I am a plant biologist interested in mobile elements that regulate gene expression within and across species. Currently, I am a Simons fellow for the Life Sciences Research Foundation, working with Keith Slotkin on mobile Transposable Elements at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. I received my Ph.D. in plant biology from Penn State University, working with Mike Axtell. My dissertation research focused on identifying trans-species regulatory microRNAs from the parasitic vine Cuscuta campestris (dodder).
Prior to Penn State, I worked as a research associate in Zeba Seraj’s plant biotechnology lab at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I obtained both my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the same university.