Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2020


Dr. Vignesh Muthusamy did his PhD in the year 2012 from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. Presently, he is Scientist (Senior Scale) at Maize Genetics Unit, Division of Genetics, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

Dr. Muthusamy has significantly contributed in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding; and is amongst the pioneer researchers to use the genomic tools for improving nutritional quality and specialty traits in maize. He has integrated both conventional and molecular breeding in development of ten biofortified maize hybrids with multi-nutrients like provitamin-A, lysine and tryptophan. The biofortified hybrids will prove to be landmark in alleviating malnutrition.He has also contributed notably in development of two shrunken-2 based sweet corn hybrids and one male sterile based baby corn hybrid. His research effortson basic genetic studies of various nutritional quality and specialty corn traits have led to the development of several novel maize genetic resources with combination of different nutritional quality and specialty traits; and the outcome is very well evident from over 82 high impact research publications and high citation index.

Dr. Muthusamy has received many prestigious awards like 2018-Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Award of CIMMYT, Fellow of ISGPB, Pran Vohra Award of ISCA, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis of ICAR, Merit Medal for PhD of IARI and NR Bhat Memorial Award for best PhD paper of ISGPB.  He is handling several externally funded projects sponsored by DBT, DST and ICAR. He is also actively contributing in PG teaching and has guided 5 M.Sc. students and guiding 1 M.Sc. &5 PhD students. He is also contributing as a reviewer in journal of international repute like Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Food Chemistry, Journal of Cereal Science, Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Genetics, Gene, Journal of Food Biochemistry, Australian Plant Pathology, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding etc.,