Pathway Engineering for secondary plant products
In the area of secondary plant metabolites, main focus has been to study the expression and regulation of genes involved in biosynthesis of important molecules, which are beneficial for human health. Lab has attained success in different aspects such as:
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Developing knowledge base for synthetic and system biology
Research projects in Prabodh’s Lab fall within several broad thematic areas. Our group is mainly involved in multidisciplinary research with forte in plant secondary metabolism, pathway engineering, fruit ripening and environmental biotechnology. Recent technologies such as CRISPR, VIGS, Next Gen sequencing, Microarray and miRNA mediated gene silencing are being used in our Lab for the purpose of understanding plant at gene level. The gene-editing technique is being utilized to modify genome sequences in a precise and targeted manner. In particular, our lab is focusing on editing various genes to understand their function, and their gene regulation through CRISPR/ Cas9. Natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana is being utilized to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in abiotic stress response in plants. We believe in healthy environment and group activity for the betterment of science and enhancing one’s personal attributes. We believe in collaborations, exploring science and addressing questions and hypotheses at the “knowledge gaps”. A successful Lab means not only meeting scientific benchmarks- experimental work, communication of work via publications, grants and laurels- but doing science which holds values and is enjoyable. We as a group of researchers are involved in understanding nature’s behaviour in the form of plant life at the molecular level. Since the time immemorial, people are trying to understand the basis of plant development, physiology and ecology. In the present scenario, the responsibility of the scientists is to use this basic science and paraphrase it into applied science. In order to achieve this goal, the most important thing is freedom of thought, and this has become the vision of this Lab- Freedom is an upscale and precious assets.
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