I have core research interest in developmental biology and currently, I am working on Strigolactone biosynthesis network and seed development related transcription factors. In addition, I am also interested in the field of abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants.

Career Status:
Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Areas:
Gene Regulation, Signals and Responses, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Development



Integration of Abscisic Acid Signaling with Other Signaling Pathways in Plant Stress Responses and Development. (Review) (Corresponding author) Manu Kumar*, Mahipal Singh Kesawat, Asjad Ali, Sang-Choon Lee and Sarvajeet Singh Gill, Hyun Uk Kim*. Plants, 8 (12), 592.

Strigolactone Signaling Genes Showing Differential Expression Patterns in Arabidopsis max Mutants. (Article) Manu Kumar, I Kim, YK Kim, JB Heo, MC Suh, HU Kim. Plants 8 (9), 352

Role of the INDETERMINATE DOMAIN Genes in Plants. (Review) Manu Kumar, Dung Thi Le, Seongbin Hwang, Pil Joon Seo, and Hyun Uk Kim. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 20(9), 2286;


The complete chloroplast genome sequence of Coix lacryma-jobi L. (Poaceae), a cereal and medicinal crop (2018) (Co-author). In Press. Sang Ho Kang, Hyun Oh Lee, Myung Ju Shin, Nam Hoon Kim, Beom Soon Choi, Manu Kumar, Asjad Ali, Sang Choon Lee, Chang Kug Kim. Mitochondrial DNA Part B. 10.1080/23802359.2018.1507653

Lack of the α1,3-Fucosyltransferase Gene (Osfuct) Affects Anther Development and Pollen Viability in Rice. (2018) (Co-author) Sim, J.-S.; Kesawat, M.S.; Kumar, M.; Kim, S.-Y.; Mani, V.; Subramanian, P.; Park, S.; Lee, C.-M.; Kim, S.-R.; Hahn, B.-S.  Int. J. Mol. Sci.  19, 1225

Rapid and efficient genetic transformation of the green microalga Chlorella vulgaris. (first author) (Article) Kumar M, Jeon J-H, Kim S-R (2018) J. Appl. Phycol. 30: 1735.


Genome-Wide Identification of the Dehydrin Genes in the Cucurbitaceae Species. (Article) SC Lee, WK Lee, A Ali, M Kumar, TJ Yang, K Song (2017) (Co-author) Plant Breed. Biotech.

Genome-wide identification and analysis of genes, conserved between japonica and indica rice cultivars, that respond to low-temperature stress at the vegetative growth stage. (first author) (Article) Kumar M, Gho Y-S, Jung K-H, Kim S-R (2017) Front. Plant Sci.

Genome-Wide Identification and Classification of the AP2/EREBP Gene Family in the Cucurbitaceae Species. (Article) SC Lee, WK Lee, A Ali, M Kumar, TJ Yang, K Song (2017) (Co-author) Plant Breed. Biotech.

Ectopic Expression of OsSta2 Enhances Salt Stress Tolerance in Rice. (first author) (Article) Kumar et al. (2017) Front. Plant Sci. 8:316. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00316.  


Functional analysis of cold-responsive rice WRKY gene, OsWRKY71. (Article) Kim et al. (Co-author) Plant Biotechnology Reports (2016).


Molecular breeding in Brassica for salt tolerance: importance of microsatellite (SSR) markers for molecular breeding in Brassica. (corresponding author) (Review) Kumar et al. (2015) Frontier in plant science.

Simple and efficient way to detect small polymorphic bands in plants. (corresponding author) (Article) Kumar et al. Genomics Data (2015), 5: 218-222.

Detection of Genetic Variation in Crop Plants. (corresponding author) (Editorial) Manu Kumar, Journal of Biomolecular Research & Therapeutics (2015), 4: e140.


Over-expression of Dehydrin gene, OsDhn1, improves drought and salt stress tolerance through scavenging of reactive oxygen species in rice (Oryza sativa L.). (Article) Kumar et al., (first author) Journal of Plant Biology, (2014) 57 (6), 383-393.


Insights into genomics of salt stress response in rice. (equal contribution) (Review) Kumar et al. Rice (2013), 6 (1), 27.

Crop Plants and Abiotic Stresses. (corresponding author) (Editorial) Manu Kumar Journal of Biomolecular Research & Therapeutics (2013), 3 (2167-7956), 1-1.


1.      An Overview on Fe–S Protein Biogenesis from Prokaryotes to Eukaryotes.

Mahipal Singh Kesawat, Basanta Kumar Das, Manu Kumar, Govindaraj Ramakantrao Bhaganagare, Manorama. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 10.1002/9781119053095.ch6.

2.      Mechanism of Salt stress tolerance and pathways in crop plants. Manu Kumar, Mahipal Singh Kesawat. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), Boca Raton. (corresponding author) 2018, 1, 27-45.

Volunteer Activities


1. Indians in Korea (2010-2016).

2. Crop Plants and abiotic stress(

3. International Research Scholar( 

3. Plant Research (

Reviewer: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Agriculture, Biology, Molecules, Plants, Epigenomes, Methods and Protocols, Genes, 

Researcher's IDs: ORCHiD (0000-0003-3490-5062), Thomson Reuters (K-2625-2015), Scopus(55922318700)

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education