Dr. Maitree Pradhan


  • Post-doctoral fellow (From November 2020): Department of Molecular Phytopathology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Post-doctoral fellow (October 2019-October 2020): Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany.
  • PhD (2015-2019): “Understanding the regulatory basis of defense signaling in plants: The role of Argonautes in modulating defense responses in Nicotiana attenuata.” Advisors: Dr. Shree P. Pandey and Prof. Ian T. Baldwin, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany.
  • Masters of Science (2008-2010): Industrial Biotechnology, Siksha O’ Anusandhan University, Orissa, India.
  • Bachelor of Science (2005-2008): Botany, Utkal University, Orissa, India


  1. Pradhan M, Groten K, Gase K, Baldwin IT and Pandey SP (2020). Argonaute7 optimizes arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal associations to enhance competitive growth in Nicotiana attenuata. New Phytologist. (Under Review)
  2. Pradhan M, Pandey P, Baldwin IT and Pandey SP (2020). Argonaute 4 modulates resistance against hemibiotrophic fungal infection by regulating jasmonic acid signaling in Nicotiana attenuata plants. Plant Physiology, 184 (2):1128-1152.
  3. Pradhan M, Pandey P, Gase K, Shraff M, Singh RK, Sethi A, Baldwin IT and Pandey SP (2017). Argonaute 8 (AGO8) mediates the elicitation of primary defense against herbivory. Plant Physiology, 175(2):927-946.
  4. Sahu R, Sharaff M, Pradhan M, Sethi A, Bandopadhyay T, Mishra V, Chand R, Chowdhury A, Joshi A and Pandey SP (2016). Elucidation of defense-related signaling responses to spot blotch infection in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). The Plant Journal, 86(1):35-49.
  5. Sahu R, Kundu P, Sharaff M, Pradhan M, Sethi A, Mishra VK, Chand R, Joshi AK, Kumar A and Pandey SP (2016). Understanding the defense-related mechanism during the wheat's interaction with fungal pathogens. Indian Phytopathology, 69(4s):203-205.