Meet Proma Basu, Graduate Student Researcher

Proma Basu – Graduate Student

  • BS, Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Proma Basu is a graduate student working in the Wyatt Lab on the NASA BRIC-20 project where she is studying proteins expressed in plants germinated in space. Proma began studying protein structure in India while working on a summer project while pursuing her BS degree. Ever since this experience, Proma has been interested in learning more about protein function and formation. Working on the NASA project is both challenging and exciting for her as it combines her interest in proteins with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center and experience in person the thrill of watching a rocket launch into space (with her research onboard).

Proma is also working on the proteomic analysis of wild type Arabidopsis plants exposed to gravity persistence signaling (GPS) treatment. The proteomic analysis has given her an opportunity to study the principles of mass spectrometry and iTRAQ and subsequent data analysis using the latest available software. Her hobbies include reading, singing, and traveling.