Cytogenetics —  Macroevolution —  Macroecology

Hi! I am Sreetama, an Evolutionary Biologist and a Cytogeneticist. I am an sDiv postdoc in the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany.

I did my Masters and PhD from University of Calcutta in India to understand the chromosomal, genomic and genetic variability of Indian Zingiberaceae. My PhD allowed me to explore my passion on the evolutionary role of cytogenetics, and landed me in my first job outside India. 

In 2017, I was a postdoc in Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) in Czech Republic to use chromosome painting as a tool to reveal structural variations in chromosomes. Pursuing my interest on cytogenetics and how it helped the angiosperms to evolve, I joined the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China in China as a postdoc in 2018 where I conducted experiments to explore the implications of cytological and genetic diversity on the traits related to the growth and defense mechanisms of plants. 

Since 2021, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the synthesis center (sDiv) of iDiv in Germany, where I am applying my knowledge to understand the macro-evolutionary implications of genome size on trait flexibility, diversification and distribution of angiosperms. 

I have authored multiple research articles in a variety of journals, and presented my work in many regional and global conferences and symposia. 

Besides my research, I am actively advocating gender equality and equity in STEM research in academia and beyond. With my colleagues, I have created the "iDiv Female Scientists" networking initiative in iDiv. Here we promote technical skills and tools to improve professional career, invite female Scientists in leadership positions to share their experience in academia, and create awareness to increase transparency of the female gap ("the leaky pipeline") in leadership positions by hosting gender-inclusive talks.