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Baskar R

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science
M.Sc., University of Madras
Office: BT 303
Tel: +91-44-2257-4110
Email: rbaskar@iitm·ac·in
Lab: BT 314(Website)

Research Interests

  • Pattern formation in cellular slime molds.
  • Mutational landscape during plant development and hybridization.


  1. Baskar, R., Chabra, P. and Nanjundiah, V. (2000) A morphogenetic role for calcium in Dictyostelium discoideum. International Journal of Developmental Biology 44: 491-498.
  2. Vielle-Calzada, J.P., Baskar, R. and Grossniklaus, U. (2000) Delayed activation of the paternal genome during seed development in higher plants. Nature 404: 91-94.
  3. Vielle-Calzada, J.P., Baskar, R. and Grossniklaus, U. (2001) Seed development (Communication arising) Early paternal gene activity in Arabidopsis. Nature 414: 710.
  4. Grossniklaus, U. Moore, J.M., Brukhin, V., Gheyselinck, J, Baskar, R., Vielle Calzada, J.P., Baroux, C., Page, D and Spillane, C. (2002) Engineering of apomixes in Crop plants: what can we learn from sexual model systems. In Vasil, I.K. (Ed) Plant Biotechnology & Beyond. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, p 309-314.
  5. de Folter, S., Shchennikova, A.V., Franken1, J., Busscher1, M., Baskar, R., Grossniklaus, U., Angenent1, G.C., Immink, R.G.H. (2006) Two closely related MADS box genes in Petunia and Arabidopsis involved in ovule and seed development. Plant J. 47(6): 934-946.
  6. Groß-Hardt, R., Kägi, C., Baumann, N., Moore, J.M, Baskar, R., Gagliano, W.B., Jürgens, G. and Grossniklaus, U. (2007) LACHESIS restricts reproductive cell fate in the female gametophyte of Arabidopsis PLoS Biology 5(3) :47.
  7. Ngo, Q.A., Moore, J.M., Baskar, R., Grossniklaus, U. and Sundaresan, V. (2007) Arabidopsis GLAUCE promotes fertilization-independent endosperm development and expression of paternally inherited alleles. Development 134: 4107-4117.
  8. Chen, Y.H., Li, H.J., Shi, D.O., Yuan, L., Liu, J., Sreenivasan, R., Baskar, R., Grossniklaus, U. and Yang, W.C.(2007) The central cell plays a critical role for pollen tube guidance in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell: 19(11)3563-3577.
  9. Schauer, S. E., Schluter, P.M., Baskar, R., Gheyselinck, J., Bolanos, A., Curtis, M.D. and Grossniklaus, U (2009) Intronic regulatory elements determine the divergent expression patterns of AGAMOUS-LIKE6 subfamily members in Arabidopsis (Accepted-Plant Journal).
  10. Johnston AJ, Kirioukhova O, Barrell PJ, Rutten T, Moore JM, Baskar R, Grossniklaus U, Gruissem W. (2010) Dosage-sensitive function of retinoblastoma related and convergent epigenetic control are required during the Arabidopsis life cycle. PLoS Genet. 6(6):e1000988.
  11. Kirioukhova O, Johnston AJ, Kleen D, Kägi C, Baskar R, Moore JM, Bäumlein H, Gross-Hardt R, Grossniklaus U. (2011) Female gametophytic cell specification and seed development require the function of the putative Arabidopsis INCENP ortholog WYRD. Development. 138(16):3409-20.
  12. Jaiswal, P., Soldati, T., Thewes, S. and Baskar, R. (2012) Regulation of aggregate size and pattern by adenosine and caffeine in cellular slime molds. BMC Dev.Biol. 12: 5.
  13. Jaiswal, P., Singh, S. P., Aiyar, P., Akkali, R. and Baskar, R. (2012) Regulation of multiple tip formation by caffeine in cellular slime molds. BMC Dev. Biol 12:26
  14. Bashir, T., Sailer, C., Loganathan, N., Bhoopalan, H., Eichenberger, C., Grossniklaus, U. and Baskar, R.(2013) Hybridization alters spontaneous mutation rates in a parent-oforigin-dependent fashion in Arabidopsis thaliana. (In press-Plant Physiology).