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Radhika Venkatesan

Assistant Professor
Dept: Biological Sciences (DBS)
E-mail: rv [at]
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Research Interest:

My lab primarily works on plant-insect interactions in the broad area of chemical ecology. We investigate interesting research questions relating to tri-trophic interactions between plants, insect herbivores and parasitoid wasps. We also work on plant defence responses and their spatiotemporal allocation patternsTo know more details,

Academic Background:

  1. PhD (Chemical Ecology), Max Planck Institute for ChemicalEcology (Jena, Germany), 2010


  1. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Assistant Professor, NCBS (2015 - 2020)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Early Career Award from SERB (2016)
  2. Ramanujan Fellowship from SERB (2015)

Selected Publications:

  1. Kabir, Shakilur; Venkatesan, Radhika and Thaker, Maria. 2020."Multiple sensory modalities in diurnal geckos is associated with the signalling environment and evolutionary constraints." Integrative Organismal Biology, 2, obaa027
  2. Ghosh, Enakshi and Venkatesan, Radhika. 2019."Plant volatiles regulate immune responses in Spodoptera litura.." Journal of Chemical Ecology, 45, 715-724
  3. Sasidharan, Rohit and Venkatesan, Radhika. 2019."Seed elaiosome mediates dispersal by ants and impacts germination in Ricinus communis." Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution , 7, 246
  4. Kabir, Md. Shakilur; Venkatesan, Radhika and Thaker, Maria. 2019."Mismatch in receiver responses to multimodal signals in the diurnal gecko, Cnemaspis mysoriensis." Animal Behavior, 147, 115-123
  5. Khan, I; Prakash, A; Issar, S; Umarani, M; Sasidharan, R; Masagalli, JN; Lama, P; Venkatesan, Radhika and Agashe, D. 2018."Female density dependent chemical warfare underlies fitness effects of group sex ratio in flour beetles." The American Naturalist, 191, 306-317

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