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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group

Evolution and Development


Research interests

My work revolves around the study of the iridescence of Hibiscus trionum petals, focusing on molecular genetics and cell mechanics. Additionally, I am involved in co-supervising and mentoring PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, providing training in laboratory equipment usage and experimental troubleshooting. I also assist in managing research projects.

Previous positions

2019 - 2023  Postdoctoral Scientist, John Innes Centre, Norwich

2017 - 2019  Postdoctoral Scientist, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India



2010 – 2017  Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology, IISER, Pune, India

2006 – 2010  Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India


Key publications

MiRNA160 is associated with local defense and systemic acquired resistance of potato during Phytophthora infestans infection (2018) Journal of Experimental Botany, 

Direct ETTIN-auxin interaction controls chromatin states in gynoecium development. (2020) Elife, 

MicroRNA160 regulates leaf curvature in potato Solanum tuberosum L. Désirée. (2020) Plant Signaling & Behavior (2020), 

MiRNA156 – A potential graft-transmissible microRNA that modulates plant architecture and tuberization in potato (Solanum tuberosum ssp andigena). (2014) Plant Physiology, 


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Postdoctoral Research Associate and Research Group Manager
Dr Bhavani Natarajan

Contact Details

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Department of Plant Sciences
Downing Street