Elham Tavakouli Dinani

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I finished my B.Sc. studies in Agronomy and Plant Breeding at the Agriculture Department, Urumia University, West Azerbaijan Iran and my M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (Agronomy) at Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. During my undergraduate degree, I began researching soybean cultivars (Glycine max L.), particularly the effect of UV radiation on seed germination, anti-transpiration measures to decrease water loss, and desalinization of soil by applying electromagnetic fields. During my MSc. I studied the effect of Pho-biofertilizers on essential oils, terpenoid content and morphological changes in Dill (Anethum graveolense); the effect of nitrogen source on qualitative and quantitative characteristics of Coriander. After graduating, I have been working as a trainee at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRI) where I worked on numerous projects and honed my technical skills. I joined GRIPP in 2014 to further pursue my research interests and complete my PhD. Currently, my research priorities and interests are to develop a better understanding of the mode of action (metabolism, molecular control and regulation) of thidiazuron (TDZ) in regeneration protocols for apple to characterize the behavior of TDZ in different explants of apple cultivars. In my spare time I follow my numerous interests and hobbies such as water color painting, swimming, philosophy, physics, playing Tar (a traditional Iranian musical instrument) and calligraphy.