Manpartik is a Ph.D. student in the Plant Sciences Department at Rothamsted Research. He is using TILLING as a genetic tool to optimise wheat architecture with a view to increasing grain yields. This approach is specifically aimed at targeting the brassinosteriod signalling pathway in wheat to develop new dwarfing alleles. The alleles that are generated will be characterised under field and glass-house conditions to establish effects on physiological and yield based traits.
During his M.Sc. he was working on introducing low polyphenol oxidase and rust resistance genes into a premium wheat variety in an attempt to further enhance grain quality. The advanced lines that he produced were then tested under field conditions to establish their performance for various agronomic traits. In addition to these expertise Manpartik has a practical knowledge of handling the wild relatives of wheat and RNP mediated delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 complex in wheat. These skills were established whilst working as a Junior Research Fellow following his masters degree.
With his past experiences Manpartik has gathered expertise in a wide range of disciplines including plant breeding, molecular biology, biotechnology and biochemistry.
PhD project title: Novel brassinosteroid dwarfing genes as alternatives for improving wheat grain yields
2017: M.Sc. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India.
2015: B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India.