Assistant Professor

Dr. Manjunatha Thondamal

Department of Biological Sciences


  1. Genetics of Aging
  2. Chronobiology
  3. Neurodegenerative disease models



G M Institute of Technology




École normale supérieure de Lyon

Research Interest

  • Our research group mainly focuses on the genetics of aging; particularly in understanding the dietary restriction (DR) mediated longevity. We use C. elegans as our main model to study the biology of aging. We use combination of genetics, behavioural, and molecular approaches to study effects of DR on lifespan and, the cost (fitness) associated with it. We are actively working on elucidating the roles of nuclear hormone receptors (NHR) in mediating the diverse signals from various longevity pathways such as DR signalling, insulin signalling (ILS), germline signalling, etc., in C. elegans. Also, we aim to use C. elegans as model aspect to study age related neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2018-2021: DST SERB Early Career Research award (INR 44,53,000)
  • 2016-2021: DST INSPIRE Faculty award (INR 50,00,000 fellowship, 35,00,000 grant Amount, total >85,00,000)
  • 2014: Awarded PhD with highest possible distinction from ENS Lyon, France
  • 2014: Final year thesis award from Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM), Lyon, France (€36000)
  • 2010-2013: Ph.D. Research Scholarship Cluster de recherche region Rhone-Alpes,France
  • 2007-2009: Junior Research Fellowship, JNCASR, Bangalore, India
  • 2005: Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineers (GATE) with AIR 335

Invited Talks

  • 2017: TIFR centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad
  • 2017: B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • 2017: UKIERI-UGC Workshop on Animal models in Cancer biology, UoH Hyderabad
  • 2016: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune
  • 2013: Gordon Research Conference on Biology of Aging, Tuscany, Italy
  • 2012: Conference on Nuclear Hormone Receptors, Lyon, France


  • The homeodomain-interacting protein kinase HPK-1 preserves protein homeostasis and longevity through master regulatory control of the HSF-1 chaperone network and TORC1-restricted autophagy in Caenhorhabditis elegans­ - Das, R., Melo, J, A.,  Thondamal  M., Kim. J, H., Swartz, E, W., Douglas, p, M., Samuelson, A, V. PLoS Gen. 13(10) 2017.
  • HIF-1-dependent regulation of lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans by the acyl-CoA-binding protein MAA-1-M., Dhaoui, M., Thondamal. M., Harvald,E, B., Færgeman, N., Aguilaniu, H., and Fabrizio, P. Aging 4(7) 2017.
  • Steroid hormone signalling links reproduction to lifespan in dietary restricted Caenorhabditis elegans - Thondamal, M., Witting, M., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., and Aguilaniu, H. Nat. Comm. 5:4879 2014.
  • Fast separation and quantification of steroid hormones Δ4- and Δ7-dafachronic acid in Caenorhabditis elegans - Witting, M., Rudolf, H, C., Thondamal, M., Aguilaniu, H., and Schmitt-Kopplin, P. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 978-979 (118-121) 2014.
  • Temperature can entrain egg laying rhythm of Drosophila but may not be a stronger zeitgeber than light - Kannan NN, Reveendran R, Hari Dass S, Manjunatha T, Sharma VK. J Insect Physiol. 58(2) 245-255 2012.
  • Egg-laying rhythm in Drosophila melanogaster - Manjunatha T., Shantala Hari Dass and Vijay Kumar Sharma J Genet. 87(5) 495-04 2008.