Dr Pallavi Kumari

Dr Pallavi Kumari


I am a Research Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy and a member of the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics (MNP) research group. This followed PhD degrees in Physics from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, and Roma Tre University, Italy (2017-2021). My PhD was a part of a double PhD programme between these universities. Before that, I completed MTech (in Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India (2014-2016), MSc (in Physics) from Ranchi University, India (2011-2014), and BSc (Hons in Physics) from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi, India (2008-2011).

Research interests

My research mainly uses a biophysics approach and by using advanced Atomic Force Microscopy based mechanical characterisation combined with fluorescence microscopy, I investigate the structural and mechanical features of plant cell wall regions around plasmodesmata (the intercellular membranous channels that regulate intercellular molecule transfer and cell-to-cell communication in plants) and determine how the presence of callose near the plasmodesmata affects the mechanical properties.

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  • PhD in Physics
  • MTech in Physics
  • MSc in Physics
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics

Research groups and institutes

  • Molecular and Nanoscale Physics