Graduate Student Awarded Competitive Travel Grant from NSF and USDA NIFA to attend Plant Biology 2013
Diwaker Tripathi, PhD student in Molecular Plant Sciences, working under the supervision of Dr. Hanu Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the department, received a competitive travel grant to present results of his ongoing PhD dissertation research at the Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Plants meeting (a satellite meeting of Plant Biology 2013, organized by the American Society of Plant Biologists) in Providence, RI. Tripathi presented a poster entitled “In vivo interaction studies of viral proteins using negative-stranded tospoviruses as a model system”. Tripathi’s research focus is on understanding the interactions between virally coded proteins in plants during the virus infection and replication process. His PhD supervisory committee includes Drs. Pappu (chair), Michael Knoblauch, Michael Neff and Pat Okubara.