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Sumitha Nallu  

Sumitha Nallu, Ph.D.

Department of Ecology and Evolution
1101 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637



Ph.D., Plant Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, May 2011.

M.Sc., Biotechnology, University of Pune, India, July 2002.

B.Sc., Genetics, Zoology and Chemistry, Osmania University College for Women, India, June 2000.

  • Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, August 2013 – Current.
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, August 2011 – July 2013.

Projects: a) Natural variation in HR response among Arabidopsis accessions and detection of underlying R gene loci. b) Genome wide scans and comparative study of Defensin-like genes among plant species.

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, September 2005 - May 2011.

Ph.D. Thesis: “Role of Defensin-like (DEFL) genes in mutualism and defense mechanisms in Medicago truncatula.


1. Karasov T.L., Kniskern J.M, Gao L., DeYoung B.J, Ding J., Dubiella U., Lastra R.O., Nallu S., Innes R.W., Barrett L.G., Hudson R.R., Bergelson J. The long-term maintenance of a resistance polymorphism through diffuse interactions. Nature 2014, doi:10.1038/nature13439

2. Nallu S., Zhou P., Silverstein K.A.T., Young N.D., VandenBosch, K.A. Patterns of divergence of a large family of nodule cysteine-rich peptides in accessions of Medicago truncatula. The Plant Journal 2014, 78: 697–705. doi: 10.1111/tpj.12506

3. Nallu S., Silverstein K.A.T., Samac D.A., Bucciarelli B., Vance C.P., VandenBosch K.A. Regulatory patterns of a large family of defensin-like genes expressed in nodules of Medicago Truncatula. PloS ONE 2013, 8(4):e60355.

4. Tesfaye M., Silverstein K.A.T., Nallu S., Wang L., Botanga C.J., Gomez S.K., Costa L.M., Harrison M.J., Samac D.A., Glazebrook J., Katagiri F., Gutierrez-Marcos J.F., Vandenbosch K.A. Spatio-temporal expression patterns of Arabidopsis thaliana and Medicago truncatula defensin-like genes. PloS ONE 2013, 8(3):e58992.

5. Zhou P., Silverstein K.A.T., Gao L., Nallu S., Walton J.D., Guhlin J., Young N.D. Detecting small plant peptides using SPADA (Small Peptide Alignment Discovery Application) BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14:335, doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-335.

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