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Dr. Gitanjali Yadav MNASc.

DBT-Cambridge Lecturer
Dr. Gitanjali Yadav, MNASc.

Gitanjali Yadav is accepting applications for PhD students.

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Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 330449


  • I graduated with Honors in Botany, from the University of Delhi, India; where I developed an interest in Phloem loading and Carbon partitioning. My post graduate degree (M.Sc.) is in Biomedical Science from the same university, with a specialization in Stereochemistry. I 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.
  • In 2006, I joined the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi, as Staff Scientist, where I set up a research laboratory for plant computational biology, and successfully operationalized and implemented a Linux based IT infrastructure at the institute. Over the next decade, I expanded into experimental validations and large scale genomics.
  • I'm presently a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge; forging new collaborations and setting up a research group.

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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