Sandhya Mehrotra

Associate Professor

Plant Biotechnology: Carbon concentration and designer promoters
About the Faculty
I obtained my master’s degree in Life Sciences and thereafter a Ph.D degree from centre for plant molecular biology, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow. The dissertation involved studying expression and regulation of genes encoded by chloroplast genome and involved in photosynthesis. Though I analyzed several genes, my main interest was the primary carbon fixing enzyme RubisCO and gene encoding its large subunit. Thereafter I did a short post doctoral work in the area of developing anti-osteoporosis agents from Indian medicinal plants from Central Drug Research, Lucknow. In 2005, I moved for a post doctoral fellowship to Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan, where I studied patterns of evolution of Calvin cycle genes. Since November 2008, I have been serving as a faculty member in the Biosciences department of BITS, Pilani. I moved from Pilani campus to Goa campus on 1st January 2018.