Scientific advisory committee
Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT, India
Rajeev Varshney is a Global Research Program Director, Genetic Gains that encompasses different disciplines including Genebank, Pre-Breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery, Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Forward and Integrated Breeding, and Seed Systems at ICRISAT. He has been serving ICRISAT for last 10 years in various capacities. He is also Winthrop Research Professor at The University of Western Australia. In his dual appointment, he also served CGIAR Generation Challenge Program as Theme Leader for six years. Before joining ICRISAT, he worked at IPK-Gatersleben, Germany for five years.
Rajeev has recently won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award – Biological Sciences, the most coveted and prestigious award from 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. Rajeev, a Highly Cited Researcher as per Thomson Reuters, has published >300 publications including in Nature, Nature Biotech, Nature Commun, PNAS, etc.
Rajeev is an Elected Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) as well as leading science academies of India including Indian National Science Academy (INSA), The 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 Young Scientist awards from many of above mentioned academies. Rajeev has also 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, Plaque/Certificate of Appreciation from Department of Agriculture– Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)-The Philippines, Nepal Agricultural Research Council- Nepal, Vietnam Academy of Agriculural Sciences-Vietnam.
Rajeev has been a frequent invited speaker in several conferences e.g. G-8 Conference on “Open Data for Agriculture”, FAO conference on “Agricultural Biotechnologies”, brainstorming session on digital agriculture chaired by Mr Bill Gates and Nature Genetics conference. Rajeev provides leadership to several organizations by serving member/chair for several committees, editorial boards, funding organizations and advisory boards.