Scientific Project Manager

Educational Engineering Lab
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH - 8050 Zurich

Location: BIN 5.E.13
Phone: +41 - (0)44 635 75 78
Fax: +41 - (0)44 635 68 09
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2004 to 2007 Doctoral student
Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich
2001 Master of Science Biotechnology
University of Mysore, Karnataka, India
1999 Bachelor of Science Biochemistry, Zoology, Food Science & Nutrition
University of Mysore, Karnataka, India

Research Experience

Doctoral student, March 2004 to 2007
University of Zurich, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Switzerland
The importance of genetic diversity in invasive plants
Advisors: Prof. Bernhard Schmid and Dr. Jasmin Joshi

Guest Scientist, August 2003 - February 2004
ETH, Plant Genetics Group, Institute of Plant Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland
Effect of knockout genes on flu mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana L.

Research Assistant, February 2003 - July 2003
ETH, Institute of Biotechnology, Zurich, Switzerland
Functional characterization of membrane bound alkane hydroxylases

Master thesis, February 2001 - April 2001
Central Food Technological Research Institute, Department of Protein chemistry and technology, Mysore, India
Isolation and characterization of a trypsin resistant species of arachin: the major protein fraction of Arachis hypogaea L.

Academic trainee, June 2000 - August 2000
Indo-American hybrid seeds, Bangalore, India


Determination of allelopathic compounds present in American and European plants of the Solidago canadensis complex is done in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Jorge Vivanco and Dr. Laura Perry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins (USA)

Experimental screening of alleopathic effects in invasive European Erigeron annuus populations on European competitor species has been done in collaboration with Prof. Dr. P. Edwards, PD. Dr. S. Güsewell and Miluse Kousalova (Institute of Integrative Biology of the ETH Zurich)


Organizing scientific and art events, Gardening, Yoga, Classical Indian dancing

Papers in preparation

Abhilasha, D., Quintana, N., Vivanco, J., Joshi, J. Does allelopathy explain the invasion success of Solidago canadensis s.l.?

Abhilasha, D., Joshi, J. Study on latitude based inter- and intra-population competition in Conyza canadensis

Abhilasha, D., Joshi, J. Higher fitness due to reduced defence against generalist herbivores in an invasive annual plant

Abhilasha, D., Kousalova , M., Güsewell, S., Joshi, J. Experimental analysis of interspecific competition in Erigeron annuus

Joshi, J., Joseph, J., Kocyan A., Abhilasha, D., Lexer, C. Genetic relationships among invasive European and native American Solidago plant taxa assessed by molecular markers

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