Annapurna Devi Allu


Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, IISER Tirupati


Phone: +91 877 2500 903

Research Interests:
  • Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of stress responses in plants; Plant growth and development; Leaf senescence


Educational and professional career:
  • Ph.D (2014): University of Potsdam and Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany.
  • Postdoctoral research fellow (2014-01, 2016): University of Potsdam and Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany.
  • Postdoctoral research fellow (07, 2016-07, 2017): The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Postdoctoral fellow (10, 2017-10, 2018): Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
  • Assistant Professor (11, 2018 ~): Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, India.   


Honours and Awards:

  • Associate Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, India.

  • Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (USDA Borlaug Fellowship 2019)

  • DAAD Research fellowship, 06, 2008-12, 2009.


Select publications:
  • Nair U, Bhukya DN, Sunkar R, Chavali S, Allu AD*. (2022) Molecular basis of priming-induced acquired tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses in plants.

  • Golicz AA†, Allu AD†, Li W, Lohani N, Singh MB, Bhalla PL. (2021) A dynamic intron retention program regulates the expression of several hundred genes during pollen meiosis. Plant Reproduction1-18.

  • Bayon RB, Shen Y, Groszmann M, Zhu A, Wang A, Allu AD, Dennis LS, Peacock JW, Greaves, IK. (2019) Senescence and defense pathways contribute to heterosis. Plant Physiology; 180(1): 240-252.

  • Shahnejat-Bushehri S*., Allu A.D*., Methrov N*., Thirumalkumar V., Alseekh S., Fernie A., Mueller-Roeber B and Balazadeh S. (2017) Arabidopsis NAC transcription factor JUNGBRUNNEN1 exerts conserved control over gibberellin and brassinosteroid metabolism and signaling genes in Tomato. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 214. (Co-first author)

  • Allu A.D., Brotman Y., Xue G-P. and Balazadeh S. (2016) Transcription factor ANAC032 modulates JA/SA signaling in the response to Pseudomonas syringae EMBO reports, e201642197.

  • Allu A.D., Soja A.M., Wu A., Mueller-Roeber B., Szymanski J. and Balazadeh S. (2014). Salt stress and senescence: Identification of crosstalk regulatory components. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65 (14): 3993-4008.

  • Wu A*., Allu A.D*., Garapati P., Siddiqui H., Dortay H., Zanor M-I., et al. (2012). JUNGBRUNNEN1, A reactive oxygen species-responsive NAC transcription factor, regulates longevity in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 24 (2): 482-506. (Co-First author). The F1000 Article Factor: 8

  • Balazadeh S., Siddiqui H*., Allu A.D*., Ramirez LP.M., Caldana C., Mehrnia M., et al. (2010). A gene regulatory network controlled by the NAC transcription factor ANAC092/AtNAC2/ORE1 during salt-promoted senescence. The Plant Journal, 62 (2): 250-264. (Co-Second author).


  • BIO-121: Introductory Biology II: Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • BIO415/715: Applied plant biology

  • BIO315/615: Molecular Plant Physiology

  • BIO213: Biology for Society

  • BIO433/733 Plant Stress Biology


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