Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Priyanka Paul

Priyanka Paul, co-first author of Mutually Regulated AP2/ERF Gene Clusters Modulate Biosynthesis of Specialized Metabolites in Plants

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar in Professor Sharyn Perry’s lab at the University of Kentucky, USA

Education: PhD in Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences, from the lab of Professor Ling Yuan at the University of Kentucky, USA

Non-scientific Interests: philosophy, poetry, painting, and reading books

Brief bio: For the past six years, I have been working on multiple research projects related to gene regulation in plants. During my doctoral studies, I investigated the molecular mechanism of gene regulation of the biosynthesis of a group of anti-cancer compounds in the medicinal plant, Catharanthus roseus. The major objective of my research project was to identify novel genes and engineer the plant to boost the production of the valuable compounds. Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow, I am studying the role of a MADS-domain transcription factor in regulation of somatic embryogenesis in Arabidopsis.