Barunava Patra
Scientist II

Professional Profile

Research Interests

Plant Transcription Factors; transcriptional, post-transcriptional, and post-translational regulation of gene expression in secondary metabolism pathways.


Education and Research Experience

  • Master of Science (2000) in Botany; Burdwan University, India
  • Ph.D. (2009) in Life Sciences and Biotechnology; Bose Institute/Jadavpur University, India
  • Research Associate (January, 2009 - April, 2009); Bose Institute, India
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (April, 2009 - September, 2013); KTRDC/ University of Kentucky with Dr. Ling Yuan
  • Scientist I (October, 2013 - August, 2018); KTRDC/University of Kentucky
  • Scientist II (September, 2018 - present); KTRDC/University of Kentucky

Additional Information



  • Patra B, Pattanaik S, Schluttenhofer C, & Yuan L (2017). A network of jasmonate-responsive bHLH factors modulate monoterpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. New Phytologist, (in press). 
  • Yongliang L, Yanli S, Shaohua Z, Patra B, Yuan L, & Wang Y (2017). Isolation and characterization of a salt stress-responsive betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase in Lycium ruthenicum Murr. Physiologia Plantarum, (In Press). 
  • Shen EM*, Singh SK*, Ghosh JS, Patra B, Paul P, Yuan L, & Pattanaik S ( 2017). The miRNAome of Catharanthus roseus: identification, expression analysis, and potential roles of microRNAs in regulation of terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Scientific Reports (DOI: 10.1038/srep43027). * Equal contribution 
  • Paul P,  Singh SK, Patra B,  Sui X, Pattanaik S, & Yuan L (2016). A differentially regulated AP2/ERF transcription factor gene cluster acts downstream of a MAP kinase cascade to modulate terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. New Phytologist (DOI: 10.1111/nph.14252). 
  • Jia X, Shen J, Liu H, Li F,  Ding N, Gao C, Pattanaik S, Patra B, Li R, & Yuan L (2015). Small tandem target mimic-mediated blockage of microRNA858 induces anthocyanin accumulation in tomato. Planta (DOI: 10.1007/s00425-015-2305-5). 
  • Schluttenhofer C, Pattanaik S, Patra B, & Yuan L (2014). Analyses of Catharanthus roseus and Arabidopsis thaliana WRKY transcription factors reveal involvement in jasmonate signaling. BMC Genomics (DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-502). 
  • Patra B*, Schluttenhofer CM*, Wu Y, Pattanaik S, & Yuan L (2013). Transcriptional regulation of secondary metabolism in plants. BBA-Gene Regulatory Mechanisms (DOI: * Equal contribution.  
  • Pattanaik S, Patra B, Singh S, & Yuan L (2014). An overview of the gene regulatory network controlling trichome development in the model plant, Arabidopsis. Frontiers in Plant Science (DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00259). 
  • Yang Z*, Patra B*, Li R, Pattanaik S, & Yuan L (2013). Promoter analysis revealed cis-regulatory motifs associated with the expression of CrWRKY1 in Catharanthus roseus plants. Planta (DOI: 10.1007/s00425-013-1949-2). * Equal contribution 
  • Patra B, Pattanaik S, & Yuan L (2013). Proteolytic degradation of the flavonoid regulators, TRANSPARENT TESTA8 and TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA1, in Arabidopsis is mediated by the ubiquitin/26Sproteasome system. Plant Signaling & Behavior. Volume 8 Issue 10, eLocation ID: 25901. 
  • Chatterjee J, Patra B, Mukherjee R, Basak P, Mukherjee S, Ray S, Bhattacharyya S, Maitra S, Ghosh Dastidar K, Ghosh S, Sengupta S, & Majumder AL (2013). Cloning, characterization and expression of a chloroplastic fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase from Porteresia coarctata conferring salt-tolerance in transgenic tobacco. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture (DOI: 10.1007/s11240-013-0334-y). 
  • Patra B, Pattanaik S, & Yuan L (2013). Ubiquitin protein ligase 3 mediates the proteasomal degradation of GLABROUS 3 and  ENHANCER OF GLABROUS 3, regulators of trichome development and flavonoid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal (DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12132). 
  • Suttipanta, N*, Pattanaik. S*, Kulshrestha M, Patra B, Singh SK, & Yuan L (2011). The Transcription Factor CrWRKY1 Positively Regulates the Terpenoid Indole Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. Plant Physiology (DOI: * Equal contribution. 
  • Bai Y*, Pattanaik S*, Patra B, Werkman JR, Xie CH, & Yuan L (2011). Flavonoid-specific basic helix-loop-helix regulators NtAn1a and NtAn1b of tobacco are originated from its two ancestors and functionally active. Planta (doi: 10.1007/s00425-011-1407-y). 
  • Pattanaik S*, Kong Q*, Zaitlin D, Werkman JR, Xie CH, Patra B, & Yuan L (2010). Isolation and functional characterization of a floral tissue-specific R2R3 MYB regulator from tobacco. Planta (DOI: 10.1007/s00425-010-1108-y). * Equal contribution 
  • Ray S, Patra B, Das-Chatterjee A, Ganguli A , & Majumder AL (2010). Identification and organization of chloroplastic and cytosolic L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase coding gene(s) in Oryza sativa: Comparison with the wild halophytic rice, Porteresia coarctata. Planta (DOI: 10.1007/s00425-010-1127-8). 
  • Patra B, Ray S, Richter A, & Majumder AL (2010). Enhanced salt-tolerance of transgenic tobacco plants by co-expression of PcINO1 and McIMT1 is accompanied by increased level of myo-inositol and methylated inositol. Protoplasma (DOI: 10.1007/s00709-010-0163-3). 
  • Sengupta S, Patra B, Ray S, & Majumder AL (2008). Inositol methyl transferase from a halophytic wild rice Porteresia coarctata Roxb.(Tateoka): its expression pattern under abiotic stress. Plant Cell and Environment (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2008.01850.x). 
  • Patra B, Ghosh Dastidar K, Maitra S, Bhattacharyya J, & Majumder AL (2007). Functional identification of sll1383 from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 as L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate phosphatase  (EC : Molecular cloning, expression and characterization. Planta (DOI: 10.1007/s00425-006-0441-7) 
  • Majee M, Patra B, Mundree SG, & Majumder AL (2005). Molecular cloning, bacterial  overexpression and characterization of L-myo-Inositol 1- Phosphate Synthase from a monocotyledonous resurrection plant, Xerophyta viscosa Baker. Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology (DOI: 10.1007/BF03263235).