Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Aashima Khosla

Aashima Khosla, first author of A series of dual-reporter vectors for ratiometric analysis of protein abundance in plants

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA

Education: PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Kansas State University, USA; Master of Science in Biotechnology at the MS University of Baroda, India

Non-scientific Interests: traveling, baking, and yoga

Bio: I earned my Master of Science in Biotechnology from MS University (India) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kansas State University (2015). My scientific skills honed during my doctoral training where I was able to design and conduct original research in the field of Plant Molecular Biology, investigating the role START domains in Class IV Homeodomain (HD)-Zip transcription factors of plants in Dr. Kathrin Schrick’s laboratory. After completion of my Ph.D., I joined the University of California at Riverside in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. David Nelson’s laboratory. For my postdoctoral work, I use biochemical and genetic approaches to understand how plants sense and respond to karrikins, a class of chemicals found in smoke, and strigolactones, a class of plant hormones.  Related to this publication, we developed a series of ratiometric reporter vectors (pRATIO) that can be used to assess protein abundance in vivo in transient expression assays. The molecular tools presented here provide an invaluable resource to the plant community.