Namratha Ganapathi’s research at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is elucidating the effect of plant growth regulators (karrikinolide and paclobutrazol) delivered via a novel chemical delivery platform named the B-Tech on the growth and cyclotide production of Nicotiana benthamiana. The B-Tech was developed by Bulugudu Ltd and UQ researchers within the Advanced Spinifex Biofutures Materials Centre partnership at AIBN. Namratha is supervised by Dr. Jitka Kochanek, the leader of the Plant Performance Laboratory (AIBN), Dr Kenneth Tryggestad (AIBN) and Dr Mark Jackson from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Biosciences.

​Namratha is an international student pursuing a Master’s in Biotechnology at UQ. This is a research extensive program from UQ’s School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences. Her interest lies in agricultural biotechnology and sustainable technology. She has obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree majoring in Biotechnology from BMS College of Engineering, India. Her research experience from the Centre of Sustainable technology, at the Indian Institute of Science, is a highlight of her career and she has a notable publication from her time there.

Key Publications

​Methanogen colonization and ‘end-of-life’ use of spent lignocellulose from a solid-state reactor as an inoculum source