We envision Plant Postdoc Slack to be a safe community for postdocs working in plant-related fields to share, discuss, and plan for our next career move. As postdocs, we are all going through the same process or trying to achieve the same objectives of landing a more independent position in industry or academia. Together as a community, we can peer-review our application materials, provide advice, share information about opportunities, and benefit everyone in the process.

Suggestions to improve the community are always welcome!

Founders and Organizers

Plant Postdoc Slack is co-founded by Sunil K. Kenchanmane Raju and Arif Ashraf to bring plant science postdocs into a common platform to build a stronger and effective network.

Sunil K. Kenchanmane Raju
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Sunil comes from the Sahyadri region (the benevolent mountains) in Karnataka, India. He is a postdoc at Michigan State University studying epigenome variation across plant species through an evolutionary perspective using comparative epigenomics. His research focuses on identifyingepigenomic variation regulating differential cold stress response in maize and its wild relative Tripsacum dactyloides. Sunil’s Ph.D. dissertation work provided valuable insights into the potential use of induced epigenetic variation in plant breeding for yield and stability related traits. His research showed increased yield and reduced GxE in epigenetically modified soybean lines.

Sunil is an active member of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) since 2012 and currently vice-chair of the ASPB-Ambassador Alliance overseeing the Ambassador program.

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Arif Ashraf
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Arif is born and raised in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka. He is a postdoc in the Facette lab, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a plant developmental biologist, and his postdoctoral research focuses on cell polarity, nuclear movement and asymmetric cell division for stomatal development in the crop plant, maize. Arif’s doctorate thesis helped to identify the role of membrane proteins as signaling components and transporters for abiotic stress, which is fundamentally crucial for root development and hormonal regulation.

Arif is serving as an ambassador for American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) since 2015 and also a Plantae fellow. He is the recipient of ASPB-‘Ambassador of the year’ award – 2019. Arif enjoys writing and blogs about plants at www.aribidopsis.com. He has translated the book “My Life as a Plant” into Bengali. Arif is also involved as Editorial board member with Maize Genetics and Genomics Database and Feature Editor with Molecular Plant.

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