Priya Ramakrishna
Post-doctorante / Postdoctoral Researcher

Priya studied Engineering in Biotechnology from BMS College of Engineering, India after which she moved to the UK and completed her Masters in Plant Genetics at the University of Nottingham. Her Master's dissertation was in the lab of Prof Zoe Wilson on Agrobacterium mediated transfomation of MALE STERILITY 1 genes in Lillium species by tissue culture transformation. She went on to pursue a PhD in Plant Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham in the lab of Prof. Ive De Smet (currently at VIB-UGent Centre for Plant Systems Biology) and Prof. Malcolm Bennett. Her research looked at the cell wall remodelling associated with the early stages of lateral root development in Arabidopsis. She did a short postdoc in the in the lab of Prof. David Salt looking at Casparian strip formation in the root and its role in plant nutrition. She is currently studying the symplastic transport of nutrients in the plant root in the context of the barriers and the interaction between the different nutrient transport pathways. 

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Vinay Shukla
Post-doctorant / Postdoctoral Researcher

After completing his Master’s degree in Biotechnology from South Gujarat University (India), Vinay took up a research associate job at Mahyco Seeds Ltd. (India) with major focus to generate stress tolerant tailor-made cereal crops using tissue culture-based transformation methods. In pursuit of his academic career, he left the job and joined the Ph.D. program at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Sciences, Pisa, Italy under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Licausi (Currently at Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University). He was awarded a doctorate degree in January 2018, and his doctoral research included the investigation of oxygen as diffusible signal-regulating plant growth. The work demonstrated the occurrence of endogenous hypoxia during lateral root development despite the aerobic plant growth and the role of hypoxia-responsive group VII ethylene response factor (ERF-VII) in the regulation of lateral root development. In October 2018, he joined the Plant Nutrition and Development group of Prof. Marie Barberon as a postdoc. Currently, he is studying the molecular factors involved in this regulation of suberin lamellae in response to nutrient imbalance.

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