Dr Yogesh Gupta

Team Leader
The 2Blades Group

I am working on the biotrophic pathogen, Phakopsora pachyrhizi, which causes Asian Soybean Rust disease on most of the legume crops. I am trying to understand how this pathogen breaks resistance in field conditions.


Redkar A, Sabale M, Schudoma C, Zechmann B, Gupta YK, López-Berges MS, Venturini G, Gimenez-Ibanez S, Turrà D, Solano R, Di Pietro A(2021)

Conserved secreted effectors determine endophytic growth and multi-host plant compatibility in a vascular wilt fungus. bioRxiv preprint Aug 29, 2021 doi:

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Courville KJ, Frantzeskakis L, Gul S, Haeger N, Kellner R, Heßler N, Day B, Usadel B, Gupta YK, van Esse HP, Brachmann A, Kemen E, Feldbrügge M, Göhre V (2019)

Smut infection of perennial hosts: the genome and the transcriptome of the Brassicaceae smut fungus Thecaphora thlaspeos reveal functionally conserved and novel effectors. New Phytol. 2019 Jan 21. doi: 10.1111/nph.15692.

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Gupta YK, Dagdas YF, Martinez-Rochaa A-L, Kershaw MJ, Littlejohn GR, Rydera LS, Sklenar J, Menke F, Talbot NJ (2015)

Septin-Dependent Assembly of the Exocyst Is Essential for Plant Infection by Magnaporthe oryzae. The Plant Cell doi: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1105/​tpc.​15.​00552

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Thakur S, Gupta YK, Singh PK, Rathour R, Variar M, Prashanthi SK, Singh AK, Singh UD, Chand D, Rana JC, Singh NK, Sharma TR (2013)

Molecular diversity in rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta makes it highly effective against dynamic population of Magnaporthe oryzae. Funct Integr Genomics. 2013 Aug;13(3):309-22. doi: 10.1007/s10142-013-0325-4. Epub 2013 Jul 2.

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Giraldo MC, Dagdas YF, Gupta YK, Mentlak TA, Yi M, Martinez-Rocha AL, Saitoh H, Terauchi R, Talbot NJ, Valent B (2013)

Two distinct secretion systems facilitate tissue invasion by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Nature Communication 4: 1996. doi: 10.1038/ncomms2996.

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Job History

2020 – present Team Leader, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2014 – 2020 Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2010 – 2014 PhD University of Exeter, UK

2009 – 2010 Senior Research Fellow NRCPB, New Delhi, India

2006 – 2008 MSc Agricultural Biotechnology CSK HPKV, Palampur, India

2002 – 2006 BSc Agricultural Sciences JNKVV, Jabalpur, India