Selvadurai Dayanandan

Associate Professor,
Concordia University

Department of Biology
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Ph.D (Boston University)
Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Massachusetts-Boston)
Izaak W. Killam Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Alberta)


  • 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

    Muhammad Zayed

    (Start: 2012)
    Genomics of plant traits associated with adaptation to climate change

    Kyle R. Grant

    (Start: 2018)
    Endophytic Community Dynamics of the Populus x jackii Complex

    Previous students (since 2009)

    Atiqur R Barbhuiya

    (Start: 2009, End: 2015)
    Phylogenetics of Bamboo and Citrus in Northeast India.

    Shivaprakash Nagaraju

    (Start: 2011, End: 2019)
    Patterns of evolutionary diversification of Myristicaceae members in the Indian sub continent

    B. Ramesh

    Other (co-)supervisor:
    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Conservation genetics of Nothapodytes in Western Ghats, India

    Latif Khan

    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Conservation Genetics of forest trees in Northeast India

    Qioming Li

    (Start: 2009, End: 2010)
    Conservation genetics of Dipterocarps in China

    Uma Shanker

    (Start: 2011, End: 2011)
    Conservation Genetics of Cinnamomum tamala in India

    Lal Bihari Sinha

    (Start: 2011, End: 2012)
    Population and evolutionary genetics of bamboos in India

    Mohan Kumar Patel

    (Start: 2009, End: 2009)
    Conservation genetics of Disoxylon species in Western Ghats, India

    Shiva Prakash

    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Conservation genetics of Myristica sp in Western Ghats

    Sachin Rosario

    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Genetic diversity in Saraca asoca

    Prakash Shiva

    Other (co-)supervisor:
    (Start: 2010, End: 2010)
    Conservation genetics of Myristica sp in Western Ghats

    Examples of species studied

    Gymnocladus assamicus
    Capsicum chinense
    Saraca asoca
    Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Nothapodytes nimmoniana
    Salmo salar
    Populus deltoides
    Populus balsamifera
    Pinus resinosa
    Picea glauca
    Dalbergia sissoo
    Carapa guianensis
    Populus tremuloides
    Lilium regale
    Oryza sativa


    57- Plants endophytes: unveiling hidden agenda for bioprospecting toward sustainable agriculture
    Dubey A , Malla M A , Kumar A , Dayanandan S , Khan M L ,
    2020 Critical Reviews in Biotechnology (Date Added: 2020-09-06)

    56- Ecosystem-level carbon storage and its links to diversity, structural and environmental drivers in tropical forests of Western Ghats, India
    Kothandaraman S , Dar J A , Sundarapandian S , Dayanandan S , Khan M L ,
    2020 Scientific Reports (Date Added: 2020-08-20)

    55- Late-spring frost risk between 1959 and 2017 decreased in North America but increased in Europe and Asia
    Zohner C M , Mo L , Renner S S , Svenning J , Vitasse Y , Benito B M , Ordonez A , Baumgarten F , Bastin J , Sebald V , Reich P B , Liang J , Nabuurs G , de-Miguel S , Alberti G , Antón-Fernández C , Balazy R , Brändli U , Chen H Y H , Chisholm C , Cienciala E , Dayanandan S , Fayle T M , Frizzera L , Gianelle D , Jagodzinski A M , Jaroszewicz B , Jucker T , Kepfer-Rojas S , Khan M L , Kim H S , Korjus H , Johannsen V K , Laarmann D , Lang M , Zawila-Niedzwiecki T , Niklaus P A , Paquette A , Pretzsch H , Saikia P , Schall P , Šebeň V , Svoboda M , Tikhonova E , Viana H , Zhang C , Zhao X , Crowther T W ,
    2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Date Added: 2020-06-14)

    54- Comparative physiological and proteomic analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana revealed differential wound stress responses following the exposure to different LED light sources
    Mirzahosseini Z , Shabani L , Sabzalian M R , Dayanandan S ,
    2020 Environmental and Experimental Botany (Date Added: 2020-01-03)

    53- Invasive species and their impact on tropical forests of central India: A review
    Dar J A , Subashree K , Sundarapandian S , Saikia P , Kumar A , Khare P K , Dayanandan S , Khan M L ,
    2019 Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Functions and Challenges in the Face of Global Change (Date Added: 2020-06-03)

    52- Origin and evolution of the genus Piper in Peninsular India
    Sen S , Dayanandan S , Davis T , Ganesan R , Jagadish M , Mathew P , Ravikanth G ,
    2019 Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Date Added: 2019-06-12)

    51- Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses
    Steidinger B S , , Crowther T W , Liang J , Van Nuland M E , Werner G D A , Reich P B , Nabuurs G , de-Miguel S , Zhou M , Picard N , Herault B , Zhao X , Zhang C , Routh D , Peay K G ,
    2019 Nature (Date Added: 2019-05-26)

    50- How and why do endophytes produce plant secondary metabolites?
    Naik S , Shaanker R U , Ravikanth G , Dayanandan S ,
    2019 Symbiosis (Date Added: 2019-03-26)

    48- Phylogenetic diversity patterns in Himalayan forests reveal evidence for environmental filtering of distinct lineages
    Shooner S , Davies T J , Saikia P , Deka J , Bharali S , Tripathi O P , Singha L , Latif Khan M , Dayanandan S ,
    2018 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2018-06-26)

    47- A MODIS-based spatiotemporal assessment of agricultural residue burning in Madhya Pradesh, India
    Vermaa, S, Ahmad Dar, J, Malasiya, D, Kumar Khare, P, Dayanandan, S, Khan, ML
    2018 Ecological Indicators (Date Added: 2018-04-29)

    46- Plant diversity patterns and conservation status of eastern Himalayan forests in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India
    Saikia P , Deka J , Bharali S , Kumar A , Tripathi O P , Singha L B , Dayanandan S , Khan M L ,
    2017 Forest Ecosystems (Date Added: 2018-08-02)

    45- Characterization of two novel antimicrobial peptides from the cuticular extracts of the ant Trichomyrmex criniceps (Mayr), (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
    Bhagavathula, N, Meedidoddi, V, Bourque, S, Vimaladevi, R, Kesavakurup, S, Selvadurai, D, Shrivastava, S, Krishnappa, C
    2017 Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology (Date Added: 2018-05-11)

    44-Developing Climate-Change Adaptive Crops to Sustain Agriculture in Dryland Systems through Applied Mathematics and Genomics
    Bari, A, Dayanandan, S
    2016 CRC Press ( Date Added: 2018-05-11)

    42- Identification of novel microsatellite markers for Saraca asoca, a medicinally important tree species in India
    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, KN, Aravind, NA, Ravikanth, G, Dayanandan, S
    2016 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2016-08-26)

    39- In silico evaluation of plant genetic resources to search for traits for adaptation to climate change
    Bari, A, Khazaei, H, Stoddard, FL, Street, K, Sillanpää, MJ, Chaubey, YP, Dayanandan, S, Endresen, DTF, De Pauw, E, Damania, AB
    2016 Climatic Change (Date Added: 2016-03-29)

    37- Despite introgressive hybridization, North American birches (Betula spp.) maintain strong differentiation at nuclear microsatellite loci
    Thomson, AM, Dick, CW, Pascoini, AL, 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 , BR, Gurumurthy, MM, Vasanthakumari, G, Ravikanth , Dayanandan, S, R Storms, MBSaRUS
    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, BI, Khan, ML, Dayanandan, S
    2014 BMC Research Notes (Date Added: 2015-12-07)

    30- Genetic Characterization of Indigenous Rice Varieties in Eastern Himalayan Region of Northeast India
    2014 Rice Science (Date Added: 2014-04-17)

    28- Genetic structure and diversity of indigenous rice (Oryza sativa) varieties in the Eastern Himalayan region of Northeast India
    Choudhury, B, Khan, ML, 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, J-L, Zhang, L, Dayanandan, S, Nagaraju, S, Liu, D-M, Li, Q-M
    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, M, Umaharan, P, Dayanandan, S
    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, RC, Shaanker, RU, 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, J-L, Zhang, L, Dayanandan, S, Nagaraju, S, Liu, D-M, Li, Q-M
    2013 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2013-04-21)

    23- The Saccharomyces cerevisiae enolase-related regions encode proteins that are active enolases
    Kornblatt, MJ, Richard Albert, J, Mattie, S, Zakaib, J, Dayanandan, S, Hanic-Joyce, PJ, Joyce, PBM
    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, L, Huffman, J, Cole, R, Dayanandan, S, Tkach, V, McLaughlin, JD
    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, SA, McLaughlin, JD, Dayanandan, S, Marcogliese, DJ
    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, MA, Dayanandan, S, Maly, EJ
    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, BT, Srirama, R, Ravikanth, G, Ravishankar, KV, Dayanandan, S, Sreejayan, N, Vasudeva, R, Ganeshaiah, KN, 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, NN, Noël, MV, Venter, O, Bernatchez, L, Dayanandan, S, Grant, JWA
    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, KC, Ibrahim, RK, 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, DE, Dayanandan, S, Marcogliese, DJ, McLaughlin, JD
    2002 Canadian Journal of Zoology (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, OP, Rahman, MH, 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, GS, Uma Shaanker, R, Ganeshaiah, KN, Dayanandan, S
    2001 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

    9- Microsatellite DNA markers in Populus tremuloides
    Rahman, MH, Dayanandan, S, Rajora, OP
    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, CM, 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, GA, Quesada-Mateo, C, Gonzalez-Quesada, P, Dayanandan, S, Bawa, KS
    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, PS, Williams, SM, Primack, RB
    1999 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-15)

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

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

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

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