Mentorship

I am extremely thankful to all my mentors that I worked with so far and it’s been a great learning experience to be a mentee for R.P. Sharma, Utpal Nath, and Adrienne Roeder. I am also fortunate to be mentored by various students at all these labs learning science in a more friendly way. Along the way, I got lucky to mentor a few students from different backgrounds and stages of their academic careers. Here are some of my Mentee’s without whom the journey wouldn’t have been as smooth as it is now.

R. Aparajitha

  • Year joined: 2014
  • Project title: Regulation of Epidermal Cell Shape in Arabidopsis thaliana by the TARANI Gene
  • Current position: Ph.D.

Aparajitha joined me during my Ph.D. as a part of a summer fellowship sponsored by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore during her undergrad from IISER Trivandrum.

S.K. Pooja

  • Year joined: 2014-15
  • Project title: Designing and cloning of artificial microRNA (amiRNA) against TCL1 and TCL2, the two genes involved in trichome development in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Current position: Unknown

Pooja joined me during my Ph.D. as a part of her B.Sc. Agricultural Biotechnology project from College of Agriculture, Hassan, Karnataka, India.

Nalini Bisht

  • Year joined: 2015-16
  • Project title: Role of TCP4 and TARANI in epidermal cell differentiation
  • Current position: Associate Scientist I at Enanta Pharmaceuticals
Nalini in black color top

Nalini joined me during my Ph.D. as a part of a summer fellowship sponsored by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore while doing her undergrad from SJCE, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Vedashree M. S

  • Year joined: 2015-2016
  • Project title: Trichome development in the Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Current position: Senior research fellow,Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru-56

Veda joined me during my Ph.D. as a part of her B.Sc. Agricultural Biotechnology project from College of Agriculture, Hassan, Karnataka, India.

Dharani Kamalachandran

Dharani in a maroon color T-shirt

Dharani joined me during my Ph.D. to explore the field of plant developmental biology as a part of his exploratory experiment to decide which field suits him the most.

Debadutta Patra

Debadutta joined me during my Ph.D. as a part of his summer project while doing his integrated M.Sc. from NISER, Bhubaneswar, India.

Haoxiang Hou (Harry)

  • Year joined: 2018
  • Project title: ChIP to Identify the ATML1 target genes
  • Current position: Undergrad

Harry is a high school student, worked with me during my postdoc as a part of his summer internship.

Heather Rose Phillips

  • Year joined: 2018
  • Project title: Genetic interaction studies of ATML1 with LGO.
  • Current position: Ph.D. candidate with Chelsea D. Specht at Cornell University

Heather worked with me as a part of her Ph.D. rotation at Cornell university and she helped me with confocal imaging and cloning.

Pat N Mendoza

  • Year joined: 2019
  • Project title: Investigating Arabidopsis thaliana ATML1 pathway and endogenous expression
  • Current position: Ph.D. candidate at the Cornell University

Pat worked with me as a part of his Ph.D. rotation at Cornell University and he helped me with confocal Imaging and genotyping.

Isabella Rose Berda

  • Year joined: 2019
  • Project title: Designing clones for generating ATML1 and LGO transgeenic lines
  • Current position: Ph.D. candidate at Adrienne Roeder’s lab at Cornell University

Bella worked with me as a part of her Ph.D. rotation at Cornell and she helped me with cloning one of gene which I actively worked with in later time point of my postdoc.

Byron Zachary Rusnak

  • Year joined: 2020
  • Project title: Screening the transgenic lines for plasma membrane marker in various mutant backgrounds
  • Current position: Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University

Byron worked with me as a part of his Ph.D. rotation during pandemic and helped me with in establishing transgenic lines.

Salaiha Mughal

  • Year joined: 2019-21
  • Project title: Understanding the feedback loops between ATML1and it’s target genes
  • Current position: Undergrad at Cornell University

Salaiha worked with me as a part of her Undergrad rotation and decided to do her undergrad dissertation.

Zhongyuan Chang

  • Year joined: 2019-20
  • Project title: Establishing lines for RNA-Seq
  • Current position: Ph.D. Candidate with Yanfeng Ding at Nanjing Agriculture University, China

Chang came to the USA in September 2019 as a visiting scientist and worked with me for a year helping me with establishing lines for RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq. Here is a socially distanced picture of us during Covid times.

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