Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Prashant Pandey

Prashant Pandey, co-first author of Plasticity in metabolism underpins local responses to nitrogen in Arabidopsis thaliana populations

Current Position: Assistant Research Officer, The National Research Council of Canada, Saskatoon

Education: Ph. D. at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany

Non-scientific Interests: travelling, reading, Indian history and philosophy

Brief bio: I come from a family of farmers, and understanding plant growth and metabolism in response to environment has always interested me. After my initial training in India, I did my PhD. from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Prof. Mark Stitt’s lab, where I studied regulation of plant metabolism by sugar metabolites. I then did my Post-doc in Dr. Roosa Laitinen’s lab where we worked on understanding how plants modulate and adjust their metabolic pathways to grow and respond to changing environmental conditions. Currently I am working as Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada to understand and develop high photosynthetic cultivars for Canadian agro-climatic conditions.