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Harshini Pinto

Harshini’s PhD project was conducted to compare the physiological efficiencies of diverse C4 grass species under conditions that promote high rates of photorespiration, which contributed to the physiological pressure that led to the evolution of the CO2 concentrating mechanism (CCM) in land plants.

Harshini’ s research focused on the evolutionary and ecological aspects C4 photosynthesis. She is an expert on photosynthetic gas exchange measurements, tunable diode laser absorption spectrometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Harshini holds a B.Sc (Hons) from the University of Western Sydney (2010), a B.Sc Bangalore university India (2007) and a PhD from the University of Western Sydney (2014). She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate award in 2011.

Harshini was part of the Centre from 2014 to 2015