Dr Vinod Kumar

Project Leader
Cell and Developmental Biology

Research in my lab is centered on the fundamental biological question of how environmental signals are perceived and integrated. Major focus of our research is to understand the fundamental principles that govern modulation of host-pathogen interaction and immunity by the environment, especially temperature. 

We 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:

  1. Mechanisms of gene regulation in plants
  2. Environmental influence on plant defense responses

Adaptation of gene regulatory mechanisms to local and dynamic environments.

We use Arabidopsis thaliana as the discovery platform with a combination of genetics, molecular biology and biochemical approaches. We welcome enthusiastic and highly motivated researchers to join us in pursuing a novel area of research.

Contact

Tel: 01603 450793
vinod.kumar@jic.ac.uk

Selected Publications

Gangappa S. N., Berriri S., Kumar S. V. (2017)

PIF4 Coordinates Thermosensory Growth and Immunity in Arabidopsis.

Current Biology 27 p243-249

Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.11.012

Gangappa S. N., Kumar S. V. (2017)

DET1 and HY5 Control PIF4-Mediated Thermosensory Elongation Growth through Distinct Mechanisms.

Cell Reports 18 p344-351

Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.12.046

Kumar S. V., Lucyshyn D., Jaeger K. E., Alós E., Alvey E., Harberd N. P., Wigge P. A. (2012)

Transcription factor PIF4 controls the thermosensory activation of flowering

Nature 464 p242 -

Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nature10928

Kumar S. V., Wigge P. A. (2010)

H2A.Z-containing nucleosomes mediate the thermosensory response in Arabidopsis

Cell 140 p136-47

Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.cell.2009.11.006

Recent Publications

Yu N., Nützmann H. W., MacDonald J. T., Moore B., Field B., Berriri S., Trick M., Rosser S. J., Kumar S. V., Freemont P. S., Osbourn A. (2016)

Delineation of metabolic gene clusters in plant genomes by chromatin signatures.

Nucleic Acids Research 44 p1-11

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/nar/gkw100

Gardener C., Kumar S. V. (2015)

Hot n' Cold: Molecular Signatures of Domestication Bring Fresh Insights into Environmental Adaptation.

Molecular Plant 8 p14391441

Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.molp.2015.08.012

Franklin K. A., Lee S. H., Patel D., Kumar S. V., Spartz A. K., Gu C., Ye S., Yu P., Breen G., Cohen J. D., Wigge P. A., Gray W. M. (2011)

Phytochrome-interacting factor 4 (PIF4) regulates auxin biosynthesis at high temperature.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 p20231-5

Publisher’s version: 10.1073/pnas.1110682108

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Vinod Kumar

  • Souha Berriri Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Dr Sreeramaiah Narasimhanahalli Gangappa Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Catherine Gardener Postgraduate Student

Media

For media enquiries, please contact the JIC communications team 01603 450962, jic.communications@jic.ac.uk

Expertise: Gene regulation, Plant-environment interactions, Climate change

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