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Mandana Miri

Mandana Miri

Impact manager
Research support

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Mandana received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Western, Canada under 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 purse a Postdoctoral Research position with Professor Giles Oldroyd working on engineering nitrogen-fixing cereals. In 2019, she was awarded 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.


Inside out: root cortex-localized LHK1 cytokinin receptor limits epidermal infection of Lotus japonicus roots by Mesorhizobium loti
Mandana Miri, Preetam Janakirama, Terry Huebert, Loretta Ross, Tim McDowell, Kathleen Orosz, Katharina Markmann, Krzysztof Szczyglowski The New phytologist 2019-01-14 pmid:30636324 doi:10.1111/nph.15683

Lotus japonicus NF-YA1 Plays an Essential Role During Nodule Differentiation and Targets Members of the SHI/STY Gene Family
Md Shakhawat Hossain, Arina Shrestha, Sihui Zhong, Mandana Miri, Ryan S Austin, Shusei Sato, Loretta Ross, Terry Huebert, Alexandre Tromas, Ivone Torres-Jerez, Yuhong Tang, Michael Udvardi, Jeremy D Murray, Krzysztof Szczyglowski Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI 2016-12-09 pmid:27929718 doi:10.1094/MPMI-10-16-0206-R

Into the Root: How Cytokinin Controls Rhizobial Infection
Mandana Miri, Preetam Janakirama, Mark Held, Loretta Ross, Krzysztof Szczyglowski Trends in plant science 2015-10-14 pmid:26459665 doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2015.09.003

Lotus japonicus cytokinin receptors work partially redundantly to mediate nodule formation
Mark Held, Hongwei Hou, Mandana Miri, Christian Huynh, Loretta Ross, Md Shakhawat Hossain, Shusei Sato, Satoshi Tabata, Jillian Perry, Trevor L Wang, Krzysztof Szczyglowski The Plant cell 2014-03-04 pmid:24585837 pmc:PMC3967033 doi:10.1105/tpc.113.119362

Expression and Single-step Purification of GRA8 Antigen of Toxoplasma gondii in Escherichia coli
Jalal Babaie, Mandana Miri, Ghazaleh Sadeghiani, Mehrak Zare, Ghader Khalili, Majid Golkar Avicenna journal of medical biotechnology 2013-02-15 pmid:23407862 pmc:PMC3558177

Site-directed mutagenesis enhances the activity of NADH-FMN oxidoreductase (DszD) activity of Rhodococcus erythropolis
Nasrin Kamali, Mahmood Tavallaie, Bijan Bambai, Ali Asghar Karkhane, Mandana Miri Biotechnology letters 2010-03-30 pmid:20349330 doi:10.1007/s10529-010-0254-4

Production of a recombinant alkane hydroxylase (AlkB2) from Alcanivorax borkumensis
Mandana Miri, Bijan Bambai, Fatemeh Tabandeh, Majid Sadeghizadeh, Nasrin Kamali Biotechnology letters 2009-12-03 pmid:19953301 doi:10.1007/s10529-009-0177-0