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Sasmita Mishra is a Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Kean University. In addition to teaching, her primary research includes understanding plant-nutrient relations during abiotic stress using genomics and proteomics approaches. During her postdoctoral training at the University of Toledo, she has developed biomarkers for nutrient-uptake proteins to study the plant-nutrient relations during abiotic stress. Expanding her research interest at Kean University, her lab is conducting studies on the roles of symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi in abiotic stress tolerance in plants, and more recently, evaluating the potential therapeutic uses of medicinal plants from selected plant families.

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Botany
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Principles of Biology
  • Research Experience in Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Nutrition

Teaching Philosophy

Critical thinking and collaborative learning are core components of active learning.

Selected Publications

Shumskaya M, Mishra S, Lorentzen L (2020). Online Low-Stakes Assignments To Support Scientific Lab Report Writing in Introductory Science Courses. J Microbiol Biol Educ 21(3): 1-3, doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v21i3.2183

Shumskaya M, Zambell C, Mishra S, Bell E, Blue S, Yearwood-Marut J, Marut W, Vindas-Cruz A, Jennings A, Hylton N, Burghardt J (2019). Survey of saproxylic fungi across parks of New Jersey. Kean University. Occurrence dataset accessed via on 2019-07-25.

Mishra S, Heckathorn S, Frantz J, Krause C (2018). The effects of boron, CO2, and light on levels of boron transport proteins, BOR1 and NIP5;1, indicate transporter-specific responses to both B and other plant resources. Biologia Plantarum 62: 121-128.

Bista D, Heckathorn S, Jayawardena D, Mishra S, Boldt J (2018). Effects of Drought on Nutrient Uptake and the Levels of Nutrient-Uptake Proteins in Roots of Drought-Sensitive and -Tolerant Grasses. Plants 7: 1-16.

Giri A, Heckathorn S, Mishra S, Krause C (2017). Heat stress decreases levels of nutrient-uptake and -assimilation proteins in tomato roots. Plants 2017, 6(1) 6; doi:10.3390/plants6010006

Jayawardena D, Heckathorn S, Bista D, Mishra S, Boldt J, Krause C (2017).  Elevated CO2 plus chronic warming reduce nitrogen uptake and levels or activities of nitrogen-uptake and -assimilatory proteins in tomato roots. Physiologia Plantarum. 159: 354-365.

Mishra S, Heckathorn S, Krause C (2015). The levels of B-uptake proteins in roots are correlated with tolerance to B stress in barley. Crop Science
 55 (4), 1741-1748; doi: 10.2135/cropsci2014.10.0706

For the full list of publications, please see Google Scholar.