Selvadurai Dayanandan

Associate Professor,
Concordia University

Department of Biology
7141 Sherbrooke St W.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H4B 1R6
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 3414
E-mail: daya.dayanandan@concordia.ca
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Education
Ph.D (Boston University)


Research
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Population Genetics
  • Phylogeography
  • Biodiversity Conservation


  • My research program is aimed at gaining insights into the processes underlying the origin and maintenance of biological diversity with specific focus on the ecology, evolution and genomics of forest trees, and understanding the causes and consequences of deforestation and forest fragmentation. Understanding these processes provides the necessary basis for the development of sound conservation and management strategies for forested areas. Current research projects in my laboratory include molecular phylogenetic studies and characterization of molecular markers for genomic mapping and gene flow studies in a variety of organisms including tropical and temperate forest trees

    QCBS students
    Shivaprakash Nagaraju, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2011)

    Thesis title: Patterns of evolutionary diversification of Myristicaceae members in the Indian sub continent
    Sachin Naik, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2014, End: 2018)
    Muhammad Atef Zayed, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2012)
    Thesis title: Genomics of plant traits associated with adaptation to climate change
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Latif Khan, NA
    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Thesis title: Conservation Genetics of forest trees in Northeast India
    Qioming Li, NA
    (Start: 2009, End: 2010)
    Thesis title: Conservation genetics of Dipterocarps in China
    Uma Shanker, NA
    (Start: 2011, End: 2011)
    Thesis title: Conservation Genetics of Cinnamomum tamala in India
    Lal Bihari Sinha, NA
    (Start: 2011, End: 2012)
    Thesis title: Population and evolutionary genetics of bamboos in India
    Stacy Lee Thompson, NA
    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Thesis title: Genetic studies of Populus
    Paul Ashish, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Latiff Khan
    Thesis title: Phylogeny of Rhododendrons
    Atiqur R Barbhuiya, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2009, End: 2015)

    Thesis title: Phylogenetics of Bamboo and Citrus in Northeast India.
    Baharul Choudhury, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2013)

    Ashish Paul, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Thesis title: Phylogeny of Rhododendrons
    B. Ramesh, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Other (co-)supervisor:
    Thesis title: Conservation genetics of Nothapodytes in Western Ghats, India
    Ashley Thomson, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2013)
    Mohan Kumar Patel, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2009, End: 2009)
    Thesis title: Conservation genetics of Disoxylon species in Western Ghats, India
    Shiva Prakash, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Thesis title: Conservation genetics of Myristica sp in Western Ghats
    Sachin Rosario, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Thesis title: Genetic diversity in Saraca asoca
    Prakash Shiva, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Other (co-)supervisor:
    Thesis title: Conservation genetics of Myristica sp in Western Ghats
    Stephanie Shooner, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2013, End: 2015)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jonathan Davies
    Courses
    BIOL 601 - Population and Conservation Genetics (Winter / Hiver)
    BIOL 511 - Structural Genomics (Fall / Automne)
    BIOL 516 - Projects in Biotechnology and Genomics (Fall / Automne)
    - Evolutionary Genetics (Fall / Automne)
    - Forest Regeneration Ecology (Fall / Automne)
    - Phylogeography (Fall / Automne)
    - Scientific Communication (Fall / Automne)
    BIOL 208 - Environmental Biology (Fall / Automne)
    BIOL452/BIOL601J - Population and Conservation Genetics (Winter / Hiver)
    - Molecular Phylogenetics (Fall / Automne)
    - Plant Biology (Fall / Automne)
    BIOL 340 - Plant Biology (Fall / Automne)

    Publications
    42- Identification of novel microsatellite markers for Saraca asoca, a medicinally important tree species in India
    SUMANGALA R.C., SHAANKER R.U., DAYANANDAN S., VASUDEVA R., RAVIKANTH G.
    2016 Journal of Genetics (Date Added: 2017-02-17)

    41- Ecological niche modeling for conservation planning of an endemic snail in the verge of becoming a pest in cardamom plantations in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot
    Sen, S., Shivaprakash, K.N., Aravind, N.A., Ravikanth, G., Dayanandan, S.
    2016 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2016-08-26)

    40- Genetic structure and diversity of natural and domesticated populations of Citrus medica L. in the Eastern Himalayan region of Northeast India
    Barbhuiya, A.R., Khan, M.L., Dayanandan, S.
    2016 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2016-05-31)

    39- In silico evaluation of plant genetic resources to search for traits for adaptation to climate change
    Bari, A., Khazaei, H., Stoddard, F.L., Street, K., Sillanpää, M.J., Chaubey, Y.P., Dayanandan, S., Endresen, D.T.F., De Pauw, E., Damania, A.B.
    2016 Climatic Change (Date Added: 2016-03-29)

    38- Inter-simple sequence repeat data reveals high genetic diversity in wild populations of the narrowly distributed endemic Lilium regale in the Minjiang River Valley of China
    Wu, Z.-hua, Shi, J., Xi, M.-li, Jiang, F.-xing, Deng, M.-wen, Dayanandan, S.
    2015 PloS one (Date Added: 2016-07-14)

    37- Despite introgressive hybridization, North American birches (Betula spp.) maintain strong differentiation at nuclear microsatellite loci
    Thomson, A.M., Dick, C.W., Pascoini, A.L., Dayanandan, S.
    2015 Tree Genetics & Genomes (Date Added: 2016-07-14)

    36- Endophyte fungal diversity in Nothapodytes nimmoniana along its distributional gradient in the Western Ghats, India: are camptothecine (anticancer alkaloid) producing endophytes restricted to specific clades?
    Singh S.,B. R., Gurumurthy, M. M., Vasanthakumari, G., Ravikanth., Dayanandan, S., R. Storms, M. B. Shivanna and R. Uma Shaanker
    2015 Current Science (Date Added: 2016-07-14)

    34- Genetic relatedness among indigenous rice varieties in the Eastern Himalayan region based on nucleotide sequences of the Waxy gene
    Choudhury, B.I., Khan, M.L., Dayanandan, S.
    2014 BMC Research Notes (Date Added: 2015-12-07)

    33- A similar phylogeographical structure among sympatric North American birches ( Betula ) is better explained by introgression than by shared biogeographical history
    Thomson, Ashley M., Dick, Christopher W., Dayanandan, Selvadurai
    2014 Journal of Biogeography (Date Added: 2014-09-03)

    32- Phylogeny Reconstruction and Hybrid Analysis of Populus (Salicaceae) Based on Nucleotide Sequences of Multiple Single-Copy Nuclear Genes and Plastid Fragments
    Wang, Zhaoshan, Du, Shuhui, Dayanandan, Selvadurai, Wang, Dongsheng, Zeng, Yanfei, Zhang, Jianguo
    2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-08-27)

    31- Patterns of nucleotide diversity and phenotypes of two domestication related genes (OsC1 and Wx) in indigenous rice varieties in Northeast India
    Choudhury, Baharul, Khan, Mohammed, Dayanandan, Selvadurai
    2014 BMC Genetics (Date Added: 2014-07-07)

    30- Genetic Characterization of Indigenous Rice Varieties in Eastern Himalayan Region of Northeast India
    CHOUDHURY, Baharul Islam, KHAN, Mohammed Latif, DAYANANDAN, Selvadurai
    2014 Rice Science (Date Added: 2014-04-17)

    29- Functional Androdioecy in Critically Endangered Gymnocladus assamicus (Leguminosae) in the Eastern Himalayan Region of Northeast India
    Choudhury, Baharul Islam, Khan, Mohammed Latif, Dayanandan, Selvadurai
    2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-03-12)

    28- Genetic structure and diversity of indigenous rice (Oryza sativa) varieties in the Eastern Himalayan region of Northeast India
    Choudhury, B., Khan, M.L., Dayanandan, S.
    2013 SpringerPlus (Date Added: 2016-07-14)

    27- Correction: Tertiary Origin and Pleistocene Diversification of Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cambodiana-Asparagaceae) Populations in the Asian Tropical Forests
    Zhao, Jian-Li, Zhang, Lu, Dayanandan, Selvadurai, Nagaraju, Shivaprakash, Liu, Dong-Mei, Li, Qiao-Ming
    2013 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-04-10)

    26- Microsatellite based analysis of the genetic structure and diversity of Capsicum chinense in the Neotropics
    Moses, Marissa, Umaharan, Pathmanathan, Dayanandan, Selvadurai
    2013 Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (Date Added: 2014-01-05)

    25- Identification of novel microsatellite markers for Saraca asoca, a medicinally important tree species in India
    Sumangala, R. C., Shaanker, R. U., Dayanandan, S., Vasudeva, R., Ravikanth, G.
    2013 Journal of Genetics Online Resources (Date Added: 2013-11-27)

    24- Tertiary Origin and Pleistocene Diversification of Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cambodiana-Asparagaceae) Populations in the Asian Tropical Forests
    Zhao, Jian-Li, Zhang, Lu, Dayanandan, Selvadurai, Nagaraju, Shivaprakash, Liu, Dong-Mei, Li, Qiao-Ming
    2013 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2013-04-21)

    23- The Saccharomyces cerevisiae enolase-related regions encode proteins that are active enolases
    Kornblatt, M. J., Richard Albert, J., Mattie, S., Zakaib, J., Dayanandan, S., Hanic-Joyce, P. J., Joyce, P. B. M.
    2013 Yeast (Date Added: 2013-02-24)

    22- Sphaeridiotrema globulus and Sphaeridiotrema pseudoglobulus (Digenea): Species Differentiation Based On mtDNA (Barcode) and Partial LSU–rDNA Sequences
    Bergmame, Laura, Huffman, Jane, Cole, Rebecca, Dayanandan, Selvadurai, Tkach, Vasyl, McLaughlin, J. Daniel
    2011 Journal of Parasitology (Date Added: 2012-08-27)

    21- Diversity and specificity in Diplostomum spp. metacercariae in freshwater fishes revealed by cytochrome c oxidase I and internal transcribed spacer sequences
    Locke, S.A., McLaughlin, J.D., Dayanandan, S., Marcogliese, D.J.
    2010 International Journal for Parasitology (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    20- Phylogeny of the genus Hesperodiaptomus (Copepoda) based on nucleotide sequence data of the nuclear ribosomal gene
    Marszalek, M.A., Dayanandan, S., Maly, E.J.
    2009 Hydrobiologia (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    19- Development of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Nothapodytes nimmoniana, a medicinally important tree from the Western Ghats, India
    Ramesha, B.T., Srirama, R., Ravikanth, G., Ravishankar, K.V., Dayanandan, S., Sreejayan, N., Vasudeva, R., Ganeshaiah, K.N., Uma Shaanker, R.
    2009 Molecular Ecology Resources (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    18- No evidence of kin bias in dispersion of young-of-the-year Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. in a natural stream
    Brodeur, N.N., Noël, M.V., Venter, O., Bernatchez, L., Dayanandan, S., Grant, J.W.A.
    2008 Journal of Fish Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    17- Asymmetrical natural hybridization between Populus deltoides and P. balsamifera (Salicaceae)
    Hamzeh, M., Sawchyn, C., Périnet, P., Dayanandan, S.
    2007 Canadian Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    16- Structure, function, and evolution of plant O-methyltransferases.
    Lam, K.C., Ibrahim, R.K., Behdad, B., Dayanandan, S.
    2007 Genome / National Research Council Canada = Génome / Conseil national de recherches Canada (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    15- Microsatellite analysis reveals genetically distinct populations of red pine (Pinus resinosa, Pinaceae)
    Boys, J., Cherry, M., Dayanandan, S.
    2005 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    14- Phylogeny of Populus (Salicaceae) based on nucleotide sequences of chloroplast trnT-trnF region and nuclear rDNA
    Hamzeh, M., Dayanandan, S.
    2004 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    13- Molecular systematics of some North American species of Diplostomum (Digenea) based on rDNA-sequence data and comparisons with European congeners
    Galazzo, D.E., Dayanandan, S., Marcogliese, D.J., McLaughlin, J.D.
    2002 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    12- Microsatellite DNA markers for the Sri Lankan rainforest tree species, Shorea cordifolia (Dipterocarpaceae), and cross-species amplification in S. megistophylla
    Stacy, E.A., Dayanandan, S., Dancik, B.P., Khasa, P.D.
    2001 Molecular Ecology Notes (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    11- Isolation, characterization, inheritance and linkage of microsatellite DNA markers in white spruce (Picea glauca) and their usefulness in other spruce species
    Rajora, O.P., Rahman, M.H., Dayanandan, S., Mosseler, A.
    2001 Molecular and General Genetics (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    10- Genetic relatedness among developing seeds and intra fruit seed abortion in Dalbergia sissoo (Fabaceae)
    Mohana, G.S., Uma Shaanker, R., Ganeshaiah, K.N., Dayanandan, S.
    2001 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    9- Microsatellite DNA markers in Populus tremuloides
    Rahman, M.H., Dayanandan, S., Rajora, O.P.
    2000 Genome (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    8- Population structure delineated with microsatellite markers in fragmented populations of a tropical tree, Carapa guianensis (Meliaceae)
    Dayanandan, S., Dole, J., Bawa, K., Kesseli, R.
    1999 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    7- Phylogeny and biosystematics of Pseudomonotes (Dipterocarpaceae) based on molecular and morphological data
    Morton, C.M., Dayanandan, S., Dissanayake, D.
    1999 Plant Systematics and Evolution (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    6- Protected areas and conservation of biodiversity in the tropics
    Sánchez-Azofeifa, G.A., Quesada-Mateo, C., Gonzalez-Quesada, P., Dayanandan, S., Bawa, K.S.
    1999 Conservation Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    5- Phylogeny of the tropical tree family Dipterocarpaceae based on nucleotide sequences of the chloroplast rbcL gene
    Dayanandan, S., Ashton, P.S., Williams, S.M., Primack, R.B.
    1999 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    4- Global climate change and tropical forest genetic resources
    Bawa, K.S., Dayanandan, S.
    1998 Climatic Change (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    3- Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides)
    Dayanandan, S., Rajora, O.P., Bawa, K.S.
    1998 Theoretical and Applied Genetics (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    2- Conservation of microsatellites among tropical trees (Leguminosae)
    Dayanandan, S., Bawa, K.S., Kesseli, R.
    1997 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    1- Socioeconomic factors and tropical deforestation [5]
    Bawa, K.S., Dayanandan, S.
    1997 Nature (Date Added: 2011-04-15)