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Venkatesan Sundaresan


Plant Biology
Plant Science

2133 Life Sciences
(530) 754 9677

2137 Life Sciences
(530) 754 9852


1982 PhD Harvard University Biophysics
B.Sc. - University of Poona
M.Sc. - Indian Institute of Technology
M.S. - Carnegie Mellon University

Research Contribution to Society:

Biotechnology applied to agriculture will help farmers and people living in developing countries.

Research Interests:

Genetics and molecular biology of plant reproduction. Functional genomics in model plants- Arabidopsis and rice. Bioinformatics of small RNAs. Microbiomes and metagenomics.

For details please see the lab website at

Department and Center Affiliations:

Genome Center

Professional Societies:

American Society of Plant Biology
Genetics Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Plant Biology  

Specialties / Focus:

Model Plants

Plant Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics


Last updated 10/31/2012
Leshem Y., Johnson C.A., Wuest S.E., Song X., Ngo Q.A., Grossniklaus U., Sundaresan V. 2012. Molecular Characterization of the glauce Mutant: a Central Cell-Specific Function Is Required for Double Fertilization in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 24: 3264-3277.

Ngo QA, Baroux C, Guthörl D, Mozerov P, Collinge MA, Sundaresan V, Grossniklaus U. 2012. The Armadillo Repeat Gene ZAK IXIK Promotes Arabidopsis Early Embryo and Endosperm Development through a Distinctive Gametophytic Maternal Effect. The Plant Cell,2012 e-published doi:10.1105/tpc.112.102384

Yang S-Y, Gronlund M, Jakobsen I, Grotemeyer MS, Rentsch D, Miyao A, Hirochika H, Kumar CS, Sundaresan V, Salamin N, Catausan S, Mattes N, Heuer S, Paszkowski U. Nonredundant Regulation of Rice Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis by Two Members of the PHOSPHATE TRANSPORTER1 Gene Family. 2012, The Plant Cell, e-published doi:10.1105/tpc.112.104901.

Gutjahr C, Radovanovic D, Geoffroy J, Zhang Q, Siegler H, Chiapello M, Casieri L, An K, An G, Guiderdoni E, Kumar CS, Sundaresan V, Harrison MJ, Paszkowski U. 2011. The half-size ABC transporters STR1 and STR2 are indispensable for mycorrhizal arbuscule formation in rice. The Plant Journal 69: 906-920.

Sundaresan V., Alandete-Saez, M. 2010. Pattern formation in miniature: The female gametophyte of flowering plants. Development 137:179-189.

Pagnussat G., Alandete-Saez, M., Bowman, J., Sundaresan, V. 2009. Auxin dependent patterning and gamete specification in the Arabidopsis female gametophyte. Science 324: 1684-1689.

Johnson C., Kasprzewska A., Tennessen K., Fernandes J., Nan G., Walbot V., Sundaresan V.*, Vance V.*, Bowman L.* 2009. Clusters and Superclusters of Phased Small RNAs in the Developing Inflorescence of Rice. Genome Research 19:1429-1440.

Krishnan A, Guiderdoni E, An G, Hsing YI, Han CD, Lee MC, Yu SM, Upadhyaya N, Ramachandran S, Zhang Q, Sundaresan V, Hirochika H, Leung H, Pereira A. 2009. Mutant resources in rice for functional genomics of the grasses. Plant Physiol. 149:165-70.

Boavida LC, Shuai B, Yu HJ, Pagnussat GC, Sundaresan V, McCormick S. 2009. A Collection of Ds Insertional Mutants Associated With Defects in Male Gametophyte Development and Function in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics 181:1369-85.

Capron, A., Gourgues, M., Neiva, L.S., Faure, J.E., Berger, F., Pagnussat, G., Krishnan, A., Alvarez-Meija, C., Vielle-Calzada, J.-P., Lee, Y.-R., Liu, B., Sundaresan, V. 2008. Maternal control of male-gamete delivery in Arabidopsis involves a putative GPI-anchored protein encoded by the LORELEI gene. The Plant Cell, 20: 3038–3049.

Meyers BC, Matzke M, Sundaresan V. 2008. The RNA world is alive and well. Trends in Plant Sciences, 13:311-3.

Chen, Z., Tan, J., Inguoff, M., Sundaresan, V. , Berger, F. 2008. The Chromatin Assembly Factor 1 regulates the cell cycle but not the cell fate during male gametogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Development, 135:65-73.

Qu, S., Desai, A., Wing, R.A., Sundaresan, V. 2008. A Versatile Transposon-Based Activation Tag Vector System for Functional Genomics in Cereals and Other Monocot Plants. Plant Physiology, 146:189-99.

Dewitte, W., Scofield, S., Alcasabas, A.A., Maughan, S.C., Menges, M., Braun, N., Collins, C., Nieuwland, J., Prinsen, E., Sundaresan, V., Murray, J.A.H. 2007. Arabidopsis CYCD3 D-type cyclins link cell proliferation and endocycles and are rate-limiting for cytokinin responses Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104:14537-14542.

Griffith, M.E., Mayer, U., Capron, A., Ngo, Q., Surendrarao A., McClinton, R., Jurgens, G., Sundaresan, V. 2007. The TORMOZ gene encodes a nucleolar protein required for regulated division planes and embryo development in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 19: 2246-2263.

Johnson, C., Bowman, L., Adai, A., Vance, V., Sundaresan, V. 2006. CSRDB: a small RNA integrated database and browser resource for cereals. Nucleic Acids Res. 35: D829-D833.

Johnson, C., Sundaresan, V. 2007. Regulatory small RNAs in plants. In Plant Systems Biology Birkhauser, Springer-Verlag, Switzerland. pp. 99-113.

Ngo, Q.A., Moore, J.M., Baskar R., Grossniklaus, U., and Sundaresan, V. 2007. The Arabidopsis glauce mutant reveals a novel regulatory function of the female gametophyte in autonomous endosperm development and expression of paternal alleles during early embryogenesis. Development, 134: 4107-4117.

Pagnussat, G., Yu, H.-J., Sundaresan, V. 2007. Cell-fate switch of synergid to egg cell in Arabidopsis eostre mutant embryo sacs arises from mis-expression of the BEL1-Like Homeodomain gene BLH1. The Plant Cell, 19:3578-92.

Laboratory Personnel:

Life Sciences Addition 2137, 2141
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Teaching Interests:

Genetics, molecular biology, development, genomics of model plants http://www-plb.ucdavis.edu/Labs/sundar/members.html


GGG 201A Transmission Genetics
PLB 112 Plant Growth and Development Winter
MCB 160L Principles of Genetics Laboratory Fall

Personal Interests:

Music: Jazz and Indian classical