I am Aditi Bhat, currently in my senior year pursuing Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Industrial Biotechnology at Anna University, Chennai (India). Being an interdisciplinary degree, I have been exposed to various courses like Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Microbiology, Plant Biotechnology etc. During my sophomore year, I spent around two months in working on “Agrobacterium mediated transformation of Gossypium hirsutum” where I was involved in introducing a herbicide resistance gene into the cotton plant.
This research internship got me interested in Plant Sciences and my work with Prof. Roger Innes at Indiana University, Bloomington on “Identification and characterisation of novel host-pathogen interactions in soybean” accentuated this interest. There, I screened the yeast two-hybrid results and looked for positive protein-protein interactions between the pathogen and plant and then checked whether these proteins interacted in planta as well.
Observing the rise of bioinformatics in the recent years and how it complements the wet lab, I was interested in understanding it better. I will be working in Prof. Janet Thornton’s lab from January 2014 as a part of my Bachelor’s thesis project. I have been assigned a project on the curation of survival data for SurvCurv database. I have basic knowledge in UNIX and C++ and I am sure that I will be able to widen my horizons during my internship at EBI.