I pursued my under- and post-graduation degrees in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu, India, and later, I joined the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi for PhD. During my PhD tenure, I have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship to visit Louisiana State University, USA (2015-16). Upon completing my PhD, I received the prestigious DST INSPIRE Faculty Award (2017), and with this award, I am currently serving the ICAR-National Institute for Plant Biotechnology (formerly, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology), New Delhi (2017-till date).

My major area of research is plant molecular genomics, and I am a highly published researcher in this area with 27 original research articles, 8 comprehensive reviews, 8 book chapters and 8 popular articles. The cumulative impact factor of my publications is ~120, and my H-index (Scopus) is 20. My publications have received a total citation of 1350+ till date, and my i10 index is 30.

In recognition of my scientific contributions, I have been awarded several prestigious awards including (i) INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2018) from Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India; (ii) NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (2018) from National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India; (iii) Early Career Award (2018) from Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, India.

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Career Status:
Faculty/Group Leader, Major Research University: Pre-Tenure

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Computational Biology, Genomics


Publications in refereed journals

1.     Muthamilarasan M, Singh NK & Prasad M (2019) Multi-omics approaches for strategic improvement of stress tolerance in underutilized crop species: A climate change perspective. Advances in Genetics 103:1-38

2.     Singh RS, Shweta S, Muthamilarasan M, Rani R & Prasad M (2019) Study on aquaporins of Setaria italica suggests the involvement of SiPIP3;1 and SiSIP1;1 in abiotic stress response. Functional & Integrative Genomics DOI: 10.1007/s10142-018-00653-0

3.     Pandey S, Muthamilarasan M, Sharma N, Chaudhry V, Dulani P, Shweta S, Jha S, Mathur S & Prasad M (2018) Characterization of DEAD-box family of RNA helicases in tomato provides insights into their roles in biotic and abiotic stresses. Environmental & Experimental Botany 158:107-116

4.     Muthamilarasan M, Bedre R, Rao MV, Kanniah R, Bhatnagar D & Baisakh N (2018) Identification of candidate resistance genes of cotton against Aspergillus flavus infection using a comparative transcriptomics approach. Physiology & Molecular Biology of Plants 24:513-519

5.     Mandal A, Mishra AK, Dulani P, Muthamilarasan M, Shweta S & Prasad M (2018) Identification, characterization, expression profiling, and virus-induced gene silencing of armadillo repeat-containing proteins in tomato suggest their involvement in Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus resistance. Functional & Integrative Genomics 18:101-111

6.     Mandal A, Sharma N, Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2019) Ubiquitination: a tool for plant adaptation to changing environments. The Nucleus 61:253-260

7.     Pandey G, Yadav CB, Sahu PP, Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2017) Salinity induced differential methylation patterns in contrasting cultivars of foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.). Plant Cell Reports 36:759-772

8.     Muthamilarasan M, Rao MV, Zandkarimi H, Prasad M & Baisakh N (2016) Structure, organization and evolution of ADP-ribosylation factors in rice and foxtail millet, and their expression in rice. Scientific Reports 6:24008

9.     Yadav CB, Muthamilarasan M, Dangi A, Shweta S & Prasad M (2016) Comprehensive analysis of SET domain gene family in foxtail millet identifies the putative role of SiSET14 in abiotic stress tolerance. Scientific Reports 6:32621

10.  Singh RK, Jaishankar J, Muthamilarasan M, Shweta S, Dangi A & Prasad M (2016) Genome-wide analysis of heat shock proteins in C4 model, foxtail millet identifies potential candidates for crop improvement under abiotic stress. Scientific Reports 6:32641

11.  Muthamilarasan M, Dhaka A, Yadav R & Prasad M (2016) Exploration of millet models for developing nutrient rich graminaceous crops. Plant Science 242:89-97

12.  Muthamilarasan M, Bonthala VS, Khandelwal R, Jaishankar J, Shweta S, Nawaz K & Prasad M (2015) Global analysis of WRKY transcription factor superfamily in Setaria identifies potential candidates involved in abiotic stress signaling. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:910

13.  Muthamilarasan M, Khan Y, Jaishankar J, Shweta S, Lata C & Prasad M (2015) Integrative analysis and expression profiling of secondary cell wall genes in C4 biofuel model Setaria italica reveals targets for lignocellulose bioengineering. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:965

14.  Yadav CB, Bonthala VS, Muthamilarasan M, Pandey G, Khan Y & Prasad M (2015) Genome-wide development of transposable elements-based markers in foxtail millet and construction of an integrated database. DNA Research 22:79-90

15.  Yadav CB, Muthamilarasan M, Pandey G & Prasad M (2015) Identification, characterization and expression profiling of Dicer-like, Argonaute and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase gene families in foxtail millet. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 33:43-55

16.  Yadav CB, Bhareti P, Muthamilarasan M, Mukherjee M, Khan Y, Rathi P & Prasad M (2015) Genome-Wide SNP Identification and Characterization in Two Soybean Cultivars with Contrasting Mungbean Yellow Mosaic India Virus Disease Resistance Traits. PLoS ONE 10:e0123897

17.  Kumar K, Muthamilarasan M, Bonthala VS, Roy R & Prasad M (2015) Unraveling 14-3-3 Proteins in C4 Panicoids with Emphasis on Model Plant Setaria italica Reveals Phosphorylation-Dependent Subcellular Localization of RS Splicing Factor. PLoS ONE 10:e0123236

18.  Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2015) Advances in Setaria genomics for genetic improvement of cereals and bioenergy grasses. Theoretical & Applied Genetics 128:1-14

19.  Kole C, Muthamilarasan M, Henry R, Edwards D, Sharma R, Abberton M, Batley J, Bentley A, Blakeney M, Bryant J, Cai H, Cakir M, Cseke LJ, Cockram J, de Oliveira AC, De Pace C, Dempewolf H, Ellison S, Gepts P, Greenland A, Hall A, Hori K, Hughes S, Humphreys MW, Iorizzo M, Ismail AM, Marshall A, Mayes S, Nguyen HT, Ogbonnaya FC, Ortiz R, Paterson AH, Simon PW, Tohme J, Tuberosa R, Valliyodan B, Varshney RK, Wullschleger SD, Yano M & Prasad M (2015) Application of genomics-assisted breeding for generation of climate resilient crops: Progress and prospects. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:563

20.  Muthamilarasan M, Suresh BV, Pandey G, Kumari K, Parida SK & Prasad M (2014) Development of 5123 Intron length polymorphic markers for large-scale genotyping applications in foxtail millet. DNA Research 21:41-52

21.  Muthamilarasan M, Bonthala VS, Mishra AK, Khandelwal R, Khan Y & Prasad M (2014) C2H2-type of zinc finger transcription factors in foxtail millet define response to abiotic stresses. Functional & Integrative Genomics 14:531-543

22.  Yadav CB, Muthamilarasan M, Pandey G, Khan Y & Prasad M (2014) Development of novel microRNA-based genetic markers in foxtail millet for genotyping applications in related grass species. Molecular Breeding 34:2219-2224

23.  Bonthala VS, Muthamilarasan M, Roy R & Prasad M (2014) FmTFDb: A foxtail millet transcription factors database for expediting functional genomics in millets. Molecular Biology Reports 41:6343-6348

24.  Muthamilarasan M, Khandelwal R, Yadav CB, Bonthala VS, Khan Y & Prasad M (2014) Identification and molecular characterization of MYB transcription factor superfamily in C4 model plant foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.). PLoS ONE 9:e109920

25.  Mishra AK, Muthamilarasan M, Khan Y, Parida SK & Prasad M (2014) Genome-wide investigation and expression analyses of WD40 protein family in the model plant foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.). PLoS ONE 9:e86852

26.  Gupta S, Kumari K, Muthamilarasan M, Parida SK & Prasad M (2014) Population structure and association mapping of yield contributing agronomic traits in foxtail millet. Plant Cell Reports 33:881-893

27.  Khan Y, Yadav A, Suresh VB, Muthamilarasan M, Yadav CB & Prasad M (2014) Comprehensive genome-wide identification and expression profiling of foxtail millet [Setaria italica (L.)] miRNAs in response to abiotic stress and development of miRNA database. Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture 118:279-292

28.  Lata C, Mishra AK, Muthamilarasan M, Bonthala VS, Khan Y & Prasad M (2014) Genome-wide investigation and expression profiling of AP2/ERF transcription factor superfamily in foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.). PLoS ONE 9:e113092

29.  Sahu PP, Sharma N, Puranik S, Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2014) Involvement of host regulatory pathways during geminivirus infection: A novel platform for generating durable resistance. Functional & Integrative Genomics 14:47-58

30.  Suresh BV, Muthamilarasan M, Misra G & Prasad M (2013) FmMDb: A versatile database of foxtail millet markers for millets and bioenergy grasses research. PLoS ONE 8:e71418

31.  Kumari K, Muthamilarasan M, Misra G, Gupta S, Subramanian A, Parida SK, Chattopadhyay D & Prasad M (2013) Development of eSSR-markers in Setaria italica and their applicability in studying genetic diversity, cross-transferability and comparative mapping in millet and non-millet species. PLoS ONE 8:e67742

32.  Gupta S, Kumari K, Muthamilarasan M, Subramanian A & Prasad M (2013) Development and utilization of novel SSRs in foxtail millet [Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.]. Plant Breeding 132: 367–374

33.  Kumar K, Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2013) Reference genes for quantitative Real-time PCR analysis in the model plant foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.) subjected to abiotic stress conditions. Plant, Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture 115:13-22

34.  Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2013) Plant innate immunity: an updated insight in defense mechanism. Journal of Biosciences 38:433-449

35.  Sahu PP, Pandey G, Sharma N, Puranik S, Muthamilarasan M & Prasad M (2013) Epigenetic mechanisms of plant stress responses and adaptation. Plant Cell Reports 32:1151-1159

Chapters contributed to edited books

1.     Yadav CB, Pandey G, Muthamilarasan M, Prasad M (2018) ‘Epigenetics and Epigenomics of Plants’ In: Varshney RK, Pandey MK, Chitikineni A (eds). Advances in Biochemical Engineering/ Biotechnology. Springer, pp 237-261

2.     Muthamilarasan M, Shweta S, Prasad M (2017) ‘Foxtail millet genome sequencing, assembly, annotation and application’ In: Prasad M (ed). The Foxtail Millet Genome, Springer, pp 11-22

3.     Muthamilarasan M, Prasad M (2017) ‘Exploiting genome sequence information to develop genomic resources for foxtail millet improvement’ In: Prasad M (ed). The Foxtail Millet Genome, Springer, pp 37-52

4.     Yadav A, Hari-Gowthem G, Muthamilarasan M, Prasad M (2017) ‘Regulation of development and stress response by miRNAs’ In: Prasad M (ed). The The Foxtail Millet Genome, Springer, pp 137-152

5.     Sharma S, Pandey S, Muthamilarasan M, Chaudhry V, Dulani P, Prasad M (2017) ‘Genomics resources for abiotic stress tolerance in Solanaceae crops’ In: Chakrabarti SK, Xie C, Tiwari JK (eds). The Potato Genome, Springer, pp 195-216

6.     Singh RS, Sahu PP, Muthamilarasan M, Dhaka A, Prasad M (2017) ‘Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Improving Stress Tolerance of Graminaceous Crops to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses: Progress and Prospects’ In: Senthil-Kumar M (ed). Plant Tolerance to Individual and Concurrent Stresses, Springer, pp 59-81

7.     Muthamilarasan M, Prasad M (2017) ‘Genetic determinants of drought stress tolerance in Setaria’ In: Doust A, Diao X (eds). Genetics and Genomics of Setaria, Springer, pp 267-289

8.     Muthamilarasan M, Prasad M (2016) ‘Role of Genomics in Enhancing Nutrition Content of Cereals’ In: Al-Khayri JM, Jain SM, Johnson DV (eds). Advances in Plant Breeding Strategies, Vol 2: Agronomic, Abiotic and Biotic Stress Traits, Springer, pp 77-96

Volunteer Activities

  1. Virtual Volunteer | Nepris Inc. (2016 – Present) I participate in Nepris' skills-based volunteering platform to connect with teachers and students across America, bringing real-world relevance and application to classroom instruction. By virtually volunteering, I help educators expose students to different industry and career pathways in STE(A)M to extend my organisation's educational outreach, give students an inside look into my career field, better prepare them for life after school, and bridge the gap between education and industry.
  2. Mentor | INSPIRE SEATS (2019 onwards): Mentoring gifted high-school students through the Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS) of Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, India.
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