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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Gita is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge; forging new collaborations and setting up a research group.

She graduated with Honors in Botany, from the University of Delhi, India; where she developed an interest in Phloem loading and Carbon partitioning. Her post graduate degree (M.Sc.) is in Biomedical Science from the same university, with a specialization in Stereochemistry. Gita moved to Jawaharlal Nehru University, at the turn of the Millenium, to obtain a Ph.D. in Computational Biology, from the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi.

In 2006, Gita joined the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi, as Staff Scientist, where she set up a research laboratory for plant computational biology, and successfully operationalized and implemented a Linux based IT infrastructure at the institute. Over the next decade, she expanded into experimental validations and large scale genomics.


  • I am a specialist in computational and structural biology with specific applications in plant genomics and phytochemistry. Presently, as a DBT-Cambridge Lecturer, I hope to utilize my decade long experience in India, to contribute to ongoing research at the department, and also to diversify into newer arenas of plant biology.
  • My specific interests are in exploring the connection between photosynthetic efficiency and epigenetic inheritance, and the role of phytochemicals in plant adaptive evolution. Eventually, I hope to be able to address the question of why all plants cannot form polyploids, and how this capacity confers upon plant genomes, the phenomenal ability to travel, adapt and expand into new realms.