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Prof. Dr.

Rajeev Kumar Varshney

Year of election: 2016
Section: Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences
City: Patancheru
Country: India
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Research

Main areas of research: Genetic Engineering, functional genomics, Applied genomics, Pre-Breeding, Genomics and Trait Discovery

Rajeev Kumar Varshney is a geneticist who researches in the area of international agriculture. He works as Global Research Program Director at the Genetic Gains at International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) that encompasses different disciplines including Genebank, Pre-Breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery, Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Forward and Integrated Breeding, and Seed Systems.

Rajeev has a basic background in molecular genetics and possesses more than 15 years research experience in international agriculture. His research is focused on structural, functional, comparative and translational genomics for improving the crop productivity of legume crops in marginal environments in Africa and Asia.

He is internationally recognized for his contribution in genome sequencing of pigeonpea, chickpea, peanut, pearl millet, sesame, mungbean and adzuki bean and development of molecular breeding products in chickpea, pigeonpea and peanut.

Career

  • since 2016 Global Research Program Director – Genetic Gains, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India
  • 2014 Winthrop Research Professor, The School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  • 2012 - 2016 Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics (CEG), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India
  • since 2008 Principal Scientist, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India
  • 2005 - 2008 Senior Scientist, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India
  • 2001 Ph.D., CCS University, Meerut, India
  • 2001 - 2005 Research Scientist, Institute of Plant Genetics & Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany
  • 1995 - 2000 Research Fellow, Ch Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, India
  • 1995 M.Sc. AMU, Aligarh, India

Functions

  • since 2016 Elect Chair Genomics, Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology Division of Crop Science Society of America
  • 2015 Elected Member of Steering Committee of DivSeek
  • 2014 Member, Research Advisory Committee for Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • since 2013 Member of Research Committee, Farm Research Committee, Emergency Management Team and Chair, Plant Material Identification Committee of ICRISAT
  • 2012 Member, Advisory Board, International School of Hyderabad
  • 2011 Member, Research Advisory Council for Tea Board of India (Ministry of Commerce, Government of India)  
  • 2011 Member, Research Advisory Committee for Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute, Silk Board of India (Ministry of Textiles, Government of India)
  • 2010 Served Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) of Ministry of Agriculture as an External Subject Matter Specialist for recruiting Senior Scientists in several ICAR institutes

Projects

  • 2007 - 2013 Leader, SubProgramme 2, Generation Challenge Programme (GCP), hosted by CIMMYT, Mexico
  • 2004 - 2007 Coordinator, ‘Recombinational Analysis’ of International Triticeae Mapping Initiative (ITMI)
  • 2003 - 2008 Coordinator, International ‘Triticeae EST-SSR Coordination’ of ITMI

Honours and Memberships

  • 2017 IPGI Award for leadership & contribution to peanut research
  • since 2016 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2016 Elected Fellow of Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding
  • 2015 Highly Cited Researcher (the only one from the CGIAR system and from India in Agricultural Sciences) by Thomson Reuters
  • 2015 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (Biological Sciences)
  • 2015 Research Excellence India Citation Award
  • 2015 Senior Scientist Award of Association of Biotechnology & Pharmacy (ABAP), India
  • 2015 Listed in World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters
  • 2015 Elected Fellow of Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)  
  • 2015 Elected Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)
  • 2015 Elected Fellow of Association of Biotechnology & Pharmacy (ABAP), India
  • 2014 Highly Cited Researcher (the only one from the CGIAR system and from India in Agricultural Sciences)
  • 2014 Elected Fellow of AP Akademi of Sciences (APAS) and Telangana State Akademi of Sciences (TSAS), India
  • 2013 The Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award
  • 2013 Young Crop Scientist Award of Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
  • 2013 Elected Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
  • 2012 Honorary Professor at BGI-Hongkong Research Institute, China
  • 2010 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award
  • 2010 Elected Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India (NAAS)
  • 2008 - 2012 Associateship (Associate Fellow) of NAAS-India
  • 2008 INSA-Young Scientist Medal
  • 2007 NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award

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