Abhaya M. Dandekar

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Plant Sciences

Offices and Labs

152 Robbins Hall


1982 Post Doc Molecular Biology National Institutes of Health
1979 PhD Microbiology University of Baroda
1974 MS Microbiology University of Baroda, India

Research Contribution

To improve the health, quality and productivity of tree fruit and nut crops

Research Interests

Molecular, biochemical and genomic dissection of tree fruit traits

I am particularly fascinated by the biochemical/physiological manifestation of phenotypic traits. My lab is interested in understanding the relationship between specific traits and genes and is also interested in defining the system by understanding the functional relationships between traits in a genomics and whole plant context. We are also interested in developing technology and tools to enable trait specific diagnostics and to improve protein and/or gene based therapies.

Department and Center Affiliations

Faculty Director – UC Davis Plant Transformation Facility
Co-PI – NSF-CREATE-IGERT Training Grant

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Plant Biology
Integrated Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group

Teaching Interests

Plant molecular biology, genomics and biotechnology.


BIT 160 Principles of Plant Biotechnology (Winter)
BIT 001 Introduction to Biotechnology (Spring)
PLS 298 Transgenic plant and in vitro plant-based expression systems (Spring)


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  • Escobar, M.A., E.L. Civerolo, K.R. Summerfelt and A.M. Dandekar. 2001. RNAi-mediated oncogene silencing confers resistance to crown gall tumorigenesis. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 98: 13437-13442.
  • Koichiro Ushijima, K., H. Sassa, A.M. Dandekar, T.M. Gradziel, R. Tao, and H. Hirano. 2003. Structural and transcriptional analysis of self-incompatibility (S) locus of almond (Prunus dulcis): identification of a pollen-expressed F-box gene with haplotype-specific polymorphism. Plant Cell 15(3): 771-781.
  • Dandekar, A.M., G. Teo, B.G. Defilippi, S.L. Uratsu, A.J. Passey, A.A. Kader, J. R. Stow, R.J. Colgan and D.J. James. 2004. Effect of down-regulation of ethylene biosynthesis on fruit flavor complex in apple fruit. Transgenic Res. 13: 373-384.
  • Aguero, C.B., Uratsu, S.L., Greve, L.C., Powell, A.L.T., Labavitch, J.M., Meredith, C.P. and Dandekar, A.M. 2005. Evaluation of tolerance to Pierce’s Disease and Botrytis in transgenic plants of Vitis vinifera L. Expressing the Pear PGIP gene. Molecular Plant Pathology 6(1) 43-51.
  • Barckley, K.K., S.L. Uratsu, T.M. Gradziel and A.M. Dandekar. 2006. Multidimensional Analysis of S-alleles from Cross-Incompatible Groups of California Almond Cultivars. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131: 632-636.
  • Sudarshana, M.R., M.A Plesha, S.L. Uratsu, B.W. Falk, A.M. Dandekar, T-K. Huang and K.A. McDonald. 2006. A chemically inducible cucumber mosaic virus amplicon system for expression of heterologous proteins in plant tissues. Plant Biotechnology J. 4: 551-559.
  • Goudeau, D., S.L. Uratsu, K. Inoue, F.Goes daSilva, A. Leslie, D. Cook, R.L. Reagan and A.M. Dandekar.2008. Tuning the orchestra: selective gene regulation and orange fruit quality. Plant Science 174: 310-320.
  • Martinelli, F., S.L. Uratsu, R.L. Reagan, Y. Chen, D. Tricoli, O. Fiehn, D.M. Rocke, C.S. Gasser and A.M. Dandekar. 2009. Gene regulation in parthenocarpic tomato fruit. J. Exptl. Bot. 60(13): 3873-3890.
  • Kumar, P., S.Uratsu, A. Dandekar and B. Falk. 2009. Tomato bushy stunt virus recombination guided by introduced miRNA target sequences. J. Virol. 83 (20): 10472-10479.
  • Muir, R.M., A.M. Ibanez, S.L. Uratsu, E.S. Ingham, C.A. Leslie, G.H. McGranahan, N. Batra, S. Goyal., J. Joseph., E.D. Jemmis and A.M. Dandekar 2011. Mechanism of gallic acid biosynthesis in bacteria (E.coli) and walnut (J.regia). Plant Mol. Biol. 75: 555-565.
  • Akagi, A., A. Dandekar and H. Stotz. 2011. Resistance of Malus domestica fruits to Botrytis cinerea depends on endogenous ethylene biosynthesis. Phytopathol. 101 (11): 1311-1321.
  • Wu, J., Y.Q. Gu. Y. Hu, F.M. You, A.M. Dandekar, C.A. Leslie, M. Aradhaya, J. Dvorak and M-C. Luo. 2012. Characterizing the walnut genome through analysis of BAC end sequences. Plant Mol. Biol. 78: 95-107.
  • Dandekar, A.M., H. Gouran, A.M. Ibanez, S.L. Uratsu, C.B. Aguero, S.McFarland, Y. Borhani, P.A. Fieldstein, G.E. Bruening, R. Nascimento, L. Goulart, P.E. Pardington, A. Choudhary, M. Norvell, R. Civerolo and Goutam Gupta. 2012. An engineered innate immune defense protects grapevines from Pierce’s Disease. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 109(10): 3721-3725.
  • Martinelli, F., S.L. Uratsu, U. Albrecht, R.L. Reagan, M.L. Phu, M. Britton, V. Buffalo, J. Fass, E. Leicht, W. Zhao, D. Lin, R.D. D’Souza, C.E. Davis, K.D. Bowman and A.M. Dandekar. 2011. Transcriptome profiling of citrus fruit response to huanglongbing disease. PLoS ONE 7(5): e38039. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038039.
  • You, F.M., K.R. Deal, J. Wang, M.T. Britton, J.N. Fass, D. Lin, A. Dandekar, C.A. Leslie, M. Aradhya, M-C. Luo and J. Dvorak. 2012. Genome-wide SNP discovery in walnut with an AGSNP pipeline updated for SNP discovery in allogamous organisms. BMC Genomics 13: 354 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-354.
  • Martinelli, F., R.L. Reagan, S.L. Uratsu, M.L. Phu, U. Albrecht, W. Zhao, C.E. Davis, K.D. Bowman and A.M. Dandekar. 2013. Gene regulatory networks elucidating Huanglongbing disease mechanisms. PLoS ONE Sep 25;8(9):e74256. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074256.
  • Walawage, S.L., M.T. Britton, C.A. Leslie, S.L. Uratsu, Y-Y. Li and A.M. Dandekar. 2013. Stacking Resistance to Crown Gall and Nematodes in Walnut Rootstocks. BMC Genomics 14(1): 668-681.
  • Chakraborty S., R. Minda, L. Salaye, A.M. Dandekar, S.K. Bhattacharjee and B.J. Rao. 2013. Promiscuity-based enzyme selection for rational directed evolution experiments. In, J. Samuelson (ed.), “Enzyme Engineering: Methods and Protocols”. Pub: Springer New York. Methods in Molecular Biology. 978: 205-216.