Reshma Rizvi

Research Technician, Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL)

Phone: 1-306-966-3719

Reshma Rizvi joined GIFS in 2017, as a Research Technician in the Roots-Soil-Microbial Interactions team. In that role, she worked on various crops and projects. She recently moved to the Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL).

Reshma was born and raised in Northern India. She graduated with specializations in Botany and Chemistry from DDU Gorakhpur University and completed her Masters degree in Botany (with distinction and a Gold Medal) in 1998.

Reshma started her career as Assistant professor in the Department of Botany, DDU Gorakhpur University, and later joined the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru India, where she worked on Low P (rock phosphate) efficiency in Pearl millet. This work was funded by DFID, UK, to mitigate the low P availability in the Sahelian region of West Africa.

She later moved to Germany and joined the Genebank Department at IPK-Gatersleben, where she worked on Pyrosequencing to determine allele-quantification of Lolium. In 2009, Reshma moved to Saskatoon where she worked at several organizations, including the University of Saskatchewan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Bayer CropSciences, Agrisoma BioSciences and Dow AgroSciences (Now Corteva).

Reshma’s area of research is Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology and Genetics (Plant Breeding). She has numerous publications to her credit and has been an invited speaker at several conferences.

She is trained in using the PromethION (Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and Novaseq system to sequence diverse crops, like wheat, pea, lentils, etc. and is aiming to learn more technologies and deploy them  to various scientific communities.