Balpreet Dhatt, Graduate Student
Ph.D., Agronomy and Horticulture
Dr. Harkamal Walia
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!!!