Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Imran Khan

Imran Khan, first author of Calcium-promoted interaction between the C2-domain protein EHB1 and metal transporter IRT1 inhibits Arabidopsis iron acquisition

Current position: Searching for a Postdoc Position

Education: Ph.D., Plant Molecular Physiology, Institute of Botany, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany; M.Sc., Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University Peshawar Pakistan

Non-scientific interests: Reading, watching movies, and cricket

Brief bio: At the undergraduate level of my studies, I majored in biological science. In 2013, I was selected for a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship for young scientists and academics to commence my Ph.D. studies at the Institute of Botany at Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. During my time in Germany, I acquired comprehensive experience in areas of plant physiology, molecular cell biology and genetics. The central aspect of my PhD was the regulation of iron uptake in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. I was very interested in the topic, as plants are the main iron source for the majority of the world’s population and iron deficiency anemia is a major problem in my home country.

I am fascinated by plant research and I plan to continue my research on how we can better understand plants, thus helping our society address some of its major future challenges.