Ansul Lokdarshi

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    Eastern

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    University of tennessee, knoxville

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  • Research Interests (300 words)
    MY RESEARCH INTERESTs include:

    1. How do plants rapidly respond to diverse environmental inputs at the level of TRANSLATION (REGULATION OF PROTEIN SYNTHESIS??
    2. what research tools can we develop to make science learning easy and free for everyone.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

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    Get up everyday with a fresh excitement of learning something new. Look around and being able to not only see the nature but to a level understand the what, why, when and where, and go back to sleep thinking about the same.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Biography (300 words):
    As a plant molecular stress physiologist, I am fascinated with the different ways how plants sense, signal and respond to a variety of cues from the surrounding dynamic environment. My interest to pursue plant research sparked during the course of my Bachelors and Masters degree in Biotechnology. After completing my Ph.D. focused on understanding the role of calcium sensors and mRNA homeostasis in mediating responses towards flooding stress, I am currently working in two independent research areas that revolve around the common theme of mRNA translational control. My first project explores how the pan-eukaryotic protein kinase, GCN2, contributes to translational control in plants by environmental stress and nutritional cues. My second project is an international collaboration to investigate the balance between cell growth, proliferation and protein synthesis in the plant root meristem. In addition to research interests, I am actively involved in several outreach activities that support undergraduate education and learning, general sci comm., and building new technologies that advance our effort to grow better and robust yielding plants.

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    2

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