LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Prayan Pokharel


PhD Student

Phone: +49 641 99-37778

Email: Prayan.Pokharel@agrar.uni-giessen.de

Room: 708

Building: HBR58


Since 04/2017 Doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Georg Petschenka
2014-2016 Masters in Agrobiotechnology, Justus Liebig University Giessen
2009-2013 Bachelors in Pharmacy, Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences Bangalore, India

Research Interests

I am interested in plant-herbivore interactions, mainly in the uptake and use of plant toxins by herbivorous insects (i.e. sequestration). Specifically, I investigate the mechanisms underlying sequestration of cardiac glycosides (cardenolides) in milkweed bugs (Lygaeinae). In the course of my PhD project, I will try to understand the mechanisms and the evolution of these physiological processes by using various methods, including feeding assays and chemical analyses.