Loitongbam Lorinda Devi: Plant Physiology First Author

Loitongbam Lorinda Devi, first author of “The interplay of auxin and brassinosteroid signaling tunes root growth under low and different nitrogen forms”


High School: RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya.

Bachelor of Science in Botany (Hons.) from Miranda House, Delhi University (DU)

Master of Science in Plant biology and Biotechnology from University of Hyderabad (UoH)

Current Position: PhD student, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.

Non-Scientific Interest: Reading prose and poetry, novels and philosophical books

Brief bio:

I came from Imphal, a small town in the North-Eastern part of India. In my early days, I was always fascinated by science and the sessility of plants. As a small-town girl, it was a childhood dream to study in Miranda House (Delhi University, India). My passion for research and the scientific world starts growing during my time in Miranda House.  After completing my bachelor’s in botany, I decided to go for research-oriented master’s course and opted to study Plant biology and biotechnology at the University of Hyderabad, India. Currently, I am working as a Ph.D. student at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi where I am trying to understand the plant adaptation to nitrogen deficiency and mechanisms associated with it. I am very much thankful to my PI and colleagues for their constant support and for creating a healthy lab environment. In our present research article, we described how auxin and brassinosteroid signaling orchestrate primary root growth in a heterogeneous N environment. We show that BR signaling from the inner tissues (root vasculature/stele) promotes primary root elongation under low nitrogen environment. Additionally, we describe the coordination of auxin and BR signaling pathways in regulating root growth in an N form (nitrate and ammonium) specific manner.