Gitika Shrivastava was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Organic and Sustainable Crop Production lab from 2007 to 2008. Her work focused on health promoting compounds in vegetables in response to organic fertility management. She assisted in field and laboratory work and maintenance of the lab.
Gitika earned a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and M.Sc.Ag. (Horticulture) from Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India. Her Masters studies focused on the effects of farm-yard manure and NPK levels on the production performance of papaya. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee in June 2007, she worked on evaluating the germplasm of Withania somnifera and Moringa oleifera for their bioactive compounds. Gitika also learned basic PCR technique in a CSIR lab. She volunteered and taught basic sustainable agriculture to youth for a certificate level rural management program in a university run by a non-profit organization.
Currently, Gitika is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Functional Genomics lab under Dr. Feng Chen. Her present work focuses on plant volatile compound mediated plant- insect interactions.