Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Maryam Rahmati Ishka

Maryam Rahmati Ishka, first author of Copper deficiency alters shoot architecture and reduces fertility of both gynoecium and androecium in Arabidopsis thaliana

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate

Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), USA

Non-scientific Interests: gardening, cooking, watching NBA games and old movies

Brief bio: Maryam earned her Ph.D. from Jeff Harper lab, where her research was focused on the “Genetic Analyses of Calcium Circuits in Arabidopsis Vegetative and Reproductive Development”. Maryam later joined in Olena Vatamaniuk lab at Cornell University for a postdoc position, where her research mainly focused on the role of micronutrient copper in plant fertility. Beginning of the December 2020, Maryam will be joining in Magdalena Julkowska lab at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in Cornell University to study plant architecture. In broad terms, Maryam is interested in defining molecular mechanisms underlying the vulnerability of plant organs to abiotic stresses in model plants and translate the obtained knowledge to crops for improving their stress tolerance and yield.