Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2020

Born on January 1, 1980, Dr Amit Kumar Singh obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 2007. He started his professional carrier as scientist at ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi in 2008, and currently working as senior scientist at the same institute since 2017.    
Dr Singh has developed novel genomic resources in crops such as wheat, rice, jute and medicinal plants and also used them for assessing molecular diversity in germplasm collection of these crops. He has developed a novel molecular marker technique CBDP (CAAT Box derived polymorphism), which has been widely used to assess genetic diversity and fingerprinting of varieties and germplasm lines in various crops. He was the first one to identify polycistronic miRNA in wheat and also mapped genomic regions/QTLs associated with salt tolerance and stripe rust resistance in wheat using association mapping approach. His current focus is on application of modern genomics tools to identify genomic regions associated with various biotic and abiotic stress traits in wheat as well as pulses.

Dr Singh has secured research funding from various national and international funding agencies. Currently, Dr. Singh is Principal Investigator of three research projects aimed at trait discovery in wheat from germplasm collection conserved in National Gene Bank, identification of grain size associated haplotypes in wheat, and generation of genomic resources in rice bean.

Dr Singh has published 35 research papers, 4 book chapters.

The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow on Dr Amit Kumar Singh Fellowship of the Society for his outstanding contributions in Plant Genomics.