Ratna Karan

Ratna Karan


I am a research associate at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. I received B.S. from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at Banaras Hindu University and M.S. from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, and earned my Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Following my education, I held three separate fellowships in India, and held a postdoc position at Louisiana State University. I have been working in monocot research program at Agronomy department, University of Florid, since 2012, in a project to increase economic value of sugarcane as biofuel crop by metabolic engineering. I was involved in the characterization of several QTL related genes from rice for traits such as seed dormancy, seed shattering, and flowering. I have got hands on experience in transformation and molecular characterization of transformed crop plants rice, maize, sugarcane as well as model plants tobacco and Arabidopsis. I am also involved in molecular characterization of genes and promoters for enhancement of photosynthesis and stress tolerance by genetic engineering of sugarcane. I am very much interested in developing high yielding and stress tolerant crop plants using non-transgenic genome editing technologies.

Agricultural Science Biotechnology Genetics Genomics Molecular Biology Plant Science Synthetic Biology

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University of Florida
July 2012

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