Dr. Pritha Kundu

Dr. Pritha Kundu
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Molecular Plant-Insect Interactions


Postdoc Profile


Pritha Kundu joined the Plant-Insect Interactions Lab lead by Dr. Joe Louis for her second Postdoctoral research experience from NIPGR, India in mid-March, 2022. 


  • PhD in Biological Sciences from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata


1.Kundu P* and Sahu R (2021). GIGANTEA confers susceptibility to plants during spot blotch attack by regulating salicylic acid signalling pathway. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, ISSN 0981-9428, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2021.02.006.
2.Sahu R#, Narayanaswami P#, Kundu P#, Kumar A* (2021). Differential Response of Phytohormone Signalling Network Determines Nonhost Resistance in Rice during Wheat Stem Rust (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici) Colonization. Plant Pathology. ISSN 1365-3059.
3.Sahu R* , Kundu P, Sethi A (2021). In vitro antioxidant activity and enzyme inhibition properties of wheat whole grain, bran and flour defatted with hexane and supercritical fluid extraction. LWT- Food Science and Technology. ISSN 0023-6438.
4.Kundu A, Mishra S, Kundu P, Jogawat A and Vadassery J* (2021). Piriformospora indica employs host’s putrescine for growth promotion in plants. Plant Physiology. ISSN 0032-0889. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.01.19.427242
5.Aich S, Singh RK#, Kundu P#, Pandey SP, Datta S* (2017). Genome-wide characterization of cellulases from the hemi-biotrophic plant pathogen, Bipolaris sorokiniana, reveals presence of a highly stable GH7 endoglucanase. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10:135. ISSN 1754-6834
6.Sahu R, Kundu P, Sharaff M, Pradhan M, Sethi A, Mishra VK, Chand R, Joshi AK, Kumar A, Pandey SP* (2016). Understanding the defense-related mechanism during the wheat's interaction with fungal pathogens. Indian Phytopathology, 69 (3): 260-265. ISSN 0367 973X
7.Kundu P and Vadassery J* (2021). Role of WRKY transcription factors in plant defense against lepidopteran insect herbivores: An Overview. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Awards and Honors

•Post-doctoral fellowship from National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India during research in the field of Plant Calcium Insect signaling at NIPGR- Feb 2020.
•Research Associateship from CIMMYT and Max Planck Germany-DST India Partner Group during scientific collaborative trip to MPICE, Jena in June, 2017
•Research fellowship from MHRD (Govt. of India) during PhD in the area of Plant pathology at IISER Kolkata from January, 2015 – January, 2019.
•Best poster award at 6th International Conference on Plant, Pathogens and People - Feb 2016 at IARI, New Delhi, India.
•Qualified Joint CSIR-National Eligibility Test (NET)-Lectureship, June – 2014 in Lifesciences with Rank LS-46
•Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), February – 2014 in Lifesciences with Rank 258
•Achieved 1st class 4th rank in M.Sc. (Botany) at University Level (Calcutta University) in June 2014.


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