Ashish Sharma, co-first author of “MicroRNA858a, its encoded peptide, and phytosulfokine regulate Arabidopsis growth and development”
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ph.D. in Science (2020): CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India
Masters in Biochemistry, (2013): University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India
Bachelors in Sciences (2011): University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India
Non-scientific interests: Writing poems, cooking and gardening
My interest in plant science began when the research was primarily introduced to me at CSIR-National BotanicalResearch Institute, Lucknow, India. My Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, guided me to elucidate and characterize a new regulator in pathway engineering. My research interest includes the functional characterization of MicroRNA-encoded peptides (miPEPs) in the regulation of plant growth, development, and pathway engineering for enhancing secondary metabolites in plants. This initial hypothesis further proved and paved the way for enhanced research in regulating secondary metabolites and plant growth in Arabidopsis, tobacco, and crop plants like tomato. Currently, I am working on the identification and functional characterization of microprotein(s)regulating flowering and plant growth and development in tomatoes.