M. Sc. (Ag.), Ph.D. (Plant Pathology)
Biocontrol, Molecular based detection and characterization, Insect vectors
Attended International Pest Risk Analysis Training program jointly organized by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USA and National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), India on September 2-6, 2013 at NIPHM, Hyderabad.
Attended Refresher course on “Agricultural Research Management for newly recruited Senior/Principal Scientists for Non-ARS stream of ICAR” at NAARM, Hyderabad on June 5-18, 2012.
Attended 21 days ICAR sponsored Summer school training program on “RNA-interference as a tool for Plant Functional Genomics and Crop Improvement” organized by ICAR-National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Pusa Campus, New Delhi on May 6th – 26th, 2015
Molecular based detection and genetic diversity based characterization of fungal and bacterial diseases viz. Bipolaris oryzae, Bipolaris sorghicola, Alternaria padwickii, Collectotrichum capsici, Ganoderma spp. using different molecular tools like PCR and loop mediated isothermal amplification assay
Functional genomics (Microarray and microRNA array), proteomics (2-Dimensional gel electrophoresis) and systems biology studies of anti-inflammatory medicinal phytocompounds on human and mouse immune cells viz. bone marrow derived dendritic cells
Generation and purification of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies against various pathogenicity gene(s) using specialized CellLine bioreactors
Cloning and sequencing of immune related gene(s) and evaluated their efficacy both under in vitro (lab) and in vivo (animal model) conditions
Studied the efficacy of various fungal and bacterial biocontrol agents and their mechanism of actions against plant pathogenic fungal, bacterial and viral pathogens both under greenhouse and field conditions
"Smt Kavuri Sarada Memorial Award" for the Best Research Paper published in Indian Journal of Plant Protection, Hyderabad during the year 2014
Expert Member – Evaluation of R & D proposals, NOVOD Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India during the year 2012
Best poster award received during 6th IPS International Conference on "Plants, Pathogens and People- Challenges in Plant Pathology to Benefit Humankind" at NASC Complex, New Delhi, India from February 23-27, 2016
Fellow Award from Society of Applied Biotechnology during the year 2013
As a Senior inventor, received Two International patents from Intellectual Property Rights, Taiwan for the “Use of subunit combinational vaccines against porcine circovirus 2” under the National Science and Technology Program for Agricultural Biotechnology (NSTP-AB), Taiwan, and "Application of chemokine RANTES with tumor associated antigen at specific time frame for regression of metastatic tumors" under National Science Council, Taiwan during the year 2012
Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award during the year 2008 – 2010, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
National Science Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award during the year 2005-2008, National Science Council, Taipei, Taiwan
Four Best Poster Award at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan during the year 2007-2010
ICAR-Plantation Crops - Student Research Fellowship Award for Ph.D. Study during the year 2001-2003, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
Dr. P. Narayanaswamy Gold Medal Award for the Best Student in Plant Pathology for M.Sc studies during the year 2000, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
Kandan, A., Akhtar, J., Singh B., Pal D., Chand D., Agarwal P. C. and Dubey S. C. (2016). Application of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for rapid and sensitive detection of fungal pathogen, Colletotrichum capsici in Capsicum annuum. Journal of Environmental Biology 37 (6): 1355-1360
Kandan, A., Akhtar, J., Singh B., Pal D., Chand D., Rajkumar S. and Agarwal P. C. (2016). Genetic diversity analysis of fungal pathogen Bipolaris sorghicola infecting Sorghum bicolor in India. Journal of Environmental Biology 37 (6): 1323-1330
Anju, J., Kandan, A. and Pal D. (2016). Molecular identification and antibiotic control of bacterial contamination in cultures of ginger (Zingiber officinale). Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 91(2): 122-128
Akhtar J, Singh B, Kandan A, Chand D, Gupta V and Agarwal PC (2016). Detection of Dendryphion penicillatum (Corda) Fr. in opium poppy seeds. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 44 (5): 1-2.
Kandan, A., Akhtar, J., Singh, B., Dixit, D., Chand, D., Roy, A., Rajkumar, S. and Agarwal, P. C. (2015). Molecular diversity of Bipolaris oryzae infecting Oryza sativa in India. Phytoparasitica 43 (1): 5-14.
Kandan, A., Akhtar, J., Singh, B., Dev, U., Goley, R., Chand, D., Roy, A., Rajkumar, S. and Agarwal, P. C. (2014). Genetic diversity analysis of Alternaria alternata isolates infecting different crops using URP and ISSR markers. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 42 (3): 229-236
Kandan, A., Wang, P.-H., Yin, S.-Y. and Yang, N.-S. (2014). Tumor associated antigen/IL-21-transduced dendritic cell vaccines enhance immunity and inhibit immunosuppressive cells in metastatic melanoma. Gene Therapy 21 (5): 457-467
Kandan, A., Akhtar, J., Singh, B., Dixit, D., Chand, D., Agarwal, P. C., Roy, A. and Rajkumar, S. (2013). Population genetic diversity analysis of Bipolaris oryzae fungi infecting Oryza sativa in India using URP markers. The Ecoscan 7 (3&4): 123-128
Kandan, A. (2013). Molecular and phenotypic characterization of Ganoderma lucidum infecting palms and forest trees in India. Vegetos 26 (2): 344-352
Yin, S.-Y., Wang, W.-H., Wang, P.-H., Kandan, A., Hwang, P.-I., Wu, H.-M. and Yang, N.-S. 2010. Stimulatory effect of Echinacea purpurea extract on the trafficking activity of mouse dendritic cells: revealed by genomic and proteomic analyses. BMC Genomics 11: 612-623
Kandan, A. and Yang, N.-S. 2010. Anti-inflammatory plant natural products for cancer therapy. Planta Medica 76: 1103-1117
Kandan, A., Yu, H.-H., Lan, C.-W., Wang, P.-H., Chen, Y.-H., Chen, H.-M., Yagita, H. and Yang, N.-S. 2009. Transgenic Expression of Human gp100 and RANTES at Specific Time Points for Suppression of Melanoma. Gene Therapy 16: 1329-1339.
Kandan, A., Kuo, T.-Y., Lan, C.-W., Yu, H.-H., Wang, P.-H., Chen, Y.-S., Chen, G.-H. and Yang, N.-S. 2009. Protective immunity against porcine circovirus 2 in mice induced by a gene-based combination vaccination. Journal of Gene Medicine 11: 288-301.
Kandan, A, Radjacommare, R., Ramanathan, A., Raguchander, T., Balasubramanian, P. and Samiyappan, R. 2009. Molecular biology of Ganoderma pathogenicity and diagnosis in coconut seedlings. Folia Microbiologica 54: 147-152
Kandan, A., Ramanathan, A., Raguchander, T., Balasubramanian, P. and Samiyappan, R. 2010. Development and evaluation of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Dot immunobinding assay (DIBA) for the detection of Ganoderma infecting Palms. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 43(15): 1473-1484.