Ghana S Challa


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  • Organization
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests can be broadly grouped into Plant Systems Biology. I am trying to understand how plants respond to their environment. These responses are quantified as the change in the gene or protein expression. My current research focuses on looking at these responses at the whole plant level by integrating multiple sources of data viz., gene regulatory networks, metabolic pathways, genetic variation etc.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Arabidopsis. I love this tiny weed which revolutionized the plant research. I know it is not always possible to extrapolate the knowledge gained from Arabidopsis, but it definitely help take the research further.

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    During my undergraduate. I was helping a faculty member with his experiments and that drove me towards research

  • Profile Question 3
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    There is much unknown about any thing in this world. You will find a new process or mechanism that's not known before.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

1.3TheFabulousFour Ghana S Challa

Hi Team, I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I am just wondering what is the status of the project if you are able to check on the plants. In case the school is closed because of the COVID19, do not worry about the project. Your health and safety…

1.3TheFabulousFour Ghana S Challa

Hi team, any updates or questions?

1.3TheFabulousFour Ghana S Challa

Hi all, you can starting taking note of everything you see with the plants. You can start with how many seeds you planted and how many of the germinated etc. This is how data is collected. And, what is the experiment plan for the project? 

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