Balpreet Dhatt

Balpreet Dhatt, Graduate Student

Program Information:

Ph.D., Agronomy and Horticulture

Starting Year:

2017

Contact Info:

Career Path:

Academics, balanced research and teaching

Prior Degrees Earned:

B.S. Agriculture(Hons.) Spl. Plant breeding and genetics (2016) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab (India)

Balpreet Dhatt

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Harkamal Walia

Research Description:

My research project aims to understand the dynamic physiological and molecular mechanisms that contribute to resilience to high day-night temperature (HDNT) as well as high night temperature (HNT) stress throughout the grain development in rice by integrating genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics. We explore the existing phenotypic and genetic variation in rice germplasm for understanding the effects of increasing temperatures on grain yield parameters and functionally characterize the underlying genes. Since the events happening during early seed development play a crucial role in determining the mature seed size and yield, my research focuses on characterizing the early seed development specific genes by using CRISPR-Cas9 technology and understand their regulation under high temperatures.

I am a Ph.D. student working on understanding the high temperature resilience mechanism in rice. I come from Punjab state which is considered the food bowl of India. My background boosts me to apply the knowledge gained from my research for the betterment of crop performance under increasing temperatures due to global warming.
Apart from science, I love cooking, reading and travelling!!!