Genomics & Trait Discovery
Genetic Gains Program
Rachit Saxena is Senior Scientist (Applied Genomics), Research Program – Genetic Gains, at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.
Armed with a PhD from Osmania University, Hyderabad, he is working on enhancing genetic gains of pigeonpea through novel methods, crop genomics, genetics, and molecular biology in particular, so as to realize higher levels of production eventually leading to enhanced incomes for poor and marginal farmers. Apart from this, Dr Saxena is leading several projects on identification, characterization and deployment of diverse genes of agronomic importance.
His ICRISAT research resulted in publications in Nature Biotechnology (2012, 2013), and Nature Genetics (2017). He is also leading the development of Multi Parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC), Nested Association Mapping (NAM), and Bi-parental mapping populations for developing new genetic stocks and identifying important genes associated with economically important traits. Additionally, deployment of Genomic Selection (GS) in defining Heterotic Pools for parental lines of pigeonpea hybrids come within the ambit of his core research activities.
He has published around 150 research papers/reviews/abstracts in leading international journals and international conference proceedings that have high impact. These articles have been widely cited by the research community and his citation index (h-index) has reached 20. He has also done pro bono work – with several journals as guest reviewer, helped funding organizations by reviewing their research proposals, and helped organize international/national symposiums/conferences/training courses/project and stakeholders meetings. He is currently guiding a number of postdocs/PhD/MSc/ diploma students and technical staff to investigate and deliver a diverse range of projects related to crop genomics.
Dr Saxena’s contribution was duly recognized through awards, such as the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) Young Scientist Award (2015-2016); INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2012); and ICRISAT’s Promising Young Scientist Award (2013).
Expertise in: Crop genomics, genetics, molecular biology, application of modern molecular breeding and novel genomics methods for crop improvement
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=P-ma7nQAAAAJ