Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2018

Dr. Rupesh Deshmukh did his Ph. D. in the year 2011 from SRTM University, Maharashtra. He has recently received Ramalingaswami Fellowship, a prestigious award from Indian government aiming to revert the brain drain by bringing back brilliant Indian scientist working abroad. As a part of the award, he is presently working asAssociate Professor at Central University of Haryana (CUH), Mahendergarh. Before joining at CUH, he was working as a visiting professor at University Laval, Quebec, Canada where he and his group identified several genes involved in the silicon derived stress tolerance in plants. One of the gene in soybean with very rare allele having a significant effect of plant resilience under stress condition was is being used in breeding programs. As a visiting professor, he was involved in a project aiming in the enhancement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance by silicon supplementation in crops. He did postdoctoral research at Missouri University, USA and at Laval University, Canada. He was Awarded NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award for his contribution in agriculture research.

Dr. Deshmukh has significantly contributed in the field of Molecular Biology and has expertise with aquaporin transport system in plants. Over last ten years, he has extensively worked on aquaporin. Dr. Deshmukh has published over 150 research articles in the reputed journal. Notably, his article published in the Plant Journal describing the absolute requirement of spacing between two conserved motifs in aquaporin for efficient silicon transport is gaining wide attention. His interest spans diverse fields in plant science covering computational biology, gene identification through approaches like QTL mapping and GWAS, and elucidation of molecular mechanism through the integration of omics approaches. Dr. Deshmukh is a life-term member of many academic societies and serving as an editorial board member and associate editor.