Mr. Chidambareswaren Mahadevan is a PhD candidate in the plant molecular biology division at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His research focuses on understanding the plant immune system of Piper nigrum L. (black pepper), a major spice crop of Kerala. Phytophthora capsici, an oomycete pathogen, poses a major threat to black pepper cultivation with foot rot and root rot diseases. Through his dissertation, Mr. Mahadevan intends to explore the molecular components of basal immunity of black pepper through a set of proteomics- and transcriptomics-based experiments, paving the way to addressing multiple questions pertaining to Piper nigrum–Phytophthora capsici pathosystems that are of practical relevance to crop improvement and crop protection.
Previously Mr. Mahadevan worked as a junior research fellow in RGCB's molecular virology and plant molecular biology divisions. He completed his master's degree in plant molecular biology and biotechnology at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, and his undergraduate in biotechnology from Periyar University, Salem.
During his Fulbright-Nehru grant, Mr. Mahadevan will identify, characterize, and explore the role of effector proteins in Phytophthora pathogens. This research will help him produce both quantitative and qualitative results, which will directly impact the effector biology of Phytophthora capsici.