Dr. Mali Mahalingam

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Feedstock Development
Associate Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Oklahoma State University
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B.S. | Agriculture | University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India | 1991
M.S. | Agronomy | Clemson University | 1994
Ph.D. | Genetics | Clemson University | 1998
Postdoc | Functional Genomics | Pennsylvania State University | 1998 - 2003
Research Interests: 

“Through this project we can develop the much needed genomic resources important for switchgrass breeding. Identifying gene networks associated with biomass accumulation is the primary goal of this project.”

Dr. Mahalingam’s primary research focus is understanding the functions of key genes involved in oxidative stress signaling. This includes identification and characterization of genes involved in oxidative stress induced by ozone, the most abundant air pollutant and a global climate change factor.

His research encompasses genomics, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and plant physiology.

Mahalingam is part of the plant biomass improvement group. His group is involved in identifying the genes expressed in various switchgrass tissues using high throughput sequencing technologies. The identified genes will be used for developing switchgrass microarrays.

Pictured (above):  Dr. Mahalingam's research will aid in the development of more efficient and disease-tolerant switchgrass plants. (Photo Credit: OSU Agricultural Communication Services

Teaching Responsibilities: 
BIOCH 6733: Functional Genomics
BIOCH 6763: Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
BIOCH 5102: Molecular Genetics
Key Publications: 
  • Jambunathan, N., A. Penaganti, Y. Tang, and R. Mahalingam (2010). "Modulation of Redox Homeostasis under Suboptimal Conditions by Arabidopsis Nudix Hydrolase 7." BMC Plant Biology 10.1: 173. BioMed Central. Web. doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-10-173.  
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  • Peal, L., N. Jambunathan, and R. Mahalingam (2011). "Phylogenetic and Expression Analysis of RNA Binding Proteins with Triple RNA Recognition Motifs in Plants. Molecules and Cells." doi: 10.1007/s10059-011-0001-2.
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  • Puckette, M., L. Peal, J. Steele, Y. Tang, and R. Mahalingam (15 Aug. 2009). "Ozone Responsive Genes in Medicago Truncatula: Analysis by Suppression Subtraction Hybridization." Journal of Plant Physiology 166.12 (2009): 1284-295. SciVerse. doi: 10.1016/j.jplph.2009.01.009.
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  • Puckette, M. C., Y. Tang, and R. Mahalingam (2008). "BioMed Central | Abstract | Transcriptomic Changes Induced by Acute Ozone in Resistant and Sensitive Medicago Truncatula Accessions." BMC Plant Biology 8.1: 46. BioMed Central | The Open Access Publisher. doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-8-46.
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  • Mahalingam, R., N. Jambunathan, and A. Penaganti (2007). "Pyridine Nucleotide Homeostasis in Plant Development and Stress." International Journal of Plant Developmental Biology 1: 194-201.
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