Congratulations to Biosciences PhD student Priya Ramakrishna
who has been awarded the Andrew Hendry Postgraduate Scholarship
in recognition of the progress she has made with her research and her contribution to the postgraduate community. The award was founded in 1968 from subscriptions raised in memory of the late Mr Andrew Hendry, Bursar of the University, 1948-66.
Priya received her prize from Professor Dame Jessica Corner, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at a special awards ceremony.
“I made the choice to study at Nottingham not once, but twice! First for my Masters in Plant Genetic Manipulation, I choose Nottingham for its top position in agricultural research in the UK, and the versatility of the modules in the course. When I started my degree, I realised that the University had so much more to offer – a beautiful campus, excellent teaching and support staff that nurtured my scientific interest in plant sciences. So I decided to stay at Nottingham for my PhD as I really enjoyed the supportive ecosystem, world class research and international collaborations here.
Plants have always been a subject of fascination for me. My current research aims to understand how plant root branching is regulated by a family of genes known as Expansins. We at Nottingham want to utilise this knowledge to breed crops with improved root systems that are more efficient in water or nutrient uptake. This would ultimately result in plants adapted to climatic fluctuations that we hear about so often these days, and secure food production for our growing population.
Outside of my research, I enjoy a good game of badminton with my friends, or like to head to one of the many musical venues at Nottingham to enjoy some live music. I also enjoy science outreach activities and to share our enthusiasm for the amazing research we carry out at Nottingham and its impacts. For the past 6 months I have also been working as a coordinator at the Sutton Bonington Graduate Centre, and organise Postgraduate events ranging from workshops on scientific writing (external speakers), to social events such as Chinese New Year celebrations alongside gaining experience of an office life.
My journey at Nottingham has been fulfilling. I had opportunity to work with excellent researchers both in the UK and abroad, enhancing my professional networks and make friends across the globe. As for what I want to do next, the idea is to further my research in plants, share this knowledge with the scientific community, the general public, and establish myself in the research community.”
Posted on Thursday 5th May 2016