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Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

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Sunil Kumar Verma

Sr Principal Scientist
Email:  sunilverma@ccmb.res.in
Phone: +91-040-27192559

Research Interests

Currently, we are involved in extending this work to establish the identity of endangered and threaded medicinal plants species of India which are in illegal trade. These landmark studies will strengthen India‘s leadership in the area of “Wild Flora Forensics”.

Other than this, my lab has also contributed in the area of signal transduction in human health and disease. We were the first to show a previously unknown link between tumour suppressor RASSF1A and small G Protein Rap1A, suggesting that RASSF1A interacts with Rap1A in a phosphorylation-dependent manner and Interaction with Rap1A influences the effect of RASSF1A on microtubules. Further, we have shown that RASSF1A is a novel substrate of Protein Kinase C (PKC) and that the PKC upstream control confers a peculiar constraint on some of the cellular functions of RASSF1A such as modulation of the microtubule network dynamics and vimentin filaments. These studies have helped understand some of the previously unknown downstream pathways of small G protein Rap1A.

Selected Publications

 

Verma S. K., Sarkar M. K. (2015). Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph & V. Chandras.) Venter, an endemic and endangered ethno medicinal plant from Western Ghats, India. Nat Prod Res., 29, 394-395.

 

Verma, S. K., Goswami G. K. (2014). DNA evidence: Current perspective and future challenges in India. Forensic Sci Int., 241, 183-189.

 

Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S., Kishore, U., Parker, P. J. (2011). The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel effector of small G protein Rap1A. Protein Cell, 2, 237-249.

 

Verma, S. K., Ganesan, T. S. and Parker, P. J. (2008). The tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a novel substrate of PKC. FEBS Letters 582, 2270-2276. (Published as cover article).

 

Funk, S. M., Verma, S. K., Larson, G., Prasad, K., Singh, L., Narayan, G. and Fa, J. E. (2007). The pygmy hog is a uniquegenus: 19th century taxonomists got it right first time round. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution45, 427-436.

 

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Deepak Jena

Project Assistant-II

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Isha Joshi

Junior Research Fellow (Project)

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