Dr. Lal Chand Rai

Born in Belaon, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India on 15 July 1950. Educated at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (U.P.) India, B. Sc. 1971; M. Sc. 1973; Ph.D. 1976. Post doctoral research and training: Department of Biological Sciences, The City University of New York, USA, 1988-89; R. M. Parsons Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1989: Institute of Biotechnology 3 Julich, Germany, 1996; Department of Biology and Microbiology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA 1997; Institut fur Chemie und Goesphere-6, Julich, Germany, 1998, 1999; Department of Biological Sciences, Saitama University Japan, 2008, 2009; Department of Plant Physiology, University of Rostock, Germany, 2014

BHU Distinguished Professor (Lifelong), Department of Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, from 2016 to date. Currently DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow( 2016-2020), formarly J C Bose National Fellow (2010-2018)

Lecturer in Botany, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, August 1977- 79; Visiting Professor University of Wisconsin, USA, 1977; Saitama University, Japan 2008-2009; University of Rostock, Germany, 2014

Awards/Honours: Merit Scholarship 1965-67; Junior Research Fellowship, 1975-1977; INDO-US Fulbright Fellowship 1988-89; UGC Career Award, 1988-91; Guest Research Fellowship, Julich, Germany, 1996-99; Pitamber Pant National Environment Fellowship Award 1996-99; ISEC E.P. Odum Gold Medal, 2009; DST J C Bose National Fellowship, 2010, NASI Professor R.N. Tandon Memorial Lecture Award, 2010; Professor C N R Rao Education Foundation Award for Excellence in Science Research, 2009; INSA Professor S. B. Saksena Memorial Medal, 2011, IIFS Shiksha Rattan Puraskar, 2011; Professor M. R. Goyal Award for Excellence in Cyanobacterial Research, 2013; DAE Raja Ramanna Fellowship 2015, NASI Professor Shree Ranjan Memorial Lecture Award, 2018, NASI Vice-President, 2019.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian National Science Academy; National Institute of Ecology, India; Institute of Environmental Engineers, India; Indian Botanical Society.

Research Areas: Proteomics and Functional Genomics of diazotrophic cyanobacteria under abiotic stress; In Silico and Molecular characterization of novel/hypothetical proteins; Molecular Microbiology.

Address: Professor, Molecular Biology Section, Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, U.P.; B 30/40, Mani Niketan C/o Orhocity, Madhav Market, Lanka, Varanasi 221005, U.P.; [Tel: Res. (0542) 2367520; Cell: 9415225821; Fax: (0542) 2368174; Email: lcrbhu15@gmail.com; lcrai@bhu.ac.in]