Vivek Shrestha: Plant Physiology First Author

Vivek Shrestha, first author of “Multi-omics approach reveals a role of translational machinery in shaping maize kernel amino acid composition”

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Sciences in the research group of Dr. C. Neal Stewart Jr., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Education: Ph.D. Division of Biological Sciences in the research group of Dr. Ruthie Angelovici, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA; M.Sc Department of Biology and Microbiology in the research group of late Dr. Don Auger, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA; and B.Sc in Agricultural Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Non-scientific Interests: Travelling, Soccer and Music

Brief bio: My interest is to study the complex traits in plants to improve the food, feed, fiber and biofuel using the combined approach of quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, phenomics and biology.  This study is a part of my Ph.D. research projects that highlights the role of translational machinery involved in shaping the seed amino acid composition and natural variation in maize. Using multi-omics approach we deciphered the genetic architecture of seed amino acid composition in maize seed and highlighted important and novel genes as well as biological processes that provides new target for seed amino acid biofortification.