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Sandeep Marla

Post-doctoral Research Associate: Sorghum Genetics and Genomics

Address               3718 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center
                             1712 Claflin Road
                             Kansas State University
                             Manhattan, KS  66506-0110                 

Phone                  (001) 334-703-3197


Area of Specialization   Host-Pathogen Interactions, Molecular Genetics, Map-based cloning of genes underlying                                                 different biotic and abiotic stress, and Functional Genomics
                                         Sorghum Genetics and Genomics


2009 - 2014. Ph.D. Plant Pathology. Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A.

2006 - 2008. M.S. Plant Pathology. Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, U.S.A.

2000 - 2005. B.Sc (Ag). Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India

Research experience

2014 – Present. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sorghum Genetics and Genomics, Kansas State University, KS
Project title: Improved Genomic Mapping and Marker-Assisted Selection for Chilling Tolerance in Grain Sorghum

2009 - 2014. Doctoral research in Dr. Gurmukh Johal’s lab, Purdue University, IN

Dissertation title: Characterization of Adult Plant Resistance in the Maize–Cochliobolus carbonum race 1 Pathosystem Revealed a Close Connection between Plant Immunity and Metabolism

2006 - 2008. M.S. thesis research in Dr. Robin Huettel’s lab at Auburn University, AL

Thesis title: The effect of cover crops on suppression of nematodes on peanuts and cotton in Alabama  

2004 - 2005. Undergraduate research internship at Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University agricultural research station in Hyderabad, India


Olukolu BA, Wang GF, Vontimitta V, Venkata BP, Marla S, Ji J, Gachomo E, Chu K, Negeri A, Benson J, Nelson R, Bradbury P, Nielsen D, Holland JB, Balint-Kurti PJ, and Johal, G. Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Specific Biochemical Pathways Controlling the Maize Hypersensitive Defense Response. PLOS Genetics, 2014

Olukolu BA, Negeri A, Dhawan R, Venkata BP, Sharma P, Garg A, Gachomo E, Marla S, Chu K, Hasan A, Ji J, Chintamanani S, Green J, Shyu CR, Wisser R, Holland J, Johal G, Balint-Kurti P.  A connected set of genes associated with programmed cell death implicated in controlling the hypersensitive response in maize. Genetics 2013, 193(2)

S. R. Marla, R. Huettel, and J. Mosjidis. Evaluation of Crotalaria juncea populations as a summer cover crop to manage Meloidogyne incognita and Rotylenchulus reniformis. Nematropica, December 2008