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Ramesh Raina

Ramesh Raina

Professor, Biology and Department Chair
Department of Biology

110 Life Sciences Complex

Research Interests

Epigenetic mechanisms regulating plant defense against pathogens and plant development.


  • Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University (1991)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Institute of Washington (1992-1995)


  • BIO 400/600 Modern Concepts in Biology
  • BIO 462 Molecular Genetics
  • BIO 465/665 Molecular Biology Lab
  • BIO 787 Functional Genomics

Interdisciplinary Programs

Structural Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics Program

Member of the Core Faculty of the Renée Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University

Selected Publications

  • Twyford AD, Caola AM, Choudhary P, Raina R, Friedman J (2018) Loss of color pigmentation is maintained at high frequency in a monkey flower population. The American Naturalist 191: 135-145.
  • Dutta, A., Choudhary, P., Caruana, J. C. and Raina, R. (2017) JMJ27, an Arabidopsis H3K9 histone demethylase, modulates defense against Pseudomonas syringae and flowering time. Plant J. 91: 1015-1028.
  • Xiao Y, Choudhary, P., Mehrotra, K., Mohan, C. and Raina, R. (2017) Identification of biological functions by combinatorial histone patterns profiling. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, BICoB–2017: 217-222.
  • Ritchie, M. and Raina, R. (2016) Effects of herbivores on nitrogen fixation in soil and by a dominant grass and legume in the Serengeti. Pedobiologia 59: 233-241.
  • Lundgren B. R., Connolly M. P., Choudhary P., Brookins-Little T. S., Chatterjee S., Raina R. and Nomura, C. T. (2015) Defining the metabolic functions and roles in virulence of the rpoN1 and rpoN2 genes in Ralstonia solanacearum GMI1000. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0144852.
  • Dutta A., Chan S.H.P., Pauli N.T., R. Raina (2015). HYPERSENSITIVE RESPONSE-LIKE LESIONS 1 codes for AtPPT1 and regulates accumulation of ROS and defense against bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis thalaina. Antioxid Redox Signal. DOI:10.1089/ars.2014.5963.
  • Appel H.M., Maqbool S.B., Raina S., Jagadeeswaran G., Acharya B.R., Hanley J.C. Jr., Miller K.P., Hearnes L., Jones A.D., Raina R., J.C. Schultz (2014). Transcriptional and metabolic signatures of Arabidopsis responses to chewing damage by an insect herbivore and bacterial infection and the consequences of their interaction. Front. Plant Sci., doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00441.
  • Alobaid, F., Mehrotra, K., Mohan, C., and R. Raina (2012) SMAlign: Alignment of DNA sequences with gap constraints. 4th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, BICoB–2012: 43-50.
  • Springer, D.J., Ren, P., Raina, R., Dong, Y., Behr, M.J., McEwen, B. F., Bowser, S., Samsonoff, W., Chaturvedi, S., and V. Chaturvedi (2010) Extracellular fibrils of pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus gattii are important for ecological niche, murine virulence and human neutrophil interactions. PloS One 5:e10978.
  • Jagadeeswaran G., S. Raina, B. R. Acharya, S. B. Maqbool, S. L. Mosher, H. M. Appel, J. C. Schultz, D. F. Klessig and R. Raina (2007) Arabidopsis GH3-LIKE DEFENSE GENE 1 is required for accumulation of salicylic acid, activation of defense responses and resistance to Pseudomonas syringae. Plant J. 51: 234-46.
  • Acharya, B. R., S. Raina, S. B. Maqbool, G. Jagadeeswaran, S. L. Mosher, H. M. Appel, J. C. Schultz, D. F. Klessig and R. Raina (2007) Overexpression of CRK13, an Arabidopsis cysteine-rich receptor-like kinase, results in enhanced resistance to Pseudomonas syringae. Plant J. 50: 488-49.
  • Mahalingam, R., A. M. Gomez-Buitrago, N. Eckardt, N. Shah, A. Guevara-Garcia, P. Day, R. Raina* and N. Fedoroff* (2003). Characterization of stress/defense transcriptome of Arabidopsis. Genome Biology 4:R20 (*corresponding authors).
  • Devadas, S. K., A. Enyedi and R. Raina (2002). The Arabidopsis hrl1 mutation reveals novel overlapping roles of salicylic acid, jasmonic acid, and ethylene signaling in cell death and defense against pathogens. Plant J. 30: 467-480.
  • Devadas, S. K. and R. Raina (2002). Preexisting systemic acquired resistance suppresses hypersensitive response-associated cell death in Arabidopsis hrl1mutant. Plant Physiol. 128:1234-1244.
  • Pilloff, R. K., S. K. Devadas, A. Enyedi, and R. Raina (2002). The Arabidopsis gain-of-function mutant dll1 spontaneously develops lesions mimicking cell death associated with disease. Plant J. 30:61-70.

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