Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Biological Sciences
Phone: 
+91 680 2227 765
Academic Details:

  • Assistant Professor: Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Berhampur, India, 2018 - Present
  • Post-Doc: Carnegie Institution for Science (Stanford University), Stanford, Advisor: Prof. José R. Dinneny, 2017
  • Post-Doc: Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Cornell University) , New York, Advisor: Prof. Ji-Young Lee, 2012
  • Ph.D: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, Advisor: Prof. Imran Siddiqi, 2009
  • MSc: Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, 2002
Research Interest:

  • Plant-Environment Interaction
  • Developmental Biology
  • Stress Physiology
Publications:

  • Feldman M, Paul R, Bannan D, Barrett J, Sebastian J, Yee M, Jiang H, Lipka A, Brutnell T, Dinneny J, Leakey A and Baxter I (2017). Time dependent genetic analysis links field and controlled environment phenotypes in the model C 4 grass Setaria. PLoS Genetics
    https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pgen.1006841

  • Sebastian J*, Yee M*, Viana W, Álvarez R, Feldman M, Priest H, Trontin C, Lee T, Jiang H, Baxter I, Mockler T, Hochholdinger H, Brutnell T and Dinneny J (2016). Grasses suppress shoot-borne roots to conserve water during drought. PNAS, (doi:10.1073/pnas. 1604021113)
    (*joint authors, Highlighted in BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36769901), Recommended F1000 Prime)

  • Eun-Sol Kim * , Goh Choe * , Sebastian J * , Kook Hui Ryu, Linyong Mao, Zhangjun Fei, Lee JY (2016). HWAIIAN SKIRT regulates the quiescent center-independent root meristem activity in Arabidopsis. Physiol Plant.157 (2):221-33. (*joint first author)

  • Rellán-Álvarez R, Lobet G, Lindner H * , Pradier P * , Sebastian J * , Yee MC, Geng Y, Trontin C, LaRue T, Schrager-Lavelle A, Haney CH, Nieu R, Maloof J, Vogel JP, Dinneny JR (2015). GLO-Roots: an imaging platform enabling multidimensional characterization of soil-grown roots systems. eLife;10.7554/eLife.07597 (*joint authors)

  • Sebastian J, Dinneny JR (2016). Setaria viridis: a Genetic Model System for Panicoideae Grass Root Systems. Genetics and Genomics of Setaria. Springer- Verlag New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45105-3_11

  • Duan L, Sebastian J, Dinneny JR (2015). Salt-stress regulation of root system growth and architecture in Arabidopsis seedlings. Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1242:105-22.

  • Sebastian J, Ryu KH, Zhou J, Tarkowská D, Tarkowski P, Cho YH, Yoo SD, Kim ES, Lee JY (2015). PHABULOSA controls the quiescent enter-independent root meristem activities in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genetics Mar 2;11(3):e1004973. (Featured on cover page, Recommended F1000 Prime)

  • Sebastian, J., Wong, K.M., Tang, E., and Dinneny, J.R (2014). Methods to promote rapid germination of dormant Setaria viridis seeds. PLoS One Apr 18;9(4):e95109.

  • Sebastian, J., and Lee, J.Y. (2013). Root Apical Meristems. In: the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS). John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Chichester. [doi:10.1002/9780470015902. a0020121. pub2]

  • Miyashima S*., Sebastian J*., Lee, J.Y., and Helariutta, Y (2012). Stem cell function during plant vascular development. EMBO Journal 32 (2):178- 93 (review, *joint first author)

  • Zhou, J*., Sebastian, J*., and Lee, J.Y. (2011). Signaling and gene regulatory programs in plant vascular stem cells. Genesis 49, 885-904. (review,*joint first author)
  • Carlsbecker, A., Lee, J.Y., Roberts, C.J., Dettmer, J., Lehesranta, S., Zhou, J., Lindgren, O., Moreno-Risueno, M.A., Vaten, A., Thitamadee, S., Campilho, A., Sebastian, J., Bowman, J.L., Helariutta, Y., and Benfey, P.N. (2010). Cell signaling by microRNA 165/6 directs gene dose- dependent root cell fate. Nature 465, 316-321. (Recommended F1000 Prime)

  • Sebastian, J., Ravi, M., Andreuzza, S., Panoli, A.P., Marimuthu, M.P., and Siddiqi, I. (2009). The plant adherin AtSCC2 is required for embryogenesis and sister-chromatid cohesion during meiosis in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 59, 1-13.

  • Panoli, A.P., Ravi, M., Sebastian, J., Nishal, B., Reddy, T.V., Marimuthu, M.P., Subbiah, V., Vijaybhaskar, V., and Siddiqi, I. (2006). AtMND1 is required for homologous pairing during meiosis in Arabidopsis. BMC Molecular Biology 7, 24.

  • Kaur, J., Sebastian, J., and Siddiqi, I. (2006). The Arabidopsis-mei2-like genes play a role in meiosis and vegetative growth in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 18, 545-559. (Recommended F1000 Prime)
Honors & Awards:

  • Ramalingaswami Fellowship, 2017
Teaching Experiences:

  • Plants: Form and Function, 2018