Dhiraj Dokwal, first author of Phosphorus deprivation affects membrane lipid composition and spatial distribution in legume nodules
Name: Dhiraj Dokwal
Current Position: PhD student in group of Dr. Rebecca Dickstein, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Education: BSc and MSc in Biochemistry from University of Mumbai
Non-scientific Interests: Singing, gaming, sports and driving
Brief bio: I graduated with my master’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Mumbai and started my career as a PhD student in Dr. Dickstein’s lab (UNT) in fall 2015. Since then, my research has focused on studying deleterious effects of phosphorus deprivation on model legumes, Medicago truncatula. In this study, we employed mass spectrometry techniques to investigate changes in membrane lipid composition and spatial distribution in legume nodules. My current focus is to investigate metabolic adaptations and alterations that occur in leaves, roots, and nodules of a M. truncatula Tnt1 mutant defective in its phosphorus starvation response under prolonged phosphorus stress in symbiotic nitrogen fixing conditions.