Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2004

Born in Pune, India on 22 June 1955. Educated at N.M. Vidyalaya, Pune, 1960-64; Ahilyadevi High School, Pune, 1964-71; A. Garware College, Pune, 1971-73; Fergusson College, Pune, 1973-75; Pune University, Pune, 1975-77; National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, 1977-81; B.Sc. 1975; M.Sc. 1977; Ph.D. 1981.

Chair, Division of Biochemical Sciences, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, 2011 to date.

Research Associate, 1981-82, Scientist B 1982-87, Scientist C 1987-90, Scientist EI 1990-95, Scientist EII 1995-2000, Scientist F 2000-05, Chief Scientist 2005 to date and Head, Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Group, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 2001 to date. Visiting Scholar, 1988-89, 1992, Biology Department, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA.

Awards/Honours: A. Krishnamurthy Award, 1981; Raman Research Fellowship, 1988; CSIR Award for S&T Innovation for Rural Development, (CAIRD) 2007; Member, Editorial Board, Plant Biology (2004-07), and Evolution (2007 onwards).

Fellow: Life memberships of Society of Biological Chemists, Society for Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Association of Rice Research Workers, Association for Promotion of DNA Fingerprinting and Other DNA Technologies, Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Indian Women Scientists Association, Marathi Vidnyan Parishad.

Research Areas: Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Address: Chair and Chief Scientist, Division of Biochemical Sciences, National Chemical Laboratory, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411008, Maharashtra; Springfields Co-op Soc # B403, Off Gananjay Society Road, Kothrud, Pune 411038, Maharashtra; [Tel: Off (020) 25902237, 25902647, 25902247; Res. (020) 25385170, Cell: 09881300982; Fax: (020) 25902648; Email:,]