Admissions 2021

Department of Biosciences

DR.S. ANTONY CEASAR

Designation : Senior Scientist

Qualification : Ph.D

Email-ID : saceasar@rajagiri.edu

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  • Ph.D: Specialization in Plant Biotechnology, Loyola College, University of Madras, India,
  • M. Phil: Specialization in Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India
  • M.Sc.: Specialization in Biochemistry, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India.
  • B.Sc.: Specialization in Botany, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India.
  • PGDCA: Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India

 

Research

  • Senior Scientist: Department of Biosciences, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India, January 2021- Till date
  • Scientist: Division of Plant Biotechnology, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, India, June 2014- January 2021
  • BELSPO Postdoc Fellow: Centre for Protein Engineering and Botanical Institute, University of Liege, Liege, B4000, Belgium. August 2017- February 2019 (On Sabbatical)
  • Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow: Centre for Plant Sciences and School of Molecular and Cellular Biology & Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT UK, May 2012-May 2014

Teaching

  • Lecturer in Biochemistry, K.R.College of Arts & Science, Kovilpatti, India. July 2000-September 2004
  • Asst. Prof. in Biotechnology, St. Peter’s Engineering College (Now St. Peter’s University), Chennai, India. September 2004-April 2012
  • Millet Improvement
  • Genome editing/ CRISPR/Cas9
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Phosphate Transport
  • Plant Nutrition Signaling
  • Plant-microbe Interactions
  • Heterologous Expression of Plant Proteins
  • Gene Expression Studies
  • Gene Cloning
  • Plant Transformation
  • RNA Interference
  • DBT, Govt. of India funded project titled “Identification of genetic markers related to fungal resistance in finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaerth.) using molecular marker techniques. Value Rs 21 Lakhs. Role: Co-PI. Duration 2011-2014.
  • European Union funded project titled “Improved Millets for Phosphate ACquisition and Transport (IMPACT)”. Role:    Individual Fellowship. Value: Euro 200,371. Duration: 2012-2014
  • World Universities Network, University of Leeds, UK funded short term visiting project entitled “Characterization of foxtail millet phosphate transporters using Xenopus oocytes”. Role: Visiting Researcher. Value: GBP 3,500. Duration: 2014
  • Times of India-Loyola College funded project titled “Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with zinc efficiency in finger millet. Role: Co-PI. Value: Rs 39.90 Lakhs. Duration 2014-2017.
  • DBT, Govt. of India funded project titled “Reducing the phytic acid content in the seeds of foxtail millet through CRISPR/Cas9 system-mediated genome editing”. Role: PI. Value: Rs 43.924 Lakhs. Duration: 2019-2022.

Invited Talks/Guest Lectures Delivered

  • CRISPR/Cas9: A genome editing tool with COVID19 diagnosis. A national webinar to Faculty and Students of Biochemistry and Microbiology departments of K.R.College of Arts and Science, Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu, India. 24th June 2020.
  • Combating COVID19 with CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system. A Webinar to Faculty and Students of Biotechnology and Food Science, Loyola College, Chennai. 4th June 2020.
  • CRISPR/Cas9: A game-changing genome editing tool. Rev. Fr. Alfred Rapinat Endowment Lecture, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Chennai-34, India. 12th March 2020.
  • Foxtail millet as a model system to understand the phosphate acquisition and use-efficiency in millets; Cluster of Excellence in Plant Science (CEPLAS), University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. 28th August 2018.
  • Improving the phosphate use efficiency of crop plants; Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University, Karaikudi. 7th October 2014
  • Gene transfer in plants; Department of Biotechnology, Acharya Arts and Science College, Pondicherry. 23rd February 2012.
  • Transgenic Plants; Malankara Catholic College, Kalyakavilai, Kanyakumari Dist. 2nd August 2003

Book chapters

  • T. Maharajan, Roch GV, Ceasar SA (2021) Recent advancement of molecular breeding and functional genomics for improving nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium use efficiencies in wheat. Robert Henry, Mobashwer Alam, Saman Seneweera, Sujay Rakshit (eds). “Recent advancement of molecular breeding for improving nitrogen/phosphorus/ nutrient use efficiency in wheat”. CABI publisher, UK (In press)
  • T. Maharajan, Krishna TPA, Ceasar SA (2021) Finger millet genome analysis and nutrient transport. Anil Kumar (eds). “The Finger Millet Genome” Springer Nature, Germany. (In press)
  • Krishna TPA, Maharajan T, Ignacimuthu S, Ceasar SA (2021). Genomic-Assisted Breeding in Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) for Abiotic Stress Tolerance. Chittaranjan Kole (eds.). “Genomic designing for biotic/abiotic stress resistant/tolerant crops”. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany. (In Press)
  • Hillary VE, Ceasar SA (2021) Genome engineering in insects for the control of vector borne diseases, “Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science” Vijai Singh (ed). Elsevier publishers Ltd., USA. ISBN: ISBN 1877-1173. Doi.org/10.1016/bs.pmbts.2020.12.017
  • Ceasar SA, (2020) Regulation of low phosphate stress in plants, “Plant Life under Changing Environment: Responses and Management” Durgesh Kumar Tripathi and Devendra Chauhan (ed). Elsevier publishers Ltd., USA. ISBN: 9780128182048.
  • Hillary VE, Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu, S (2020) Genome engineering in insects: focus on the CRISPR/Cas9 system “Genome Engineering via CRISPR-Cas9 Systems” Singh & Dhar (ed). Elsevier publishers Ltd., USA. ISBN: 9780128181409.
  • Satish L, Naresh JV, Ceasar SA, Ariel K, Sitrit, Y (2020) CRISPR-Cas9 system for fungi genome engineering towards industrial applications “Genome Engineering via CRISPR-Cas9 Systems” Singh & Dhar (ed). Elsevier publishers Ltd., USA. ISBN: 9780128181409.
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2014) Agrobacterium protocols: Finger millet, Methods in Molecular Biology. Wang K (ed); Humana Press, New York, USA, Vol. 1223: 135-142. ISSN: 1064-3745.

Journal articles (Cumulative IF: 122.87)

  • David RH, Ramakrishnan M, Maharajan T, Kannan TB, Babu GT, Daniel MA, Agastian P, Caesar SA*, Ignacimuthu SA* (2021) Mining QTL and genes for root traits and biochemical parameters under vegetative drought in South Indian genotypes of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) by association mapping and in silico comparative genomics. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, Vol 32, 101935, doi:10.1016/j.bcab.2021.101935. (Scopus Indexed). (*Corresponding authors) (The Netherland)
  • Roch GV, Maharajan T, Krishna TPA, Ignacimuthu S, Ceasar SA* (2020) Expression of PHT1 family transporter genes contributes for low phosphate stress tolerance in foxtail millet (Setaria italica) genotypes. Planta. Vol 252(98), 1–9. doi: 10.1007/s00425-020-03503-1. IF: 3.39 (Germany). (*Corresponding author)
  • Ceasar SA, Lekeux G, Motte P, Xiao Z, Galleni M, Hanikenne M (2020) di-Cysteine residues of the Arabidopsis thaliana HMA4 C-terminus are only partially required for cadmium transport. Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol 11(560), pp 1–8. doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.00560. IF: 4.402 (Switzerland)
  • Vetriventhan, M., Azevedo, V.C.R., Upadhyaya, H.D., Nirmalakumari A, Kane-Potaka J, Anitha S, Ceasar SA, Muthamilarasan M, Bhat BV, Hariprasanna K, Bellundagi A, Cheruku D, Backiyalakshmi C, Santra D, Vanniarajan C, Tonapi VA (2020) Genetic and genomic resources, and breeding for accelerating improvement of small millets: current status and future interventions. The Nucleus. Vol 63, pp 217–239. doi:10.1007/s13237-020-00322-3s. (Scopus Indexed)
  • Ceasar SA*, Ramakrishnan M, Vinod KK, Roch GV, Upadhyaya HD, Baker A*, Ignacimuthu S (2020) Phenotypic responses of foxtail millet (Setaria italica) genotypes to phosphate supply under greenhouse and natural field conditions. PLoS One. Vol 15(6), pp 1–25 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0233896. IF: 2.740 (USA). (*Corresponding authors)
  • Krishna TPA, Maharajan T, Roch GV, Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA*, Ignacimuthu S (2020) Hybridization and hybrid detection through molecular markers in finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.). Journal of Crop Improvement. Vol 34(3), pp 335–355. doi:10.1080/15427528.2019.1709596 (Online first). (USA). (*Corresponding author) (Scopus Indexed)
  • Krishna TPA, Maharajan T, Roch GV, Ignacimuthu S, Ceasar SA*, (2020) Structure, function, regulation and phylogenetic relationship of ZIP family transporters of plants. Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol 11(662), pp 1–18. doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.00662. IF: 4.402 (Switzerland) (*Corresponding author)
  • Maharajan T, Ceasar SA*, Krishna TPA, Ignacimuthu S (2019) Phosphate supply influenced the growth, yield and expression of PHT1 family phosphate transporters in seven millets. Planta. Vol 250, pp 1433-1448. doi: 10.1007/s00425-019-03237-9. IF: 3.39 (Germany) (*Corresponding author)
  • Hillary VE, Ceasar SA* (2019) Application of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system in cereal crops. The Open Biotechnology Journal. Vol 13, pp 173–179. doi: 10.2174/1874070701913010173. (Scopus Indexed (*Corresponding author) (UAE)
  • Roch GV, Maharajan T, Ceasar SA*, Ignacimuthu S* (2019) Role of PHT1 family transporters in the acquisition and redistribution of phosphorus in plants. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences Vol 38, pp 171–198. doi:10.1080/07352689.2019.1645402. IF: 6.2 (UK) (*Corresponding authors)
  • Ceasar SA* (2019) Genome-wide identification and in silco analysis of PHT1 family genes and proteins in Setaria viridis: a best model to study the nutrient transport in millets. Plant Genome. Vol. 12, No. 1: 180019. doi:10.3835/plantgenome2018.04.0019. IF: 3.847 (USA) (*Corresponding author)
  • Ceasar SA*, Maharajan T, Krishna TPA, Roch GV, Satish L, Ignacimuthu S* (2018) Finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) improvement: current status and future interventions of whole genome sequence. Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol 9, e1054. pp 1-16. doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01054. IF: 4.402 (Switzerland) (*Corresponding authors)
  • Krishna TPA, Maharajan T, Antony David RH, Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA*, Duraipandiyan V, Roch GV, Ignacimuthu S* (2018) Microsatellite markers of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) and foxtail millet (Setaria italica (L.) Beauv) provide resources for cross-genome transferability and genetic diversity analyses in other millets. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology. Vol 6, pp 493-501. doi:10.1016/j.bcab.2018.09.009. (The Netherlands). (*Corresponding authors) (Scopus Indexed)
  • Darvin SS, Toppo E, Esakkimuthu E, Krishna TPA, Ceasar SA, Stalin A, Balakrishna K, Muniappan N, Pazhanivel N, Mahaprabhu R, Paulraj MG, Pandikumar P, Ignacimuthu S, Al-Dhabi NA, (2018) Hepatoprotective effect of bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid tiliamosine from Tiliacora racemosa in high-fat diet/diethylnitrosamine-induced non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. Vol 108, pp 963-973. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2018.09.116. IF: 4.545 (France).
  • Pandian S, Marichelvam K, Satish L, Ceasar SA, Pandian SK, Ramesh M (2018) SPAR markers assisted assessment of genetic diversity and population structure in finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) mini core collection. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology (Switzerland). (Peer reviewed). Vol 21, pp 469-481. doi:10.1007/s12892-018-0034-0. (Scopus Indexed)
  • Toppo E, Darvin SS, Buvanesvaragurunathan K, Esakkimuthu S, Krishna TPA, Stalin A, Kedike B, Pandikumar P, Al-Dhabi N, Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2018) Curative effect of Arjunolic acid from Terminalia arjuna in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease models. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. Vol 107, pp 979-988. doi:10.1016/j.biopha.2018.08.019. IF: 4.545 (France).
  • Ceasar SA* (2018) Feeding world population amidst depleting phosphate reserves: the role of biotechnological interventions. The Open Biotechnology Journal. Vol 12, pp 51-55. doi: 10.2174/1874070701812010051. (*Corresponding author) (UAE). (Scopus Indexed)
  • Daniel MA, David RHA, Caesar SA, Ramakrishnana M, Duraipandiyan V, Ignacimuthu S, Al-Dhabi NA (2018) Effect of L-glutamine and casein hydrolysate in the development of somatic embryos from cotyledonary leaf explants in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. monech). South African Journal of Botany. Vol 114, pp 223-231. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2017.11.014.  IF: 1.792.
  • Maharajan T, Ceasar SA*, Krishna TPA, Ramakrishnan M, Duraipandiyan V, Al-Dhabi NA, Ignacimuthu S* (2018) Utilization of molecular markers for improving the phosphorus efficiency in crop plants. Plant Breeding. Vol 137, pp 10-26. doi:10.1111/pbr.12537. IF: 1.662 (UK) (*Corresponding authors).
  • Ceasar SA*, Baker A, Ignacimuthu S (2017). Functional characterization of the PHT1 family transporters of foxtail millet with development of a novel Agrobacterium-mediated transformation procedure. Scientific Reports. Vol 7(1):14064. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14447-0. IF: 4.0 (UK). (*Corresponding author).
  • Vinothkumar R, Ceasar SA*, Divya Ruba A (2017) Chemosuppressive effect of Plumbagin on human non-small lung cancer cell xenotransplanted Zebrafish. Indian Journal of Cancer. Vol 54, Issue 1, pp 253-256. doi:10.4103/0019-509X.219580. IF: 0.765 (India). (*Corresponding author)
  • Sivasankaran K, Mathew P, Anand S, Ceasar SA, Mariapackiam S, Ignacimuthu S (2017) Complete mitochondrial genome sequence of fruit-piercing moth Eudocima phalonia (Linnaeus, 1763) (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Genomics Data. Vol 14, pp 66-81. doi:10.1016/j.gdata.2017.09.004. (USA). (Scopus Indexed)
  • Satish L, Ceasar SA*, Ramesh M* (2017) Improved Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and direct plant regeneration in four cultivars of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.). Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. Vol 131, Issue 3, pp 547-565. DOI 10.1007/s11240-017-1305-5. IF: 2.2 (Netherland). (*Corresponding authors).
  • Krishna TPA, Ceasar SA, Maharajan T, Ramakrishnan M, Duraipandiyan V, Al-Dhabi NA, Ignacimuthu S (2017) Improving the zinc-use efficiency in plants: a review. SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics. Vol 49(3), pp 211-230. (Japan). (Scopus Indexed)
  • Ramakrishnan, M, Ceasar SA, Vinod K, Duraipandiyan V, T. P. Ajeesh Krishna, Hari D. Upadhyaya, Al-Dhabi NA, Ignacimuthu S (2017) Identification of putative QTLs for seedling stage phosphorus starvation response in finger millet (Eleusine coracana L. Gaertn.) by association mapping and cross species synteny analysis. PLoS One. Vol 12(8): e0183261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0183261.  IF: 2.740 (USA)
  • Ceasar SA, Rajan V, Prykhozhij SV, Berman JN, Ignacimuthu S (2016) Insert, remove or replace: a highly advanced genome editing system using CRISPR/Cas9. BBA-Molecular Cell Research. Vol 1863, Issue 9, pp 2333-2344. doi:10.1016/j.bbamcr.2016.06.009. IF: 4.105 (Netherlands)
  • Ceasar SA*, Baker A, Muench SP, Baldwin SA, Ignacimuthu S (2016) The conservation of phosphate binding residues among PHT1 transporters suggests that distinct transport affinities are unlikely to result from differences in the phosphate binding site. Biochemical Society Transactions. Vol 44, Issue 5, pp 1541-1548. doi:10.1042/BST20160016. IF: 5.160 (UK) (*Corresponding author)
  • Reegan AD, Ceasar SA, Paulraj MG, Ignacimuthu S, Al-Dhabi NA (2016) Current status of genome editing in vector mosquitoes: A review. BioScience Trends. Vol 10, Issue 6, pp 424-432.  doi:10.5582/bst.2016.01180. IF: 1.553 (Japan)
  • Ramakrishnan, M, Ceasar SA, Duraipandiyan V, Vinod K, Kalpana K, Al-Dhabi NA, Ignacimuthu S (2016) Tracing QTLs for leaf blast resistance and agronomic performance of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) genotypes through association mapping and in silico comparative genomics analyses. PLoS One. Vol 11(7):e0159264. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159264. IF: 2.740 (USA).
  • David RHA, Ramakrishnan, M, Ceasar SA, Thirugnanasambantham K, Sivasankaran K, Ignacimuthu, S (2016) Analysis of molecular variance and population structure in southern Indian finger millet genotypes using three different molecular markers. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology. Vol 19, Issue 4, pp 275-283. doi:10.1007/s12892-016-0015-6. (S Korea). (Scopus Indexed).
  • Satish L, Rathinapriya P, Rency SA, Ceasar SA, Prathibha M, Pandian S, Rameshkumar R, Ramesh M (2016) Effect of salinity stress on finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn): Histochemical and morphological analysis of coleoptile and coleorhizae. Flora-Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants. Vol 222, pp 111-120. doi:10.1016/j.flora.2016.04.006. IF: 1.591 (USA)
  • Satish L, Ceasar SA, Shilpha J, Rency AS, Rathinapriya P, Ramesh M (2016) Effects of cefotaxime, amino acids and carbon source on somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration in four Indian genotypes of foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.). In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. Vol 52, Issue 2, pp 140-153. doi:10.1007/s11627-015-9724-7. IF: 1.814 (USA)
  • Satish L, Rathinapriya P, Rency AS, Ceasar SA, Pandian S, Rameshkumar R, Ramesh  M (2016) Somatic embryogenesis and regeneration using Gracilaria edulis and Padina boergesenii seaweed liquid extracts and genetic fidelity in finger millet (Eleusine coracana). Journal of Applied Phycology. Vol 28, Issue 3, pp 2083-2098. doi:10.1007/s10811-016-0977-2. IF: 3.016 (Netherlands)
  • Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA, Duraipandiyan V, Ignacimuthu S (2016) Assessment of genetic diversity, population structure and relationships in Indian and non-Indian genotypes of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) using genomic SSR markers. SpringerPlus. Vol 5, 120. doi: 10.1186/s40064-015-1626-y. (Germany). (Scopus Indexed
  • Satish L, Rency AS, Rathinapriya P, Ceasar SA, Pandian S, Rameshkumar R, Rao TB, Balachandran SM, Ramesh  M (2016) Influence of plant growth regulators and spermidine on somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration in four Indian genotypes of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn). Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. Vol 124, Issue 1, pp 15-31. doi:10.1007/s11240-015-0870-8. IF: 2.196 (Netherland)
  • Satish L, Ceasar SA, Shilpha J, Rency AS, Rathinapriya P, Ramesh M (2016) Analysis of genetic variation in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) genotypes with various agronomical traits using SPAR methods. Gene. Vol 576, Issue 1, Part 3, pp. 581-585. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2015.10.056. IF: 2.984 (Netherlands)
  • Baker A, Ceasar SA, Palmer AJ, Paterson J, Qi W, Muench SP, Baldwin SA (2015) Replace, reuse, recycle: Improving the sustainable use of phosphorus by plants. Journal of Experimental Botany. Vol 66, Issue 12, pp.3523-3540. doi:10.1093/jxb/erv210 IF: 5.908 (UK).
  • Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA, Duraipandiyan V, Ignacimuthu S (2015) Using molecular markers to assess the genetic diversity and population structure of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) from various geographical regions. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. Vol 63, Issue 2, pp 361-376. doi:10.1007/s10722-015-0255-1 IF: 1.071 (The Netherland)
  • Ceasar SA, Hodge A, Baker A, Baldwin SA (2014) Phosphate concentration and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation influence the growth, yield and expression of twelve PHT1 family phosphate transporters in foxtail millet (Setaria italica). PLoS One. Vol 9(9):e108459. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108459 IF: 2.740 (USA)
  • Satish L, Ceasar SA, Shilpha J, Rency AS, Rathinapriya P, Ramesh M (2014) Direct plant regeneration from in vitro-derived shoot apical meristems of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.). In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. Vol 51, Issue 2, pp 192-200. doi:10.1007/s11627-015-9672-2. IF: 1.814 (USA)
  • Madhuvanthi C, Ceasar SA, Kumar KS, Valivittan K, Srinivasan K, Tamilselvi A (2014) Antibacterial, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of solvent extracts of Tiliacora acuminata. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vol 6, Issue 9, 398-403. (India). (Scopus Indexed)
  • Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA, Duraipandiyan V, Ignacimuthu S (2014) Efficient plant regeneration from shoot apex explants of maize (Zea mays) and analysis of genetic fidelity of regenerated plants by ISSR markers. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. Vol 119, Issue 1, pp 183-196. doi:10.5897/AJB2018.16562. IF: 2.196 (Netherlands)
  • Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA, Duraipandiyan V, Daniel MA, Ignacimuthu S (2013) Efficacious somatic embryogenesis and fertile plant recovery from shoot apex explants of onion (Allium cepa. L.). In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. Vol 49, Issue 3, pp 285-293. doi:10.1007/s11627-013-9510-3. IF: 1.8 (USA)
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2012) Genetic engineering of crop plants for fungal resistance: role of antifungal genes. Biotechnology Letters. Vol 34, Issue 6, pp 995-1002. doi:10.1007/s10529-012-0871-1. IF: 2.2 (Netherlands)
  • Ignacimuthu S, Ceasar SA (2012) Development of transgenic finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) resistant to leaf blast disease. Journal of Biosciences.  Vol 37, Issue 1, pp 1-13. doi:10.1007/s12038-011-9178-y. IF: 1.6 (India) (Cover page image article)
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2011) Applications of Biotechnology and Biochemical engineering for the improvement of Jatropha and Biodiesel: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Vol 15, Issue 9, pp 5176-5185. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2011.07.039. IF: 12.1 (USA)
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2011) Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) using shoot apex explants. Plant Cell Reports. Vol 30, Issue 9, pp 1759-1770. doi:10.1007/s00299-011-1084-0 IF: 3.8 (Germany)
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2010) Effects of cytokinins, carbohydrates and amino acids on induction and maturation of somatic embryos in kodo millet (Paspalum scorbiculatum Linn.). Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. Vol 102, Issue 2, pp 153-162. doi:10.1007/s11627-015-9724-7. IF: 2.2 (Netherlands)
  • Ceasar SA, Maxwell SL, Prasad KB, Karthigan M, Ignacimuthu S (2010) Highly efficient shoot regeneration of Bacopa monnieri (L.) using a two-stage culture procedure and assessment of genetic integrity of micropropagated plants by RAPD. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. Vol 32, Issue 3, pp 443-452. doi:10.1007/s11738-009-0419-8. IF: 1.8 (Poland)
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2009) Genetic engineering of millets: current status and future prospects. Biotechnology Letters. Vol 31, Issue 6, pp 779-788. doi:10.1007/s10529-009-9933-4. IF: 2.2 (Netherlands)
  • Ceasar SA, Ignacimuthu S (2008) Efficient somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration from shoot apex explants of different Indian genotypes of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.). In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. Vol 44, Issue 5, pp 427-435. doi:10.1007/s11627-008-9153-y IF: 1.8 (USA)

Nucleotide Sequences Submitted To Genbank (NCBI)

  • Number of partial gene sequences submitted to NCBI = 80
  • Whole genome sequence submitted to NCBI = 1
  • Eudocima phalonia voucher ERILMC-049 mitochondrion, complete genome; Accession No: KY196412.1; Date of release: 13th September, 2017

International

  • Ramakrishnan, M, Duraipandiyan V, Ceasar SA, K, Al-Dhabi NA, Ignacimuthu S (2016) Assessment of genetic diversity, population structure and relationships in finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) using genomic SSR markers. International symposium on medicinal plants and herbal drugs in human and livestock wealth- A global prospective (ISMPHD). PG and research Department of Botany, Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai, India. 29th to 31st January 2016.
  • Ceasar SA, Baldwin SA, Ignacimuthu S, Muench SP (2015) Structure and function of PHosphate Transporter1 (PHT1) proteins in foxtail millet (Setaria italica). Membrane Proteins from A to Z: Symposium around the Life and Work of Prof Stephen Baldwin. Poster presentation. Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK. 16th to 17th December 2015. 
  • Ramakrishnan M, Ceasar SA, Duraipandiyan V, Kadirvel P, Ignacimuthu S (2014) Assessment of genetic diversity among finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L) ) accessions using molecular markers. International Symposium: Trends in Plant Science Research. Poster presentation- Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India. 15th to 16th February 2014. 
  • Ceasar SA (2014) “Phosphate availability and colonisation with mycorrhizal fungus influence growth and phosphate transporter gene expression in foxtail millet”. Oral presentation at Centre for Plant Sciences Symposium (CPS), Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK. 22nd January 2014. (Oral Presentation)
  • Ceasar SA, A. Hodge, S.A. Baldwin, A. Baker (2013) “Expression dynamics of the Foxtail millet (Setaria italica) PHT1 family of phosphate transporters”. Poster presentation- Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) Annual Main meeting, Valencia, Spain. 3rd July 2013 to 6th July 2013.
  • Ceasar SA. “Improving the phosphate use efficiency of crop plants” Pitch presentation at Nutrition for Life Workshop.   Organized by Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN, UK). Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 9th April 2013 (Oral Presentation)
  • Manikanadan R, Basha NA, Daniel A, Ceasar SA (2006) “In vitro Callus and regeneration of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn)”. Frontiers in Genetics and Biotechnology-Retrospect and Prospect, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. 8th to 10th January 2006.
  • Kausikm KB, Swaminathan S, Ceasar SA. (2010) “In vitro propagation of Plumbago zeylanica L., a medicinally important plant”. International Conference on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs: Challenges and Opportunities in Cultivation, Sustainable Utilization and Conservation (ICMPHD 2010). Department of Botany, Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai, India. March 4th to 6th 2010.

National

  • Ceasar SA, John J (2003) “Study of inhibitory effect of three plant extracts against dental caries causing microbes”. National Seminar on Recent Trends in Biological Sciences. Department of Zoology, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, India. 25th and 27th October. (Oral Presentation)
  • Ceasar S. A. “Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture”. Natura-04 A National Level Technical Symposium, Department of Biotechnology, St. Peter’s Engineering College, Chennai, India.23rd and 24th September.
  • Ceasar SA (2005) “Genetic engineering of crop plants for insect resistance: role of proteinase inhibitors”. Natura 05 A National Level Technical Symposium, Department of Biotechnology, St. Peter’s Engineering College, Chennai, India. 22nd and 23rd September. (Oral Presentation)
  • Ceasar SA (2006) “Protein folding and diseases of misfolding: from theory to therapy”. Natura- 06 A National Level Technical Symposium, Department of Biotechnology, St. Peter’s Engineering College, Chennai, India. 4th and 5th October.
  • Maxwell SL, Ceasar SA (2007) “Micropropagation of Bacopa monnieri- an endangered medicinal plant”. “National Conference on Biotechnology and Conservation of Endangered Species” (NCBCES 2007). Chennai, India. 19th and 20th October.
  • Ceasar SA (2007) “Current Scenario of GM crops”. Natura- 07 A National Level Technical Symposium, Department of Biotechnology, St. Peter’s Engineering College, Chennai, India. 8th and 9th October. (Oral Presentation)
  • Ceasar SA (2010) Molecular (DNA) Assisted Plant Breeding for Crop Improvement. Natura-10 A National Level Technical Symposium. Department of Biotechnology, St. Peter’s Engineering College, Chennai, India. 17th September.
  • “Genebank Field Day”, Genebank, ICRISAT Pattancheru Hyderabad, India. 25/10/2019
  • “1st Cologne Conference on Food for Future”, Cluster of Excellence in Plant Science (CEPLAS), University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. 05/09/2018 to 07/09/2018
  • BioForum 2018: A one-day workshop for Industry-Academic Interaction, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium, 17/05/2018
  • CRISPR/Cas9 workshop by Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), University of Liege, Liege, Belgium, 07/03/2018
  • InBios Day Seminar, Institute of Biological Sciences (InBioS), University of Liege, Belgium, 01/02/2018
  • National Workshop on Innovations in Water Resource Management in Educational Institutions, Loyola College, Chennai, India, 25-11-2016 to 25-11-2016
  • Membrane proteins: from A to Z. University of Leeds, UK, 16-12-2015 to 17-12-2015
  • SPSS training, University of Leeds, UK, 8/7/2013
  • Workshop on Scientific Writing, University of Leeds, UK, 24/5/2012
  • National Seminar on Biopesticides in insect pest management, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, India, 1/2/2008 to 2/2/2008
  • National Seminar on Recent Trends in Insect Pest Management, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, India, 1/2/2007 to 2/2/2007
  • ISO internal Auditor Training, Creative Management Consultants, Chennai, India, 11/8/2006
  • Group Discussion for College Teachers, MBA Dept. St. Peter’s Engineering College, Chennai, India, 16/2/2005
  • Students Guidance & Counselling, National Institute of Technical Teacher Training Research, Chennai, India, 5/8/2005 to 7/8/2005
  • Inter Collegiate Seminar on Clinical Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Malankara Catholic College, Kaliakavilai, India, 02/08/2003
  • Workshop on Laboratory Techniques, Vivek Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Nagerkovil, India, 5/10/2002 to 6/10/2002
  • Member (Lifetime), Biochemical Society, London, UK
  • Member, Society for Biological Chemists, IISc, Bangalore, India
  • Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow (MC-IIF), European Union
  • World University Network-Research Mobility Program (WUN-RMP) Award, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Marie Curie Fellow-Visiting Title, University of Leeds, UK
  • International Travel Grant, Biochemical Society, London, UK
  • DBT-CTEP International Travel Grant, DBT, Govt. of India
  • Academic Visitor, University of Leeds, UK
  • BELSPO Non-European Postdoctoral Fellow, Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium
  • Best Researcher Award-2018, Loyola College, Chennai, India for wining Prestigious International Fellowships

Abroad Universities visited on research and collaboration

  • University of Leeds, UK (May 2012 to May 2014, December 2015, February to June 2017)
  • University of Alberta, Canada (March to April 2014)
  • University of Liege, Belgium (August 2017 to February 2019)
  • University of Cologne, Germany (August & September 2018)
  • Editorial Board Member, BMC Genomics (2021 onward)
  • Editor, Open Biotechnology Journal (2018 onward)
  • Ad hoc reviewer for reputed Journals in Plant Biotechnology field (Journal of Biotechnology, Scientific Reports, BMC Plant Biology, BMC Genomics, Functional & Integrative Genomics, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Planta, Int. J. Molecular Sciences, etc)
  • Member, Board of studies in Biochemistry. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli, India. 2003-2004
  • Member, Board of studies in Biotechnology, St Peter’s University, Chennai, India. 2008-2012
  • ISO Internal Auditor, St. Peter’s Engineering College, Avadi, Chennai, India.
  • Acted as examiner in Central Valuation, practical exams and project work for Biochemistry Board, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli, India. (2000-2004)
  • Acted as examiner in Central Valuation, Practical Exams and Project Work for Biotechnology, Anna University Chennai, India. (2004-2010)