Proma Basu

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    Ohio University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in studying proteins. My current project is centered on spaceflight proteomics experiment that compares the proteins found in seedlings grown in space compared to Earth. The objective is to identify components of signal transduction in gravitropism. The organism of my research is Arabidopsis thaliana which is also the model organism for plant biology.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I have been fascinated by plants and molecular biology ever since high school. That was the reason I chose to major in biotechnology in college. After college though I took a break from studying biology and worked in a non-bio field for a couple of years. The work experience gained through that job is invaluable but it also made me realize that my future is in a science career. After that break I started my graduate studies with renewed enthusiasm.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The promise of working on something new. As a scientist, you face questions and challenges regarding your personal research topic everyday and you have to formulate a solution that works for you. Figuring out these answers is the best part about being a scientist to me.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Plants can regenerate into a whole new being from the tiniest tissue sample in appropriate media. This ability is missing in most of the other organisms we see around us. Apart from furnishing oxygen in the atmosphere as a by product of producing sugars for consumption, plants have also served as bioreactors of choice in producing medicines designed for treating certain chronic diseases. These are the coolest things I have learned about plants.

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

Recent Posts

pmshsullockfall2017 project 6 Proma Basu
commented on a blog post

Thank you Jasmeen, Lisa, Valerie and Alex for the report. I will go through the report and let you know my comments.

Kudos on finishing the photosynthesis module. Good job!

pmshsullockfall2017 project 6 Proma Basu
commented on a blog post

Thank you Jasmeen.

I have commented on Lisa's post this morning with some points which would be helpful to include in the report.If you have any other questions or would like to discuss the report, please let me know. Also tell me if all of…

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pmshsullockfall2017 project 6 Proma Basu
commented on a blog post

Hello Lisa,

You are right. The leaf disk from the standard size hole-punch had a surface area that can produce enough oxygen to make the disk of that particular size buoyant while the disk of larger size might not be able to rise up.

We should…

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