Aparna Balakrishna

Research Group Staff

Research Assistant


B2/L3 – 3255-WS24

Research Interests

Studies on expression of Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase (CCD) genes in E.coli cells and invitro and invivo characterization of the activities of CCDs using HPLC

Selected Publications

  • Mi J., Jia K. P., Balakrishna A., and Al-Babili S. (2020). A Method for Extraction and LC-MS-Based Identification of Carotenoid-Derived Dialdehydes in Plants. Plant and Food Carotenoids: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, 2083:177-188 ·
  • Mi J., Jia K. P., Balakrishna A., Feng.Q., and Al-Babili S. (2019). A Highly Sensitive SPE Derivatization-UHPLC-MS Approach for Quantitative Profiling of Carotenoid-Derived Dialdehydes from Vegetables. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 67 (20), 5899-5907.
  •  Wang J. Y., Haider I., Jamil M., Fiorilli V., Mi J., Baz L., Saito Y., Kountche B. A., Jia K. P., Guo X., Balakrishna A., Ntui V. O., Reinke B., Volpe V., Gojobori T., Blilou I., Lanfranco L., Bonfante P., Al-Babili S. (2018), Zaxinone, a Natural Apocarotenoid, Regulates Growth and Strigolactone Biosynthesis in Rice. Nature Communications 10 (1), 1-9.
  • Mi J., Jia K. P., Balakrishna A., Wang J.Y. and Al-Babili S. (2018). A new LC-MS method for determination of glycosylated apocarotenoids revealing apocarotenoids glycosylation induced by high light stress in Arabidopsis. Analyst 144 (4), 1197-1204.
  • Baz L., Mori N., Mi J., Jamil M., Kountche B. A., Guo X., Balakrishna, A., Jia K. P., Vermathen M., Akiyama, K. and Al-Babili S. (2018), 3-Hydroxycarlactone, a Novel Product of the Strigolactone Biosynthesis Core Pathway. Molecular Plant 11 (10), 1312-1314. 


  • 2007-2011:    Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.
  • 2004-2005:     M.Phil. in Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University,  Tamil Nadu, India.
  • 2002-2004:    Master of Science in Biotechnology, Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India.

Professional Profile

​2011-2014: Project Fellow, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. 
2014- till date: Research Assistant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Scientific and Professional Membership

​The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)


​Fellowship from University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India under grant UGC-F.No.37-264/2009 (SR).​