Born at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India on 03rd March 1978, Dr. Gyan Prakash Mishra got educated at Central Hindu Boys School, Varanasi (1989-1995); B.Sc. (Ag.) Banaras Hindu University (1995-1999); M.Sc. (1999-2001) and Ph. D. (2001-2006) in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Post-doc from University of California, Riverside and Purdue University, USA (2010-2011) as BOYSCAST Fellow.
Dr. Mishra started his professional career as a Lecturer at JUIT, Solan (2006-2007); Scientist ‘C’ at DRDO-Defence Institute of High-Altitude Research, Leh-Ladakh (2007-2012); Senior Scientist at ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh (2012-2015) and at ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi (2015-2017); currently he is Principal Scientist at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi (2018 to till date).
His major research interest includes crop improvement through conventional and molecular approaches.
Dr. Mishra has developed nine varieties in okra, lentil and mungbean crops. He has established a prototype of National Permafrost based germplasm storage facility at Chang-La, Ladakh (17,586 feet amsl) and developed six genetic stocks in lentil and garden pea crops. Developed four transgenics in peanut, defensin (for leaf-spots), mtlD- and atDREB1A (for drought & salinity), and CP&NC protein (for virus). Besides, he has registered over 320 DNA sequences and licensed 08 okra genotypes. Published more than 75 research articles and 07 review papers in various peer reviewed journals; also authored/edited five books and 35 book chapters.
He is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards like IARI-Merit Medal & Best Student of the Year Award (2001), DRDO-National Science Day Award (2009), Limca Book of Records (2009), ISCA-Pran Vohra Award (2012), BOYSCAST Fellow (2010), NAAS Associate (2018), NASI Membership (2018), ISVS-Dr. Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award (2018); ICAR-Dr. Rajendra Prasad Award (2020), IARI-Dr. Ramnath Singh Award (2021). He has visited countries like USA, Kenya, and Lebanon for research and training purposes.