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Champa Gopalan

Plant and Environmental Sciences
New Mexico State University


GENERAL INFORMATION: Current Position: Professor, Dept of Plant & Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University Graduate Program in Molecular Biology University Education: 1978 Ph.D. in Botany, The Ohio State University 1972 M.S. in Botany, University of Kalyani, India 1969 B.S. in Biology, University of Jodhpur, India Other Positions held 07/78 - 05/80 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, McGill University, CANADA 05/80 - 12/81 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 02/82 - 01/85 Research Scientist, Agrigenetics Advanced Research Division, Madison, WI 01/85 - 05/85 Research Scientist, International Plant Research Institute, San Carlos, CA 06/85 - 06/92 Associate Professor, Dept. of Agron & Hort/Mol Bio Grad program 06/92 - present Professor, Dept. of Plant & Environ Sciences/Mol Bio Grad program Honors/Awards Outstanding Research Lecturer, New Mexico State Univ., 1989. Distinguished Researcher Award, College of Agriculture, New Mexico State University, 1994. Distinguished Teaching award, College of Agriculture, New Mexico State University, 1998. Donald Roush, Excellence in Teaching award, New Mexico State University, 1998. Outstanding Professor, College of Agriculture, New Mexico State University, 2006 Certificate of Recognition, The NM Commission on the status of Women, 2009 Invited Speaker at several International meetings on N2-Fixation and Plant Mol. Biol.

Research Interest

Biotechnology Crops


  • Sengupta-Gopalan, C. and J.W. Pitas. 1985. Use of specific cDNA clones as molecular probes for the study of expression of nodulin genes in nodule development of soybeans. In: Advances in Molecular Genetics of the Bacteria-Plant Interaction. Szalay, A.A. and Legocki, R.P., eds., Cornell University, Publishers, pp. 80-84.

  • Hall, T.C., N.A. Reichert, C. Sengupta-Gopalan, J.H. Cramer, K. Lea, R.F. Barker, J.L. Slightom, R. Klassey and J.D. Kemp. 1985. Regulation of bean-phaseolin gene expression in yeast and tobacco seed. In: Molecular Form and Function of the Plant Genome. Vloten-Dolting L. et al., eds., Plenum Publishing Corp., pp. 517-529.

  • Sengupta-Gopalan, C., N.C. Reichert, R.F. Barker, T.C. Hall, and J.D. Kemp. 1985. Developmentally regulated expression of the bean beta phaseolin gene in tobacco seeds. Proc. Natl. Acad Sci. 82: 3320-3324

  • Hoffman, L.M., C. Sengupta-Gopalan and H.E.Paaren. 1984. Structure of soybean Kunitz inhibitor mRNA determined from cDNA by using oligodeoxy-nucleotide primers. Plant Mol. BioI. 3:111-117.

  • Murai, N., D.W. Sutton, M.G. Murray, J.L. Slightom, D.J. Merlo, N.A. Reichert, C. Sengupta-Gopalan, C.A. Stock, R.F. Barker, J.D.Kemp and T.C. Hall. 1983. β-Phaseolin gene from bean is expressed after transfer to sunflower via tumor-inducing plasmid vectors. Science 222:476-482.

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