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Appa Rao Podile

   Prof. Appa Rao Podile, FNASc, FNAAS, FAMI, FAP-AS

   Department of Plant Sciences
   School of Life Science
   University of Hyderabad
   Prof. C.R.Rao Road, Gachibowli
   Hyderabad - 500046, India
   Tel: +91-040-23134503 (Office)
               040‐2301 0154 (Residence)
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Prof. Podile obtained MSc. (1983) Gold Medal, and also Ph.D. (1987), Sardar Patel University. Post Doctoral Fellow (1998), Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan and subsequently was a Visiting Scientist (2000), Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei. Department of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Munster, Germany (2006).

  • Elected Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2012
  • Elected Fellow, Association of Microbiologists of India, 2010
  • Member, DBT Task Force on Bioagents for Agriculture, 2011 onwards
  • Member, Res Adv Council of National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau, U.P. 2010 onwards
  • Associate Editor, Australasian Plant Pathology, 2011
  • Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007
  • Honorary Fellow, Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy, 2007
  • Outstanding Plant Pathologist award from ISMPP, 2005.
  • Elected Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, 2005
  • Elected Fellow, Indian Phytopathological Society, 1998
  • Rajib Goyal Young Scientist Award in Agricultural Sciences, 1998

Teaching: Teach General Microbiology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Microbial Technology and Microbial Ecology to graduate students.

Research: Prof. Podile’s group works on Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions and published about 85 research papers, with special focus on recombinant bacterial chitinases, non‐host resistance, nanotechnology for crop protection, and molecular interactions of rhizosphere bacteria with plants. This group is actively engaged in cloning and characterization of bacterial chitinases. Prof. Podile is a member of the International Research and Training Group (IRTG) on Molecular and Cellular Glycosciences (MCGS) between University of Hyderabad – University of Munster, Germany.

No. of students obtained Ph.D. under Prof. Podile’s guidance: 14

Peer-reviewed publications in 2012:

  1. Madhuprakash, J., T. Karunakar, P. Purushotham, G. Lalitha, A. R. Podile    (2012) Transglycosylation by chitinase D from Serratia proteamaculans improved through altered substrate interactions. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 287: 44619–44627, IF: 4.773
  2. Praveen M., Mahesh Kumar, G., and A.R. Podile (2012) Polygalacturonase inhibitor proteins: Titanic players in plant immunity. Review of Plant Pathology (In Press)
  3. Yadlapalli, R.K. O. P. Chourasia,  J. Madhuprakash, A.R. Podile, and R.S. Perali (2012) PeraliDesign, synthesis and in vitro antimicrobial activity of novel phenylbenzamido-aminothiazole-based azasterol mimics. Med. Chem. Res. DOI 10.1007/s00044-012-0314-5
  4. Purushotham, P. and A. R. Podile (2012) Synthesis of higher chain chito- oligosaccharides by a hyper transglycosylating processive endo-chitinase of Serratia proteamaculans 568. J. Bacteriol. (In Press), IF:3.726
  5. Sarma, P.V.R.N., V. Srinivas, V., Anil, K. and A.R. Podile (2012). Isolation and purification of metagenomic DNA from chitin-enriched soils. Biologia (In Press), IF: 0.609
  6. Madhuri, S., Raut, D., Dey, A., Nazneen, B. Uma and A.R. Podile (2012) Tapetum-specific expression of harpinPss causes male sterility in transgenic tobacco. Biol. Plant. 56: 628-634,IF: 1.582
  7. Purushotham, P., Sai Arun, P., Prakash, J.S.S., and A. R. Podile (2012) Chitin binding proteins act synergistically with chitinases in Serratia proteamaculans 568. PLoS One 7(5): e36714 , , IF:4.411
  8. Purushotham, P., Sarma, P.V.S.R.N., and A. R. Podile (2012) Multiple chitinases of an endophytic Serratia proteamaculans 568 generate chitin oligomers. Bioresour. Technol 112: 261-269, , IF:4.365
  9. Anil, K. And A.R. Podile (2012) HarpinPss-mediated enhancement in growth and biological control of late leaf spot in groundnut by a cholorothalonil-tolerant Bacillus thuringiensis SFC24. Microbiol. Res. 167: 194-198, , IF: 1.958

Research Team:

  • Post Docs: (1) Dr. G. Suvarna Laxmi, UGC-Kothari, (2) Dr. Pallinti Purushotham, UGC-UPE II, (3) Dr. Vukanti R.V. Narayana Rao, DBT Project and (4) Dr. Sadaf Kalam,  DST-Woman Scientist.
  • Ph.D. students: (1) Ms. Uma Battepati, (2)  Ms. Swarupa Rani T., (3)  Mr. Madhu Prakash Jogi, (4)  Mr. Subhanarayan Das, (5)  Ms. Manjeet Kaur, (6)  Mr. Papa Rao Vaikunthapu, (7) Mr. Samudrala Rambabu
  • JRFs and Tech. Asst: (1) Mr. P. Durgeshwar (CSIR), (2) Ms. N. Sravana Sandhya (DBT); (3) Mr. P.V.S.R.N. Sarma (DBT); (4) Ms. Ankati Sravani

Recent awards to Ph.D. students:

  1. T. Swaroopa Rani, M J Narasimhan Academic Contest  Award, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2011
  2. Dr. P. Purushotham, Young Scientist Award in Life Sciences, A.P. Akademi of Sciences, 2012
  3. Ms. B. Uma, M J Narasimhan Academic Contest Award, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2012


Prof. Dr. B.M. Moerchbacher (University of Munster), Prof. T.P. Singh (AIIMS), Prof. M.J. Swamy and Dr. Lalita Guruprasad, Dr. R.S. Perali (School of Chemistry), Dr. K. Gopinadh, Prof. G. Padmaja, Dr. S. Rajagopal and Dr. J.S.S. Prakash (School of Life Sciences)

Ongoing research Projects:  

  • UPE-II grant from University of Hyderabad – May 2012
  • DBT-sponsored “Molecular mechanism of plant growth promotion ……”- March 2012
  • DBT-sponsored “Elicitor-loaded nanoparticles for crop protection” – Sept. 2010
  • CSIR sponsored “Chitosan and PGPR-mediated growth of tomato and mechanism of growth promotion” May 2009

Patent filed:


Currently the lab is funded by DBT, CSIR, UGC-University with Potential for Excellence-II, DST-Nanotechnology Programme of the University and the UGC- International Research and Training Group (IRTG) in “Molecular and Cellular Glycosciences” (MCGS). 

The lab was supported earlier by European Union (EU) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), DBT, DST and UGC in the form of major research projects.