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Namrata Dhaka

Country of origin: India Currently in: India, Haryana General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2016 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

My principal research interest lies in understanding the underlying causal variation of agronomic traits in plants. I have previously used genetic analysis to identify the QTL segregating for various agronomic traits in different mapping populations of oilseed crop Brassica juncea. My current work principally involves use of high throughput transcriptomic and small RNA sequencing analysis to identify candidate genes and microRNAs regulating economically important seed traits in dicots as well as monocots. In future, I aim to integrate the use of transcriptomic, small RNA, and QTL approaches to decipher the genetic regulation of crucial seed traits in Brassica juncea as well as Sorghum bicolor to enable precision breeding.

Publications resulting from Research: 

• Dhaka, N.#, Krishnan, K.#, Kandpal, M., Vashisht, I., Sharma, M. K., Singh, M.P., & Sharma, R. (2020) Transcriptional trajectories of anther development provide candidates for engineering male fertility in sorghum. Scientific Reports (#Equal authors)
• Dhaka, N., Sharma, S., Vashisht, I., Kandpal, M., Sharma, M. K., & Sharma, R. (2019). Small RNA profiling from meiotic and post-meiotic anthers reveals prospective miRNA-target modules for engineering male fertility in sorghum. Genomics.
• Dhaka, N., Sharma, R. (2017). MicroRNAs as targets for engineering biofuel feedstock Sorghum. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology.
• Dhaka, N., Bhardwaj, V., Sharma, M.K., and Sharma, R. (2017). Evolving Tale of TCPs: New Paradigms and Old Lacunae. Frontiers in Plant Science 8(479). doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00479.
• Dhaka, N., Mukhopadhyay, A., Paritosh, K., Gupta, V., Pental, D., & Pradhan, A. K. (2017). Identification of genic SSRs and construction of a SSR-based linkage map in Brassica juncea. Euphytica, 213(1), 15. doi:10.1007/s10681-016-1814-z
• Francis, A., Dhaka, N., Bakshi, M., Jung, K. H., Sharma, M. K., & Sharma, R. (2016). Comparative phylogenomic analysis provides insights into TCP gene functions in Sorghum. Scientific Reports, 6, 38488. doi:10.1038/srep38488
• Dhaka, N., Rout, K., Yadava, S. K., Sodhi, Y. S., Gupta, V., Pental, D., & Pradhan, A. K. (2016). Genetic dissection of seed weight by QTL analysis and detection of allelic variation in Indian and east European gene pool lines of Brassica juncea. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. doi:10.1007/s00122-016-2811-2

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Central University of Haryana

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