Research Interests (300 words)
I developed an interest in plant molecular biology research, particularly in plant abiotic stress during my MS program at Newcastle University, UK. I worked on engineering plants to tolerate salt stress for my thesis. It was indeed a good opportunity to study plants on the molecular level because it exposed me to the wealth of possibilities that plant biotechnology have provided researchers in plant science. My research in abiotic stress tolerance is ongoing and I am working with a facultative crassulacean acid metabolism halophyte, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, to understand how it withstands high salt concentrations, drought, and heat.