.C (2017). Comprehensive Phenotypic and Statistical Based Analysis of Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica L.) Lines for Parental Line Selection. Annals of Plant Sciences 6(11): 1736-1742 (ISSN: 2287-688X)
6. Juturu, V.N., Mekala, G.K., Garladinne, M., Reddy, P.C.O.R., and Sekhar, A.C (2016). Optimization of invitro regeneration protocol for a popular Indica rice (Oryza sativa L. Swarna). Annals of Plant Sciences 5.8: 1395-140. (ISSN: 2287-688X) Doi: 10.21746/aps.2016.08.002
7. Juturu, V.N., Mekala, G.K., Sekhar, A.C., Reddy, P.C.O.R., and Garladinne, M (2016). High frequency induction of multiple shoots and plant regeneration from zygotic embryo axis explants of cotton cultivar L-604 (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Inter’l J. of Bioassays 5.9: 4791-4796(ISSN: 2278-778X) Doi: 10.21746/ijbio.2016.09.002
8. Reddi K.V.N.R., Krishnasatya, A., Ramesh, P., Prasad, L.S., Narendra, K., Reddy, P.C.O.R., Reddy, C. V. C. M. and Sekhar, A. C (2016). Molecular genetic assessment of Jatropha curcas L. germplasm of diverse origin along with its wild relatives for various for growth and early establishment related traits. Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2016 Oct ; 7(4): (B) 261 - 271 (ISSN 0975-6299) (IF: 5.121; SJR:0.288). DOI: 10.22376/ijpbs.2016.7.4.b261-271 www.ijpbs.net/download.php?download_file=cms/php/upload/5417_pdf.pdf&did=5417
9. Rekha, A., Raju, C. P., Sekhar, A. C., and Sujatha, P (2016). Studies on Some Chlorococcales From Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh., India. International Journal of Plant, Animal and Environmental Sciences 6(2): 230 - 233. (ISSN 2231-4490)
10. Sekhar, A. C., Ramesh, P., Reddy, PCO., Munirathnam, P., Ravisankar, P., Reddy, PVRM and Reddy, CVCM (2015). Inheritance pattern of pigmented traits in foxtail millet (setaria italica (L.) Beauv. SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics 47 (4): 460-466. (ISSN: 1029-707; IF: 3.607; SNIP: 0.663; SJR:0.203).
11. Banavath, J.N., Konduru, S., Pandit, V., Guduru, K. K., Raju K.S., Podha, S., Akila, C. S., Puli, P. C. O (2015). Assessment of genotypic variation in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) genotypes for chromium tolerance using physiological and biochemical traits. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences 6(4): (B) 1077-1089. (ISSN 0975-6299) (IF: 5.121; SJR:0.288) (API: 1.0)
Conference/symposia attended (during the last five years):
A) ABSTRACTS in International Seminars / Conferences: - 19 NO’s
B) ABSTRACTS in National Seminars / Conferences: - 18 No’s
C) INVITED LECTURE / Chaired Session IN SEMINARS / CONFERENCES :– 7 No’s
Conference/symposia/workshop organized (during the last five years):
SYMPOSIA ORGANIZED (as one of active member / main organizer)
International Seminars
1. International Seminar on Plant Biotechnology and Genomics -2009, 6-7th February, 2009 in Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa jointly organized by Department of Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany and Microbiology (one of the active members)
National Seminars / Workshops
1. Recent Trends in Biotechnology – 2015 conducted by Department of Biotechnology, Yogi Vemana Univerity, 12th March, 2015 (Convener)
2. Recent Trends in Biotechnology – 2014 conducted by Department of Biotechnology, Yogi Vemana Univerity, 25th – 26th February, 2014 (Organizing Secretary)
3. Recent Trends in “Omics” conducted jointly by Department of Biotechnology, Department of Genetics & Genomics and Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics held at Yogi Vemana University 21st - 22nd March 2012, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. (one of the active members and Treasurer)
4. Onsite workshop on “Advances in Computational Genomics” in collaboration with UGC-Networking Resource Centre in Biological Sciences, Maduai Kamaraj University, Madurai during 13th – 20th February, 2012 along with Department of Botany, Yogi Vemana University (LOCAL ORGANIZER)
5. One day public debate on “Pros and Cons of Biotechnology” jointly organized by Department of Biotechnology and Department of Botany, Yogi Vemana University, on 31st January, 2011 (one of the Organizing Secretaries)
Other Information (books, patents, collaborations etc.):
COLLABORATION(s)
1) Dr. H. S. Talwar, Principal Scientist, Indian Institute of Millet Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
2) Dr. C. Prabakara Raju, SSBN UG & PG College, Anantapur
3) Dr. L. Vijaya Bhaksar Reddy and Dr. L. Sivarama Prasad, SciGenom Labs Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad
PUBLICATIONS including Bulk GenBank Submissions (under communication / preparation / published)
1. National / International Peer Reviewed Journals – 20 No’s
2. Books – 2 No’s
3. Book Chapters – 5 No’s
4. Full Length Conference Proceedings – 5 No’s
5. Large Scale GenBank Submissions – More than 6500 EST’s generated from drought stressed indica rice seedlings Nagina 22 and 250 EST’s generated from drought stressed pearl millet
JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER(s)
1) Editorial Board Member for the Mediterranean Journal of Biosciences http://ojs.medjbio.com/index.php/medjbio/pages/view/editorial-board
PROFESSION MEMBERSHIP(s)
1) Life Member, Society for Applied Biotechnology (SAB) - (Membership Number LM-97)
2) Life Member, Society for Millets Research (SMR) ( Membership Number L-126/15)
3) Life Member, Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture (USA EIN : 47-4803807 & Alabama, UA : 1309/490)
SOCIETY FELLOWS
1) Fellow, Society for Applied Biotechnology ( 2016)
2) Associate Fellow of A. P. Akademi of Sciences, Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh (No. 404 dated 17th October, 2017)

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