Muhammad Numan: Plant Direct First Author

Muhammad Numan, first author of “Analysis of miRNAs responsive to long-term calcium deficiency in tef (Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter)”

Current Position: PhD student at Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.

Education: Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Biotechnology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan.

Brief bio: After my undergraduate studies, I joined Prof. Zabta Khan Shinwari’s lab at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan for my Master in 2016. During the last semester of my masters, I moved to the University of Nizwa Oman as Research Assistant, where I worked for 3 years with Prof. Abdul Latif Khan on various plant molecular biology and plant stress physiology projects. In 2020, I enrolled PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with Dr. Ayalew Ligaba-Osena. Dr. Osena’s lab is focusing on minerals uptake and transport in crops such as Tef and cassava.  I joined his lab in January 2021 and since then I am working with Dr. Osena as PhD student. My main research is about mineral uptake and transport in crops.