R Baskar

R Baskar

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science

M.Sc., University of Madras


Office : BT 303 Block -1


Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of pattern formation in cellular slime molds_

  • Estimating spontaneous mutation rates during plant development_


Complete list of publications can be found on Scopus

  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. deFolter, 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. Gro–Hardt, R., K-gi, C., Baumann, N., Moore, J.M, Baskar, R., Gagliano, W.B., J-rgens, 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. Plant Journal. 59(6):987-1000.

  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, K-gi C, Baskar R, Moore JM, B-umlein 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. Plant Physiology. 165(1):427-37.

  15. Singh SP, Dhakshinamoorthy R, Jaiswal P, Schmidt S, Thewes S, Baskar R. (2014) The thyroxine inactivating gene, type III deiodinase, suppresses multiple signaling centers in Dictyosteliumdiscoideum. Developmental Biology. 396(2):256-68.

  16. Singh AK, Bashir T, Sailer C, Gurumoorthy V, Ramakrishnan AM, Dhanapal S, Grossniklaus U, Baskar, R. (2015) Parental Age Affects Somatic Mutation Rates in the Progeny of Flowering Plants. Plant Physiology. 168(1):247-57.

  17. Mohamed, W., Ray, S., Brazill, D. and Baskar. R. (2015) Absence of catalytic domain in a putative protein kinase C (PkcA) suppresses tip dominance in Dictyosteliumdiscoideum. Developmental Biology. 405(1):10-20.

  18. Shah, J. M., Ramakrishnan, A.M., Singh, A. K., Ramachandran, S., Unnikrishnan, U., Jayshankar, A., Balasundaram, N., Dhanapal. S. and Baskar, R. (2015) Three classes of spontaneous somatic mutations suppressed by vir gene-expressing Agrobacterium strains in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biology. 15:210.

  19. Singh S, Mohamed W, Aguessy A, Dyett E, Shah S, Khan M, Baskar R, Brazill D. (2017) Functional interaction of PkcA and PldB regulate aggregation and development in Dictyosteliumdiscoideum.Cell Signal. 34:47-54.

  20. Saini R, Singh AK, Dhanapal S, Saeed TH, Hyde GJ, Baskar R. (2017) Brief temperature stress during reproductive stages alters meiotic recombination and somatic mutation rates in the progeny of Arabidopsis.BMC Plant Biol.17 (1):103.

  21. Kliver S, Rayko M, Komissarov A, Bakin E, Zhernakova D, Prasad K, Rushworth C, Baskar R, Smetanin D, Schmutz J, Rokhsar DS, Mitchell-Olds T, Grossniklaus U, Brukhin V. (2018) Assembly of the Boechera retrofracta Genome and Evolutionary Analysis of Apomixis-Associated Genes. Genes (Basel). 9(4).

  22. Brukhin, V. and Baskar, R. (2019) A brief note on genes that tigger components of apomixis. J of Biosci. 44. 45.

  23. Nassir, N. and Baskar, R. (2018) Telomerase represses both cell counting factors and multiple cAMP signalling centers to maintain tissue integrity and size in Dictyostelium. PloS Genetics. e1008188

  24. Saini R, Singh AK, Hyde GJ, Baskar R. (2020) Levels of Heterochiasmy During Arabidopsis Development as Reported by Fluorescent Tagged Lines. G3 (Bethesda). 10(6):2103-2110.

  25. Umachandran S, Mohamed W, Jayaraman M, Hyde G, Brazill D, Baskar R. (2022) A PKC that controls polyphosphate levels, pinocytosis and exocytosis, regulates stationary phase onset in Dictyostelium. J Cell Sci. 135(9):jcs259289.