Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Dr Rajeev K Varshney
Research Program Director - Genetic gains

Rajeev Varshney is an Indian national and has a PhD in Agricultural Botany (Molecular Biology) from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India.

Rajeev was recently awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award – Biological Sciences, a prestigious award from the Government of India.

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.

He was the Winthrop Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and was the Theme Leader for the CGIAR Generation Challenge Program. Before joining ICRISAT, he worked at IPK-Gatersleben, Germany.

Rajeev is an Elected Fellow of many societies such as the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Indian National Science Academy (INSA), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India (NAAS), AP Akademi of Sciences (APAS) and Telangana State Akademi of Sciences (TSAS), India

He is also the recipient of INSA-Young Scientist Medal; NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award; NAAS Associateship and CSSA-Young Crop Scientist Award. In addition, Rajeev has received several prestigious awards including Research Excellence India Citation Award 2015 by Thomson Reuters, Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and 2015; The Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award by Illumina Inc. USA, NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award by NASI and Elsevier.

He has published more than 300 publications in various international peer-reviewed journals and publications including Nature, Nature Biotech, Nature Communications, PNAS, etc.

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