Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center

Dr. Indu Maiti
Plant Genetic Engineering Services

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Dr. Maiti is a plant molecular biologist experienced in biotechnology and plant genetic engineering. Dr. Maiti received a Ph.D. and M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Calcutta, as well as B.S. in physics and mathematics (honors in chemistry). He has more than 34 years of research experience. His research during the last twelve years has resulted in seven U.S. patent applications (six issued and one pending at this time). These inventions of plant genetic engineering tools are being licensed to agricultural biotechnology companies, and will have future commercial value.

Dr. Maiti manages the Plant Genetic Engineering Services group at KTRDC, which is responsible for designing and testing vectors and genetic elements useful for enhanced expression of single and multiple genes in plants. The group also develops transgenic plants for collaborators who wish to test the efficacy of novel genes in the plant environment. Dr. Maiti's group is currently working with genes for
insect-, herbicide-, and disease-resistance.


US Patent Number 5,850,019

US Patent Number 5,994,521

US Patent Number 6,337,432

US Patent Number 6,420,547

US Patent Number 6,930,182 B1

US Patent Number 7,052,905 B1


Related Publications:

Plant peptide deformylase: a novel selectable marker and herbicide target based on essential cotranslational chloroplast protein processing

Isolation of full-length transcript promoter from the Strawberry vein banding virus (SVBV) and expression analysis by protoplasts transient assays and in transgenic plants

Intron-mediated enhancement of gene expression in transgenic plants using chimeric constructs composed of the Peanut chlorotic streak virus (PCISV) promoter-leader and the antisense orientation of PCISV ORF VII (p7R)

Promoter/leader deletion analysis and plant expression vectors with the figwort mosaic virus (FMV) full length transcript (FLt) promoter containing single or double enhancer domains

Isolation and Expression Analysis of Peanut Chlorotic Streak Caulimovirus (PCISV) Full-Length Transcript (FLt) Promoter in Transgenic Plants

Further Characterization and Expression Analysis of Mirabilis Mosiac Caulimovirus (MMV) Full-Length Transcript Promoter with Single and Double Enhancer Domains in Transgenic Plants

Structure and promoter/leader deletion analysis of mirabilis mosiac virus (MMV) full-length transcript promoter in transgenic plants

Analysis of cis-sequence of subgenomic transcript promoter from Figwort mosiac virus and comparison of promoter activity with the cauliflower mosaic virus promoters in monocot and dicot cells

Promoter Deletion and Comparative Expression Analysis of the Mirabilis mosaic caulimovirus (MMV) Sub-genomic Transcript (Sgt) Promoter in Transgenic Plants

KTRDC-developed genetic promoters for use in plant genetic engineering





Picture of lab slide showing gene expression system.
Gene Expression System: Histochemical localization of GUS activity in engineered tobacco plants and tissues (A, leaf-section; B, roots; C & D, stem-section; V, vascular tissues).

Dr. Indu Maiti pictured examining engineered plant.
Dr. Maiti analyzes an
engineered tobacco plant.

Dr. Sitakanta Pattanaik performs tissue culture in laboratory.
Dr. Sitakanta Pattanaik performs tissue culture to engineer tobacco.

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