Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Philippines: Young Researchers Lunch hosts three scientists from the University of Sheffield

The Young Researchers' Lunch hosted Julie Gray, Michael Siva-Jothy, and Pascal-Antoine Christin from the University of Sheffield, UK on January 29 at the International Rice Research Institute Headquarters.

Dr. Gray, a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, studies  how stomatal aperture and stomatal development are controlled by the plant, and how environmental change affects them.  Prof. Siva-Jothy, an entomologist and lecturer at the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, focuses on research n understanding the causal mechanisms underpinning sexually selected and life history traits of insects. Dr. Pascal-Antoine Christin investigates the mechanisms that led to the functional diversity of plants and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis in grasses and other groups of plants. Each scientist joined a separate table of young researchers for their discussions.

Participants were Ronald Tapia, HsiangChun Lin, Shanta Karki, Jean Louise Damo, Maricel Corpuz, Hedia Tnani, Gela Myan Bueno, Rina Rachmawati, Mahardika Gamma, James Villegas, Iza Arida, Fame Ramal, Suja Srinivasan, Vo Thi Tra My, Charle Patrick Garcia, Christian Cantos, Kristel Mae D. Perdigon, Efren Bagunu, Christian Paolo Balahadia, Walter Israel, Tahir Hussain Awan, and Felichi Mae Arines.

The Young Researchers Lunch is a monthly meeting for NRS and AFSTRI scientists who are in the early stages of their career. The purpose is to provide them the opportunity to discuss a range of topics, including science and career paths, with senior scientists.

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