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Current: I am a Plant developmental biologist and currently work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland in the lab of Prof. Marie Barberon. My current research interest is to understand plant nutrient transport from a developmental context. Plant roots play a key role in nutrient uptake and transport. The radial structure of the root forms a neat system which coordinates transport across different cell types for efficient and sufficient transport of essential micro and macro elements to nourish the plant. I am currently interested to understand one of the different pathways that have been described - the symplastic cell-to-cell movement of nutrients from the outside to the vasculature. Especially in the context of the barriers in the root that help fine-tune the transport. Further to integrate it in the context of the other pathways such as the apoplastic and transcellular transport of nutrients.    

Past: I have an Engineering degree in Biotechnology from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India after which I moved to the UK and completed my Masters in Plant Genetics in 2012 at the University of Nottingham. I then went on to pursue a PhD in Plant Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham where I worked under the supervision of Prof. Ive De Smet (currently at VIB-UGent Centre for Plant Systems Biology) and Prof. Malcolm Bennett and graduated and defended my thesis successfully. I then undertook a short postdoc in the in the lab of Prof. David Salt where I contributed to a BBSRC funded project that explored the natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana and its adaptation to edaphic soils. Towards the end of my PhD and through my poststdoc, I had the opportunity to explore my interest that lies in the interface of Biology and Chemistry to apply a spectral-imaging approach - confocal Raman microscopy to study the chemical composition of the cell wall and explore a few other chemical components. 

I enjoy microscopy, tinkering with cross disciplinary approaches to find an application in biology, science-art and science communication.

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