Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Algal Biology
- Molecular Biology
Ananya is interested in understanding algal photosynthesis with the goal of improving photosynthesis in common food crops, especially ahead of the impending food crisis.
Prior to joining the University, she was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA where she worked on small RNA mechanisms in green algae.
Ananya pursued Biotechnology Engineering for her Undergraduate (UG) degree and she switched to Biology to pursue a PhD at Louisiana State University (LSU).
Ananya has taught Introduction to Biology, Evolution and Ecology as well as Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience. She has extensive research experience in phycology, genetics, biochemistry, algal physiology and molecular biology techniques such as CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats).
- Christensen, R., Dave, R., Mukherjee, A., Moroney, J. V., & Machingura, M. C. (2020). Identification and characterization of a transient receptor potential ion channel (TRP2) involved in acclimation to low CO2 conditions in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 38(3), 503 – 512. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11105-020 – 01218‑x
- Mukherjee, A., Lau, C. S., Walker, C. E., Rai, A. K., Prejean, C. I., Yates, G., Emrich-Mills, T., Lemoine, S. G., Vinyard, D. J., Mackinder, L. C. M., & Moroney, J. V. (2019). Thylakoid localized bestrophin-like proteins are essential for the CO2 concentrating mechanism of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(34), 16915 – 16920. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1909706116
- Machingura, M. C., Bajsa-Hirschel, J., Laborde, S. M., Schwartzenburg, J. B., Mukherjee, B., Mukherjee, A., Pollock, S. V., Förster, B., Price, G. D., & Moroney, J. V. (2017). Identification and characterization of a solute carrier, CIA8, involved in inorganic carbon acclimation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Journal of Experimental Botany, 68(14), 3879 – 3890. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erx189
- DiMario, R. J., Clayton, H., Mukherjee, A., Ludwig, M., & Moroney, J. V. (2017). Plant carbonic anhydrases: Structures, locations, evolution, and physiological roles. Molecular Plant, 10(1), 30 – 46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2016.09.001
- Pollock, S. V., Mukherjee, B., Bajsa-Hirschel, J., Machingura, M. C., Mukherjee, A., Grossman, A. R., & Moroney, J. V. (2017). A robust protocol for efficient generation, and genomic characterization of insertional mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Methods, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-017‑0170‑x
- Mukherjee, A., Moroney, J. V., Lau, C. S., & Mackinder, L. C. M. (2021). Green algal bestrophin bicarbonate transporters (US Patent No. US20210238623A1). US Patent and Trademark Office. https://patents.google.com/patent/US20210238623A1/en
Review and Related Writings
- Mukherjee, A., & Moroney, J.V.(2019). How protein-protein interactions contribute to pyrenoid formation in Chlamydomonas. Journal of Experimental Botany, 70(19), 5033 – 5035. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erz299
- Mukherjee, A. (2020). Role of DnaK-DnaJ proteins in PSII repair. Plant Physiology,182(4), 1804 – 1805. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.20.00265
- Mukherjee, A. (2020a). CO2 concentration in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: Effect of the pyrenoid starch sheath. Plant Physiology,182(4), 1796 – 1797. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.20.00267
- Mukherjee, A. (2020b). State transition regulation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Physiology, 183(4), 1418 – 1419. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.20.00814
- Mukherjee, A. (2021). An ancient, light-dependent hydrocarbon-forming enzyme. Plant Physiology, 186(3), 1362 – 1363. https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiab215
- Mukherjee, A. (2021b). Compounds derived from bacteria enhance marine diatom growth. Plant Physiology, 186(2), 827 – 828. https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiab139
- Mukherjee, A. (2020b). Mutagenomics: The future of genetic screens. Plant Physiology, 184(4), 1616 – 1617. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.20.01455
- Mukherjee, A. (2020b). Functional analysis of mitochondrial acyl carrier proteins. Plant Physiology, 183(2), 421 – 422. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.20.00559