Chawla, Harmeet Singh
Plants use a plethora of defense mechanisms to protect themselves against fungal pathogens. Verticillium longisporum is a hemibiotrophic soil-borne fungal pathogen which causes widespread yield loses in oilseed rape across Europe. The main focus of my research is elucidation of mechanisms involved in resistance of oilseed rape to this fungal pathogen.
In my master thesis work I worked towards identifying resistance associated gene polymorphisms in a DH (double haploid) mapping population by amplicon resequencing. I am also interested to integrate various sets of “omics” data such as next generation sequencing data from parents of mapping population and tranciptomics (RNAseq) data for studying the resistance mechanism.
A more exhaustive understanding of the functional mechanisms of these genes will benefit efforts to genetically improve the currently available oilseed rape cultivars and furthermore aid in development of markers closely linked to resistance.
2016- present: PhD at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
2013-2016: Masters in Agrobiotechnology at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
2008-2012: Bachelors of Technology in Biotechnology at Amity University, India
- Molecular markers
- Next Generation sequencing
- Optical Mapping
- Brassica napus
- Verticillium longisporum
Awards and scholarships
2015 Scholarship for promotion of International students by Government of Hessen
Harmeet Singh Chawla
Department of Plant Breeding
IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition
Justus Liebig University
35392 Giessen, Germany
Tel: +49 641 99 37436