Bidisha Paul

Year of selection 2016
Cohort 3

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Phone number

 (+91) 9674394770

Home Institute

Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal, India

Host Institute

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Lab, Institute, Country  
Name of Researcher/Supervisor Prof. Tamas Dalmay
Duration of working period

1st Dec 2016 to 14th July 2017

Title and Brief report of the work (max 300 words)

The role of tomato RNA Dependant RNA Polymerase- 6 in Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) and D satellite RNA induced plant lethality. My research addressed the question which has enthralled scientists for decades: what makes the non-coding D sat RNA to cause cell death in tomato? We found that, despite accumulating a significant amount of small RNA (which is indicative of strong susceptibility to CMV infection), rdr6 mutant tomato prevents cell death caused by D sat RNA while all other tomato cultivars failed. We also found that both wild type plants and rdr6 mutant tomato completely evade cell death when infected with a mutant D sat RNA having a variation in 3 nucleotides near the 3' end.

List of publications with impact factor, presentation of the research work in conferences/ seminars /workshops


Present position PhD student in Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, USA

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