MSSRF Research Scholar selected for International Short-term Fellowship
Ms. Kumkum Kumari, a Ph.D student at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation Chennai (MSSRF), has been awarded the prestigious three-month European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) short term fellowship. She will undergo training on electrophysiological characterization and expression of ion transporter genes in Xenopus oocytes. She will work with Dr. Anne-Alienor Very, who heads the “Ion transporter in cereals and adaptation to the environment” at the CNRS-INRA-School of Agronomy, Montpellier University, France. Her work is important in understanding the physiological mechanisms of sodium transport in wild rice as well as its mutants. At MSSRF, she is working with Dr. Gayatri Venkataraman in the area of molecular mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.