Dr. Thummala Chandrasekhar, M.Sc., Ph. D
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Science
+91 9573154641, +91 9182633585 08562278641
tcsbiotech@gmail.com , tcs@yogivemanauniversity.ac.in

Qualification :
Ph.D. in Botany (Plant Biotechnology), Sri Venkateswara University, India-2002
M.Sc. in Botany (Plant Biotechnology), Sri Venkateswara University, India- 1994
Work experience (PDF/Teaching etc.):
1. Assistant Professor, Yogi Vemna University, Kadapa, India (July, 2009 to Till date)
2. UGC-RAMAN Post Doctoral Fellow-Arizona State University, USA (Nov. 2014- Nov. 2015)
3. Worked as Post Doc in Taiwan, South Korea (July 2002 – July 2009)
Area of research interest :
1. Genetic Engineering-Production of salt-tolerant transgenic crops
2. Biosafety of transgenic crops
3. Bioenergy and biofuel- Production of hydrogen from algal samples
Research grants :
1. Production of transgenic groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) carrying Arabidopsis phytochrome A and B for the enhancement of yield- CSIR Project, New Delhi (Principle Investigator)
2. Establishment of in vitro micro propagation and genetic transformation protocols for Chrysanthemum -Agri-Sceince Project granted by the Dept. of Commerce & Industries, Govt. of A.P. (Principle Investigator)
3. Generation of insertional mutants in solanum lycopersicum through T-DNA tagging from functional genomics and biotechnological applications- CSIR Project, New Delhi (Co-PI)
Research students (Ph.D awarded/working) :
Ph.D.- Awarded-2
Ph.D-Present working:
1. Mr. D. Narasimham, CSIR Project Fellow
2. Mr. K. Paramesh, Inspire Fellow
3. Miss. N. Raga Sudha
Awards and achievements:
1. Qualified National Eligibility Test-For Lectureship in Botany (NET)
2. Selected for UGC-Raman Post-Doctoral Fellowship to work in USA (2014-2015)
3. Awarded ‘Young Scientist’ in 2nd International Seminar on Medicinal Plants & Herbal Products organized by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi in Dec. 2010
Conference/symposia attended:
Conference/symposia/Seminar attended/Participated- 27
Conference/symposia organized:
1. Conducted One day work shop on ‘Energy and Sustainable Development’ – Conducted in Yogi Vemana University on 19th Oct. 2012- Convenor
2. Conducted workshop on "Recent Advances in Structure and Ligand Based Drug Design" in Yogi Vemana University on 6th Dec. 2012- Organizing Member
3. Conducted National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Environmental Science and Technology (NSETEST-2014) in Yogi Vemana University on 14-15 March. 2014- Organizing Secretary
Selected 10 best publications :
1. K.Paramesh, N.Lakshmana Reddy, MV Shankar and T.Chandrasekhar (2018). Enhancement of biological hydrogen production using green alga Chlorococcum minutum. Int. J Hydrogen Energy 43: 3957-3966 (Impact Factor- 4.22)
2. Y Himabindu, T Chakradhar, Madhava C Reddy, Andrey Kanygin, Kevin E. Redding and T Chandrasekhar 2016. Salt-tolerant genes from halophytes are potential key players of salt tolerance in glycophytes. Environmental and Experimental Botany 124:39-63 (Impact Factor-4.36).
3. M Ganesan,Y-J Han, T-W Bae, O-J Hwang, T Chandrasekhar, A-Y Shin, C-H Goh, S Nishiguchi, I-J Song, H-Y Lee, J-I Kim and PS Song 2012. Overexpression of phytochrome A and its hyperactive mutant improves shade tolerance and turf quality in creeping bentgrass and zoysiagrass. Planta 236(4):1135-50 (Impact Factor-3.23)
4. SE Jun*, T Chandrasekhar *, K-H Cho, YB Yi, N-I Hyung, J Nam and G-T Kim. 2011. MACROPHYLLA/ROTUNDIFOLIA3 gene of Arabidopsis controls leaf index during leaf development. J. Plant Biotechnol. 38:285–292 (*first two authors are equally contributed to this study) (Impact Factor- 0.305)
5. Y-J Han, Y-M Kim, J-Y Lee, SJ Kim, K-C Cho, T Chandrasekhar, PS Song, Y-M Woo, and J-I Kim. 2009. Production of colored creeping bentgrass using maize transcription factor genes Pl and Lc through Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. Plant Cell Reports 28: 397-406 (Impact Factor-3.08)
6. TW Bae, E Vanjildorj, S Nishiguchi, SY Song, SS Yang, IJ Song, T Chandrasekhar, TW Kang, JI Kim, YJ Koh, SY Park, J Lee, YE Lee, K H.Ryu, KZ Riu, PS Song and HY Lee. 2008. Environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered herbicide Zoysia japonica. Journal of Environmental quality 37: 207–218 (Impact Factor-2.65)
7. JC Hye, T Chandrasekhar, H-Y Lee and K-M Kim 2007. Production of herbicide-resistant transgenic sweet potato plants through Agrobacterium tumefaciens method. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture. 91:235-242 (Impact Factor-2.39)
8. R Venkatesh, N Ganesh, N Guhan, MS Reddy, T Chandrasekhar and K Muniyappa 2002. RecX protein abrogates ATP hydrolysis and strand exchange promoted by RecA: insights into negative regulation of homologous recombination. Proc Natl Acad Sci (PNAS) U. S. A, 17: 99 (19): 12091-6 (Impact Factor-9.42)
9. T Chandrasekhar, T Mohammad Hussain and B Jayanand 2005. In vitro micropropagation of Boswellia ovalifoliolata. Z. Naturforsch C, 60C: 505-507(Impact Factor-0.70)
10. K-M Kim, MY Kim, P-Y Yun, T Chandrasekhar, H-Y Lee, and PS Song 2007. Production of Multiple Shoots and Plant Regeneration from Leaf Segments of Fig Tree (Ficus carica L.). Journal of Plant Biology, 50 (4) 440-446. (Impact Factor-1.67)
Any specific inclusions (books, patents, collaborations etc.):
I selected for Rockefeller foundation project trainee in ICRSAT (International Crop Research Centre for Semi Arid Tropics), Asia center, Hyderabad in the project comparative genome mapping sorghum and rice using RFLP markers- From 6th July 2000 to 6th March, 2001. I also worked as project research associate in Biochemistry, IISc during March, 2001 to May 2002.