Dr. Ramesh Venkata Sonti
Fellow, Elected 2004

Born in Visakhapatnam on 24 May 1960. Educated at Visakhpatnam at Sarada Bala Vihara, 1965-70; St. Aloysius Anglo-Indian High School, 1971-76; A.V.N. College, Visakhapatnam, 1977-80; University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 1980-83; PhD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA, 1990.

Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi 110067, 2017 to date.

Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, 1990-93; Scientist C, 1993-98; Scientist EI, 1998-2002, Scientist EII, 2002-06, Scientist F, 2006-10 and Chief Scientist, 2010-17, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

Awards/Honours: National Bioscience Award for Career Development 2003-04; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Biological Sciences, 2004.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore; Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, Hyderabad.

Research Areas: Plant-microbe interactions: microbial virulence functions, plant resistance responses

Address: Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi 110067; Director’s Bungalow, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi 110067; [Tel: Off. (011) 26742267, 26735169; Cell: 9441055295; Email: director@nipgr.ac.in; sonti@nipgr.ac.in; rameshvsonti@gmail.com]