Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Vivek Bharadwaj

Vivek Bharadwaj, co-first author of Molecular mechanism of polysaccharide acetylation by the Arabidopsis xylan O-acetyltransferase XOAT1

Current Position: Staff Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado

Education: PhD Chemical Engineering

Non-scientific Interests: cooking, following Formula 1, cricket, and current affairs

Brief bio: Vivek‘s research focuses on using molecular modeling approaches to understand enzymatic mechanisms of plant cell wall biosynthesis in an effort to improve the economic viability of biochemical and thermochemical biomass valorization platforms. He joined NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in 2015 after finishing his doctoral work from the Colorado School of Mines, where he studied hydrocarbon biodegradation and solvation of biomass components in ionic liquids. Before starting his research career, Vivek worked in industry as a process engineer with the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.