Research Areas:
Molecular Biology


1. microRNA 160 dictates stage-specific auxin and cytokinin sensitivites and directs soybean nodule development. Nizampatnam, N.R., Schreier S.J., Damodaran, S., Adhikari, S. and Subramanian, S. The Plant journal. 2015, 84, 140-153. 

2. Quantitative Amplification of Cleaved Ends (qACE) to assay miRNA-directed target cleavage. Damodaran, S., Adhikari, S., Turner, M. Subramanian, S. [v1; ref status: approved with reservations 1,] F1000Research 2014, 3:240. 

3. A Tiered Barcode authentication tool to differentiate medicinal Cassia species in India. Purushothaman N., Newmaster SG., Ragupathy S., Stalin N., Suresh D., Arunraj DR., Gnanasekaran G., Vassou SL., Narasimhan D., Parani M. Genetics and molecular research. 2014, 13(2):2959-2968 

4. Ectopic Expression of miR160 results in auxin hypersensitivity, Cytokinin hyposensitivity, and inhibition of symbiotic nodule development in soybean. Turner M., Nizampatnam NR., Baron M., Coppin S., Damodaran S., Adhikari S., Arunachalam SP., Yu O., Subramanian S. Plant Physiol. 2013, 162(4):2042-55 

5. Nodule Enriched GRETCHEN HAGEN 3 Enzymes Have Distinct Substrate Specificities and Are Important for Proper Soybean Nodule Development. Damodaran S., Westfall C.S., Kisely B.A., Jez J.M., Subramanian S. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2547.

Volunteer Activities

USDA-NCARL/ Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science seminar series committee member. 2015- current.
 Vice President, Plant Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA), South Dakota State University. 2013-2014.
o Initiated a student led technical seminar series, ‘We Talk Science’ for researchers from multiple disciplines in 2014.
o Organized professional activities such as industrial visit and outreach activities for undergraduate students.
o Organized a one-day workshop on ‘Publishing in life science journal’.
o Secure financial support from industrial and academic sectors. ($5000).

* Co-organized/volunteered Midwest ASPB 2016, Brookings, SD 57006
 Volunteer, Midwest ASM (American Society for Microbiology) meeting, South Dakota State University, Spring 2014.

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education