Faculty Details

Faculty Details

  • Name: Ragiba Makandar
  • Mail: mragibauohyd.ac.in
  • Contact: 914023134514
  • Area Of Research:Plant Molecular Genetics; Plant Microbe Interactions; Disease signaling; Genetic Engineering and Functional Genomics




  Dept. of Plant Sciences

  F-66, School of Life Sciences,

  University of Hyderabad

  Prof. C. R. Rao Road, Gachibowli,

  Hyderabad-500046; Telangana  

  Telephone (O): +91-040-23134514

  Email: mragiba@uohyd.ac.in


  Subject Specialization:

Plant Molecular Genetics, Plant Disease Signaling, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Genetic Engineering & Functional Genomics


Research Interests:

Our research group at University of Hyderabad (UoH) aims at understanding plant microbe interaction and host responses using a combination of genetic, molecular and biotechnological approaches. Our goal is to elucidate the mechanisms by which a pathogenic or a beneficial microbe interacts with the host plant and in turn how the plant responds to the signals using gene manipulation, pathological and molecular marker assays. The long- term goal is to utilize these findings to enhance host resistance against invading microbes and thereby boost yield and quality of produce of agronomically important plants and in the process train a group of scientific leaders.



Dec 2016                   Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad



Jan 2012  Dec 2016    Associate professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, UoH

May 2009  Jul 2009     Visiting Scientist, ASU Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Dec 2008  Dec 2011    Reader, Dept. of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad

Aug 2007  Nov 2008   Research Assistant Professor, University of North Texas, Denton TX 76201

Aug 2003  Jul 2007     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas USA

Sep 2002 – Aug 2003   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Hawaii Agril. Research Center (HARC), Aiea, HI US

Feb 2001 – Sep 2002   Research Associate, NRCPB, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Nov 1998 – Jun 1999   Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture, Bapatla, A N G R Agril. University

Apr 1995 – Jul 1996     Research Associate, Division of Genetics, IARI, Pusa, New Delhi

Jun 1994 – Mar 1995   Post Graduate Apprentice, National Watershed Project, Chittoor, A.P.



Ph.D. (Genetics)                                               Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, 2001

M.Sc. Agriculture (Genetics & Plant Breeding)     Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University (APAU), Hyderabad, 1992

B.Sc. Agriculture                                              Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University (APAU), Hyderabad, 1990



Nov 2012 – Apr 2013 DBT-CREST Research Fellowship to conduct research at UNT, Denton, USA




Institute of Eminence (IOE)-MHRD funded project

Identification, molecular mapping and pyramiding of powdery mildew gene(s) in garden pea; Institution of Eminence (IOE)-MHRD; University of Hyderabad (IOE-UoH-RC3-21-020)


Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, India: POWER-SPG

Delineating fungicidal tolerance of the fungal pathogen, Fusarium graminearum by analyzing Tebuconazole induced responses; POWER grant; SPG/2021/001819/2021;


 Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi, India:

Identification and characterization of Pathogen Associated Molecular Patterns (PAMPs) and candidate effector genes in Powdery mildew fungus (Erysiphe pisi) through transcriptome profiling; BT/PR1264/PBD/16/848/2009;


Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, India: SERB-CRG Grant

Identification and molecular tagging of virulence and pathogenesis genes of powdery mildew fungus (Erysiphe pisi) using genomic tools SR/SO/BB02/2010;


Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-NFBSFARA, New Delhi, India:

Deciphering molecular mechanism of induction of biotic stress tolerance by Trichoderma spp. in castor (Ricinus communis L.); ICAR-NFBSFARA/BS-3007/ 2012;


University Grants Commission (UGC)-University of Potential Excellence (UPE-II):

Physicochemical detection of bio-molecules in Erysiphe pisi with potent immune responses using molecular and computational studies; Universities with Potential for Excellence; (UPE Phase II; UH/UGC/UPE Phase-2/Interface Studies/research projects/R-29);


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33 Pamei, Injangbuanang., Makandar, Ragiba., (2022) , Comparative Transcriptome Provides a New Insight into Floral Regulation and Defense Response Against Phytoplasma in Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) , Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, Springer US,,,1-12.
32 Pamei, Injangbuanang., Makandar, Ragiba., (2022) , Comparative proteome analysis reveals the role of negative floral regulators and defense-related genes in phytoplasma infected sesame , Protoplasma, Springer Vienna,,,1-13.
31 Bhosle, Sheetal M., Makandar, Ragiba., (2021) , Comparative transcriptome of compatible and incompatible interaction of Erysiphe pisi and garden pea reveals putative defense and pathogenicity factors , FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Oxford University Press,97,3,fiab006.
30 Bhosle, Sheetal M., Makandar, Ragiba., (2021) , Comparative proteomic analysis reveals molecular differences between incompatible and compatible interaction of Erysiphe pisi in garden pea , Microbiological Research, Urban & Fischer,248,,126736.
29 Bhosle, Sheetal M., Marathe, Nitinkumar., Makandar, Ragiba., (2020) , Biological Host Response: A Paradigm and Strategy to Overcome Biotic Stress Caused by Powdery Mildew Causal Agents in Plants , New Frontiers in Stress Management for Durable Agriculture, Springer, Singapore,,,389-425.
28 Bheri, Malathi., Bhosle, Sheetal M., Makandar, Ragiba., (2019) , Shotgun proteomics provides an insight into pathogenesis-related proteins using anamorphic stage of the biotroph, Erysiphe pisi pathogen of garden pea , Microbiological research, Urban & Fischer,222,,25-34.
27 Sarowar, Sujon., Alam, Syeda T., Makandar, Ragiba., Lee, Hyeonju., Trick, Harold N., Dong, Yanhong., Shah, Jyoti., (2019) , Targeting the pattern‐triggered immunity pathway to enhance resistance to Fusarium graminearum , Molecular plant pathology, Wiley Online Library,20,5,626-640.
26 Bhosle, Sheetal M., Marathe, Nitinkumar., Makandar, Ragiba., (2019) , The er2 gene resistance against powdery mildew infection is associated with enhanced antioxidative protection and defense gene expression , Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, Elsevier,106,,253-262.
25 Bhosle, Sheetal M., Marathe, Nitinkumar., Bheri, Malathi., Makandar, Ragiba., (2019) , Detection of putative pathogenicity and virulence genes of Erysiphe pisi using genome-wide in-silico search and their suppression by er2 mediated resistance in garden pea , Microbial pathogenesis, Elsevier,136,,103680.
24 Pamei, I., Makandar, R., (2016) , Association of 16SrII-D phytoplasma with phyllody disease in sesame (Sesamum indicum) in Telangana from Southern India , Plant Disease, ,100,8,1774-1774.
23 Bheri, Malathi., Fareeda, Gemmalamadugu., Makandar, Ragiba., (2016) , Assessing host specialization of Erysiphe pisi on garden pea germplasm through genotypic and phenotypic characterization , Euphytica, Springer Netherlands,212,1,1-14.
22 Nalam, Vamsi J., Alam, Syeda., Keereetaweep, Jantana., Venables, Barney., Burdan, Dehlia., Lee, Hyeonju., Trick, Harold N., Sarowar, Sujon., Makandar, Ragiba., Shah, Jyoti., (2015) , Facilitation of Fusarium graminearum infection by 9-lipoxygenases in Arabidopsis and wheat , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Am Phytopath Society,28,10,1142-1152.
21 Makandar, Ragiba., Nalam, Vamsi J., Chowdhury, Zulkarnain., Sarowar, Sujon., Klossner, Guy., Lee, Hyeonju., Burdan, Dehlia., Trick, Harold N., Gobbato, Enrico., Parker, Jane E., (2015) , The combined action of ENHANCED DISEASE SUSCEPTIBILITY1, PHYTOALEXIN DEFICIENT4, and SENESCENCE-ASSOCIATED101 promotes salicylic acid-mediated defenses to limit Fusarium graminearum infection in Arabidopsis thaliana , Molecular plant-microbe interactions, ,28,8,943-953.
20 Makandar, Ragiba., Nalam, Vamsi J., Lee, Hyeonju., Trick, Harold N., Dong, Yanhong., Shah, Jyoti., (2012) , Salicylic acid regulates basal resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Am Phytopath Society,25,3,431-439.
19 Makandar, R and Shah, J., (2011) , Functional genomics play significant role in disease signaling and defense response against fungal pathogen (Fusarium graminearum) in plants. , In: Genomics and Crop Improvement: Relevance and Reservations. Proceedings of the National Symposium., ,1,01,195-201.
18 Nalam, Vamsi., Makandar, Ragiba., McAfee, Dehlia., Essig, Juliane., Lee, Hyeonju., Trick, Harold., Shah, Jyoti., (2010) , ENGINEERING DEFENSE REGULATORY GENES AND HOST SUSCEPTIBILITY FACTORS FOR ENHANCING FHB RESISTANCE , 2010 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, ,,,26.
17 Makandar, Ragiba., Nalam, Vamsi., Chaturvedi, Ratnesh., Jeannotte, Richard., Sparks, Alexis A., Shah, Jyoti., (2010) , Involvement of salicylate and jasmonate signaling pathways in Arabidopsis interaction with Fusarium graminearum , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, The American Phytopathological Society,23,7,861-870.
16 Ragiba, Makandar., Prabhu, KV., (2009) , Inheritance of resistance to spot blotch disease in wheat. , Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding,69,3,178-182.
15 Makandar, Ragiba., Prabhu, KV., (2009) , Identification of RAPD markers associated with Helminthosporium leaf blight (HLB) disease resistance in wheat. , Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding,69,3,171-177.
14 Chaturvedi, Ratnesh., Krothapalli, Kartikeya., Makandar, Ragiba., Nandi, Ashis., Sparks, Alexis A., Roth, Mary R., Welti, Ruth., Shah, Jyoti., (2008) , Plastid ω3‐fatty acid desaturase‐dependent accumulation of a systemic acquired resistance inducing activity in petiole exudates of Arabidopsis thaliana is independent of jasmonic acid , The Plant Journal, Wiley Online Library,54,1,106-117.
13 Makandar, Ragiba., Nalam, Vamsi., Maier, Darcy., Shah, Jyoti., (2006) , PLANT SIGNALING MECHANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH RESISTANCE/SUSCEPTIBILITY TO FUSARIUM GRAMINEARUM. , 2006 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, ,,,110.
12 Makandar, Ragiba., Essig, Juliane S., Schapaugh, Melissa A., Trick, Harold N., Shah, Jyoti., (2006) , Genetically engineered resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat by expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Am Phytopath Society,19,2,123-129.
11 Makandar- co-authored), The Rice Chromosomes 11 and 12 Sequencing Consortia** (Ragiba., (2005) , The sequence of rice chromosomes 11 and 12, rich in disease resistance genes and recent gene duplications . , BMC Biology, BioMed Central, Total citations 103 (as of 12-11-2020),3,20,1-18.
10 Ragiba, M., Prabhu, K. V., and Singh, R. B.., (2004) , Monosomic analysis of Helminthosporium leaf blight resistance genes in wheat (Triticum aestivum L. em Thell.). , Plant Breeding, Blackwell Verlag, Berlin,123,,405-409.
9 Ragiba Makandar, K.V. Prabhu and R. B. Singh., (2004) , Recessive genes controlling resistance to Helminthosporium leaf blight in synthetic hexaploid wheat. , Plant Breeding, Blackwell Verlag, Berlin,123,,389-391.
8 Liu, Zhiyong., Moore, Paul H., Ma, Hao., Ackerman, Christine M., Ragiba, Makandar., Yu, Qingyi., Pearl, Heather M., Kim, Minna S., Charlton, Joseph W., Stiles, John I., (2004) , A primitive Y chromosome in papaya marks incipient sex chromosome evolution , Nature, Nature Publishing Group,427,6972,348-352.
7 Ragiba, M., Prabhu, K.V. and Singh, R.B.., (2001) , Characterization of wheat germplasm against Helminthosporium leaf blight (HLB). , Indian Journal of Phytopathology, ,54,3,149-152.
6 Ragiba, M.., (2000) , Germination and early seedling growth of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) as affected by salinity. , Ann. of Agril. Res., ,21,2,303-304.
5 Ragiba, M. and Mishra, S.K.., (2000) , Genetics of Plant Embryogenesis - a review. , Ann. of Agril. Res, ,21,3,424-434.
4 Ragiba, M., Reddy, CR., (2000) , Heterosis and inbreeding depression in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.). , Annals of Agricultural Research, Indian Society of Agricultural Science,21,3,338-341.
3 Ragiba, M., Reddy, CR., (2000) , Combining ability in a diallel cross of sesamum (Sesamum indicum L.). , Annals of Agricultural Research, ,21,1,123-128.
2 Ragiba., Mankandar., (2000) , Genetic and molecular marker analyses for resistance against Helminthosporium leaf blight of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. em. Thell.) , Thesis, Indian Agricultural Research Institute; New Delhi,,,.
1 Ragiba, M., (1992) , Studies on Heterosis, Inbreeding Depression and Combining Ability in a Diallel Cross of Sesamum , , ANGRAU ACT: Genetics and Plant Breeding,,,.