Sivamani Elumalai


Sivamani Elumalai

Senior Team Leader – Transgenic Technology Team, Syngenta

Siva is a Senior Team Leader in the Transformation and Analysis group with Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), N.C. There, he leads a Transgenic Technology team to create and deliver transgenic corn and soy plants with various trait genes for research and commercial projects. Siva earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from Loyola College, Chennai, India. Later, he received two Masters degrees in Botany and Mycology from Madras Christian College and Vivekananda College at University of Madras in India, respectively.  Later he obtained his Ph. D degree in Botany from the Centre for Advanced Study in Botany at University of Madras in India. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, California studying rice biotechnology through a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship.  In 2009 Siva joined Syngenta as Research scientist in the maize transformation team.  He gradually moved higher into senior level scientist and later became a leader of that team to cater to the transgenic needs of various research scientists and projects at Syngenta.    


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Posted on: August 5, 2017
Response from Sivamani Elumalai, Senior Team Leader – Transgenic Technology Team, Syngenta • August 25, 2017
Other than research, our work starts at the design of a plasmid vector that contains a gene cassette that we want to introduce in a plant genome. Once the plasmid vector design is completed, it is synthesized by bringing together several DNA components together thru a bio-chemical reaction. When the plasmid vector is made, the several components are verified by restriction endonuclease digestion reactions and/or thru DNA sequencing. After this verification is completed, the plasmid... Read More
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