Dr Vinod Kumar
Cell and Developmental Biology
Vinod studies how plants sense and integrate environmental signals to give appropriate growth and defence responses.
He is particularly interested in understanding how plants detect temperature changes. He uses the model plant Arabidopsis to study the molecular mechanisms by which seasonal signals define the coordination of growth and pathogen defence.
By understanding these fundamental processes, Vinod aims to develop strategies for developing climate resilience in crop plants.
- Environmental influence on host-pathogen interactions
- Mechanism of temperature perception in plants
- Climate resilience in crop plants
Research in the Kumar lab is centered on the fundamental biological question of how environmental signals are perceived and integrated.
They are studying the molecular mechanisms by which elevated temperatures suppress plant immunity. Climate change, most importantly increasing global temperatures associated with it, poses a severe threat to global agriculture and biodiversity. Using a combinatorial approach the work is aimed to develop knowledge that could help develop climate resilient crops.
Current projects include, but are not limited to:
- Mechanisms of gene regulation in plants
- Environmental influence on plant defense responses
Adaptation of gene regulatory mechanisms to local and dynamic environments.
The lab use Arabidopsis thaliana as the discovery platform with a combination of genetics, molecular biology and biochemical approaches.
The Kumar lab welcomes enthusiastic and highly motivated researchers to join us in pursuing a novel area of research.
ContactTel: 01603 450793
Current Biology 27 p243-249
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.11.012
Cell Reports 18 p344-351
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Studying Transcription Factor Binding to Specific Genomic Loci by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP).
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SWR1 chromatin-remodelling complex subunits and H2A.Z have non-overlapping functions in immunity and gene regulation in Arabidopsis
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Hot n' Cold: Molecular Signatures of Domestication Bring Fresh Insights into Environmental Adaptation.
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Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.molp.2015.08.012
- Souha Berriri Postdoctoral Scientist
- Dr Sreeramaiah Narasimhanahalli Gangappa Postdoctoral Scientist
- Catherine Gardener Postgraduate Student
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Expertise: Gene regulation, Plant-environment interactions, Climate change