My gradual involvement in plant stress research started right from my Masters thesis. During my doctoral training at University of Hyderabad, India, I studied plant annexin–3 from Brassica juncea (BjAnn3) for its role in oxidative stress response. I had heterologously expressed BjAnn3 in bacteria, yeast and Arabidopsis for functional characterization with respect to oxidative stress responses. I had analyzed various molecular, biochemical and physiological responses. For better exposure in oxidative stress research, I visited the pioneer group in redox biology of Prof. Dr. Karl–Josef Dietz at Universität Bielefeld, Germany, and worked with them for six months in 2009. This travel and stay was awarded by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany) on an international level competitive basis. In 2011, I was invited by the same group as Visiting Scholar with a scholarship funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany) for three months. In the meantime, in 2010 I visited another pioneer group of Prof. Dr. Karl – Heinz Kogel, at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany, for two months with a scholarship funded by Project-based Personnel Exchange Program (PPP): Indo -German Joint Research Collaboration (Selected for research stay in Germany in this project). In addition, I traveled to USA for presenting my research work in Keystone Symposia with the aid of travel grant from University of Hyderabad, and finally won the Keystone Symposia Scholarship (one among four presenters globally).
For the next step in my career, my desire to explore the physiology of stress response motivated me to join the group of Prof. Menachem Moshelion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, as postdoctoral researcher. I was awarded the PBC fellowship by the
Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Council for Higher Education, Israel, for three years on an international level competitive basis. In order to continue my research to finish the planned goals, I was supported by the fellowship from US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) grant. My postdoctoral research mainly focused on the physiological response of different plants (barley, bell pepper, green foxtail, rice and Arabidopsis) to abiotic and biotic stresses. I have worked on the physiological characterization using high-throughput physiological phenotyping platform, chlorophyll-fluorescence, gas-exchange and hydraulics measurements. I have worked in two internationally funded projects and managing them
Presently, I am employed in the Tel Aviv University, Israel, as senior research associate and have been working on the physiological phenotyping of wild varieties of wheat, and transcriptomics and metabolomics of green foxtail.
My immediate future goal is to explore more and understand the various aspects of plant biotic and abiotic responses by integrating myself and working as postdoc / research associate with
pioneer groups researching in the same realm. After gathering remarkable experience in stress responses, in the long term I wish to establish my own laboratory and address the challenges of sustainable crop-yield in the face of climate change.
Career Status: Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Areas: Abiotic Interactions, Biotic Interactions, Physiology, Molecular Biology
1. Ziv Attia‡, Ahan Dalal‡, Menachem Moshelion*, Vascular Bundle Sheath And Mesophyll Cells Modulate Leaf Water Balance In Response To Chitin, The Plant Journal (2019), https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14598. ‡Equal contribution
2. Ahan Dalal, Ronny Bourstein, ….., Rony Wallach, Menachem Moshelion*, Dynamic Physiological Phenotyping of Drought-stressed Pepper Plants Treated with'Productivity-Enhancing’and'Survivability-Enhancing’Biostimulants, Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 (2019) 905.
3. Eyal Galkin, Ahan Dalal, ….., Rony Wallach, Menachem Moshelion*, Risk-management strategies and transpiration rates of wild barley in uncertain environments, Physiologia Plantarum, 164 (2018) 412-428.
4. Ahan Dalal‡, Ziv Attia‡, Menachem Moshelion*, To Produce or to Survive: How Plastic Is Your Crop Stress Physiology?, Frontiers in plant science, 8 (2017). ‡Equal contribution
5. Abhaypratap Vishwakarma, Ahan Dalal, ….., P.B. Kirti, Kollipara Padmasree*, Genetic engineering of AtAOX1a in Saccharomyces cerevisiae prevents oxidative damage and maintains redox homeostasis, FEBS Open Bio, 6 (2016) 135–146.
6. Ahan Dalal*, Abhay Kumar, ….., Karl–Josef Dietz, P.B. Kirti, Alleviation of methyl viologen–mediated oxidative stress by Brassica juncea annexin–3 in transgenic Arabidopsis, Plant Science, 219 (2014) 9–18.
7. Ahan Dalal*, Abhaypratap Vishwakarma, ….., Karl–Josef Dietz, P.B. Kirti, Attenuation of hydrogen peroxide–mediated oxidative stress by Brassica juncea annexin–3 counteracts thiol–specific antioxidant (TSA1) deficiency in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, FEBS Letters, 588 (2014) 584–593.
8. Sravan Kumar Jami*, Ahan Dalal, K. Divya, P.B. Kirti, Molecular cloning and characterization of five annexin genes from Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L. Czern and Coss), Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 47 (2009) 977–990.