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“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel”

- Claude Bernard -


  • Ahmed S, Chouhan R, Junaid A, Jamwal VL, Thakur JK, Mir BA and Gandhi SG (2023) Transcriptome analysis and differential expression in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to rohitukine (a chromone alkaloid) treatment. Functional & Integrative Genomics 23:35,

  • Agrawal R, Singh A, Giri J, Magyar Z and Thakur JK (2023). MEDIATOR SUBUNIT 17 is required for transcriptional optimization of root system architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology (accepted)

  • Singh J, Das S, Kapuganti JG, Ranjan A, Foyer CH and Thakur JK (2023) Physiological implications of SWEETs in plants and their potential applications in improving source-sink relationships for enhanced yield. Plant Biotechnology Journal

  • Kalaivanan NS, Ghoshal T, Lakshmi MA, Mondal KK, Kulshreshtha A, Singh KBM, Thakur JK, Supriya P, Bhatnagar S and Mani C (2023). Complete genome resource unravels the close relation of an Indian Xanthomonas oryzae pv. Oryzae strain IXOBB0003 with Philippines strain causing bacterial blight of rice. 3 Biotech 13: 187.

  • Waseem M, Das S, Mondal D, Jain M, Thakur JK* and Subbarao N* (2023). Identification of novel inhibitors against Med15a KIX domain of Candida glabrata. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (* corresponding authors) 253: 126720


  • Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships  Elected Member: Guha Research Conference 2022

  • Singh KBM and Thakur JK (2022) Endosperm ontogeny through the lens of epigenetics. Mol. Plant S1674-2052.

  • Singh J*, Garai S, Das S, Thakur JK* and Tripathy BC* (2022) Role of C4 photosynthetic enzyme isoforms in C3 plants and their potential applications in improving agronomic traits in crops. Photosynth Res. 154: 233-258. (* Corresponding authors)

  • Kohli PS, Pazhamala LT, Balaji M, Thakur JK and Giri J (2022) Root hair-specific transcriptome reveals response to low phosphorus in Cicer arietinum. Front Plant Sci. 13:983969 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.983969.

  • Waseem M, Thakur JK and Subbarao N (2022) Prediction of novel and potent inhibitors of lanosterol 14-a demethylase. J. Biomol. Struct. Dyn. 10.1080/07391102.2022.2096116

  • Agrawal R, Sharma M, Dwivedi N, Maji S, Thakur P, Junaid A, Fajkus J, Laxmi A and Thakur JK (2022) MEDIATOR SUBUNIT 17 integrates jasmonate and auxin signaling pathways to regulate thermomorphogenesis. Plant Physiol.

  • Kohli P, Maurya K, Thakur JK, Bhosale R and Giri J (2021) Significance of root hairs in developing stress-resilient plants for sustainable crop production. Plant Cell and Environ. doi: 10.111/pce.14237.


  • Verma L, Kohli PS, Maurya K, Abhijit KB, Thakur JK and Giri J (2021) Specific galactolipids species correlate with rice genotypic variability for phosphate utilization efficiency. Plant Physiology et Biochemistry, 168: 105-115.

  • Panchariya L, Khan WA, Kuila S, Sonkar K, Sahoo S, Ghoshal A, Kumar A, Verma DK, Hasan A, Khan MA, Jain N, Mohapatra AK, Das S, Thakur JK, Maiti S, Nanda RK, Halder R, Sunil S and Arockiasamy A (2021) Zinc2+ ion inhibits SARS-CoV-2 main protease and viral replication in vitro. Chem Commun 57: 10083-10086.

  • Bhardwaj R, Thakur JK* and Kumar S* (2021) MedProDB: A database of Mediator proteins. Comput Struct Biotechnol J: 19: 4165-4176 (* corresponding authors).

  • Sharma N, Sahu PP, Prasad A, Muthamilarasan M, Waseem M, Khan Y, Thakur JK, Chakraborty S and Prasad M (2021) The Sw5a gene confers resistance to ToLCNDV and triggers an HR response after direct AC4 effector recognition. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 118 (33)

  • Kumar V, Thakur JK and Prasad M (2021) Histone acetylation dynamics regulating plant development and stress responses. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 78: 4467-4486.

  • Agrawal R, Fajkus J and Thakur JK (2021) Kinase module of Mediator complex: Important signalling processor for development and survival of plants. Journal of Experimental Botany 72: 224-240.


  • Gl B, Rajput R, Gupta M, Dahiya P, Thakur JK, Bhatnagar R, Grover A (2020). Structure-based drug repurposing to inhibit the DNA gyrase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Biochem J. Nov 13;477(21):4167-4190.

  • Singh P, Verma P, Parida SK, Thakur JK and Giri J (2020). Genome-wide association study for phosphate deficiency responsive root hair elongation in Chickpea. Functional & Integrative Genomics.

  • Kumar A, Daware A, Kumar A, Kumar V, Krishnan S, G., Mondal S, Patra B.C., Singh A.K., Tyagi A.K., Parida S.K., Thakur JK (2020). Genome-wide analysis of polymorphisms identified domestication-associated long low diversity region carrying important rice grain size/weight QTL. The Plant Journal. 101:4, 1525-1547.

  • Kumar A, Kumar S, Singh K.B.M, Prasad M, Thakur JK (2020). Designing a Mini-core Collection Effectively Representing 3004 Diverse Rice Accessions. Plant Communications., 100049.


  • Dwivedy N, Maji S, Waseem M, Thakur P, Kumar V, Parida SK and Thakur JK (2019). The Mediator subunit OsMED15a is a transcriptional co-regulator of seed size/weight–modulating genes in rice. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms. 1862:194432.

  • Maji S, Dahiya P, Waseem M, Dwivedy N, Bhat DS, Dar T and Thakur JK (2019). Interaction map of Arabidopsis Mediator complex expounding its topology. Nucleic Acids Res.47:3904–3920



  • Patel MK, Das S and Thakur JK (2018). GC-MS based analysis of Methanol: chloroform extracted fatty acid profiling from plant tissues. Bio. Protoc. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3014.

  • Nagpal N, Sharma S, Maji S, Durante G, Ferracin M, Thakur JK* and Kulshreshtha R* (2018). Essential role of MED1 in the transcriptional regulation of ER-dependent oncogenic miRNAs in breast cancer Sci. Rep. 8:11805 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-29546-9. (* Corresponding authors)

  • Kumar V, Waseem M, Dwivedi N, Maji S, Kumar A and Thakur JK (2018). KIX domain of AtMed15a, a Mediator subunit of Arabidopsis, is required for its interaction with different proteins. Plant Signal Behav. Doi: 10.1080/15592324.2018.1428514


  • Prakash P, Zeeshan M, Saini E, Muneer A, Khurana S, Kumar Chourasia B, Deshmukh A, Kaur I, Dabral S, Singh N, Anam Z, Chaurasiya A, Kaushik S, Dahiya P, Kalamuddin M, Kumar Thakur J, Mohmmed A, Ranganathan A, Malhotra P (2017). Human Cyclophilin B forms part of a multi-protein complex during erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium falciparum. Nat Commun. Doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01638-6

  • Yadav A, Thakur JK, Yadav G. (2017) KIXBASE: A comprehensive web resource for identification and exploration of KIX domains. Sci Rep. 14924. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-14617-0.

  • Samanta S and Thakur JK (2017) Characterization of Mediator complex and its associated proteins from rice. Methods Mol Biol. 1629: 123-140

  • Ghosh S, Kaushik A, Khurana S, Varshney A, Singh AK, Dahiya P, Thakur JK, Sarin SK, Gupta D, Malhotra P, Mukherjee SK, Bhatnagar RK (2017) An RNAi-based high throughput screening assay to identify small molecule inhibitors of hepatitis B virus replication. J Biol Chem. 292:12577-12588.



  • Dahiya P, Bhat DS and Thakur JK (2016) Expression of AtMed15 of Arabidopsis in yeast causes flocculation and increases ethanol production in yeast culture. Scientific Reports 6, 27967. Doi:10.1038/srep27967. (Covered in news media like The Telegraph, Nature India and Vigyan Prasar)

  • Malik N*, Dwivedi N*, Singh AK, Parida SK, Agarwal P, Thakur JK, Tyagi AK (2016) An integrated genomic strategy delineates candidate Mediator genes regulating grain size and weight in rice. Scientific Reports6:23253. Doi10.1038/srep23253

  • Nagulapalli M, Maji S*, Dwivedi N*, Dahiya P and Thakur JK (2016) Evolution of disorder in Mediator complex and its functional relevance. Nucleic Acids Res. 44: 1591-1612. (Awarded Best Paper Award in SubDIC category during BTISNet meeting, 2016)



  • Samanta S Thakur JK (2015) Importance of Mediator complex in the regulation and integration of diverse signalling pathways in plants. Front. Plant Sci. 6:757 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00757


  • Thakur JK, Yadav A and Yadav G (2014) Molecular recognition by the KIX domain and its role in gene regulation. Nucleic. Acids Res.42:2112-2125


  • Sharma S, Verma S, Vasudevan M, Samanta S, Thakur JK, Kulshreshtha R (2013) The interplay of HuR and mir-3134 in regulation of AU rich transcriptome. RNA Biol 10:1283-1290.

  • Thakur JK, Agarwal P, Parida SK, Bajaj D and Pasrija R (2013) Sequence and expression analyses of KIX domain proteins suggest their importance in seed development and determination of seed size in rice, and genome stability in Arabidopsis. Mol. Genet. Genomics 288: 329-346.

  • Pasrija R, Thakur JK (2013) Tissue specific expression profile of Mediator genes in Arabidopsis. Plant Signal Behav 8: 5, e23983.


  • Pasrija R, Thakur JK (2012) Analysis of differential expression of Mediator subunit genes in Arabidopsis. Plant Signal & Behav 7: 1676-1686.

  • Naar AM and Thakur JK (2009) Nuclear Receptor-Like transcription factors in fungi. Genes & Development 23: 419-32.

  • Thakur JK, Arthanari H, Yang F, Chau KH, Wagner G and Naar AM (2009) Mediator subunit Gal11p/MED15 is required for fatty acid-dependent gene activation by yeast transcription factor Oaf1p. J Biol Chem 284: 4422-4428.

  • Thakur JK, Arthanari H, Yang F, Breger J, Fan X, Sun J, Li D, Struhl K, Moye-Rowley S, Mylonakis E, Cormack B, Wagner G and Naar AM (2008) A nuclear receptor-like pathway regulating multidrug resistance in fungi. Article in Nature 452: 604-609. [Covered in News & Views section by Andre Goffeau, Nature, 2008, 452: 541-542; in Perspective section by Monk and Goffeau, Science, 2008, 321: 367-369] [F1000 factor 9.8 Exceptional;]

  • Thakur JK, Jain M, Tyagi AK and Khurana JP (2005) Exogenous auxin enhances the degradation of a light down-regulated and nuclear-localized OsiIAA1, an Aux/IAA protein from rice, via proteasome. Biochemica et Biophysica Acta 1730: 196-205.

  • Thakur JK, Malik MR, Bhatt V, Reddy MK, Sopory SK, Tyagi AK and Khurana JP (2003) A POLYCOMB group gene of rice, OsiEZ1, codes for a nuclear-localized protein expressed preferentially in young seedlings and during reproductive development. Gene 314: 1-13.

  • Thakur JK, Tyagi AK and Khurana JP (2001) OsIAA1, an Aux/IAA cDNA from Rice, and Its Expression as Influenced by Auxin and Light. DNA Research 8(5): 193-203.



  • RiceSzWtBase: This serve as repository for all the sequenced reads and analysed polymorphism dataset of grain size contrast four Indian genotypes (LGR, PB 1121, Sonasal & Bindli). Also, contains SNP dataset (LDR) for comparative analysis across 3004 rice accessions.


  • Thakur JK, Dahiya P and Bhat DS (2012) Recombinant microorganisms and uses thereof. [Provisional Indian Patent Application No. 3699/DEL/2012]

Book Edited

  • Gene and Protein Engineering; Biotechnology Volume 5. Guest Editor Jitendra K. Thakur. Studium Press LLC, USA.

Book Chapters

  • Singh J and Thakur JK (2018) Photosynthesis and abiotic stress in plants. In Biotic and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants. pp 27-46. Springer Nature Publications

  • Samanta S and Thakur JK (2017) Characterization of Mediator complex and its associated proteins from rice. In Methods Mol Biol. 1629: 123-140. Springer Nature Publications

  • Dwivedi N, Kumar V and Thakur JK (2017) Convergence of stress-induced hormone signaling pathways on a transcriptional co-factor. In Mechanism of Plant Hormone Signaling Under Stress. pp 285-317. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Samanta S and Thakur JK. Role of plant Mediator complex in stress response. In Elucidation of Abiotic Stress Signaling in Plants. Springer Science+Business Media LLC, New York, USA.

  • Khurana JP, Tripathi L, Kumar D, Thakur JK and Meghna R. Malik. Cell Differentiation in Shoot Meristems - A Molecular Perspective.In Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Markers, In: Srivastava, P.S., Narula, A. and Srivastava, S. (eds.), Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Markers, pp. 366-385, Anamaya Publishers, New Delhi.

  • Tyagi AK, Khuarana JP, Sharma AK, Mohanty A, Dhingra A, Raghuvanshi S, Mukhopadhyay A, Gupta V, Anand S, Kathuria H, Bhushan S, Thakur JK and Kumar D. Organ-specific gene expression and genetic transformation for improvement of rice. In: Khush, G.S., Brar, D.S. and Hardy, B. (eds), Advances in Rice Genetics, pp. 552-555, International Rice Research Institute, Manila.

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