Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office 211, Level 2 John Hines Building (62)
P: +61 (0)7 3365 4436
F: +61 (0)7 3365 3556

Short Biography

Dr Bandana Biswas obtained her PhD from the Centre for Integrative Legume Research (CILR, University of Queensland, 2008). During her PhD, she studied the role of the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) on growth and nodulation of the model legume Lotus japonicus and isolated the first ABA insensitive mutant in a legume. Since completing her PhD, she has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CILR, on a project involving development of transformation protocols (both stable transformation and hairy root transformation) for the tree legume Pongamia pinnata, recently recognised as a potential biofuel feedstock.

Research Skills

  1. Transformation and tissue culture
  2. Molecular and physiological studies in plants
  3. Stress and hormone responses in plants

Current Projects

  1. ABA response pathway in Lotus japonicus
  2. Genetic transformation of Pongamia pinnata

Key Publications

Biswas B, Scott PT, Gresshoff PM (2011) Tree legumes as feedstock for sustainable biofuel production: opportunities and challenges. Journal of Plant Physiology 168, 1877-1884.

Biswas B, Chan PK, Gresshoff PM (2009) A novel ABA insensitive mutant of Lotus japonicus with a wilty phenotype displays unaltered nodulation regulation. Molecular Plant 2, 487-499.

Gresshoff PM, Lohar D, Chan PK, Biswas B, Jiang Q, Reid D, Ferguson B, Stacey G (2009) Genetic analysis of ethylene regulation of legume nodulation. Plant Signaling and Behavior 4, 818-823.

Chan, P.K., Biswas, B., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2012) Classical ethylene insensitive mutants of the Arabidopsis EIN2 orthologue lack the expected ‘hypernodulation’ response in Lotus japonicus. J. Integrated Plant Biology (in press).

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