Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Om Prakash Narayan

Om Prakash Narayan, first author of Sulfur transfer from the endophytic fungus Serendipita indica improves maize growth and requires the sulfate transporter SiSulT

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Tufts University, Boston, USA

Education: Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Non-scientific Interests: cycling, jogging, watching news

Brief bio: I started my scientific career at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), as a junior research fellow under the supervision of Prof. Ramandeep Singh and investigated the role of mazF ribonuclease in persistence and pathogenesis. Then I joined the lab of one of the leading groups in plant-microbe interaction particularly working on Serendipita indica at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, under the supervision of Prof. Atul Kumar Johri where I got my MPhil and Ph.D. degree. During my Ph.D., I investigated the role of sulfate transporter SiSulT of the endophytic fungus Serendipita indica is required for improvement of maize growth through interorganismic sulfur transfer. In 2018, I joined the group of Prof. David Kaplan at Tufts University as a postdoctoral research fellow and worked on genetically engineered proteins. My current interest is the molecular analyses of arbuscular mycorrhizal  symbiosis and the development of genetically encoded plant biosensors