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  • Akhilesh K. Tyagi, FNASc, FASc, FNAAS, FNA, FTWAS, Director & JC Bose National Fellow, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi.
    Rice Genome: Origin, Domestication and Function.
  • Rakesh Tuli,  FNA, FASc, FNASc, FAAS;  J C Bose National Fellow & Sr Research Advisor, University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Former Director National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow & National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali.
    Genomics for Designing Future Life Forms.
  • K. C. Bansal, FNAAS, FNASc, Rockefeller Biotech Career Fellow, Rutgers and  Harvard University, USA; Director; ICAR National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources; Pusa Campus; New Delhi-110012, India.
    Genes and Germplasm for Food Security and Climate Resilience in Agriculture.
  • David E. Symer, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio, United States.
    Human papillomavirus and the oral cancer genome.
  • A. S. Raghavendra,  FNA, FASc, FTWAS, JC Bose National Fellow, School of Life Sciences, Dept of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India.
    Plant Metabolomics: Versatile tool to study primary and secondary metabolism in plants.
  • Arun K. Joshi, FNA, NAAS, NASI (India) and DAAD (Germany), Professor; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, Country Representative & Principal Scientist, Global Wheat Progam; CIMMYT, South Asia Regional Office (SARO), NARC Research Station, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal.
    Selection in crop improvement: phenotypic to genomic.
  • P.K. Gupta; FNA, FNASc, FASc, FNAAS, Honorary Emeritus Professor & NASI Senior Scientist, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut.

    Genes and Genomic Resources for Crop Improvement.

  • K. P. Gopinathan, FNA, FASc, FNASc, INSA Senior Scientist and Former Chair, Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.


  • V. Nagaraja FNA, FASc, FNAAS, FTWAS; Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, Department Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

    Topology modulation and topology - transcription coupling.

  • Yogendra Singh, FNA, FNASc, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.

    Tuberculosis: The Silent Killer.

  • Akash Ranjan, Computational and Functional Genomics Group,Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad.

    Role of multiple FadRs in regulation of differential transcription initiation at rv0493c-rv0494 locus of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

  • Ashis Das, Department of Biological Sciences. BITS, Pilani.

    Translation Research in Malaria : Molecular aspects of  complicated human malaria.

  • Agam Prasad Singh; Infectious Diseases Laboratory, National Institute of Immunology,    Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi.

    Tryptophan rich liver stage specific exported protein is T cell based protective antigen and it is involved in host modulation.

  • Aparup Das, Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics Laboratory, Division of Genomics and Bioinformatics, National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR), Dwarka, New Delhi.

    Molecular Epidemiology Malaria in India as Inferred from Population Genomic Studies of Human and Parasites.

  • Benu Brata Das Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Department of Physical Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata.


  • Soma Banerjee, Associate Professor at Center for Liver Research, School of Digestive and Liver Diseases, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

    Identification of a molecular therapeutic for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from genomic study.

  • Chandi C Mandal, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan, Rajasthan-305817, India.

    An intriguing link between cholesterol and cancer.

  • Baishnab C. Tripathy, FNA, FNaSc, FNAAS, JC Bose National Fellow, Dean, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067.

    Increasing Nitrogen Use and Photosynthetic Efficiency of Plants by Genetic manipulation of Siroheme Biosynthesis.

  • Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, FNASc, FNAAS, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR-NBRI), Rana Prata Marg, Lucknow-226001.

    Genomics of secondary plant product biosynthesis: complex pathway elucidation and engineering.

  • Samir V. Sawant , CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow, India.

    Histone acetylation dynamics regulate development of cotton fiber.

  • Shree P. Pandey,  Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research- Kolkata, Mohanpur Campus, Mohanpur 741246, West Bengal, India.

    Genomic landscape of phytohormone signaling and defense pathways in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and their regulation during stress adaptation.

  • David E. Symer, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

    Impacts of endogenous retrotransposons on mammalian gene regulation.

  • Sajid Husain, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005.

    Micro RNA analysis as biomarker in HIV/AIDS progression..

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