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.