Ms Nirja Kadu MSc Biotechnology

Research Technician Functional and Comparative Genomics


Personal Statement

My role as a Research Technician is to provide full assistance to research conducted by Dr James Hartwell. The aim of this research is to understand the molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology of the metabolic adaptation of photosynthesis called Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), which is found in plants that inhabit arid and semi-arid regions of the world. The goal is to develop C3 crops, the standard photosynthetic pathway, that have the water use efficiency benefits of CAM and that are therefore suited to productive growth in semi-arid environments or in regions that suffer from prolonged seasonal drought.

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