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Dr. Gitanjali Yadav MNASc.

DBT-Cambridge Lecturer
Dr. Gitanjali Yadav, MNASc.

Gitanjali Yadav is accepting applications for PhD students.

Gitanjali Yadav is available for consultancy.

Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 748979


  • Graduated with Honors in Botany, from the University of Delhi, India; Developed a keen interest in Phloem loading and Carbon partitioning. Built up a strong foundation in Stereochemistry, with a post graduate degree (M.Sc.) in Biomedical Science. Moved to Jawaharlal Nehru University, at the turn of the Millenium, to obtain a Ph.D. in Computational Biology, from the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi.
  • Joined the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi, as Staff Scientist in 2006. Set up a research laboratory for plant computational biology, successfully operationalized and implemented a Linux based IT infrastructure at the institute. Expanded into experimental validations and large scale genomics over the next decade.
  • Joined the University of Cambridge as Lecturer in 2016; Presently working towards setting up a group and generating research funds.
  • I come from a family of freedom fighters. My great grand father Rao Kale Ram, and grandfather Major Hukam Chand, were both veterans of two wars. My father Col. Ramphal Singh Yadav, served the Indian Army, and has been a motivational guiding factor in my life.  

Research Interests

  • I am a specialist in computational and structural biology with specific applications in plant genomics and phytochemistry. Presently, as a DBT-Cambridge Lecturer, I hope to utilize my decade long experience in India, to contribute to ongoing research at the department, and also to diversify into newer arenas of plant biology.
  • My specific interests are in exploring the connection between photosynthetic efficiency and epigenetic inheritance, and the role of phytochemicals in plant adaptive evolution. Eventually, I hope to be able to address the question of why all plants cannot form polyploids, and how this capacity confers upon plant genomes, the phenomenal ability to travel, adapt and expand into new realms. 
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