Sabu is educated in the field of Plant Sciences and has working experience in plant genetics and genomics since 1995. His research interests include response of plants against environmental changes, natural variations in plant genetic resources and incorporation of genomics tools for big data analysis. He is supervising students for their MSc, MPhil and PhD programme and carrying out externally funded research programmes.

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Research Areas:
Computational Biology, Gene Regulation, Genomics


Journal papers

  1. Anjali, N, Nadiya, F, Jinu Thomas, and K. K. Sabu. 2017. Discovery of microRNAs in cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton) under drought stress. Dataset Papers in Science 2017.

  2. Sakthipriya, M. and K. K. Sabu. 2017. Development and Cross-genera Transferability of Ginger EST-SSR Markers for Cardamom. Current Bioinformatics 12. doi: 10.2174/1574893611666161128123827

  3. Alireza Valdiani, Daryush Talei, Surrinder K. Lattoo, Jacqueline Batley, Rodomiro Ortiz, Mohd Yusop, Rafii, Mahmood Maziah, K. K. Sabu, Rambod Abiri, Suchirat Sakuanrungsirikul, Soon Guan Tan. 2017. Genoproteomics-assisted improvement of Andrographis paniculata: toward a promising molecular and conventional breeding platform for autogamous plants affecting pharmaceutical industry. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 37(6): 803-816. doi: 10.1080/07388551.2016.1260525. Published online: 03 Jan 2017.

  4. Nadiya, F., N. Anjali, Jinu Thomas, A. Gangaprasad, K. K. Sabu. 2017. Transcriptome profiling of Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton (small cardamom). Genomics Data 11: 102–103. doi: 10.1016/j.gdata.2016.12.013

  5. Silpa, S., Shinsy, M. Y. and Sabu, K. K. 2016. Development and validation of EST-SSR and identification of EST-SNP markers for snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina var. cucumerina L.). Abrahamia 2: 51-56

  6. Thomas, J. and K. K. Sabu. 2016. Development of a New Pipeline for Identification and Characterization of MicroRNAs from Plants. International Journal for Computational Biology 5(1): 21-27.

  7. Anjali, N., Nadiya, F., Shefeek, S. and K. K. Sabu. 2016. Genome Size Estimation Using Flow Cytometry in Elettaria cardamomum Maton. Indian Forester 142 (9), 878-881

  8. Anjali, N., K. M. Ganga, F. Nadiya, S. Shefeek, K. K. Sabu. 2016. Intraspecific variations in cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton): Assessment of genomic diversity by flow cytometry, cytological studies and ISSR analysis. SpringerPlus 5:1560. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-3226-x

  9. Prabalee Sarmah, Vishwa J. Barua, Jyotismrita Nath, R.N.Sarma, Binoy Kurian, Hemanthkumar, A.S., and K. K. Sabu. 2016. ISSR and SSR markers reveal sex-specific DNA sequences in three Calamus species from India. Agroforestry Systems 91(3), 509-513. First Online: 28 April 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10457-016-9952-9

  10. Lakshmi Priya, P. M. and K. K. Sabu. 2015. In Silico Analysis of Transcriptomes of Catharanthus roseus and Rauvolfia serpentina, two potent medicinal plants using a pipeline developed from publicly available tools. American Journal of Bioinformatics Research 5(2): 21-25.

  11. Princy, P. S., A. Gangaprasad and K. K. Sabu. 2015. In Vitro Propagation and Evaluation of Genetic Fidelity of Aegle marmelos (L.) Correa, a Highly Sought After Sacred Medicinal Tree. Phytomorphology 65 (1&2): 1-10.

  12. Nadiya, F., N. Anjali, A. Gangaprasad, K. K. Sabu. 2015. High quality RNA extraction from small cardamom tissues rich in polysaccharides and polyphenols. Analytical Biochemistry 485: 25-27. doi:10.1016/j.ab.2015.05.017

  13. Anjali, N., Sowmya S. Dharan, F. Nadiya and K. K. Sabu. 2015. Development of EST-SSR markers to assess genetic diversity in Elettaria cardamomum Maton. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology 3(2): 188-192. doi: 10.3126/ijasbt.v3i2.12380

  14. Abdul Rahim H., Lim L.S., Sabu K.K, Saad A, Md. Atiqur Rahman B, Azhar M and Wickneswari R. 2012. Identification of quantitative trait loci for blast resistance in BC2F3 and BC2F5 advanced backcross families of rice. Genetics and Molecular Research 11 (3): 3277-3289 (Sept 2012).

  15. Wickneswari R., M.A.R. Bhuiyan, K.K. Sabu, L.S. Lim, M.J. Thomson, N.M. Kairudin and Abdullah M.Z. 2012. Identification and Validation of Quantitative Trait Loci for Agronomic Traits in Advanced Backcross Breeding Lines Derived from Oryza rufipogon × Oryza sativa Cultivar MR219. Plant Mol Biol Rep 30(4): 929-939, DOI: 10.1007/s11105-011-0404-4 (Published on 17 Jan 2012)

  16. Ngu M.S., Sabu K.K., Lim L.S., Abdullah M.Z, Wickneswari R. 2010. Genetic structure of Oryza rufipogon Griff. natural populations in Malaysia: Implications for conservation and genetic introgression of cultivated rice. Tropical Plant Biology 3(4): 227-239.

  17. Sabu K.K., Abdullah M.Z., Lim L.S. and Wickneswari R. 2009. Analysis of heritability and environmental variances in a rice cross. Agronomy Research 7: 97-102.

  18. Sabu K.K., Abdullah M.Z., Lim L.S and Wickneswari R. 2006. Development and evaluation of advanced backcross families of rice for agronomically important traits. Communications in Biometry and Crop Science 1(2): 111-123

  19. Sabu, K.K., P. Padmesh and S. Seeni. 2001. Estimation of active principle content and isozymes of Andrographis paniculata, an important medicinal plant of India. Journal of Medicinal & Aromatic Plant Sciences 23: 637-647.

  20. Jacob, J.P., K.K. Sabu and T.K. Abraham. 2000. Genetic variability of mutant strains of Pleurotus citrinopileatus based on isozyme electrophoresis. Mushroom Research 9: 79-84.

  21. Padmesh, P., K.K. Sabu, S. Seeni and P. Pushpangadan. 1998. The use of RAPD in detecting genetic variability in Andrographis paniculata Nees: a potent hepatoprotective drug. Current Science 76: 833-835.

  22. Seeni, S., K.K. Sabu and P. Padmesh. 1998. Variable-Invariably: An introduction to intraspecific variations in medicinal plants. Amruth 2: 3-8.

Books/Book Chapters/Thesis

Sabu, K. K. and F. Nadiya. 2017. Biodiversity Mining Through Transcriptome Analysis. In: Bioresources and Bioprocess in Biotechnology, Volume 1: Status and Strategies for Exploration, Part II. Eds. Sabu, A., N.S. Pradeep, and S. Shiburaj. pp 207-246. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3573-9_10. Springer, Singapore.

Sabu, K.K., Nadiya. F. and N. Anjali. 2017. MiRNA Isolation from Plants Rich in Polysaccharides and Polyphenols. In: MicroRNA Profiling. Vol. 1509. Pp 25-36. Sweta Rani (Ed). Springer. ISBN:978-1-4939-6522-9. PMID: 27826915 DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6524-3_4

Nadiya. F, Anjali. N, Sabu, K. K. and Gangaprasad. 2016. Isolation of high quality RNA from different Cardamom tissues for next generation sequencing. In: Perspectives on Biodiversity of India. Vol II. Ed. A. Bijukumar, N. S. Pradeep, K. G. Ajit Kumar and P. G. Rajendran. Pp. 181-188

Harinarayanan, P. and Sabu, K. K., (Eds.). 2009. Proceedings of National Seminar on Coastal Ecosystem Management & Evaluation Workshop of South Indian ENVIS Centres. ENVIS Centre, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology, & Environment, Thiruvananthapuram. 126 pages.

Sabu, K.K., N.S. Pradeep and P. Padmesh. 2003. Application of molecular markers for the analysis of genetic diversity and systematics of fungi. In Frontiers of Fungal Diversity in India (Prof. Kamal Festschrift) Ed. by G. P. Rao, C. Manoharachari, D. J. Bhat. Published by: International Book Distributing (Lucknow), xxiv, 906p. ISBN: 8185860920.

KK Sabu. 2002. Intraspecific variations in Andrographis paniculata Nees (PhD Thesis). Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Seeni, S. and K.K. Sabu. 1998. Conservation and economic utilization of plant genetic resources through Biotechnological means. In: Conservation and Economic Evaluation of Biodiversity. Vol. I. pp. 239-249. Oxford University press, New Delhi.

Volunteer Activities

Editorial Board - Review Committee Member, International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research (ISSN 2229-5518)

Editor-in-Chief, Plant Science Today (ISSN: 2348-1900)

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