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


Fanna Maina, Sophie Bouchet , Sandeep R. Marla , Zhenbin Hu , Jianan Wang , Aissata Mamadou , Magagi Abdou, Abdoul-Aziz Saïdou, Geoffrey P. Morris. Population genomics of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) across diverse agroclimatic zones of Niger. Genome 2018

Sandeep R. Marla, Sunitha Shiva, Ruth Welti, Sanzhen Liu, John Burke, and Geoffrey P. Morris. Comparative transcriptome and lipidome analyses reveal molecular chilling responses in chilling-tolerant sorghums. The Plant Genome 2017

Sophie Bouchet, Marcus O. Olatoye, Sandeep R. Marla, Ramasamy Perumal, Tesfaye Tesso, Jianming Yu, Mitch Tuinstra, and Geoffrey P. Morris. Increased Power to Dissect Adaptive Traits in Global Sorghum Diversity using a Nested Association Mapping Population. Genetics 2017

Junping Chen, Ratan Chopra, Chad Hayes, Geoffrey Morris, Sandeep Marla, John Burke, Zhanguo Xin, and Gloria Burow. Genome-Wide Association Study of Developing Leaves’ Heat Tolerance during Vegetative Growth Stages in a Sorghum Association Panel. The Plant Genome 2017

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