Harsh did her PhD with E/Professor Krishnapillai Sivasithamparam and Professor Martin Barbetti at the University of Western Australia and examined host-pathogen interactions at cellular and molecular levels. She then received a NSERC visiting fellowship at Saskatoon Research Centre (Canada) under Dr. Lone Buchwaldt. Later, she worked at Punjab Agriculture University (India) where she gained further experience in plant molecular biology while participating in a range of projects coordinated by Professor Surinder Singh Banga. Harsh then returned back to Australia and did a short post-doc under Professor Peter Waterhouse on relationship between F-box proteins and plant development.
Harsh’s research in Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis will focus on biochemistry and biosynthetic pathways of red-shifted chlorophylls (Chl d and Chl f), and explore how these chlorophylls may contribute to extend the photosynthetic active radiation region and improve the light-harvesting efficiency.