Gunvant Baliram Patil, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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.
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.
Graham N, Patil G*, Bubeck D, Dobert R, Glenn K, Gutsche A, Kumar S, Lindbo J, Maas L, May G, Vega-Sanchez M, Stupar R, Morrell P (2020) Plant genome editing and the relevance of off-target changes. Plant Physiology (In press)
Patil G, Lakhssassi N, Wan J, Song L, Zhou Z, Klepadlo M, Vuong T, Stec A, Kahil S, Colantonio V, Valliyodan B, Rice H, Piya S, Hewezi T, Stupar R, Meksem K, Nguyen H (2019) Whole‐genome re‐sequencing reveals the impact of the interaction of copy number variants of the rhg1 and Rhg4 genes on broad‐based resistance to soybean cyst nematode. Plant Biotechnology Journal 17(8):1595-611
Lakhssassi N, Patil G*, Piya S, Zhou Z, Baharlouei A, Kassem MA, Lightfoot DA, Hewezi T, Barakat A, Nguyen HT, Meksem K (2019) Genome reorganization of the GmSHMT gene family in soybean showed a lack of functional redundancy in resistance to soybean cyst nematode. Scientific Reports 9(1):1-6.
Vishwakarma K, Mishra M, Patil G, Mulkey S, Ramawat N, Singh V, Deshmukh R, Tripathi D, Nguyen T, Sharma S (2019) Avenues of the membrane transport system in adaptation of plants to abiotic stresses. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 39(7):861-83
Patil G, Vuong TD, Kale S, Valliyodan B, Deshmukh R, Zhu C, Wu X, Bai Y, Yungbluth D, Lu F, Kumpatla S. (2018) Dissecting genomic hotspots underlying seed protein, oil, and sucrose content in an interspecific mapping population of soybean using high‐density linkage mapping. Plant Biotechnology Journal. (11):1939-53.
Patil G, Mian R, Vuong T, Pantalone V, Song Q, Chen P, Shannon GJ, Carter TC, Nguyen HT (2017). Molecular mapping and genomics of soybean seed protein: a review and perspective for the future. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 130(10):1975-91.
Patil G, Do T, Vuong TD, Valliyodan B, Lee JD, Chaudhary J, Shannon JG, Nguyen HT (2016). Genomic-assisted haplotype analysis and the development of high-throughput SNP markers for salinity tolerance in soybean. Scientific Reports 6(1):1-3.
Patil G, Valliyodan B, Deshmukh R, Prince S, Nicander B, Zhao M, Sonah H, Song L, et al (2015). Soybean (Glycine max) SWEET gene family: insights through comparative genomics, transcriptome profiling and whole genome re-sequence analysis. BMC Genomics 16(1):520.
Syed NH, Prince SJ, Mutava RN, Patil G*, Li S, Chen W, Babu V, Joshi T, Khan S, Nguyen HT (2015). Core clock, SUB1, and ABAR genes mediate flooding and drought responses via alternative splicing in soybean. Journal of Experimental Botany. 66(22):7129-49.
Patil G, Nicander B (2013) Identification of two additional members of the tRNA isopentenyltransferase family in Physcomitrella patens. Plant Molecular Biology. 82(4-5):417-26.