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Exploring the role of neurotransmitter receptors
I was born and brought up in India in agricultural family. Since my childhood, I had an interest in agricultural crops. So, I decided to study from agricultural universities in India. I have completed my BS (Biotechnology) and MS (Agricultural Biotechnology) from Marathwada Agricultural University (2010) and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (2012), respectively. For my master thesis work, I was selected to work in Prof. S. Mohankumar’s lab (Insect Molecular Biology Lab) and I worked on insect microRNAs and my MS thesis title was “Molecular characterization of midgut specific enzymes of Spodoptera litura”. This research motivated me to work in the field of insect molecular biology. In 2013, I joined Prof. Si Hyeock Lee lab at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea as a research student, where I worked on two-spotted spider mites project entitled “Screening of target genes for RNAi in T. urticae and RNAi toxicity enhancement by chimeric genes”. Then, in 2014 I joined Prof. T. Kusakabe’s lab at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan where I completed my PhD in 2017. My doctoral research work was on Piwi-interacting RNAs in ovary-derived silkworm cell. During my PhD, I have worked on different aspects of small non-coding RNAs and got an extensive opportunity to learn different molecular biology techniques, genome editing and transgenesis from lab postdocs. In 2018, I joined Prof. Rhee’s lab at Incheon National University, South Korea where I worked on silkworm storage proteins and exosome surface engineering in mammalian cell line. Then in 2019, I joined Prof. Scott lab at NC State University, NC, USA as a postdoc where I worked for three years on single conditional lethal genetic system and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing for aphid, plant hopper, fruit flies and screwworm. I joined Prof. Jeff Riffell lab at University of Washington in 2022 and my current research focuses on exploring the role of neurotransmitter receptor in Aedes aegypti and Manduca sexta.
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