Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2021

Born at Bankura Districts of West Bengal, India, on 3 January, 1968, Dr. Tapan Kumar Mondal did his higher secondary schooling at Barajaguli Gopal Academy, Nadia, West Bengal 1984 to 1986; College of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam, India B.Sc (Agril) 1987-1991; M.Sc (Agril) in Agril Biotechnology 1992-1994 and Ph.D in Plant Biotechnology at CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh 1994- 1998.He did his post doctoral training at University of California, Riverside and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Dr. Mondal started his carrier as Research Scientist at R and D Department, Tata Tea Limited, Munnar, Kerala, India, 1999-2002, later joined as Assistant Professor at Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Cooch Behar, West Bengal 2002 to 2010. Further he joined as Senior Scientist at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetics Resource, New Delhi and served there from 2010 to July, 2016. Since then, he is working as Principal Scientist at ICAR-National Institute for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi.

Award/Honour: CSIR-UGC fellowship for Ph.D and recipient of NATP-International shortterm fellowship, BOYSCAST-DST, DBT-Associate ship, young scientist award by Japanese Tea Promotion Society. He is the fellow ofIndian Botanical Society, National Academy of Biological Science, National Academy of Science, India, Plant Tissue Culture Association of India, West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, India.

Major research contribution: He did extensive work on tea biotechnology and wild species of rice. He decoded two eukaryotic genomes such as Tea (Camellia assamica) and Oryza coarctata. He reported Oryza coarctataas naturally occurring triploid species with C4 photosynthesis machinery. He registered 10 elite germplasms at NBPGR, New Delhi, and developed two software related to gene expression analysis. He developed a novel miRNA-based hyper variable polymorphic DNA markers of rice. His current research interest is to understand the molecular mechanisms of salinity tolerance and deep water stress tolerance of rice as well as its wild species and utilizing this information to develop the climate resilient rice cultivars. He has written 2 books, edited one book on wild rice and has published around 90 research publications in peer review journal.