Arijit Mukherjee Ph.D.

Associate Professor

LSC 122

(501) 450-5472


Ph.D., Genetics, Clemson University, Dec 2007

Post-doctoral Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jan 2008-Jul 2012

Started at UCA in Aug 2012

Courses Taught:


Molecular Biology

Advanced Genetics

Research Interests:

Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Plant Biology, Plant-microbe symbioses,
Nitrogen fixation in legumes and non-legumes.

Research Webpage:


Selected Publications (since 2014):

*UCA graduate students **UCA undergraduate students

Mukherjee, A. (2022), What do we know from the transcriptomic studies investigating the interactions between plants and plant growth-promoting bacteria? Frontiers in Plant Science, 13:997308, doi:10.3389/fpls.2022.997308.

Wiggins, G.*, Thomas, J.*, Rahmatallah, Y., Deen, C.**, Haynes, A.**, Degon, Z.*, Glazko, G., Mukherjee, A. (2022), Common gene expression patterns are observed in rice roots during associations with plant growth-promoting bacteria, Herbaspirillum seropedicae and Azospirillum brasilense, Scientific Reports (Impact Factor= 1),

Cook, J.*, Degon, Z.*, Ruiz., D.**, Pope, J.**, Rahmatallah, Y., Mukherjee, A. (2022), The plant growth-promoting bacteria, Azospirillum brasilense, induce a diverse array of genes in rice shoots and promote their growth, Plant Growth Regulation (Impact Factor= 3.7),

Rainwater, R.*, Mukherjee, A., (2021), The legume-rhizobia symbiosis can be supported on Mars soil simulants, PLoS One (Impact Factor= 3.24),

Thomas, J.*, Hiltenbrand, R.*, Bowman, M.J., Kim, H.R.**, Winn, M.E., Mukherjee, A. (2020), Time-course RNA-seq analysis provides an improved understanding of gene regulation during the formation of nodule-like structures in rice, Plant Molecular Biology (Impact Factor= 4.9),

Thomas, J.*, Mukherjee, A. (2019), Hormone-induced nodule-like structures in land plants: An update. The Model Legume Medicago truncatula, Wiley publishers, 785-793.

Thomas, J.*, Kim, H.R.**, Rahmatallah, Y., Wiggins, G.*, Yang, Q.**, Singh, R.**, Glazko, G., Mukherjee, A. (2019), RNA-seq reveals differentially expressed genes in rice (Oryza sativa) roots during interactions with plant-growth promoting bacteria, Azospirillum brasilense, PLoS One (Impact Factor: 3.24), 14(5):e0217309. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217309.

Thomas, J.*, Bowman, M.J., Vega, A.**, Kim, H.R.**, Mukherjee, A. (2018), Comparative transcriptome analysis provides key insights into gene expression pattern during the formation of nodule-like structures in Brachypodium, Functional & Integrative Genomics (Impact Factor: 3.6), 18(3):315-326. doi: 10.1007/s10142-018-0594-z.

Hiltenbrand, R.*, Thomas, J.*, McCarthy, H.**, Dykema, K.J., Spurr, A.**, Newhart, H.**, Winn, M.E., Mukherjee, A. (2016), A developmental and molecular view of formation of auxin-induced nodule-like structures in land plants, Frontiers in Plant Science (Impact Factor: 5.8), 7:1692.

Palmer, G., Mukherjee, A., Stacy, D.M., Lazar, S., Ané, J.M., Blackwell, H.E. (2016), Interkingdom responses to bacterial quorum sensing signals regulate frequency and rate of nodulation in the legume-rhizobia symbiosis, ChemBioChem (Impact Factor: 3.2), 17: 2199.

Mitra, S., Mukherjee, A., Wiley-Kalil, A., Das, S., Owen, H., Reddy, P.M., Ané, J.M., James, E.K., Gyaneshwar, P. (2016), A rhamnose-deficient lipopolysaccharide mutant of Rhizobium sp. IRBG74 is defective in root colonization and beneficial interactions with its flooding-tolerant hosts Sesbania cannabina and wetland rice, Journal of Experimental Botany (Impact Factor: 7.9), 67: 5869-5884. Cover page

Palmer, A., Senechal, A., Mukherjee, A., Ané, J.M., Blackwell, H. (2014), Plant Responses to Bacterial N-Acyl L-Homoserine Lactones are Dependent on Enzymatic Degradation to L-Homoserine, ACS Chemical Biology (Impact Factor: 5.1), 9: 1834-1845.