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.


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Research

Across my research career, my central biological questions focus on the evolution, diversity, and regulation of non-genic elements and their role in genome defense and adaptation to environmental cues. See here for more about my current research projects.

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Publications

Publications

See below for a list of my publications.

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