Amita Kaundal

Plants, Soils, and Climate

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology/Microbiology

Amita Kaundal

Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 333
Phone: 435-797-0457

Educational Background

PhD, Life Sciences, (Molecular Biology), Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH-CSIR, Chandigarh) JNU, New Delhi, 2005
Studies on the Large Plasmid in Non-01, Non-0139 Strains of V. Cholerae
MS, Microbiology, (Dairy Microbiology), COBS,CSKHP Agriculture University, Plamapur, HP, INDIA, 1998
BS, Biology, COBS, CSKHP agriculture university, 1995

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms involved in the plant's responses to abiotic and biotic stress<br>Plant-microbe interaction pathogenic as well as beneficial<br>Metagenomics in Native plants of Utah.


Senior Research Fellowship, CSIR, 2002

Govt. of India

Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship, 1999

Govt. of India

Institute Fellowship by National Dairy Research Institute, 1998

Certificate of Honor in Bachelors of Science, 1995

Merit Scholarship in Matriculation , 1990

Govt. of India

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Sandhu, D., Kaundal, A., Acharya, B.R, Forest, T., Pudussery, M.V, Liu, X., Ferreira JFS, , Suarez, D.L, (2020). Linking diverse salinity responses of 14 almond rootstocks with physiological, biochemical, and genetic determinants.. Scientific reports, 10:1, 21087.
  • Kaundal, A., Ramu, V.S, Mysore, K.S, (2020). The ATPase Activity of Escherichia coli Expressed AAA+-ATPase Protein. , 10:15, doi: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3705.
  • Vaidya, A.S, Helander, J., Peterson, F.C, Elzinga, D., Dejonghe, W., Kaundal, A., Park, S.Y, Xing, Z., Mega, R., Takeuchi, J., Khanderahoo, B., Bishay, S., Volkman, B.F, Todoroki, Y., Okamoto, M., Cutler, S.R, (2019). Dynamic control of plant water use using designed ABA receptor agonists.. Science (New York, N.Y.), 366:6464
  • Kaundal, A., Sandhu, D., Duenas, M., Ferreira , J., (2019). Expression of the high-affinity K+ transporter 1 (PpHKT1) gene from almond rootstock 'Nemaguard' improved salt tolerance of transgenic Arabidopsis.. PloS one, 14:3, e0214473.
  • Kaundal, A., Ramu, V.S, Oh, S., Lee, S., Pant, B., Lee, H.K, Rojas, C.M, Senthil-Kumar, M., Mysore, K.S, (2017). GENERAL CONTROL NONREPRESSIBLE4 Degrades 14-3-3 and the RIN4 Complex to Regulate Stomatal Aperture with Implications on Nonhost Disease Resistance and Drought Tolerance.. The Plant cell, 29:9, 2233-2248.
  • Elzinga, D., Sternburg, E., Sabbadin, D., Bartsch, M., Park, S.Y, Vaidya, A., Mosquna, A., Kaundal, A., Wendeborn, S., Lachia, M., Karginov, F.V, Cutler, S.R, (2019). Defining and Exploiting Hypersensitivity Hotspots to Facilitate Abscisic Acid Agonist Optimization.. ACS chemical biology, 14:3, 332-336.
  • Sandhu, D., Pudussery, M.V, Kaundal, R., Suarez, D.L, Kaundal, A., Sekhon, R.S, (2018). Molecular characterization and expression analysis of the Na+/H+ exchanger gene family in Medicago truncatula. Functional & Integrative Genomics, 18:2, 141-153.
  • Vaidya, A.S, Peterson, F.C, Yarmolinsky, D., Merilo, E., Verstraeten, I., Park, S.Y, Elzinga, D., Kaundal, A., Helander, J., Lozano-Juste, J., Otani, M., Wu, K., Jensen, D.R, Kollist, H., Volkman, B.F, Cutler, S.R, (2017). A Rationally Designed Agonist Defines Subfamily IIIA Abscisic Acid Receptors As Critical Targets for Manipulating Transpiration.. ACS chemical biology, 12:11, 2842-2848.
  • Ramegowda, V., Senthil-Kumar, M., Ishiga, Y., Kaundal, A., Udayakumar, M., Mysore, K.S, (2013). Drought stress acclimation imparts tolerance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Pseudomonas syringae in Nicotiana benthamiana.. International journal of molecular sciences, 14:5, 9497-513.
  • Kaundal, A., Rojas, C., Mysore, K., (2012). Glycolate Oxidase Activity Assay in Plants. BIO-PROTOCOL, 2:20
  • Kaundal, A., Rojas, C., Mysore, K., (2012). Measurement of NADPH Oxidase Activity in Plants. BIO-PROTOCOL, 2:20
  • Rojas, C.M, Senthil-Kumar, M., Wang, K., Ryu, C.M, Kaundal, A., Mysore, K.S, (2012). Glycolate oxidase modulates reactive oxygen species-mediated signal transduction during nonhost resistance in Nicotiana benthamiana and Arabidopsis.. The Plant cell, 24:1, 336-52.
  • Srinivasan, V.B, Virk, R.K, Kaundal, A., Chakraborty, R., Datta, B., Ramamurthy, T., Mukhopadhyay, A.K, Ghosh, A., (2006). Mechanism of drug resistance in clonally related clinical isolates of Vibrio fluvialis isolated in Kolkata, India.. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 50:7, 2428-32.
  • Kaundal, A., Chowdhury, S.R, Thungapathra, M., Ramamurthy, T., Nair, G.B, Ghosh, A., (2003). Class I integrons and SXT elements in El Tor strains isolated before and after 1992 Vibrio cholerae O139 outbreak, Calcutta, India.. Emerging infectious diseases, 9:4, 500-2.
  • Thungapathra, M., Kaundal, A., Sinha, K.K, Chaudhuri, S.R, Garg, P., Ramamurthy, T., Nair, G.B, Ghosh, A., (2002). Occurrence of antibiotic resistance gene cassettes aac(6')-Ib, dfrA5, dfrA12, and ereA2 in class I integrons in non-O1, non-O139 Vibrio cholerae strains in India.. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 46:9, 2948-55.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Other

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.


PSC 6900 - Special Problems in Plants, Soils, and/or Climate, Spring 2020

Graduate Students Mentored

Vishal Singh, Plants, Soils, and Climate, January 2020
Jyothsna Ganesh, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2019