Almopreet kaur Saini
Amolpreet grew up in the agronomical hub of India, Punjab, where she developed a curiosity about food grains that feed the nation. Thereafter, pursuing her interest, she joined DAV University (India) for her BS in Agriculture with a Major in Horticulture and fell in love with fruit science. Following her passion, she completed her MS in Fruit Science from Punjab Agricultural University (India) where she studied the effects of different rootstocks and spatial growth on the productivity of plums. She quickly realized the massive potential of horticulture research to improve the economic conditions of farm families and use horticulture as a food security strategy. Amolpreet joined Sherif’s Lab as a Ph.D. Horticulture student in 2021 and began focusing on unraveling the physiological and molecular mechanisms of rootstock-mediated late-spring frost tolerance in apples. Amolpreet hopes to help decipher and enhance the resilience of apple crops against the dreadful late spring frost damage via untargeted transcriptomics, metabolomics, and molecular biology techniques. She wants to apply the expertise and knowledge of basic as well as applied science that she gains during her Ph.D. to improve frost tolerance in all fruit crops. When she is not working on apples, she likes to go on hikes, look after her many house plants, and obsess over dogs.