Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Roma Mukhopadhyay

Roma Mukhopadhyay, co-first author of Measuring the dynamic response of the thylakoid architecture in plant leaves by electron microscopy

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, USA

Education: PhD. in Chemistry, New Mexico State University, USA

Non-scientific interests: reading, writing poetry, music, art, videography

Brief bio: The relationship between structural elements to functional aspects in nature has always drawn my curiosity. The huge diversity in nature still preserves some aspects of similarity that helps in its preservation. The vast mystery of the unknown drew me to studying science. During my PhD. I gained insights into how protein structure in bacteria may regulate its function in different environments. The training in biochemical assays and computational tools that I have used for my research could be translated beyond different disciplines. My current position is a good fit for me after I graduated, as this granted an opportunity to utilize my knowledge, to explore higher organisms such as plants, and understand how proteins may affect changes in thylakoid structure under various conditions. This position has also allowed me to learn different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM). I enjoy the challenges of scientific inquests and returning to the fundamentals to answer the bigger questions related to functional variation in living organisms. In the future, I see myself serving humanity through scientific acumen across various fields.