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Keerti S. Rathore

Rathore, Keerti S.
Keerti S. Rathore
Professor, Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, IPGB Laboratory for Crop Transformation
RM 116, Borlaug Center



Imperial College, Univ. of London, UK          Plant Physiology            Ph.D. D.I.C.    1981
Gujarat University,  India                                  Plant Sciences                M.Sc.                1976
Rajasthan University, India                              Botany, Zool., Chem.    B.Sc.                   1973





2012-pres.       Professor, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A & M University
2002-2012      Associate Professor, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A & M University
1997-2002      Assistant Professor, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A & M University
1995-1997      Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A & M University




My current research interests are in the genetic improvement of important dicot (cotton and tomato) and monocot (rice and sorghum) crops. Protocols for efficient delivery of genes, optimal expression of transgenes, and rapid recovery of transgenic cotton, rice, and sorghum plants have been established in my laboratory. These procedures are being used to conduct both basic and applied research pertaining to crop improvement. Projects include regeneration from cell & tissue cultures, use of new reporter and selectable marker genes to understand and improve the transformation process, promoter analysis, enhancement of disease resistance in plants, conferring draught tolerance to crop plants, conferring insect resistance to crop plants, improving nutritional quality of seeds, and production of recombinant antibodies and vaccines in plants.





2011      Cotton Genetics Research Award
2011     U.S. Patent #7,999,148:  Cotton plant with seed-specific reduction in gossypol
2009    U.S. Patent #7,626,081:  Cotton alpha-globulin promoter for seed-specific expression of transgenes





2014                     Guest Editor – Plant Science, Special Edition, Disease Resistance: Molecular
Mechanisms and Biotechnological Applications
2011 & 2014       International Workshops: INTA, Argentina (Cotton Transformation); ESPE, Ecuador
(Plant Biotechnology: Theory and Practice)
2010                     Panel member for NSF/SBIR/Biofuels
2002-2009         Panel member for NSF/SBIR/Agriculture Biotechnology
1999-pres.          Member of the Interdisciplinary Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences Program -TAMU
– Training of International Scientists: Ecuador, India, Pakistan, Portugal & Tanzania
– Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science &
American Society of Plant Biologists
– Ad-hoc Reviewer for 27 different journals


  1. Urriola, J. & Rathore K. S. (2014) Temporal and spatial activities of a rice glutelin promoter in transgenic sorghum. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult. 116: 227-234.
  2. Palle, S. R., Campbell, L. M., Pandeya, D., Puckhaber, L., Tollack, L. K., Marcell, S., Sundaram, S., Stipanovic, R. D., Hinze, L., Wedegaertner, T.C. & Rathore, K. S. (2013) RNAi-mediated Ultra-low Gossypol Cottonseed Trait: Performance of Transgenic Lines under Field Conditions. Plant Biotech J. 11: 296-304.
  3. Kumar, V., Joshi, S. G., Bell, A. A. & Rathore K. S. (2013) Enhanced resistance against Thielaviopsis basicola in transgenic cotton plants expressing Arabidopsis NPR1 gene. Transgenic Res. 22: 359-368.
  4. Kumar, V., Parkhi, V., Joshi, S., Christensen, S., Kolomiets, M. & Rathore K. S. (2012) A novel, conditional, lesion mimic phenotype in cotton cotyledons due to the expression of an endochitinase gene from Trichoderma virens. Plant Science 183: 86-95.
  5. Rathore, K. S., Sundaram, S., Sunilkumar, G., Campbell, L. M., Puckhaber, L., Marcell, S., Palle, S. R., Stipanovic, R. D. & Wedegaertner, T.C. (2012) Ultra-low gossypol cottonseed: generational stability of the seed-specific, RNAi-mediated phenotype and resumption of terpenoid profile following seed germination. Plant Biotech J. 10: 174-183.
  6. Kumar, V., Campbell, L. M. & Rathore K. S. (2011) Rapid recovery- and characterization of transformants following Agrobacterium-mediated T-DNA transfer to sorghum. Plant Cell Tiss. Organ Cult. 104: 137-146.
  7. Parkhi, V., Kumar, V., Campbell, L. M., Bell, A. A., Shah, J. & Rathore K. S. (2010) Resistance against various fungal pathogens and reniform nematode in transgenic cotton plants expressing Arabidopsis NPR1. Transgenic Research 19: 959-975.
  8. Kumar, V., Parkhi, V., Kenerley, C. & Rathore K. S. (2009) Defense-related gene expression and enzyme activities in transgenic cotton plants expressing an endochitinase gene from Trichoderma virens in response to interaction with Rhizoctonia solani. Planta 230: 277-291.
  9. Parkhi, V., Kumar, V., Sunilkumar, G., Campbell, L. M., Singh, N. K. & Rathore K. S. (2009) Expression of apoplastically secreted tobacco osmotin in cotton confers drought tolerance. Molecular Breeding 23: 625-639.
  10. Sunilkumar, G., Waghela, S. D., Campbell, L. M. & Rathore K. S. (2009) Expresion of anti-K99 scFv in transgenic rice tissues and its functional characterization. Transgenic Research 18: 347-360.
  11. Sunilkumar, g., Campbell, L. M., Puckhaber, L., Stipanovic, R. D. & Rathore K. S. (2006) Engineering cottonseed for use in human nutrition by tissue-specific reduction of toxic gossypol.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 103: 18054-18059.
  12. Sunilkumar, G., Campbell, L. M., Monjur, H. M., Connell J. P., Hernandez, E., Reddy A. S., Smith C. W. & Rathore K. S. (2005) A comprehensive study of the use of a homologous promoter in antisense cotton lines exhibiting high seed-oleic acid phenotype. Plant Biotechnology Journal 3: 319-330.
  13. Emani, C., Garcia, J. M., Lopata-Finch, E., Pozo, M., Uribe, P., Kim, D-J., Sunilkumar, G., Cook, D. R., Kenerley, C. M. & Rathore, K. S. (2003) Enhanced fungal resistance in transgenic cotton expressing an endochitinase gene from Trichoderma virens. Plant Biotechnology Journal 1: 321-336.
  14. Sunilkumar, G., Mohr, L., Lopata-Finch, E., Emani, C. & Rathore, K. S. (2002) Developmental and tissue-specific expression of CaMV 35S promoter in cotton as revealed by GFP. Plant Molecular Biology 50: (3) 463-474.
  15. Sunilkumar, G., Connell, J. P., Smith, C. W., Reddy, A. S., & Rathore, K. S. (2002) Isolation and functional characterization of alpha-globulin promoter from cotton in transgenic cotton, Arabidopsis and tobacco. Transgenic Research 11: 347-359.
  16. Sunilkumar, G. & Rathore K. S. (2001) Transgenic cotton: factors influencing Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and regeneration. Molecular Breeding 8 (1): 37-52.