Watching the mountains

Mahendra Varma

PhD student in the Population Ecology Group as part of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) Chemical Communication in Ecological Systems​.
Watching the mountains
Image: Mahendra Varma
Mahendra Rajkumar Varma
PhD Student
Professorship of Population Ecology
Mahendra Varma
Image: Mahendra Varma
Room 424
Dornburger Straße 159
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link
  • Education

    June 2016
    Master of Science in Bioinformatics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.

    April 2014
    Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Mumbai University, Maharashtra, India.

  • Current project

    I am working on the project entitled "Molecular basis of balanced color polymorphisms in grasshoppers". The project depicts to uncover the genetic basis of green-brown polymorphisms from club-legged grasshopper Gomphocerus sibiricus. The species is color polymorphic with the widespread co-occurrence of green and brown morphs in most local populations. The project aims to uncover the genetic basis of both polymorphisms using genomic mapping, differential expression analysis using RNAseq and chemical analysis of the color synthesis pathway.

  • Publications

    Varma, M., Winter, G., Rowland, H.M. & Schielzeth, H. (2023). Ontogeny of color development in two green-brown polymorphic grasshopper species. Ecology and Evolution 13: e10712. doi: 10.1002/ece3.10712External link 

    Winter, G., Varma, M. & Schielzeth, H. (2021). Simple inheritance of color and pattern polymorphism in the steppe grasshopper Chorthippus dorsatus. Heredity 127: 66-78. doi: 10.1038/s41437-021-00433-wExternal link [Data availability]External link

    Prajapati, V.K., Varma, M. & Vadassery, J. (2020). In silico identification of effector proteins from generalist herbivore Spodoptera litura. BMC Genomics 21: 819. doi: 10.1186/s12864-020-07196-4External link

    Jogawat, A., Meena, M.K., Kundu, A., Varma, M. & Vadassery, J. (2020). Calcium channel CNGC19 mediates basal defense signaling to balance colonization of Piriformospora indica on Arabidopsis roots. Journal of Experimental Botany doi: 10.1093/jxb/eraa028External link

    Kumari, S., Kumar, M., Khandelwal, N.K., Kumari, P., Varma, M., Vishwakarma, P., Shahi, G., Sharma, S., Lynn, A.M., Prasad, R. & Gaur, N.A. (2018). ABC transportome inventory of human pathogenic yeast Candida glabrata: Phylogenetic and expression analysis. Plos One 13: e0202993. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202993External link