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Department of Plant Pathology

Alina Akhunova

Alina Akhunova Research Associate Professor
Director-Integrated Genomics Facility
1712 Claflin Rd
4722 Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-1393
Fax: 785-532-5692
akhunova@ksu.edu


View My Curriculum Vitae

 

Research or lab website address

http://www.k-state.edu/igenomics/

 

Area(s) of specialization

Genomics, Molecular Biology, Gene Expression.

 

Education information

M.S. Animal Physiology, Bashkirian State University, Ufa, Russia, 1992

Ph.D. Animal Physiology, St.Petersburg State University, Russia, 1998

Postdoctoral Training, Plant Genomics, UC Davis, 2001-2004

 

Staff and students

Monica Fernandez de Soto - Research Technician

Jie Ren - Research Technician

Research emphasis

Collaborate with scientists on design and execution of genomics experiments, identify emerging technologies and introduce them to the KSU genomics research community.

Teaching

PLPTH780 – Gene Expression Analysis Workshop. Summer.

PLPTH785 – Real-Time PCR Workshop. Summer.

Selected Publications:

Schwartz AR, Potnis N, Timilsina S, Wilson M, Patane J, Martins J, Minsavage GV, Dahlbeck D, Akhunova A, Almeida N, Vallad GE, Barak JD, White FF, Miller SA, Ritchie D, Goss E, Bart RS, Setubal JC, Jones JB and Staskawicz BJ. Phylogenomics of Xanthomonas field strains infecting pepper and tomato reveals diversity in effector repertoires and identifies determinants of host specificity. Front. Microbiol. 2015, 6:535

Jordan KW, Wang S, Lun Y, Gardiner LJ, MacLachlan R, Hucl P, Wiebe K, Wong D, Forrest KL, Sharpe AG, Sidebottom CHD, Hall N, Toomajian C, Close T, Dubcovsky J, Akhunova A, Talbert L, Bansal UK, Bariana HS, Hayden MJ, Pozniak C, Jeddeloh JA, Hall A, Akhunov E. A haplotype map of allohexaploid wheat reveals distinct patterns of selection on homoeologous genomes. Genome Biology 2015, 16:48

Reddy SK, Liu S, Rudd JC, Xue Q, Payton P, Finlayson SA, Mahan J, Akhunova A, Holalu SV, Lu N. Physiology and transcriptomics of water-deficit stress responses in wheat cultivars TAM 111 and TAM 112. Journal of Plant Phys. 2014, 171:1289-1298

Henry IM, Nagalakshmi U, Lieberman MC, Ngo KJ, Krasileva KV, Vasquez-Gross H, Akhunova A, Akhunov E, Dubcovsky J, Tai TH, Comai L. Efficient genome-wide detection and cataloging of EMS-induced mutations using next-generation sequencing and exome capture. The Plant Cell 2014, 26:1382-1397

Wang S, Wong D, Forrest K, Allen A, Chao S, Huang BE, Maccaferri M, Salvi S, Milner SG, Cattivelli L, Mastrangelo AM, Whan A, Stephen S, Barker G, Wieseke R, Plieske J, IWGSC, Lillemo M, Mather D, Appels R, Dolferus R, Brown-Guedira G, Korol A, Akhunova AR, Feuillet C, Salse J, Morgante M, Pozniak C, Luo MC, Dvorak J, Morell M, Dubcovsky J, Ganal M, Tuberosa R, Lawley C, Mikoulitch I, Cavanagh C, Edwards KJ, Hayden M, Akhunov E. Characterization of polyploid wheat genomic diversity using a high-density 90 000 single nucleotide polymorphism array. Plant Biotechnol. J. 2014, 12:787-796

Reddy SK, Weng Y, Rudd JC, Akhunova A, Liu S. Transcriptomics of induced defense responses to greenbug aphid feeding in near isogenic wheat lines. Plant Science 2013, 212:26-36

Cavanagh CR, Chao S, Wang S, Huang BE, Stephen S, Kiani S, Forrest K, Saintenac C, Brown-Guedira GL, Akhunova A, See D, Bai G, Pumphrey M, Tomar L, Wong D, Kong S, Reynolds M, da Silva ML, Bockelman H, Talbert L, Anderson JA, Dreisigacker S, Baenziger S, Carter A, Korzun V, Morrell PL, Dubcovsky J, Morell MK, Sorrells ME, Hayden MJ, Akhunov E. Genome-wide comparative diversity uncovers multiple targets of selection for improvement in hexaploid wheat landraces and cultivars. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2013, 110:8057-8062

Akhunov E, Sehgal S, Liang H, Wang S, Akhunova A, Kaur G, Li W, Forrest K, See D, Šimková H, Ma Y, Hayden M, Luo M, Faris J, Dolezel J, Gill B. Comparative analysis of syntenic genes in grass genomes reveals accelerated rates of gene structure and coding sequence evolution in polyploid wheat. Plant Physiol. 2013, 161:252-265

Akhunov E, Chao S, Saintenac C, Kiani S, See D, Brown-Guedira G, Sorrells M, Akhunova A, Dubcovsky J, Cavanagh C, Hayden M. High-throughput approaches to genome-wide analysis of genetic variation in polyploid wheat. Canadian J. of Plant Science 2012, 92:596-596.

Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Anderson OD, Anderson JA, Blake N, Clegg MT, Coleman-Derr D, Conley EJ, Crossman CC, Deal KR, Dubcovsky J, Gill BS, Gu YQ, Hadam J, Heo HY, Huo N, Lazo GR, Luo MC, Ma YQ, Matthews DE, McGuire PE, Morrell P, Qualset CO, Renfro J, Tabanao D, Talbert LE, Tian C, Toleno D, Warburton M, You FM, Zhang W, Dvorak J. Nucleotide diversity maps reveal variation in diversity among wheat genomes and chromosomes. BMC Genomics 2010, 11:702.

Akhunova AR, Matniyazov RT, Liang H, Akhunov ED. Homoeolog-specific transcriptional bias in allopolyploid wheat. BMC Genomics 2010, 11:505

Luo MC, Deal KR, Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Anderson OD, Anderson JA, Blake N, Clegg MT, Coleman-Derr D, Conley EJ, Crossman CC, Dubcovsky J, Gill BS, Gu YQ, Hadam J, Heo HY, Huo N, Lazo G, Ma Y, Matthews DE, McGuire PE, Morrell PL, Qualset CO, Renfro J, Tabanao D, Talbert LE, Tian C, Toleno DM, Warburton ML, You FM, Zhang W, Dvorak J. Genome Comparisons Reveal a Dominant Mechanism of Chromosome Number Reduction in Grasses and Accelerated Genome Evolution in Triticeae. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2009, 106:15780-15785

Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Dvorak J. Mechanisms and Rates of Birth and Death of Dispersed Duplicated Genes during the Evolution of a Multigene Family in Diploid and Tetraploid Wheats. Mol Biol Evol 2007, 24:539-550

Dvorak J, Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Deal KR, Luo MC.  Molecular Characterization of a Diagnostic DNA Marker for Domesticated Tetraploid Wheat Provides Evidence for Gene Flow from Wild Tetraploid Wheat to Hexaploid Wheat. Mol Biol Evol 2006, 23:1386-1396

Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Dvorak J. BAC libraries of Triticum urartu, Aegilops speltoides and Ae.Tauschii, the diploid ancestors of polyploidy wheat. Theor. Appl. Genet. 2005, 111:1617-1622

Akhunov E D, Akhunova AR, Linkiewicz AM, Dubcovsky J, Hummel D, Lazo G, Chao S, Anderson OD, David J, Qi L, Echalier B, Gill BS, Miftahudin, Gustafson JP, La Rota CM, Sorrells ME, Zhang D, Nguyen HT, Kalavacharla V, Hossain K, Kianian SF, Peng J, Lapitan NLV, Wennerlind EJ, Nduati V, Anderson JA, Sidhu D, Gill KS, McGuire PE, Qualset CO, Dvorak J. Synteny perturbations between wheat homoeologous chromosomes caused by locus duplications and deletions correlate with recombination rates along chromosome arms. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2003, 100:10836-10841