Prof. Anandita SinghDean (Students’ Welfare)Anandita's broad research interest lies in the field of Plant Genomics. It primarily relates to developing an understanding of the natural genetic and morphological variation in crop and other plant species of economic value. The intent is to exploit and treat it as a resource, in combination with various genomic approaches, for interpreting the molecular basis of plant adaptation to stressful environments and important life history traits. The knowledge thus gained is envisaged to be useful for developing sound strategies for breeding crop species and other economically important plants. Together with her group, she is currently focusing on understanding and characterizing the regulatory elements viz. transcription factors and miRNAs underpinning such adaptive traits as flowering in members of Brassicaceae. Anandita was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Max Planck Society, Germany, to undertake research at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen, in the Department of Plant Molecular Biology of Professor Detlef Weigel. The main focus of her work there concerned developing a mechanistic understanding of flowering response in Arabidopsis thaliana using wide range genomic approaches. Her doctoral thesis entitled 'DNA fingerprinting for assessment of genetic diversity in medicinal plant species ' involved the assessment of the natural variation and genetic diversity in important medicinal tree species namely, Azadirachta indica (neem) and Emblica officinalis (amla). She carried out extensive work on neem, and her research findings implicated India as the true Center of Origin for neem. At TERI SAS, she has contributed in formulation and is teaching following courses at Master?s and pre-PhD level: Principles of Genetic Engineering and Bio-analytical Techniques; Molecular Markers and Breeding; Environmental Biotechnology: Plant Biotechnology in Agriculture Sector; Genetic Engineering and recombinant DNA Techniques; Molecular Genomics and Genetics.
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