A doctoral student at School of Life Sciences, the University of Warwick. My experiment is focusing on environmental epigonome. I have my B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, where I did my final year project in analysis of microRNAs expression accross different stages of pineapple fruit maturation. I am also a former intern from First BASE Laboratories Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) and Quality Control Supervisor from P.T. Karunia Alam Segar (Wings Group, Indonesia).
Department : School of Life Sciences
Project Title : Stress-Induced Epigenetic Inheritance in Plants
Started : March 2014; Expected End : February 2018
Doctoral Funding : Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP ; Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (under the Ministry of Finance, the Republic of Indonesia))
Plants are a sessile organism which makes them more susceptible towards different types of environmental stress (salinity, temeperature, pest, drought etc.). Exposure to stress can lead to cell apoptosis and also to plant necrosis. Thus plants need efficient short-term strategies to adapt to environmental stress. These strategies include changes on DNA methylation and histone modification. It has been well documented that the epigenetic information encoded as DNA methylation can be transmitted through several generations. However, in the absence of stress, the epigenetic changes are erased and rapidly reprogrammed. This epigenetic reprogramming usually occurs during gametogenesis and after fertilization, and it is likely that plants that are propagated through somatic regeneration contain epigenetic changes that are stably maintained in successive generations. Thus I postulated that stress induces during the somatic embryogenesis will be stable in successive generations of regenerated plants.
Beside epigenetics, I have research interests in the topics of microRNAs. Other than palnts, I also interested to work in biomedical research, especially in oncology.
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