Ph.D. in Botany - Plant Stress Physiology, Annamalai University, India
M.Phil. in Botany - Plant Physiology, Annamalai University, India
M.Sc. in Botany, Annamalai University, India
B.Sc. in Botany, Payyanur College, Kannur University, India
Dr. Jitha Bhaskaran joined AUD in Fall 2022 as Biology Lab Technician in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is a plant biologist with thorough understanding of stress signaling pathways in different crop species enduring environmental fluctuations due to salinity and drought. She also has a background in the molecular profiling of medicinal plants.
In addition to a Ph.D. in Botany, Dr. Bhaskaran also has Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Research from the Institute of Clinical Research, India. In 2016, she worked in Columbia Asia Hospital where she was trained under Dr. Narasimha Vikram Rajan (Clinical study director and Medical Advisor) on ICH-GCP.
As research assistant at the Regional Agricultural Research Station in India, she worked on the “All India Cashew Research Project” (AICRP), which evaluated a variety of high-yield crops, including a high-yield cashew genotypes. During her time there, Dr. Bhaskaran worked with both undergraduate and postgraduate students in a variety of biology courses, plant physiology, embryology, biotechnology, and ecology.
She received the Basic Scientific Research-SAP Meritorial Fellowship form UGC, Delhi in 2010-2013. With her involvement in research and development, she gained valuable experience in field-oriented crop research, field evaluations, sampling, and application of technologies and information systems on crop production and management.
Dr. Bhaskaran believes in life-long learning and is inquisitive about scientific approaches to improve plant function and make sustainable living easier on our planet.