Dr. Ranganathan Sridhar

Born in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India on 11 June 1943. Educated at St. Joseph's Sec. High School, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India, 1953-59; Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India 1959-69; B.Sc. (Ag) 1963; M.Sc.(Ag) 1965; Ph.D. 1970. Post-doctoral Fellow, International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines 1970-72.

Pool Officer, 1973-75, Scientist, S-1, 1975-76, Scientist, S-2, 1976-82, Scientist, S-3, 1982-85, Principal Scientist, 1986-2003, and Head, Department of Plant Pathology, 2002-2003, ICAR - National Rice Research Institute (formerly: Central Rice Research Institute), Cuttack, Odisha, India; Consultant/Visiting Professor and Head, Dept of Biotechnology, International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology, Padappai, Tamil Nadu, India 2004-14.

Awards/Honours: Editor-in-Chief of ORYZA, 1986-89; Indian Phytopathological Society Dr. K.C. Mehta and Manoranjan Mitra Award, 2001; Assoc. Editor, Indian Phytopathology, 2001-2003; Member, Management Committee (1989-91, 1996-99); Research Coordination Committee (1991-99); Research Advisory Committee of ICAR - National (Central) Rice Research Institute (2011-14), Research Advisory Committee of ICAR - Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India (2011-14); Extended Quinquennial Review Team for ICAR - Indian Rice Research Institute (formerly: Directorate of Rice Research), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India (2012-20); Consortium Advisory Committee (CAC) of the National Agricultural Innovotion Project (NAIP) of ICAR: "Allele Mining for Blast Resistance Genes for the Development of Race-Non-specific Disease Resistance" - a network project coordinated by the ICAR - National Institute of Biotechnology (formerly: National Research Centre for Plant Biotechnology) (2008-12); External Reviewer for Rice Diseases Online Resource, Rice Diseases: Biology and Selected Management Practice, 2018, PDF e-book, eds: Mew TW, Hibino H, Savary S, Vera Cruz CM, Opulencia R, Hettel GP; The International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, The Philippines; Felicitation by the ICAR - National (Central) Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha, India in recognition of significant contribution to rice research and development (2012); Certificate of Reviewing, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2020; and IPS Recognition Aaward (2022).

Fellow: Indian Phytopathological Society

Research Areas: Plant pathology, pathogen diversity, disease resistance, plant-microbe interactions, rice pathology

Address: Plot 54, Orchid, Padmavathy Street, Santosh Nagar Extension, Madanandapuram, Porur, Chennai 600125, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Cell: 9841029224; Email: rangsridhar@yahoo.com]