Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Arpita Yadav

Arpita Yadav, first author of The B-box-containing microprotein miP1a/BBX31 regulates photomorphogenesis and UV-B protection

Current position: Ph. D student at Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, India.

Education: B.Sc. Biotechnology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India and M.Sc. Biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Non Scientific interests: Travelling, Volunteering, Yoga

Brief Bio: After completing my Master’s program in Biochemistry, I joined as a Ph.D. student at IISER Bhopal in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Sourav Datta.  One of the major interests of the lab was to study the BBX genes in Arabidopsis for their versatile roles in plant development. In my Ph.D.  thesis project, I identified a previously unknown function of BBX proteins in Arabidopsis – promotion of UV-B tolerance. We delineated the role of BBX31, a group V BBX protein, in enhancing the tolerance to high doses of UV-B along with the regulation of UV-B mediated photomorphogenic responses. In future, I am looking forward to continuing the work on UV mediated DNA damage repair pathway.