Faculty Details

Faculty Details

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




  Dept. of Plant Sciences

  F-66, School of Life Sciences,

  University of Hyderabad

  Prof. C. R. Rao Road, Gachibowli,


  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





Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT)     Identification and characterization of Pathogen Associated Molecular

Patterns (PAMPs) and candidate effector genes in Powdery mildew fungus (Erysiphe pisi) through transcriptome profiling


Dept. of Science and Tech (DST) Identification and molecular tagging of virulence and pathogenesis

genes of powdery mildew fungus (Erysiphe pisi) using genomic tools


ICAR (NFBSFARA), New Delhi     Deciphering molecular mechanism of induction of biotic stress tolerance

by Trichoderma spp. in castor (Ricinus communis L.)


UPE Phase II, UOH                     Physicochemical detection of bio-molecules in Erysiphe pisi with potent

immune responses using molecular and computational studies

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28 Bhosle S.M., Marathe N., and Makandar R (2020) , Biological Host Response: A Paradigm and Strategy to Overcome Biotic Stress Caused by Powdery Mildew Causal Agents in Plants. In: Rakshit A., Singh H., Singh A., Singh U., Fraceto L. (eds) New A1: AJ22 , Frontiers in Stress Management for Durable Agriculture, Springer Nature Singapore,,,289 – 426.
27 Sheetal M. Bhosle, Nitinkumar Marathe, Malathi Bheri and Ragiba Makandar (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,136,103680,1–11.
26 Ragiba Makandar, Vamsi J. Nalam, Zulkarnain Chowdhury, Sujon Sarowar, Guy Klossner, Hyeonju Lee, Dehlia Burdan,Harold N. Trick, Enrico Gobbato, Jane E. Parker and Jyoti Shah (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, APS Publications;doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-04-15-0079-R,28,8,943–53.
25 Vamsi J. Nalam, Syeda Alam, Jantana Keereetaweep, Barney Venables, Dehlia Burdan, Hyeonju Lee, Harold N Trick, Sujon Sarowar, Ragiba Makandar and Jyoti Shah (2015) , Facilitation of Fusarium graminearum Infection by 9-lipoxygenases in Arabidopsis and Wheat , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, APS Publications,28,10,1142–1152.
24 Makandar, R, Nalam V J, Lee, H, Trick, H N, Dong, Y and Jyoti Shah (2012) , Salicylic Acid Regulates Basal Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, APS Publications; http://www.apsnet.org/publications/mpmi/2012/March/Pages/25_3_431.aspx,25,3,431– 439.
23 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 , Proceedings of the National Symposium held at Institute of Biotechnology, ANGRAU, Hyderabad from February 25-27, 2010,,,195–201.
22 Ratnesh Chaturvedi*, Kartikeya Krothapalli*, Ragiba Makandar, Ashis Nandi, Alexis A. Sparks, Mary R. Roth, Ruth Welti and Jyoti Shah (2008) , Genetic and biochemical approaches to identify the phloem-mobile signal in systemic acquired resistance , Plant Journal, Wiley Publishers; *Equal contribution. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-313X.2007.03400.x,54,1,106–117.
21 Ragiba Makandar, Harold Trick, Julian S. Essig, Melissa A. Schapaugh and Jyoti Shah (2006) , Genetically engineered resistance to Fusarium leaf blight in wheat by expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 gene , Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, APS Publications; http://www.apsnet.org/mpmi/ toc/2006/mfe06tp.htm,19,123–129,2.
20 Zhiyong Liu, Paul H. Moore, Hao Ma, Ragiba Makandar, Qingyi Yu Heather M. Pearl, Minna S. Kim, Joseph W. Charlton, John I. Stiles, Francis T. Zee, Andrew H. Paterson and Ray Ming (2004) , A Primitive Y chromosome in Papaya Marks the Beginning of Sex Chromosome Evolution , Nature, Nature Research Publishers, 427 ,6972,389–426.
19 Sheetal M. Bhosle, Nitinkumar Marathe and Ragiba Makandar. 2019. The er2 gene resistance against powdery mildew infection is associated with enhanced antioxidative protection and defense gene expression. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology,106: 253-262. (1977) , , , ,,,.
18 M Bheri, SM Bhosle, R Makandar. 2019. Shotgun proteomics provides an insight into pathogenesis-related proteins using anamorphic stage of the biotroph, Erysiphe pisi pathogen of garden pea. Microbiological Research 222: 25-34. (1977) , , , ,,,.
17 S Sarowar, ST Alam, R Makandar, H Lee, HN Trick, Y Dong, J Shah. 2018. Targeting the pattern?triggered immunity pathway for enhancing resistance to Fusarium graminearum. Molecular Plant Pathology, 20 (5): 626-640. 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12781 (1977) , , , ,,,.
16 Pamei, I and Ragiba Makandar. 2016. Association of 16SrII-D phytoplasma with phyllody disease in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) in Telangana from Southern India. Plant Disease. 100 (8): 1774. (1977) , , , ,,,.
15 Malathi, B, Fareeda, G and Ragiba Makandar. 2015. Assessing host specialization of Erysiphe pisi on garden pea germplasm through genotypic and phenotypic characterization. Euphytica. 212 :1-14. (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10681-015-1511-3 (1977) , , , ,,,.
14 Makandar, R. 2015. A book chapter under Plant Pathology section. 2014. e-Pathashala of UGC/ MHRD: Biochemical and Physiological changes in plants in response to pathogens. 1-22. (1977) , , , ,,,.
13 Makandar, R. 2015. A book chapter under Host-Pathogen Interaction. e-Pathashala of UGC/ MHRD: Pathogenesis and virulence of fungal pathogens infecting plants. 1-17. (1977) , , , ,,,.
12 Makandar, R, Nalam, V, Chaturvedi, R, Jeannotte, R, Sparks, A. A and Shah, J. 2010. Involvement of Salicylate and Jasmonate Signaling Pathways in Arabidopsis Interaction with Fusarium graminearum. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interactions 23 (7):861-70. (1977) , , , ,,,.
11 Makandar, R and Prabhu, K. V. 2009. Identification of RAPD markers associated with HLB disease resistance in wheat. Indian J. of Genetics, 69 (3): 1-7. (1977) , , , ,,,.
10 Makandar, R and Prabhu, K. V. 2009. Inheritance of resistance to spot blotch in wheat. Indian J. of Genetics, 69 (3): 8-12. (1977) , , , ,,,.
9 The Rice Chromosomes 11 and 12 Sequencing Consortia (M. Ragiba as one of the authors). 2005. The sequence of rice chromosomes 11 and 12, rich in disease resistance genes and recent gene duplications. BMC Biology, 3:20, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7007/3/20 (1977) , , , ,,,.
8 Ragiba, M., Prabhu, K.V. and Singh, R.B. 2004. Recessive genes controlling resistance to Helminthosporium leaf blight in synthetic hexaploid wheat. Plant Breeding, 123 (4): 389 http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/pbr/123/4 (1977) , , , ,,,.
7 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, 123: 405-409 http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/pbr/123/5 (1977) , , , ,,,.
6 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. (1977) , , , ,,,.
5 Ragiba, M. (2000). Germination and early seedling growth of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) as affected by salinity. Ann. of Agricultural. Res. 21 (2): 303-304. (1977) , , , ,,,.
4 Ragiba, M. and Mishra, S.K. (2000). Genetics of Plant Embryogenesis - a review. Ann. of Agricultural. Res. 21 (3): 424-434. (1977) , , , ,,,.
3 Ragiba. M and Raja Reddy, C. (2000). Combining ability in diallel cross of Sesamum (Sesamum indicum L.). Ann. of Agricultural. Res. 21 (1): 123-128. (1977) , , , ,,,.
2 Ragiba, M. and Raja Reddy, C. (2000). Heterosis and inbreeding depression in Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.). Ann. of Agricultural. Res. 21 (3): 338-341. (1977) , , , ,,,.
1 Ragiba, M. and Mishra, S.K. (2000). Genetic control of Morphogenesis and patterning during root development. Ann. of Agricultural. Res. 21 (4): 1-12. (1977) , , , ,,,.