Hello everyone! My name is Shumaila Rasool. I did my Master’s (Entomology, Insect Pathology) from the University of Agriculture, Pakistan in 2016 and PhD (Entomology, Plant-fungus-herbivore Interactions) from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2020.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, Netherlands, as part of the Horizon 2020 EU project “EXCALIBUR”. My research focuses on plant-microbe-insect interactions from ecological to mechanistic levels and in this project, I am mainly investigating how fungal bio-inocula affect plant responses to aboveground arthropod pests.
The research process entails planning and setting up experiments, analyzing experimental samples to find out whether fungus inoculation or pest infestation causes chemical or molecular changes in plants, and finally writing and publishing the research results. Additionally, I supervise and train Masters’ students within the scope of this project.
Having the opportunity to work with great scientists and institutes involved in the EXCALIBUR project enables me to contribute to important societal challenges such as food security and sustainable agriculture.