I am a plant biologist with a decade of experience in mainly on abiotic stress tolerance. I have experience on drought tolerance in banana with main focuss on leaf cuticular waxes. Currently I am working on endophyte mediated salinity as well as high temperature tolerance in rice. My main approached to combat the above problems are through transcriptomic as well as genomics approach.

Career Status:
Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Computational Biology, Genomics, Gene Regulation, Genetics


Sampangi-Ramaiah, M. H., Vishwakarma, R., and Shaanker, R. U., Molecular docking analysis of selected natural products from plants for inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 main protease. CURRENT SCIENCE, 2020, 118, 6.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, M.H., Dey, P., Jambagi, S., Kumari, M.V., Oelmüller, R., Nataraja, K.N., Ravishankar, K.V., Ravikanth, G., Shaanker, R.U., 2020a. An endophyte from salt-adapted Pokkali rice confers salt-tolerance to a salt-sensitive rice variety and targets a unique pattern of genes in its new host. Scientific reports 10, 1–14.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, M.H., Ravishankar, K.V., 2016. Current status of banana genome in the age of next generation sequencing, in: Banana: Genomics and Transgenic Approaches for Genetic Improvement. Springer, Singapore, pp. 51–59.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, Megha H., Ravishankar, K.V., Nataraja, K.N., Shaanker, R.U., 2019. Endophytic fungus, Fusarium sp. reduces alternative splicing events in rice plants under salinity stress. Plant Physiology Reports 24, 487–495.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, Megha Hastantram, Ravishankar, K.V., Rekha, A., 2019a. Long non-coding RNAs in banana: prediction, mapping and their comparative studies using Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata transcriptome. Trees 33, 359–369.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, M.H., Ravishankar, K.V., Rekha, A., Shivashankara, K.S., Hunashikatti, L.R., 2017. A contig-based computational prediction of conserved miRNAs and their probable role in regulation of cuticular wax biosynthesis in banana. Plant molecular biology reporter 35, 203–214.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, M.H., Ravishankar, K.V., Seetharamaiah, S.K., Roy, T.K., Hunashikatti, L.R., Rekha, A., Shilpa, P., 2016. Barrier against water loss: relationship between epicuticular wax composition, gene expression and leaf water retention capacity in banana. Functional plant biology 43, 492–501.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, Megha Hastantram, Ravishankar, K.V., Shivashankar, K.S., Roy, T.K., Rekha, A., Hunashikatti, L.R., 2019b. Developmental changes in the composition of leaf cuticular wax of banana influenced by wax biosynthesis gene expression: a case study in Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 41, 141.

Sampangi-Ramaiah, M.H., Vishwakarma, R., Shaanker, R.U., 2020b. Molecular docking analysis of selected natural products from plants for inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 main protease. CURRENT SCIENCE 118, 6.

Venkataramana, R.K., Sampangi-Ramaiah, M.H., Ajitha, R., Khadke, G.N., Chellam, V., 2015. Insights into Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata species divergence and development of genic microsatellites by transcriptomics approach. Plant Gene 4, 78–82.

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Experience & Education