KS RAJENDRAN

Dept.of Plant Pathology

PS-201F, Plant Sciences Bldg,

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY- 40546

Phone: 859-323-9695 (R)   859-257-7445 X:80778 (Lab)

Fax: 859-323-1961     E-Mail: ksraje2@uky.edu

 

 
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

 

      Ph. D. 1999 present. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA.

      M S.  1996     Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India.

 

EXPERIENCE

 

  Research

 

      Ph.D. candidate (1999-present): investigating the functions of replicase proteins of positive stranded RNA viruses and their role in viral RNA replication. Expressed and purified replicase proteins of two model RNA viruses in E.coli and characterized their replicase activities in vitro. Also studied the RNA and protein binding activities of the replicase proteins and their role in viral RNA replication. Expertise in RNA-protein interactions methods such as gel shift assay, northwestern assay, Biosenosr analysis (Biacore Inc), in protein-protein interactions methods such as Yeast Two Hybrid analysis, GST-pull down assay and in in vitro RNA depoendent RNA polymerase assays.

 

      Scientist (1997-1999) at The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Calicut, India. Established viral etiology of an unknown disease on Black pepper and played a major role in establishing a new molecular biology lab for microbiological research.

 

      Junior Research Fellow (1994-1997), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Worked for M.S dissertation titled " Investigation on Coleus viroid(s) in India". Established for the first time the presence of viroids in commercial cultivars of coleus sp in India through Nucleic acid spot hybridization, PCR and northern blot analysis.

 

Teaching  

 

      Adjunct Lecturer (1997-1999): taught plant virology and basic molecular techniques used in virus research for the course "Plant Molecular Biology" in post graduate school at Calicut University, Kerala, India.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

      Rajendran, K. S. and Nagy, P. D. 2004. Interactions between the replicase proteins of tomato bushy stunt virus in vitro and in vivo. Submitted.

 

      Rajendran, K. S. and Nagy, P. D. 2003.Characterization of the RNA-binding domains in the replicase proteins of tomato bushy stunt virus. J Virol. 77 (17). 9244-58. [PDF]

 

      Rajendran K.S., Pogany, J and Nagy PD. 2002. Comparison of Turnip Crinkle Virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase preparations expressed in Escherichia coli or derived from infected plants. Journal of Virology. 74(4). 1707-1717. [PDF]

 

      Ramachandran, P and Rajendran KS. 1997. Viroid research in India. In Fifty years of Plant Pathology in India. Ed. J. P. Verma, ICAR Publications, New Delhi, India.
 
PROFESSONAL PRESENTATIONS

 

      Rajendran K.S and Nagy P. D (2003). Interactions between replicase proteins of tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV). 22nd Annual meeting of American Society for Virology, July 12-16, University of California, Davis, USA.

 

      Rajendran K.S and Nagy P. D (2002). Characterization of functional domains of tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) replicase proteins. 21st Annual meeting of American Society for Virology, July 20-24, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky, USA.

 

      Rajendran K.S and Nagy P. D (2002). Characterization of functional domains of tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) replicase proteins. International Congress of Virology, July 27-August 4,Paris, France.

 

      Rajendran K. S and Nagy P. D (2001). RNA binding properties of tombusvirus replicase proteins. 20th Annual meeting of American Society for Virology, July 21-25, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND MERITS

 

      2002-03 University of Kentucky Dissertation Year Fellowships

 

      2000-02 Research Challenge Trust Fund fellowship, University of Kentucky

 

      1996 Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Senior Research Fellowship (SRF)

 

      1996 Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) SRF for pursuing Ph.D. at IARI

 

      1994 ICAR Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)

 

 

Awards and Grants

 

      2003-04 Visiting Distinguished Faculty Award

 

      2002-03 Commonwealth Research Award, University of Kentucky

 

      2002-03 Student travel grant award, University of Kentucky

 

      2002-03 Student travel award from American Society for Virology

 

      2002-03 University of Kentucky Dissertation Enhancement Award

 

      2001 Student travel grant award, University of Kentucky

 

      2001 Student travel award from American Society for Virology

 

      1997 Selected for ARS Agricultural Research Service under ICAR, Govt. of India

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

 

      American society for Virology 2001-2004

 

      RNA society 2000, 2001

 

 

REFERENCES

 

      Dr. Peter D. Nagy

            Associate Professor

            PS F201, Plant Sciences Bldg

            Dept. of Plant Pathology

            University of Kentucky

            Lexington, Ky 40546

            E-mail: pdnagy2@uky.edu