Texas Tech University

Gunvant Baliram Patil, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Phone: 806-834-1064
Email: gunvant.patil@ttu.edu
Room number: 210B

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Current Research


Dr. Gunvant Patil Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance plant genomics

Personal Information

Dr. Gunvant Patil, an expert in genetic engineering, quantitative genetics and translational genomics, has been named an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Texas Tech University. Dr. Patil received his B.S. degree from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India and his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Pune and National Center for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi, India. Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Patil served as a research scientist at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul. He also worked as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a visiting researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.

Research Interests

I am interested in genetic engineering and integrated approaches for trait discovery and crop improvement.
Genome engineering has tremendous potential in crop improvement; and, using this technology, we can precisely turn ON, turn OFF or fine-tune the expression of targeted gene/s and improve desirable traits and plant fitness. However, in the majority of crop species, the genetic transformation process is the bottleneck and typically remains confined to a few genotypes per species, leading to poor agronomic performance. To address these challenges, I am interested in developing a platform to improve ‘genotype independent' genetic transformations and genome editing systems in major crop species including legumes, fiber, and energy crops. Additionally, my research is focusing on creating “Targeted Quantitative Variations” in plant genomes using genome editing technologies to decipher the molecular mechanism of various abiotic stress tolerances and disease resistance traits in crops.

Selected Publications

  • Patil G, Patel R, Jaat R, Pattanayak A, Jain P, Srinivasan R. (2009) Glutamine improves shoot morphogenesis in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 1;31(5):1077-84.
  • Patil G, Deokar A, Jain PK, Thengane RJ and Srinivasan R (2009) Development of a phosphomannose isomerase-based Agrobacterium-mediated transformation system for chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Plant Cell Reports28(11), pp.1669-1676.
  • Patil G, Nicander B (2013) Identification of two additional members of the tRNA isopentenyltransferase family in Physcomitrella Plant Molecular Biology. 1;82(4-5):417-26.
  • Deshmukh R, Sonah H, Patil G, Chen W, Prince S, Mutava R, Vuong T, Valliyodan B and Nguyen HT (2014) Integrating omic approaches for abiotic stress tolerance in soybean. Frontiers in Plant science5, p.244.
  • Patil G, Valliyodan B, Deshmukh R, Prince S, Nicander B, Zhao M, Sonah H, Song L, Lin L, Chaudhary J, Liu Y, Nguyen H (2015) Soybean (Glycine max) SWEET gene family: insights through comparative genomics, transcriptome profiling and whole genome re-sequence analysis. BMC Genomics16(1), p.520.
  • Chen W, He S, Liu D, Patil GB, Zhai H, Wang F, Stephenson TJ, Wang Y, Wang B, Valliyodan B and Nguyen HT (2015) A sweetpotato geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate synthase gene, IbGGPS, increases carotenoid content and enhances osmotic stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS One10(9)
  • Prince SJ, Joshi T, Mutava RN, Syed N, Vitor, M, Patil G, Song L, Wang J, Lin L, Chen W, Shannon JG, Nguyen H (2015) Comparative analysis of the drought-responsive transcriptome in soybean lines contrasting for canopy wilting. Plant Science240, pp.65-78.
  • Chaudhary, Patil GB, Sonah H, Deshmukh RK, Vuong TD, Valliyodan B and Nguyen HT (2015) Expanding omics resources for improvement of soybean seed composition traits. Frontiers in Plant Science6, p.1021.
  • Syed N, Prince S, Mutava R, Patil G*, Li S, Chen W, Babu V, Joshi T, Khan S and Nguyen H, (2015) Core clock, SUB1, and ABAR genes mediate flooding and drought responses via alternative splicing in soybean. Journal of Experimental Botany66(22), pp.7129-7149.
  • Prince SJ, Song L, Qiu D, dos Santos J, Chai C, Joshi T, Patil G, Valliyodan B, Vuong TD, Murphy M and Krampis K (2015) Genetic variants in root architecture-related genes in a Glycine soja accession, a potential resource to improve cultivated soybean. BMC genomics16(1), p.132.
  • Sonah H, Chavan S, Katara J, Chaudhary J, Kadam S, Patil G and Deshmukh R (2016) Genome-wide identification and characterization of Xylanase Inhibitor Protein (XIP) genes in cereals. Indian J. Genet. Plant Breed76, pp.159-166.
  • Asekova S, Kulkarni K, Patil G, Kim M, Song J, Nguyen HT, Shannon J and Lee J (2016) Genetic analysis of shoot fresh weight in a cross of wild (G. soja) and cultivated (G. max) soybean. Molecular Breeding36(7), p.103.
  • Song L, Nguyen N, Deshmukh R, Patil GB, Prince S, Valliyodan B, Mutava R, Pike S, Gassmann W and Nguyen H, (2016) Soybean TIP gene family analysis and characterization of GmTIP1; 5 and GmTIP2; 5 water transport activity. Frontiers in plant science7, p.1564.
  • Kadam S, Vuong, T.D, Qiu, D, Meinhardt, C.G, Song, L, Deshmukh, R, Patil, G, Wan, J, Valliyodan, B, Scaboo, A.M. and Shannon, J.G, (2016) Genomic-assisted phylogenetic analysis and marker development for next generation soybean cyst nematode resistance breeding. Plant Science242, pp.342-350.
  • Chen, W, Yao, Q, Patil, G.B*, Agarwal, G, Deshmukh, R.K, Lin, L, Wang, B, Wang, Y, Prince, S.J, Song, L. and Xu, D, (2016) Identification and comparative analysis of differential gene expression in soybean leaf tissue under drought and flooding stress revealed by RNA-Seq. Frontiers in plant science7, p.1044.



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