Ms Medha Sood
I am currently an MSc Biotechnology student in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria. I am part of the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) group in FABI headed by Prof Zander Myburg. FMG focuses on the genetic control of growth and development in fast-growing plantation trees with a view to enhance biomass production and improve wood properties for timber, pulp, paper, and biomaterials production.
My MSc research is focussed on studying the ultrastructure and performing proteomic characterization of the xyloplast in Eucalyptus, which is potentially a specialized plastid found in secondary vascular tissues dedicated to the synthesis of precursors for monolignol production for lignin synthesis in the secondary cell wall.