Mar 2014 – Feb 2018           Ph.D. in Crop Science and Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Mar 2012 – Feb 2014           M.S. in Crop Science and Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Jul 2006 – Apr 2010           B.Tech. in Bioinformatics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

Professional experience                                                                                                            

since 2022             Group leader, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany

2018 – 2021            Post-doc, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany

2011 – 2012            Research assistant, Plant Genomics and Breeding Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Honors and awards

2022     Recipient of the Leibniz Best Minds: Leibniz Junior Research Groups grant, Germany

2017     Overall winner award, Int’l Plant and Animal Genome Asia (PAG Asia), Korea

2014     Graduate scholarship for excellent foreign students (PhD fellowship), Seoul National University, Korea

2012     Outstanding research, Korean society of ginseng, Korea              

2012     Graduate scholarship for excellent foreign students (Master’s fellowship), Seoul National University, Korea

Peer reviewed publications

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Mascher M Jayakodi M, Stein N (2021). The reinvention of potato. Cell Research 0:1-2

Jayakodi M, Schreiber M, Stein N, Mascher M (2021). Building pan-genome infrastructures for crop plants and their use in association genetics. DNA Research 28: dsaa030


Jayakodi M, Padmarasu S, Haberer G, Bonthala VS, Gundlach H, Monat C, Lux T, Kamal N, Lang D, Himmelbach A, Ens J, Zhang XQ, Angessa TT, Zhou G, Tan C, Hill C, Wang P, Schreiber M, Boston LB, Plott C, Jenkins J, Guo Y, Fiebig A, Budak H, Xu D, Zhang J, Wang C, Grimwood J, Schmutz J, Guo G, Zhang G, Mochida K, Hirayama T, Sato K, Chalmers KJ, Langridge P, Waugh R, Pozniak CJ, Scholz U, Mayer KFX, Spannagl M, Li C, Mascher M, Stein N (2020). The barley pan-genome reveals the hidden legacy of mutation breeding. Nature 588:284–289.

Park HS, Jayakodi M, Lee SH, Jeon JH, Lee HO, Park JY, Moon BC, Kim CK, Wing RW, Newmaste S, Kim JY, Yang TJ (2020). Mitochondrial plastid DNA can cause DNA barcoding paradox in plants. Scientific Reports 10:6112.


Jayakodi M, Schreiber M, Mascher M (2019). Sweet genes in melon and watermelon. Nature Genetics 51:1572-1573.

Muqaddasi QM, Jayakodi M, Börner A, Röder MS (2019). Identification of consistent QTL with large effect on anther extrusion in doubled haploid populations developed from spring wheat accessions in German Federal ex situ Genebank. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 132:3035-3045.

Mayalagu KM, Jayakodi M, Adhimoolam K, Woojong J, Manickam D, Nallathambi J, Manickam S, Vanniarajan GK, Yang TJ, Muthurajan R, Muthaiyan P, Natesan S (2019). Detection of QTLs associated with mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) resistance using the interspecific cross of Vigna radiata× Vigna umbellata. Journal of Applied Genetics 60:255-268.

Irulappan M, Devina S, Santhi MS, Adhimoolam K, Manickam D, Jayakodi M, John SK, Devarajan M, Yang TJ, Muthaiyan P, Natesan S (2019). QTL mapping in Vigna radiata× Vigna umbellatapopulation uncovers major genomic regions associated with bruchid resistance. Molecular Breeding 39: 110.

Jayakodi M, Madheswaran M, Adhimoolam K, Perumal S, Manickam D, Kandasamy T, Yang TJ, Natesan S (2019). Transcriptomes of Indian barnyard millet and barnyardgrass reveal putative genes involved in drought adaptation and micronutrient accumulation. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 41:66.


Madheswaran M, Manickam D, Adhimoolam K, Jayakodi M, Renganathan VG, Velllaikumar S, Vanniarajan C, Natesan S (2018). Genetic diversity in the barnyard millet (Echinochola frumentacea) germplasms revealed by morphological traits and simple sequence repeat markers. Current Plant Biology 14:71-78.

Kang KB*, Jayakodi M*, Lee YS*, Nguyen VB, Park HS, Koo HJ, Choi IY, Kim DH, Chung YJ, Ryu B, Lee DY, Sung SH, Yang TJ (2018). Identification of candidate UDP-glycosyltransferases involved in protopanaxadiol-type ginsenoside biosynthesis in Panax ginseng. Scientific Reports 8:11744.

Jayakodi M, Lee SC, Yang TJ (2018). Comparative transcriptome analysis of heat stress responsiveness in two contrasting ginseng cultivars. Journal of Ginseng Research 43:572-579.

Waminal NE, Pellerin RJ, Kim NS, Jayakodi M, Park JY, Yang TJ & Kim HH (2018). Rapid and Efficient FISH using Pre-Labeled Oligomer Probes. Scientific Reports  8:8224.

Kim CK, Seol YJ, Perumal S, Lee J, Waminal NE, Jayakodi M, Lee SC, Jin S, Choi BS, Yu Y, Ko HC, Choi JW, Ryu KY, Sohn SH, Parkin I, Yang TJ (2018). Re-exploration of U’s Triangle Brassica Species Based on Chloroplast Genomes and 45S nrDNA Sequences. Scientific Reports 8:7353.

Kim NH*, Jayakodi M*, Lee SC, Choi BS, Jang WJ, Lee J, Kim HH, Waminal NE, Lakshmanan M, Nguyen VB, Lee YS, Park HS, Koo HJ, Park JY, Perumal S, Joh HJ, Lee H, Kim JK, Kim IS, Kim KH, Koduru L, Kang KB, Sung SH, Yu Y, Park D, Choi D, Seo E, Kim SI, Kim YC, Hyun DY, Park YI, Kim C, Lee TH, Kim HU, Soh MS, Lee Y, In JG, Kim HS, Kim YM, Yang DC, Wing RW, Lee DY, Paterson AH, Yang TJ (2018). Genome and evolution of the shade-requiring medicinal herb Panax ginseng. Plant Biotechnology Journal  16(11):1904-1917.

Jayakodi M, Choi BS, Lee SC, Kim NH, Park JY, Jang WJ, Lakshmanan M, Mohan VS, Lee DY, Yang TJ (2018). Ginseng Genome Database: An open-access platform for genomics of Panax ginseng. BMC Plant Biology 18(1):62.


Lee YS, Park HS, Lee DK, Jayakodi M, Kim NH, Lee SC, Kundu A, Lee DY, Chang Kim Y, In JG, Kwon SW, Yang TJ (2017). Comparative analysis of the transcriptomes and primary metabolite profiles of adventitious roots of five ginseng cultivars. Journal of Ginseng Research 41 (1), 60-68.

Lee YS, Park HS, Lee DK, Jayakodi M, Kim NH, Koo HJ, Lee SC, Kim YJ, Kwon SW, Yang TJ (2017). Integrated transcriptomic and metabolomic analysis of five Panax ginsengcultivars reveals the dynamics of ginsenoside biosynthesis. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:1048.


Kim K, Lee SC, Lee J, Yu Y, Yang K, Choi BS, Koh HJ, Waminal NE, Choi HI, Kim NH, Jang W, Park HS, Lee J, Lee HO, Joh HJ, Lee HJ, Park JY, Perumal S, Jayakodi M, Lee YS, Kim B, Copetti D, Kim S, Kim S, Lim KB, Kim YD, Lee J, Cho KS, Park BS, Wing RA, Yang TJ (2015). Complete chloroplast and ribosomal sequences for 30 accessions elucidate evolution of Oryza AA genome species. Scientific Reports 5:15655.

Jayakodi M, Jung JW, Park D, Ahn YJ, Lee SC, Shin SY, Shin CS, Yang TJ and Kwon HW (2015). Genome-wide characterization of long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) provides new insight into viral diseases in honeybees Apis ceranaand Apis mellifera. BMC Genomics 16:680.

Jayakodi M, Lee SC, Lee YS, Park HS, Kim NH, Jang W, Lee HO, Joh HJ, Yang TJ (2015). Comprehensive analysis of Panax ginsengroot transcriptomes. BMC Plant Biology 15:138.

Lee J, Izzah N, Jayakodi M, Perumal S, Joh H, Lee H, Lee SC, Park J, Yang KW, Nou IS, Seo J, Yoo J, Suh Y, Ahn K, Lee J, Choi G, Yu Y, Kim H, Yang TJ (2015). Genome-wide SNP identification and QTL mapping for black rot resistance in cabbage. BMC Plant Biology 15(1):32.

Senthil K, Jayakodi M, Thirugnanasambantham P, Lee S, Duraisamy P, Purushotham PM, Rajasekaran K, Nancy Charles S, Mariam Roy I, Nagappan A, Kim G, Lee Y, Natesan S, Min TS, Yang TJ (2015). Transcriptome analysis reveals in vitro cultured Withania somniferaleaf and root tissues as a promising source for targeted withanolide biosynthesis. BMC Genomics 16(1):14.

Park D, Jung JW, Choi BS, Jayakodi M, Lee J, Lim J, Yu Y, Choi YS, Lee ML, Park Y, Choi IY, Yang TJ, Edwards OR, Nah G, Kwon HW (2015). Uncovering the novel characteristics of Asian honey bee, Apis cerana, by whole genome sequencing. BMC Genomics 16(1):1.


Perumal S, Jayakodi M, Izzah NK, Lee J, Choi HI, Shirasawa K, Choi BS, Liu S, Nou IS, Yang TJ (2014). Genome-wide comparative analysis of 20 miniature inverted-repeat transposable element families in rapaand B. oleracea. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94499.

Izzah NK, Lee J, Jayakodi M, Sampath P, Mina J, Park BS, Ahn K, Yang TJ (2014). Transcriptome sequencing of two parental lines of cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L.) and construction of an EST-based genetic map. BMC Genomics 15:149.

Jayakodi M, Perumal S, Lee SC, Choi BS, Senthil N, Liu Sand Yang TJ (2014). BrassicaTED – a public database for utilization of miniature transposable elements in Brassica species. BMC Research Notes 7:379.

Jayakodi M, Lee SC, Park HS, Jang WJ, Lee YS, Choi BS, Nah GJ,Kim DS, Senthil N, Sun C and TJ (2014). Transcriptome profiling and comparative analysis of Panax ginsengadventitious roots. Journal of Ginseng Research 38(4): 278-88.



Ginseng genome (2018)