International Journal of Plant Research

International Journal of Plant Research publishes the best original research papers in all key areas of modern plant biology from the world's leading laboratories, International Journal of Plant Research provides a dynamic forum for this ever growing international research community. It is an international publication that gathers and disseminates fundamental knowledge in all areas of plant sciences.

Raja Payyavula

Post-doctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Research Areas

"Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, gene function, transgenic plant characterization, secondary metabolites, sugars Transcription factors, HPLC


2009Ph.D.Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI, USA
2003M.S.Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL, USA
2000B.S.Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Mahanandi, AP, India


Sep 2012 - PresentPostdoctoral research associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge,
Aug 2009 –Aug 2012Postdoctoral research associate, Washington State Univ.,
Aug 2005 –Jul 2009 Graduate research assistant, Michigan Tech Univ., Houghton, MI.
Aug 2003 –Jul 2005 Graduate research assistant, Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL.
Jan 2002 –Jul 2003Graduate research assistant, Alabama A&M Univ., Normal, AL.

Academic Achievement

Michigan Tech Univ.Travel grant award for poster presentation held in Tucson, AZ on 14th Jun, 2008
Merit Award for poster presented at the 3rd Biotech research Centre forum, Michigan Tech Univ. 28th Feb, 2007
Graduate research assistantships awarded from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Tech Univ. (2005-2008); from Dept. of Biological Sciences, Auburn Univ. (2003-2005); and from Dept. of Plant & Soil Science, Alabama A&M Univ. (2002-2003)
Rural Agricultural Work Experience Program award, from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural Univ.(1999-2000)


Postdoctoral research associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Project: Elucidation of regulatory elements in cellulose synthesis in Populus by transgenic manipulation of cellulose and sucrose synthase genes.Sep 2012 - Present

Publications: Journals

[1]  U.R. Bishnoi, R.S. Payyavula and S. Kumar (2004). Enhancing disease resistance and yield in tomato and canola with plant activators. Res on Crops 5 (2&3): 268-273
[2]  R.S. Payyavula, B.A. Babst, M.P. Nelson, S.A. Harding and C.-J. Tsai (2009). Glycosylation-mediated phenylpropanoid partitioning in Populus tremuloidescell cultures. BMC Plant Biology 9:151
[3]  R.S. Payyavula, K.H.C. Tay, C.-J. Tsai and S.A. Harding (2011). The sucrose transporter family in Populus: the importance of a tonoplast PtaSUT4 to biomass and carbon partitioning.The Plant Journal 65:757-770
[4]  R.S. Payyavula, D.A. Navarre, J.C. Kuhl, A. Pantoja, S.S. Pillai and R.Shakya (2012). Differential effects of environment on potato phenylpropanoid and carotenoid expression. BMC Plant Biology12:19
[5]  R.S. Payyavula, D.A. Navarre, J.C. Kuhl, A. Pantoja (2013). Developmental effects on phenolic, flavonol, anthocyanin, and carotenoid metabolites and gene expression in potatoes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Accepted: DOI: 10.1021/jf401522k)

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums

[1]  S.A. Harding, C. Frost,R.S. Payyavula, K. Tay and C-J. Tsai (2011). Partial suppression of a strongly expressed tonoplast sucrose transporter affects water use and carbon partitioning in Populus.BMC Proceedings, 5:P111
[2]  C-J. Tsai,W. Guo, B. Babst,B. Nyamdari, Y.Yuan,R.S. Payyavula, H-Y. Chen, X.Liangjiao, K. Tay,V.Michelizzi, and S.A.Harding (2011). Salicylate metabolism in Populus. BMC Proceedings, 5:I9