ENSA impact manager
Crop Science Centre
Mandana received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Western, Canada under the supervision of Professor Krzysztof Szczyglowski where she investigated the crosstalk between two plant hormones, cytokinin, and ethylene, in the context of nodule and infection thread formation in the model legume Lotus japonicus. Her work led to several publications, awards, grants, accolades, and scholarships including the “Best Thesis Award”. In 2018, She moved to Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University to pursue a Postdoctoral Research position with Professor Giles Oldroyd working on engineering nitrogen-fixing cereals. In 2019, she was awarded the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue with her postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. Having always been passionate about impact-driven science, she joined Crop Science Centre to work on driving impact and outcomes in product development from the research outputs from Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) project.