Dr Rucha Karnik
- Royal Society University Research Fellow (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry (St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad) and Masters in Biotechnology from the Gujarat University in India, earned with a 1st rank in the Masters programme. I then spent over six years in the pharma-biotech industry where I worked on research, marketing and management aspects of various projects including development of recombinant protein-based diagnostic kits, human therapeutics, biosimilars and the agro-biotech business. Drawn to fundamental research in human disease, I left the industry and moved to the UK to pursue my PhD at the University of Leeds, in the Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology. I was awarded fellowships from the prestigious Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) sponsored by the British government, the Tetley & Lupton Scholarship and the International Research Scholarship from the University of Leeds for my PhD. At Leeds, I investigated membrane traffic of human K+ channels and its implications for health and disease. For my postdoc, I joined Mike Blatt’s group at the University of Glasgow (2011) where I started working with plants. I have since pursued closely related themes of membrane transport, regulation of membrane traffic and cellular homeostasis, developing a fundamental interest in molecular mechanisms of vesicle traffic and its coordination with transport, which are critical for plant physiology. As a Royal Society University Research Fellow, the University of Glasgow continues to be my home. To achieve food security in the face of global environment change, it is essential that we improve agricultural crops for efficient growth, nutrient uptake, CO2 and water utilisation and responses to biotic stresses. Therefore, research directed to understanding, predicting, and manipulating the molecular mechanisms of plant growth and responses to the environment is at the forefront of scientific interest. My research focus centres around understainding the role of hormone regulated membrane traffic in plant growth and homeostasis.
Book concept, design and editing for Plant Scientists ‘Glimpses into the Minds’ , a unique book with doodle art from Dr Mathis Riehle showcasing research interests of the Plant Science Group.
Available for download at: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/8cabfa_bcc30b9859b347e294d6ffe6c924205b.pdf [22mb PDF]
For paper copy, please contact me.
- Hormone modulate membrane traffic
- Functional regulation of Ion transporters
- Spotlight article
|Technical staff||Lab staff||UG students||PhD students||Lab alumni|
|Mr Craig Bruce||Dr Maria Del Mar Marques-Beuno||
MVLS Summer Studentship
Royal Society funded PhD Student
MSc Biomedical Science
|Ms Swati Patil||
Honours Student 2017-18
China Scholarship Council (CSC) & University of Glasgow funded PhD Student
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Proton Transport Modulators - Spatial Regulation and Effects on Plant Physiology
2017 - 2021
- Hormone-Regulated Membrane Traffic and Plant Morphogenesis
2016 - 2021