Pulkit received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with Biotechnology as his major from Birla Institute of Technology, India. During his time at Birla Institute, he worked on a research project involving the identification of miRNAs in wheat where he was a co-author for his first research publication. In addition to this publication, Pulkit published a first-author paper in the journal of mathematical archives, which demonstrated a new application of binomial and multinomial expansions. At ISU, he has co-authored a review on non-coding RNAs in plant viruses.
Pulkit’s Ph.D. research focuses on protein synthesis mechanisms used by plants in response to environmental stresses and viral infections. He is working on stablishing a new technique known as ribosome profiling at the Miller lab. This developing technique allows for the study of genome-wide measurements on the translation efficiency of plant cells mRNA when translated under stress. Pulkit believes that understanding the pathways by which plants recuperate from these biotic and abiotic stresses can facilitate the development of more tolerant and viral-resistant plants.
During his time at ISU, Pulkit has mentored two undergraduate students and two rotation graduate students in Dr. Miller’s research lab. Pulkit has also served as the Senator Representative for PLPM at the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) for the school year 2016-2017. Finally, Pulkit was also awarded the Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship in Agriculture for the year 2017-2018, receiving a $1,000 award.
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