Dr. Rajeev K. Varshney
Foreign Fellow, Elected 2010

Born in Bahjoi, Moradabad, U.P, India on 13 July 1973. Educated at C.P. Arya Adarsh Inter College, Bahjoi, 1986-1990; Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, 1990- 1995; Ch Charan Singh University, Meerut, 1995-2001; B.Sc. (Honours) 1993; M.Sc. 1995; Ph.D. 2001.

Research Program Director-Genetic Gains, 2016 to date & Director – Center of Excellence in Genomics, 2012 to date; Principal Scientist-Applied Genomics, 2008 to date, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India; and Winthrop Research Professor (Plant Biology), The University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia, 2010 to date.

Research Program Director-Grain Legumes, 2013-16; Senior Scientist-Applied Genomics, 2005-08; ICRISAT; Research Scientist, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics & Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany, 2001-05.

Awards/Honours: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (Biological Sciences), 2015; Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters for last four years in a row in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; Qilu Friendship Award- 2016 by People’s Government of Shandong Province, China; Research Excellence India Citation Award, 2015 by Thomson Reuters; Doreen Margaret Mashler Award, 2016 by ICRISAT Governing Board; IPGI Leadership Award-2017 by the International Peanut Genome Initiative; Young Crop Scientist Award of Crop Science Society of America, 2013; ABAP Senior Scientist Award, 2015, The Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award, 2013; NASI Scopus Young Scientist Award, 2010; INSA Young Scientist Medal, 2008; NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award-2007; ICRISAT Promising Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award, 2007 & 2008; AMU Gold Medal, 1995.

Fellow: American Association for Advancement in Sciences (AAAS); German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); Crop Science Society of America (CSSA); Indian National Science Academy (INSA); The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI); AP Akademi of Sciences (APAS) and Telangana State Akademi of Sciences (TSAS); Association of Biotechnology & Pharmacy (ABAP); Indian Society for Genetics and Plant Breeding; Indian Botanical Society.

Research Areas: Applied Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Address: Research Program Director-Grain Legumes &, Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics, Bldg# 300, ICRISAT, Patancheru 502324, Telangana; Villa No. 127, Vasudeva Bloomfield Ecstasy, Tellapur Road, Gopanpally, Mandal RC Puram, Distt Medak, Hyderabad 502032, Telangana; [Tel: Off. (040) 30713305; Res. 08455-297827, Cell 09949994070; Fax: (040) 30713074, 30713075; Email: r.k.varshney@cgiar.org; varshney.raj@gmail.com]

NAAS Associate, 2008