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Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar


Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1993

Current position

Professor, Department of Plant Biology and UC Davis Genome Center, University of California, Davis


  1. Padmanabhan, M. S. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2014). The conformational and subcellular compartmental dance of plant NLRs during viral recognition and defense signaling. Curr Opin Microbiol 20C: 55-61.
  2. Park, E., Woo, J. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2014). Arabidopsis ATG4 cysteine proteases specificity toward ATG8 substrates. Autophagy 10(5): 926-927.
  3. Woo, J., Park, E. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2014). Differential processing of Arabidopsis ubiquitin-like Atg8 autophagy proteins by Atg4 cysteine proteases. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(2): 863-868.
  4. Ma, S., Shah, S., Bohnert, H. J., Snyder, M. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2013). Incorporating motif analysis into gene co-expression networks reveals novel modular expression pattern and new signaling pathways. PLoS Genet 9(10): e1003840.
  5. Padmanabhan, M. S., Ma, S., Burch-Smith, T. M., Czymmek, K., Huijser, P. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2013). Novel positive regulatory role for the SPL6 transcription factor in the N TIR-NB-LRR receptor-mediated plant innate immunity. PLoS Pathog 9(3): e1003235.
  6. Ma, S., Bachan, S., Porto, M., Bohnert, H. J., Snyder, M. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2012). Discovery of stress responsive DNA regulatory motifs in Arabidopsis. PLoS One 7(8): e43198.
  7. Hayward, A. P. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2011). What can plant autophagy do for an innate immune response? Annu Rev Phytopathol 49: 557-576.
  8. Lee, H. Y., Bowen, C. H., Popescu, G. V., Kang, H.-G., Kato, N., Ma, S., Dinesh-Kumar, S., Snyder, M. and Popescu, S. C. (2011). Arabidopsis RTNLB1 and RTNLB2 reticulon-like proteins regulate intracellular trafficking and activity of the FLS2 immune receptor. The Plant Cell Online 23(9): 3374-3391.
  9. Zhu, X., Caplan, J., Mamillapalli, P., Czymmek, K. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2010). Function of endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase in innate immunity-mediated programmed cell death. EMBO J 29(5): 1007-1018.
  10. Padmanabhan, M. S. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2010). All hands on deck-the role of chloroplasts, endoplasmic reticulum, and the nucleus in driving plant innate immunity. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 23(11): 1368-1380.
  11. Zhu, X., Pattathil, S., Mazumder, K., Brehm, A., Hahn, M. G., Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. and Joshi, C. P. (2010). Virus-induced gene silencing offers a functional genomics platform for studying plant cell wall formation. Mol Plant 3(5): 818-833.
  12. Caplan, J. L.*, Zhu, X.*, Mamillapalli, P., Marathe, R., Anandalakshmi, R. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2009). Induced ER chaperones regulate a receptor-like kinase to mediate antiviral innate immune response in plants. Cell Host Microbe 6(5): 457-469
  13. Popescu, S. C., Popescu, G. V., Bachan, S., Zhang, Z., Gerstein, M., Snyder, M. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2009). MAPK target networks in Arabidopsis thaliana revealed using functional protein microarrays. Genes Dev 23(1): 80-92.
  14. Caplan, J. L., Mamillapalli, P., Burch-Smith, T. M., Czymmek, K. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2008). Chloroplastic protein NRIP1 mediates innate immune receptor recognition of a viral effector. Cell 132(3): 449-462.
  15. Caplan, J., Padmanabhan, M. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2008). Plant NB-LRR immune receptors: from recognition to transcriptional reprogramming. Cell Host Microbe 3(3): 126-135.
  16. Patel, S. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2008). Arabidopsis ATG6 is required to limit the pathogen-associated cell death response. Autophagy 4(1): 20-27.
  17. Burch-Smith, T. M., Schiff, M., Caplan, J. L., Tsao, J., Czymmek, K. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2007). A novel role for the TIR domain in association with pathogen-derived elicitors. PLoS biology 5(3): e68.
  18. *Burch-Smith, T. M., *Schiff, M., *Liu, Y. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2006). Efficient virus-induced gene silencing in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 142(1): 21-27.
  19. Liu, Y., Schiff, M., Czymmek, K., Talloczy, Z., Levine, B. and Dinesh-Kumar, S. P. (2005). Autophagy regulates programmed cell death during the plant innate immune response. Cell 121(4): 567-577.
    *Contributed equally
Protocols by Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar
  1. SGR-based Reporter to Assay Plant Transcription Factor-promoter Interactions