Dr. Pratap Kumar Pati

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar
Field of Specialization: Plant Biotechnology
Name: Dr. Pratap Kumar Pati
Official Address and Designation: Reader & Head
Department of Biotechnology
Guru Nanak Dev University
Amritsar 143 005
Telephone (O): 91-9915091910
E-mail: pkpati@yahoo.com
Duration of Grant: Eight months
Project Title: Polyadenylation of stored messenger RNA during seed germination
Abstract of Project :
Seed germination is a critical control point in the plant life cycle, demarcating the transition from the stage most impervious to that which is most susceptible to the environment. Thus, mechanisms that regulate germination are of great importance. Seeds accumulate non-polyadenylated mRNAs. For my Fulbright project, I hypothesize that polyadenylation of stored mRNAs is vital for seed development and germination. The polyadenylation status of Arabidopsis seed mRNAs will be monitored during the course of germination, in the presence/absence of inhibitors of transcription and polyadenylation. My research sits at the intersection of two vital but under-studied areas of plant biology, seed germination and post-transcriptional control of protein production. This work has potential for applications in crop and seed improvement.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Plant Biotechnology IHBT(CSIR), Palampur 2002
M. Tech. Applied Botany I.I.T. Kharagpur 1996
M. Phil Botany Utkal University, Bhubaneswar 1993
Professional Background :
Head Dept. of Biotechnology, GNDU, Amritsar 2009- till date
Reader Dept. of Biotechnology, GNDU, Amritsar 2008- till date
Senior Lecturer Dept. of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 2005-2007
Lecturer Dept. of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 2001-2005
Dr. Pratap Kumar Pati