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Assistant Professor
Department of Microbial Technology
School of Biological Science
Madurai Kamaraj University
Madurai – 624 021, India
E-mail                        : murubio2001@yahoo.com
Phone                        : +91-452- 2458227
Fax                  : +91-452- 2459105

Research Achievements

Dr. M. Murugan is specialized in the fields of Mycology and Molecular Plant Virology. During his Post Doctoral Programme at Taiwan analyzed TGBp2 and TGBp3 with C-myc tag with N-terminal ends of proteins which facilitate cell-to-cell movements since Bamboo Mosaic Virus (BaMV) encodes for the triple gene block proteins. The BaMV satellite RNA vector based expression of C-mycTGBp2 and C-myc:TGBp3  complement the function of movement-defective BaMV TGBp2 and TGBp3.  Western blot analysis used for the specific C-myc antibody recognized for C-myc fused BaMV TGBp2 and TGBp3 protein expression.  Northern blot analysis indicating that the chemeric SatBaMV RNAs could indeed be replicated and moved from cell-to-cell.  He has handled Confocal Microscope and observed the subcellular localization of each viral movement protein and the nature of cellular and structural modifications.  It is presumed that the vesicles may coalescence with vRNA complex and presents on ER and actins.  They act as a vehicle to transfer the material to neighboring cell through plasmodesmata. Further Dr. M. Murugan was also observed that C-myc:TGBp2 and C-myc:TGBp3 move from cell-to-cell  through single and branched plasmodesmata, respectively. Dr.Murugan has published more than 10 research articles in National and Inter-National Journals and presented papers in National and International Seminar/Symposia.

Area of Research

Fungal Biotechnology
Molecular plant Virology
Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscope

Ongoing Research Projects


Publications (Papers Published)

  • Gangadevi.V, Murugan. M and J. Muthumary (2008). Taxol determination from Pestalotiopsis pauciseta, a fungal endophyte of a medicinal plant. Chinese Journal of Biotechnology. 24(8): 1433-1438.
  • Marudhamuthu Murugan, P. Ebinezer and John Muthumary (2008). Light and Transmission electron microscopic studies on the conidiomatal development and conidia of Pestalotiospsis cruenta. Mycologia Balcanica. 5(3): 98-102. 
  • Murugan. M, Gagadevi.G and J.Muthumary (2007). Light and Transmission Electron microscopic studies on conidiomata developmental morphology in Pestalotiopsis rhododendri. Indian Journal of Science and Technology. 1(2):1-7.
  • Ping-Hsien Chuang, Chi-Wei Lee, Jia-Ying Chou, M.Murugan, Nor-Jinn Shieh and Hueih- Min Chen (2007). Anti-fungal activity of crude extracts and essential oil of Moringa oleifera Lam. Bioresource Technology (98): 232-236.
  • Ebenezer.P, M. Murugan and J.Muthumary, (2005).Characterization of Pestalotiopsis spp: Comparative Analysis of Fatty Acids. J. Mycol. Pl. Pathol. (2): 354-356.
  • Chen, H.M S.C.Chen, J.C.Lee, C.C.Chang, M. Murugan and Ralph W.Jack (2003). Transmission electron microscopic observation of membrane effects of  antibiotic cecropin B on Escherichia coli. Microscopy Research and Technique.62: 423-430.
  • Murugan. M and J.Muthumary, (2003). Studies on developmental morphology of the conidiomata in Pestalotiopsis uvicola with a note on the ultrastructure of the conidia and conidiogenous cell. J. Mycol. Pl. Pathol. 33 (2): 204-211.
  • Ebenezer. P, M. Murugan and J.Muthumary (2002). The influence of chemical Environment on growth and sporulation in species of Pestalotiopsis. Indian Journal of Microbiology.42:303-10.
  • Murugan. M and J.Muthumary (2001). Developmental morphology and ultrastructure of Pestalotiopsis maculans. Mycotaxon.79:455 -465.
  • Murugan. M, N.Mubarak Ali, C.Suju Skaria and Indira Kalyana Sundaram (1996). Agarolytic activity of the Myxomycetes Fuligo septica. Mycologist.10 (1): 21-22.


Necleotide sequence submission to NCBI
  • Murugan, M and J.Muthumary (2010). Accession no: GU: 722595; organism name: Pestalotiopsis mangiferae MM102.
  • Murugan, M and J.Muthumary (2010). Accession no: GU: 722596; organism name: Bartalinia sp MM101.
  • Vannila, R., Murugan, M and J.Muthumary (2009). Accession no: GQ 891045; 

            organism name:  Pestalotiopsis pauciseta VM1.

Lectures Delivered on invitation
  •  “Microscopy”. Refresher course at Centre for advanced studies in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai-25 on 8.2.2010. 
  • Murugan. M, “Cell to cell movement of viral proteins” Teacher Requirement Board (TRB) at CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai-25 on 28.7.2009.
  • “Virus”. Teacher Requirement Board (TRB) at CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai-25 on 4.8.2009.
  • Murugan. M “Fungal Biodiversity and Biotechnology”.  Summer Workshop on Fungal Biotechnology from 14th to 20th July 2009, CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai - 25
  • “Virus”. Teacher Requirement Board (TRB) at CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai-25 on 4.8.2009.
  • “Biocontrol”. State level seminar on “Technology of organic farming for rural development” during September 25&26, 2008 organized by department Botany, Alagappa Govt Arts college, Karaikudi-630 006.
Papers presented in National and International Conferences
  • Kamalraj. S., Murugan. M and J. Muthumary. Bioassay-guided fractions of novel sesquiterpene (3(4’– hydroxyphenyl – 2,4, 7-trioxa-bicyclo (4,1,0) heptane) from Pestalotiopsis microspora Jeon. in Modified PDB culture. Fungal Biodiversity and Bioprospecting in the age of global warming. October, 29 -30, 2009, Department of Botany, Goa University, Goa.
  • Advances in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, March   18-19, 2008.
  • International symposium on plant regulatory RNAs, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, March 22-23, 2007.
  • Murugan, M and H.M. Chen. Transgenic expression of an antimicrobial peptide cecropin B gene in tobacco. International symposium on plant Functional Genomics. November.17-19, 2003, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Murugan, M and J. Muthumary. Light and Electron Microscopic studies on conidial development in Pestalotiopsis neglecta (Thuem) Stey. International symposium on ecology of Fungi, January 20-22, 1998, Goa University, Goa, India .