Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2021

Dr Anju Mahendru Singh was born in New Delhi on 25th October, 1966 and got her high school education at Govt Senior Secondary School. She Graduated in Botany (Hons)from Delhi University (1984-87) and  completed MSc (Genetics) 1987-89 and Ph D (Genetics) 1989-1995 at ICAR-IARI, New Delhi.

DrMahendru-Singh started her professional career as Agricultural Research Scientist (Genetics and Cytogenetics) wefNovember 1992 with posting at Division of Genetics, ICAR-IARI. She got direct selection as Senior Scientist (November 2001-October 2009) and then joined as Principal Scientist through CAS in November, 2009 at IARI and is continuing till date.

Awards/Honours received: IARI JRF (1987-89) and IARI SRF(1989-1992); Gold medal for outstanding academic performance, IARI (1990); Certificate of appreciation and cash award of Rs 25000/ from GOI for the development of Basmati varieties and hybrids (2009); NanajiDeshmukh ICAR Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences: 2015-16; Coordinator of multi-institutional programme on wheat Biofortification: 2007-2017.


Research Areas: Identification of QTLs and underlying candidate genes for grain quality traits; conventional and molecular breeding for end-use and nutritional quality improvement of wheat


Major Research contributions: Registered six genetic stocks for different traits including male sterility,  fertility restoration in rice, grain softness and gluten strength in wheat; contributed to the development of six rice and 23 wheat varieties, published 54 research papers, Guided the research of three MSc and 7 Ph D students of Genetics discipline at IARI, mapped QTLs for five quality traits including micronutrients, protein and grain weight and identified underlying genes for grain iron and zinc in wheat; upgraded the grain quality laboratory at IARI to first class facility for estimation of important quality traits. Her current research interest includes specialty wheat for product development.


The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow upon Dr Anju Mahendru Singh the Fellowship of the Society for her outstanding contributions to Crop Genetics and Breeding.