Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Sakharam Pralhad Waghmare

Sakharam Pralhad Waghmare, first author of SNAREs SYNTAXIN OF PLANTS 121 (SYP121) and SYP122 mediate the secretion of distinct cargo subsets

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biophysics, University of Glasgow

Education: PhD, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield.

Non-scientific Interests: Watching documentaries/ talk shows/ stand-up comedy shows, listening to music, do it yourself, playing with my three year old son.

Brief bio: Over the past decade, my interests have spanned a diversity of industrial and academic research set-ups. During my doctoral studies, my research was focused on development of  chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques for the analysis of a wide range of synthetic and biological RNA to study the role of RNA in RNP complexes and post-transcriptional modifications.

The focus of my current research is to understand how membrane traffic and ion transport coordinate each other to support plant growth and homeostasis. I am interested in elucidating the molecular mechanism of SNARE complex formation mediated by potassium ion channel in Arabidopsis using biochemical and biophysical approaches. I am also interested in studying the role of Qa-SNAREs in the traffic of specific secretory cargos using proteomics approach.