Ashish Ranjan
  • Faculty, Ashish Ranjan
Research focus
  • Plant Science
Personal information


Ph.D., Centre for Cellular and Molecular biology, Hyderabad, India, 2014

Lab information

Ranjan Lab

Research focus

Plant susceptibility and resistance mechanism to fungal/bacterial pathogens, Elucidating virulence mechanism of fungal/bacterial pathogens, Discovering and Studying plant-derived antimicrobial compounds


1.Ranjan, A., Westrick, N.M., Jain, S., Piotrowski JS, Ranjan, M., Kessens, R., Stiegman, L., Grau C., Smith DL, Kabbage M.., (2019). Resistance against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean involves a reprogramming of the phenylpropanoid pathway and upregulation of anti-fungal activity targeting ergosterol biosynthesis. Plant Biotechnol J, 17: 1567-1581. doi:10.1111/pbi.13082.

2. Westrick, N.M.*, Ranjan, A.*, Jain, S., Smith DL, Kabbage M.., (2019). Gene regulation of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum during infection of Glycine max: On the Road to Pathogenesis. BMC Genomics 20, 157. doi:10.1186/s12864-019-5517-4. * equal contribution.

3. Ranjan A, Jayaraman D, Grau C, Hill JH, Whitham SA, Ané JM, Smith DL, Kabbage M. (2018). The pathogenic development of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean requires specific host NADPH oxidases. Molecular Plant Pathology 19(3):700-714. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12555.

4. Ashish Ranjan# and Devanshi Khokhani. Scope and Importance of Plant Biotechnology in crop improvement. Plant Biotechnology, Volume 1: Principles, Techniques, and Applications, by Apple Academic Press, USA, (2017). ISBN 9781771885805. (Book chapter). (# indicates the corresponding author)

5. McCaghey, M., Willbur, J., Ranjan, A., Grau, C. R., Chapman, S., Diers, B., Groves, C., Kabbage, M., Smith, D. L. (2017). Development and Evaluation of Glycine max Germplasm Lines with Quantitative Resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 1495. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.01495.

6. Tara C. Moellers, Arti Singh, Jiaoping Zhang, Jae Brungardt, Mehdi Kabbage, Daren S. Mueller, Craig R. Grau, Ashish Ranjan, Damon L. Smith, RV Chowda-Reddy, Asheesh K. Singh. Main and epistatic loci studies in soybean for Sclerotinia sclerotiorum resistance reveal multiple modes of resistance in different environments. Scientific Reports (2017). 7(1): 3554. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03695-9.

7. Piotrowski JS, Okada H, Lu F, Li SC, Hinchman L, Ranjan A, Smith DL, Higbee AJ, Ulbrich A, Coon JJ, Deshpande R, Bukhman YV, McIlwain S, Ong IM, Myers CL, Boone C, Landick R, Ralph J, Kabbage M, Ohya Y. Plant-derived antifungal agent poacic acid targets. β-1,3-glucan (2015), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(12): E1490-7; doi:10.1073/pnas.1410400112.

8. Ranjan A, Vadassery J, Patel HK, Pandey A, Palaparthi R, Mithöfer A, Sonti RV.: Upregulation of jasmonate biosynthesis and jasmonate-responsive genes in rice leaves in response to a bacterial pathogen mimic. Functional and Integrative Genomics (2014); 15(3):363-73. doi: 10.1007/s10142-014-0426-8.

9. Sinha D, Gupta MK, Patel HK, Ranjan A, Sonti RV. Cell Wall Degrading Enzyme Induced Rice Innate Immune Responses Are Suppressed by the Type 3 Secretion System Effectors XopN, XopQ, XopX and XopZ of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. Oryzae. (2013); PLoS ONE 8(9): e75867.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075867
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