Smrutisanjita Behera , Ph.D.

Cancer Biology & Inflammatory Disorder

Research Interest

Calcium is an important second messenger both in plants and animals. Stimulus specific calcium signals evoke specific response reactions in plant cells. I am interested in deciphering the calcium signals generated during biotic and abiotic stress conditions in the model plant Arabidopsis and crop plant rice. Presently we are analyzing Sphingolipid mediated calcium signaling in plants. Additionally, we are standardizing the Ca2+imaging method in mammalian cell lines.


  • DST-INSPIRE faculty, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India (2016-till now)
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Milan, Italy (2014-2015)
  • Research Associate, University of Münster, Germany (2013-2014)
  • PhD, University of Münster, Germany (2008-2013)
  • MSc, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, School of Life sciences (2005-2007)

Honours & Awards

  • DST-INSPIRE faculty award, 2016
  • Post doctoral fellowship from Programma ‘Futuro in Ricerca 2010’, Italy within the scientific area of Biological Sciences
  • International fellowship from CEDAD-IMPRS International Graduate School (2008-2011)
  • Fellowship from Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), Italy (2007-2008)
  • Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship conducted by CSIR-UGC (2007)

Patents & Publications


  1. Enrico Teardo, Luca Carraretto, Stephan Wagner, Elide Formentin, Smrutisanjita Behera, Sara De Bortoli, Veronique Larosa, Philippe Fuchs, Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Anna Raffaello, Rosario Rizzuto, Alex Costa, Markus Schwarzländer, Ildiko Szabò: Physiological characterization of a plant mitochondrial calcium uniporter in vitro and in vivo. Plant Physiol 2017 Feb 28;173(2):1355-1370. (Print ISSN: 0032-0889, Online ISSN: 1532-2548), IF: 6.28 
  2. Jamshaid Hussain, Jian Chen, Vittoria Locato, Wilma Sabetta, Smrutisanjita Behera, Sara Cimini, Francesca Griggio, Silvia Martínez-Jaime, Alexander Graf, Mabrouk Bouneb, Raman Pachaiappan, Paola Fincato, Emanuela Blanco, Alex Costa, Laura De Gara, Diana Bellin, Maria Concetta De Pinto, Elodie Vandelle: Constitutive cyclic GMP accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana compromises systemic acquired resistance induced by an avirulent pathogen by modulating local signals. Sci Rep 2017 May 3;7:46593.. (ISSN: 2045-2322), IF: 4.25 
  3. Yu J, Meng Z, Liang W, Behera S, Kudla J, Tucker MR, Luo Z, Chen M, Xu D, Zhao G, Wang J, Zhang S, Kim YJ, Zhang D. A Rice Ca2+Binding Protein Is Required for Tapetum Function and Pollen Formation. Plant Physiol 2016 Nov 23;172(3):1772-1786. (Print ISSN: 0032-0889, Online ISSN: 1532-2548), IF: 6.28
  4. Behera S, Yu Long, Ina Schmitz-Thom, Xue-Ping Wang, Chunxia Zhang, Hong Li, Leonie Steinhorst, Prabha Manishankar, Xiao-Ling Ren, Jan Niklas Offenborn, Wei-Hua Wu, Jörg Kudla, Yi Wang: Two spatially and temporally distinct Ca2+signals convey Arabidopsis thaliana responses to K+ deficiency. New Phytol 2017 Jan 31;213(2):739-750. (ISSN 1469-8137), IF: 7.33 
  5. Giovanna Loro, Stephan Wagner, Fabrizio Gandolfo Doccula, Smrutisanjita Behera, Stefan Weinl, Joerg Kudla, Markus Schwarzländer, Alex Costa, Michela Zottini: Chloroplast-specific in vivo Ca2+imaging using Yellow Cameleon fluorescent protein sensors reveals organelle-autonomous Ca2+signatures in the stroma. Plant Physiol 2016 08 1;171(4):2317-2330. (Print ISSN: 0032-0889, Online ISSN: 1532-2548), IF: 6.28 
  6. Stephan Wagner, Smrutisanjita Behera, Sara De Bortoli, David C. Logan, Philippe Fuchs, Luca Carraretto, Enrico Teardo, Laura Cendron, Thomas Nietzel, Magdalena Füßl, Fabrizio G. Doccula, Lorella Navazio, Mark D. Fricker, Olivier Van Aken, Iris Finkemeier, Andreas J. Meyer, Ildikò Szabò, Alex Costa, Markus Schwarzländer: The EF-Hand Ca2+ Binding Protein MICU Choreographs Mitochondrial Ca2+Dynamics in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 2015 Nov 3;27(11):3190-3212 (Print ISSN: 1040-4651, web ISSN: 1532-298X), IF: 8.5 
  7. Smrutisanjita Behera, Nili Wang, Chunxia Zhang, Ina Schmitz‐Thom, Sarah Strohkamp, Stefanie Schültke, Kenji Hashimoto, Lizhong Xiong, Jörg Kudla: Analyses of Ca2+ dynamics using a ubiquitin-10 promoter-driven Yellow Cameleon 3.6 indicator reveal reliable transgene expression and differences in cytoplasmic Ca2+ responses in Arabidopsis and rice (Oryza sativa) roots. New Phytol 2015 Apr 5;206(2):751-760 (ISSN 1469-8137), IF: 7.33 8) Enrico Teardo, Luca Carraretto, Sara De Bortoli, Alex Costa, Smrutisanjita Behera, Richard Wagner, Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Elide Formentin, Ildiko Szabo: Alternative splicing-Mediated targeting of the arabidopsis GLUTAMATE RECEPTOR 3.5 to mitochondria affects organelle morphology. Plant Physiol 2015 Jan 3;167(1):216-227. (Print ISSN: 0032-0889, Online ISSN: 1532-2548), IF: 6.28 
  8. Maria Cristina Bonza, Giovanna Loro, Smrutisanjita Behera, Andrea Wong, Jörg Kudla, Alex Costa: Analyses of Ca2+Accumulation and Dynamics in the Endoplasmic Reticulum of Arabidopsis Root Cells Using a Genetically Encoded Cameleon Sensor. Plant Physiol 2013 Nov 30;163(3):1230-1241. (Print ISSN: 0032-0889, Online ISSN: 1532-2548), IF: 6.28 
  9. Alex Costa, Ilaria Drago, Smrutisanjita Behera, Michela Zottini, Paola Pizzo, Julian I. Schroeder, Tullio Pozzan, Fiorella Lo Schiavo: H2O2 in plant peroxisomes: An in vivo analysis uncovers a Ca2+-dependent scavenging system. Plant J 2010 Jun 2;62(5):760-772 (ISSN: 0960-7412), IF: 5.9



Smrutisanjita Behera, Melanie Krebs, Giovanna Loro, Karin Schumacher, Alex Costa, Jörg Kudla: Ca2+ imaging in plants using genetically encoded Yellow Cameleon Ca indicators. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols 08/2013; 2013(8). DOI:10.1101/pdb.top066183

Smrutisanjita Behera, Jörg Kudla: High-Resolution Imaging of Cytoplasmic Ca2+ Dynamics in Arabidopsis Roots. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols 07/2013; 2013(7). DOI:10.1101/pdb.prot073023

Smrutisanjita Behera, Jörg Kudla: Live Cell Imaging of Cytoplasmic Ca2+ Dynamics in Arabidopsis Guard Cells. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols 07/2013; 2013(7). DOI:10.1101/pdb.prot072983