Sridhara G Kunjeti
260 Elkton road Apt J 6
Newark, DE 19711
(832) 566-0011
[email protected]
EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy, Plant and Soil Sciences
Expected June 2011
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Dissertation: Genomics of Phytophthora phaseoli, studies on infection-related
genes on lima bean
Advisor: Thomas A. Evans
Co-Advisor: Nicole M. Donofrio
Master of Science, Plant Pathology
University of Agricultural Science, Bangalore, INDIA
Dissertation: Comparative studies on Pestalotiopsis spp. occurring on five
different tropical fruit crops
Advisor: R. D. Rawal
Bachelor of Science, Agriculture
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, INDIA
August 2000
June 1998
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Ph.D. Research
July 2006 – Present
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
 Study the interaction of Phytophthora phaseoli on lima beans
 Identify changes in gene expression of Phytophthora phaseoli using the next-generation
sequencing
 Understand the function of effector genes using agrobacterium transient assay and
biolistic transformation
 Identify molecular markers for downy mildew resistant gene in lima bean
Research Associate (Plant Pathologist)
August 2000 – July 2006
Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co. Ltd., Bangalore, India
 Screened (Invitro and Invivo) and developed resistant or tolerant varieties / hybrid
vegetables against various diseases (Fungi, Virus, Bacteria and Nematodes)
 Identified dominant source for bacterial wilt in tomato and Brinjal (Egg plant)
 Developed Bacterial wilt tolerant hybrids in Tomato and Brinjal.
 Standardized the screening protocol for Bacterial wilt and Root Knot Nematode
invitro and invivo on tomato
 Developed Root Knot nematode tolerant hybrids in tomato
 Identified Bacterial wilt tolerant hybrids in Tomato and Brinjal
 Used Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right (PPVFR) in tomato and chili
RESEARCH INTERESTS
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Use next-generation sequencing platform for identification of genes expressed in
Phytophthora phaseoli when infecting lima bean
Understand the molecular mechanism of Phytophthor phaseoli and lima bean patho system
Study the functional characterization of genes expressed while infecting a plant
Identify molecular markers associated with downy mildew resistant gene in lima bean
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching Assistant: PLSC 101; Botany I
Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Professor: John J Frett
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Fall 2006 – Fall 2010
Instructed lab portion of Introductory Botany lecture for non-science and science majors
Demonstrated and guided experiments
Graded and designed quizzes
Gave feedback to faculty regarding improvements of laboratory experiments
Grader: PLSC 140; People and Plants
Professor: Thomas A Evans
Fall 2006 – Fall 2010
Teaching Assistant: PLSC 303; Introduction to Plant Pathology
Spring 2006 – Spring 2009
Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Professors: Thomas A Evans, Nicole M Donofrio
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Instructed lab portion of Introductory Plant Pathology lecture for science-majors,
including upper-level undergraduates and graduate students
Prepared guidelines for laboratory preparation
Demonstrated and guided experiments and used new methods for preparing media
Designed and graded quizzes and lab practicum
Gave feedback to faculty regarding improvements of laboratory experiments and
enhancement of student learning
TEACHING INTERESTS
Botany course
Plant Pathology course
Biotechnology course
Microbiology course
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LEADERSHIP
Discussion leader: Undergraduate Research Ethics workshop
Facilitated discussion on research ethics and integrity for undergraduate students
engaged in Researchers
Undergraduate student mentor: Plant and Soil Sciences
Supervised and trained undergraduate student in appropriate lab
techniques to maintain the downy mildew of lima bean inoculum
June 2010
February 2008 – February 2009
Workshop leader: Institute of Soil and Environmental Quality (ISEQ)
Demonstrated transformation techniques to high school teachers
Trainer: Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) program
Trained the farmers regarding use and application of new technology and tools
available to develop and sustain integrated farming system in India
July 2009
January 1998
PUBLICATIONS
Kunjeti SG, Evans TA, Gregory NF, Meyers BC, Marsh AG and Donofrio NM. RNA-Seq reveals
infection-related global gene changes in the lima bean downy mildew pathogen, a close
relative of Phytophthora infestans.In preparation.
Raffaele S, Farrer RA, Cano LM, Studholme DJ, Maclean D, Jiang RHY, Zody MC, Kunjeti SG,
Donofrio NM, Meyers BC, Nusbaum C and KamounS. Genome evolution following host
jumps in the Irish potato famine pathogen lineage. Under review at Science.
Rudrappa T, Biedrzycki ML, Kunjeti SG, Donofrio NM, Czymmek KJ, Paul WP and Bais HP. The
rhizobacterial elicitor acetoin induces systemic resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Communicative and Integrative Biology (2010) 3 (2): 130 – 138.
Haas BJ, Kamoun S, Zody MC, Jiang RH, Handsaker RE, Cano LM, Grabherr M, Kodira CD,
Raffaele S, Torto-Alalibo T, Bozkurt TO, Ah-Fong AM, Alvarado L, Anderson VL,
Armstrong MR, Avrova A, Baxter L, Beynon J, Boevink PC, Bollmann SR, Bos JI, Bulone
V, Cai G, Cakir C, Carrington JC, Chawner M, Conti L, Costanzo S, Ewan R, Fahlgren N,
Fischbach MA, Fugelstad J, Gilroy EM, Gnerre S, Green PJ, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Griffith J,
Grünwald NJ, Horn K, Horner NR, Hu CH, Huitema E, Jeong DH, Jones AM, Jones JD,
Jones RW, Karlsson EK, Kunjeti SG, Lamour K, Liu Z, Ma L, Maclean D, Chibucos MC,
McDonald H, McWalters J, Meijer HJ, Morgan W, Morris PF, Munro CA, O'Neill K,
Ospina-Giraldo M, Pinzón A, Pritchard L, Ramsahoye B, Ren Q, Restrepo S, Roy S,
Sadanandom A, Savidor A, Schornack S, Schwartz DC, Schumann UD, Schwessinger B,
Seyer L, Sharpe T, Silvar C, Song J, Studholme DJ, Sykes S, Thines M, van de Vondervoort
PJ, Phuntumart V, Wawra S, Weide R, Win J, Young C, Zhou S, Fry W, Meyers BC, van
West P, Ristaino J, Govers F, Birch PR, Whisson SC, Judelson HS, and Nusbaum C. 2009.
Genome sequence and analysis of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans.
Nature 461 (7262):393-398.
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POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Kunjeti SG., Donofrio NM., Marsh AG., Meyers BC., and Evans TA., 2010. Gene expression of
effectors in downy mildew of lima bean pathogen, Phytophthora phaseoli.
American Phytopathological Society, Charlotte, NC
Kunjeti SG., Donofrio NM., Marsh AG., Meyers BC., and Evans TA., 2009. Identification of
pathogenesis-related genes in Phytophthora phaseoli during infection of lima bean.
American Phytopathological Society, Portland, OR
Kunjeti SG., Donofrio NM., Marsh AG., Meyers BC., and Evans TA., 2009. Comparative
genomics: Phytophthora phaseoli causing downy mildew of lima bean.
Oomycetes Molecular Genetics Conference, Asilomar, CA
Kunjeti SG, Rawal, RD., and Akella V., 2002. A nucleic acid probe detects different species of
Pestalotiopsis spp. isolates from five fruit crops.
International Mycological Congress -7,Oslo, Norway
Kunjeti SG., and Rawal RD. 2001. Studies on spore germination of Pestalotiposis spp. isolated
from different hosts.
International conference on society, politics, the economy and the environment. UAS,
Bangalore, India
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Kunjeti SG., Donofrio NM., Marsh AG., Meyers BC., and Evans TA., 2010. Phytophthora
phaseoli; destroyer of lima bean production.
American Phytopathological Society Potomac Division, Ocean city, MD
Kunjeti SG., 2008. Functional genomics of Phytophthora phaseoli and Phaseolus lunatus
interaction.
63rd Annual Meeting of the NJ-DelMarVa-Pa Plant pathology, Newark, DE
Kunjeti SG., and Rawal RD. 2001. Studies on morphology of the conidia of Pestalotiposis spp.
isolated from different hosts.
International conference on society, politics, the economy and the environment. UAS,
Bangalore, India
Kunjeti SG., and Rawal RD. 2001. Studies on cultural characteristics of Pestalotiopsis spp. isolated
from different host on different media.
International conference on society, politics, the economy and the environment. UAS,
Bangalore, India
Kunjeti SG., and Rawal RD. 2000. Nutritional requirement and cultural characteristics of
Pestalotiopsis spp. isolated from different hosts.
Emerging trends in plant disease management. UAS, Bangalore, India
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
American Phytopathological Society, annual meeting, Charlotte, NC
American Phytopathological Society, Potomac Division meeting, Ocean city, MD
American Phytopathological Society, annual meeting, Portland, OR
Oomycete Molecualr Genetics Network Meeting, Asilomar, CA
Oomycete Bioinformatics Workshop, Blacksburg, VA
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August 2010
March 2010
August 2009
March 2009
July 2008
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Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) Training Workshop,
Blacksburg, VA
APS Potomac Division meeting, Morgantown, West Virginia
International Mycological Congress – 7, Oslo, Norway
July 2008
March 2008
August 2002
HONORS AND AWARDS
Scholarly Awards:
Graduate Student Research Award Honorable mention at Potomac Division APS
Recipient of Gold medal from AVOPA
Securing highest Grade points in Masters Degree
University of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship
University of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship
Travel Awards:
Potomac Division, American Phytopathological Society (APS)
US National Science Foundation
Attend Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network as presenter, Alismore, CA.
Virginia Bioinformatic Institute, Blacksburg, VA
Attend oomycete bio-informatics workshop
International Mycological Congress, Oslo, Norway
Attend International Mycological Congress 7 as presenter
March 2010
August 2001
1994 – 1996
1998 – 1999
March 2010
March 2009
July 2008
August 2002
TECHNOLOGY
Experienced in Bioedit, MEGA.4, JMP, Microsoft Office especially Excel, Word, Powerpoint
Working knowledge of Perl, Biowolf
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
American Phytopathological Society
Leadership training: Enhance your team performance-understand your MBTI
Opportunity to increase self understanding and enhance team performance
University of Delaware
Academic Preparation Institute
Opportunity to prepare for academic job search
Responsibility And Integrity in Science and Engineering (RAISE)
Enhanced the knowledge of plagiarism, fabrication and falsification of data,
authorship, conflict of interest, and treatment of experimental subject
English Language Institute (ELI)
International Teaching Assistant training program
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July 2010
Spring 2010
July 2006
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TA Conference
Different techniques for class management were introduced
August 2006
MEMBERSHIPS
2010 – Present
2010 – Present
2009 – Present
2009 – Present
2007 – Present
2007 – Present
2007 – 2009
Biotechnology committee (American Phytopathological Society)
Host Resistance committee (American Phytopathological Society)
Graudate Student committee (American Phytopathological Society)
Graduate Student Senate (University of Delaware)
American Phytopathological Society
National Safety Council
American Association for the Advancement of Science
CERTIFICATES
Human Subjects in Research Training
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
National Eligibility Test (NET), India
Certifying eligibility to apply for Assistant and Associate Professor
positions in Plant Pathology at universities in India
July 2008
January 2008
June 2004
UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Produced vegetables in the graduate student garden for the Food Bank of Delaware
Represented Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the
Graduate Student Senate, University of Delaware
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May 2008
2009 – Present
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