Dr. Priyanka Kushwaha received her BSc. (Honors) in Biochemistry from the University of Delhi, India in 2009 and MSc. in Forensic Science from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India in 2011. She received her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA (2 016). Her postdoctoral research was conducted in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA (2017-2022). She is now a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona, and her research focuses on soil microbial ecology and plant-microbial interactions.