Current Students

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Sang Il LEE
PhD Student
sangill@student.uimelb.com.au

Field of research:
I am a PhD student in Plant biology and Biotechnology lab. My research is about micro RNAs involved in flowering of soybean especially miR156 and miR172. miRNAs are consist of 21-22 nucleotides (nt) and they are major part of gene regulation. miR156 and miR172 are highly conserved miRNA in plant. miR156 and miR172 are involved in juvenile vegetative phase traits and flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana. The central aim of the research is to analyze the specific role of miR156 and miR172 in flowering of soybean and its effect on soybean development using soybean transgenic plants.

 

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Hina ARYA
PhD Student
aryah@student.unimelb.edu.au

Field of research: I am investigating the role of Phytochrome Interacting Factors (PIFs) in the floral developmental process of Soybean plant (Glycine max).

Before joining the Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory as a PhD candidate I completed a Master’s of Technology in Biotechnology from the National Institute of Technology, India. My research project focuses on the functional analysis of Phytochrome Interacting Factors (PIFs) to investigate the role they play in the floral development of Glycine max. My aim is to find out the functioning of PIFs in Soybean and see if they can lead us to breed better varieties of the crop.

Awards:

  • Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS-2015)
  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS-2015)

 

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Senhao ZHANG
PhD Student
senhaoz@student.unimelb.edu.au

Field of research:
I am a PhD student in the Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory. My research focus is on investigating the role of florigen during Soybean (Glycine max) flowering process.

Awards:

  • Melbourne Research Scholarship

 

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Sukanya VARAPE
PhD Student
svarape@student.unimelb.edu.au

Field of research: Investigations on the role of VRN genes during soybean flowering.

My aim is to transfer the knowledge of Vernalization pathway genes like VRN1, EMF2 and VIN3, from model plant Arabidopsis to more complex legume system like soybean and investigate their role when vernalization is not required for soybean.

Awards:

  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS)
  • Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS)

 

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Neeta LOHANI
PhD Student
nlohani@student.unimelb.edu.au

Field of research:

My research aims at unraveling the regulatory mechanisms involved in male gametophyte development in the economically important crop plant Brassica napus under terminal heat stress conditions. Further, identified key regulatory genes will be used to produce transgenic Canola plants with improved productivity under heat stress.

Before joining my PhD, I have completed my Masters of Technology in Agricultural Systems and Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. I was awarded DAAD Scholarship to complete my Masters Thesis at Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany.

Awards:

  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS-2016)
  • Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS-2016)

 

 

 

Lab alumni (PhD students)

Dr. Akanksha SHARMA

Dr. Faliq WAN-IBRAHIM

Dr. Aqsa TABASUM

Dr. Noppawan NOUNJAN (Visiting PhD student, Khon Kaen University, Thailand)