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Dr. Sneha Yogindran
Dr. Sneha Yogindran
Assistant Professor
Department of Biotechnology, CUSAT
Email: snehayogindran@cusat.ac.in
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Dr. Sneha Yogindran is an Assistant Professor at Department of Biotechnology at Cochin University of Science and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences in 2009 and her Master’s in Biotechnology in 2011 from University of Delhi and Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi respectively. She did pre-doctoral research as Junior Research Fellow in project for developing insect resistant transgenic eggplant (2011-2013) at University of Delhi. She worked towards her doctoral Degree in Genetics with specialization in Plant Molecular Biology and
Biotechnology and earned it in 2018 from University of Delhi. After her PhD in 2018, she joined as Research Associate in School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Same year, she received the UGC-Dr D.S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2018-2021) and worked at Jawaharlal Nehru University with research focusing on plant-virus interactions.

Research Interests
1. The molecular regulation of Plant defense during biotic stresses
2. Development of bio-pesticides
3. Understanding the plant-virus counter-defense
4. Development of novel RNAi and artificial miRNA based strategies for the control of viruses and insect pests in important crop plants.

Awards & Fellowships
1. UGC- Dr. D. S. Kothari Fellowship for pursuing Post-Doctoral Research for 3 years (September, 2018)
2. DST-International travel award for attending conference and presenting work at CSHL,
USA (22nd Aug 2017-26th Aug 2017)
3. DST-INSPIRE Fellowship (IF130375) awarded by Department of Science and Technology,
Government of India for pursuing full time Ph.D. program (2013-2018)
4. Gold Medal for 1st rank in M.Sc. Biotechnology from Hamdard University, 2011
5. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research- National Eligibility Test (CSIR-NET, 2011)
(AIR-17)
6. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in Biotechnology with 89.82 percentile
(2011)
7. Ranked 4 th in B.Sc. Life Sciences in University of Delhi South Campus as per overall merit
(2009)

Publications
Research articles
1. Yogindran S, Kumar M, Sahoo L, Sanatombi K, Chakraborty S (2021) Occurrence of Cotton leaf curl Multan virus and associated betasatellites with leaf curl disease of Bhut- Jolokia chillies (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) in India. Molecular Biology Report- https://doi.org/10.1007/s11033-021-06223-1 ISSN: 1573-4978

2. Yogindran S and Rajam MV (2020) Host-derived artificial miRNA-mediated silencing of ecdysone receptor gene provides enhanced resistance to Helicoverpa armigera in tomato. Genomics 113: 736-747 ISSN: 0888-7543

3. Saifi M, Yogindran S, Nasrullah N, Nissar U, Gul I, Abdin MZ (2019) Co-expression of anti- miR319g and miRStv_11 lead to enhanced steviol glycosides content in Stevia rebaudiana. BMC Plant Biology 19:274-289 ISSN: 1471-2229

4. Yogindran S, Rajam MV (2016) Artificial miRNA-mediated silencing of ecdysone receptor (EcR) affects larval development and oogenesis in Helicoverpa armigera. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 77: 21-30. ISSN: 0965-1748.

5. Koul A, Yogindran S, Sharma D, Kaul S, Rajam MV, Dhar MK (2016) Carotenoid profiling, in silicoanalysis and transcript profiling of miRNAs targeting carotenoid biosynthetic pathway genes in different developmental tissues of tomato. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 108: 412-421. ISSN: 0981-9428 Book Chapters.

1. Yogindran S, Rajam MV (2015a) RNA interference strategy for crop protection against insect pests. In: Bt resistance, characterization and strategies for GM crops producing Baciillus thuringiensis toxins (eds Soberon M et al.), CABI Biotechnology Series 4, CAB International, Oxfordshire, pp 162-172.

2. Yogindran S, Rajam MV (2015b) RNAi for crop improvement. In: Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Volume 2: Plant Genomics and Biotechnology (eds. Bir Bahadur et al.), Springer India, New Delhi, pp 623-637.

3. Pareek M*, Yogindran S*, Mukherjee SK, Rajam MV (2015) Plant MicroRNAs: Biogenesis, Functions, and Applications. In: Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Volume

2: Plant Genomics and Biotechnology (eds. Bir Bahadur et al.), Springer India, New Delhi, pp 639-661. (* Equal contribution)

4. Rajam MV, Yogindran S (2018) Engineering insect resistance in tomato by transgenic approaches. In: Sustainable management of arthropod pests of tomato (eds Wakil W etal.), Academic Press, Elsevier, United Kingdom, pp 237-252. ISBN 9780128024416

5. Saxena S, Yogindran S, Singh CP (2021) RNAi-mediated control of lepidopteran pests of important crop plants. In: Moths and Caterpillars (ed. Dr. Vonnie D.C. Shields) IntechOpen, UK (Accepted for publication)

Review articles
1. Ramesh SV, Yogindran S, Gnanasekaran P, Chakraborty S, Winter S and Pappu HR (2021) Virus and Viroid-Derived Small RNAs as Modulators of Host Gene Expression: Molecular Insights Into Pathogenesis. Frontiers in Microbiology 11: 614231.

2. Chauhan S, Yogindran S, Rajam MV (2017) Role of miRNAs in biotic stress reactions in plants. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 22: 514-529 ISSN: 0974-0252

Editorial Article

Yogindran S*, Ghosh A*, Rajam MV (2015) Artificial miRNAs for specific gene silencing
and engineering virus resistance in plants. Cell and Developmental Biology 4:e137.
doi:10.4172/2168-9296.1000e137 (* Equal contribution)

Presentations
1. Oral presentation on “Artificial microRNA (amiRNA) mediated gene silencing for insect resistance in tomato” at XXXVI Annual Meeting and National Symposium of The Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) (PTCA-2015) from January 29-31, 2015

2. Idea presentation on “Zinc bioremediation from metal-contaminated industrial environments using plant-growth promoting Pseudomonas fluorescens strain” at ABLE- BEST INDIA 2015 conducted by DBT and ABLE from November 1-3, 2015

3. Poster presentation on “Artificial microRNA-mediated silencing of ecdysone receptor gene affects growth and development of Helicoverpa armigera” at International Plant Physiology Congress on Challenges and Strategies in Plant Biology Research ( IPPC- 2015) from December 11-14, 2015

4. Poster presentation on “Artificial microRNA-mediated silencing of ecdysone receptor gene affects growth and development of Helicoverpa armigera” at National Science Day 2016 organized by University of Delhi South Campus (Awarded 3 rd best poster)

5. Poster presentation on “Artificial microRNA-directed gene silencing approach—An effective way of generating insect resistant crop plants” at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Eukaryotic mRNA Processing Meeting, New York, USA August 22 – 26, 2017.

6. Oral presentation on “MicroRNA based gene silencing for effective control of Helicoverpa armigera” at BIOSPARKS, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India 23rd- 24th February 2018 (Awarded 2nd best oral)

7. Oral presentation on “Prospects of RNAi technology for virus management in vegetable crops” at “Emerging Challenges in Vegetable Research and Education (VEGCON-2019)”, Agriculture University, Jodhpur, India 1st -3rd February 2019.

Research Team
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