User:Shajahan Anver

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"Let me tell them when to flower"

Shajahan Anver

  • Department of Plant Biology,
College of Biological Sciences
University of California Davis
1002 LSA,One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616


  • Faculty @ The Department of Agricltural Biology[1], Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Alumni - Fulbright Academic Staff Development Fellowship

Other Affliations

  • Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society - Gamma Delta Chapter, UC Davis[2]
  • Golden Key International Honor Society[3]


  • 2007 to present, MS & PhD, Department of Plant Biology, University of California Davis, USA
  • 2005, MS in Agricultural Biology, Post Graduate Institue of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • 2001, BS, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Research interests

Structurally & functionally known genes could be wisely manipulated for the benefit of mankind

I am interested in developmental biology with special reference to plant development and influence of microorganisms in plant development during plant-microbe interactions. In the past scientists discovered methods of plant improvement such as inorganic fertilizer application by trial and error methods. Now a days processeess looked at molecular level so that manipulations are done with a better understanding and precision than in the past. Circadian clock regulates many developmental processes in plants and animals. In any environment, integration of developmental processes with the correct environmntal cues is essential to be successful especially in sessile organisms like plants. Currently I am interested in functionally characterizing the XAP5 domain of XCT protein in Arabidopsis thaliana (Martin-Tryon and Harmer, Plant Cell 2008)using S. pombe (fission yeast) as a tool. XAP5 domain is conserved in many eukaryotes including human and S. pombe but not in Saccharomyces cerevesiae. Unfortunately the function of this domain is still unknown.We rescued the S. pombe xap5 mutant by transforming the Arabidopsis XCT gene.At the moment we are evaluating Arabidopsis xct-2 mutant transformed with S. pombe XAP5 gene. Moreover we constructed lines of S. pombe to elucidate the S. pombe XAP5 protein-protein interactions using TAP-tagging and MS.


  • 1. Anver, S., Roguev, A., Krogan, N.J. and Harmer, S. (2011). XAP5 CIRCADIAN TIME KEEPER (XCT): A Global Player in Plant Growth,
  Development, and Stress Signaling? Abstract# 472. 22nd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research 2011, Wisconsin, Madison.

  • 2. Anver, S., Roguev, A., Krogan, N.J. and Harmer, S. (2010). Possible Link between XCT and Chromatin Remodeling. Abstract# Oral, M0903
  and poster, P08009. Plant Biology 2010, Montreal, Canada. 
  • 3. Anver, S., Harmer, S.L. (2010). Molecular Characterization of XAP5, a Highly Conserved Protein in Eukaryotes. Plant Cell Biology
  Retreat 2010 (Oral Presentation). Asilamor, California, USA.
  • 4. Anver, S. and Harmer, S.L. (2009). Molecular Characterization of XAP5, a Highly Conserved Protein in Eukaryotes. UC Davis
  Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium 2009: p15.
  • 5. Padmathilake, K.R.E., V. N. Wickramaarachchi, Anver, M.A.M.S. and Bandara, D.C. (2007). Biological and Economical Feasibility of
  Growing Mint (Mentha sylvestris), Mustard (Brassica integrifolia) and Asamodagam (Trachyspermum involucratum) under Hydroponics. 
  Tropical Agricultural Research Vol. 19: 193 – 201. ABSTRACT[4] FULL 
  • 6. Anver, M.A.M.S., Bandara, D.C. and Padmathilake, K.R.E. (2005). Comparison of the carbon partitioning and photosynthetic efficiency
  of lettuce (Lactuca sativa, L.) under hydroponics and soil cultivation. Tropical Agricultural Research Vol. 17: 194-202.
  • 7. Anver, M.A.M.S. (2002). Towards Development of a PCR and DNA Hybridization based method to detect genetically modified food.
  Undergraduate Thesis. Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture. University of Peradeniya.

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