Liza Gautam is a Ph.D. candidate from Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, she is working in Professor John C. Sedbrook’s lab in the Department of Biological Science at Illinois State University. She completed her Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Kathmandu University, Nepal, and Master’s of Science in Biotechnology from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as an Assistant Research Fellow in Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, a leading research station and governmental organization of Nepal.
As a molecular geneticist, Ms. Gautam is currently working on domesticating an oilseed cash cover crop- Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.). Her primary focus is implementing CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to target multiple genes at different loci to increase seed size, reduce glucosinolate content, and increase drought tolerance in pennycress. She is actively involved in many other projects and has good organizational skills in handling large plant populations and samples. Ms. Gautam has also trained multiple students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. These experiences have aided in her academics, leadership ability, and establishing professional relations.
“Implementing CRISPR-Cas9 to increase seed size, reduce glucosinolate content and increase drought tolerance in the oilseed winter cover crop Thlaspi arvense (pennycress).”
Dr. John Sedbrook, IPREFER Co-PD & Professor of Genetics, School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University
After completing her Ph.D. and Postdoc work, Ms. Gautam would like to pursue a career in Research and Development at a biotech company and contribute to the welfare of society through outstanding research work.