Academic Background

M.S. Biology, concentration Plant Biology and Transcriptomics, New Mexico State University, USA, 2018.
B.S. Plant Sciences, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2013.

Research Interest and Current Efforts

Vinavi Lakshman, a PhD student in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, is working on soybean cyst nematode (SCN) resistance in soybean. Her research specifically focuses on studying Rhg4-mediated resistance in soybean to SCN using RNA-seq and genome editing tools to identify novel genes involved in soybean resistance to nematodes.