Dr. Akhilesh Kumar Tyagi

Born in Wairaferozpur, Bulandshahr, India on 15 May 1956. Educated at Public Intermediate College, Siyana, 1965-70; Government Intermediate College, Meerut, 1970-72; Meerut College, 1972-74; DAV (Post Graduate) College, Dehradun, 1974-76; Institute of Advanced Studies, Meerut, 1976-77; Delhi University, 1977-84; Duesseldorf University, Germany, 1984-85; Munich University, Germany, 1985-86; B.Sc., 1974; M.Sc. 1976; M.Phil. 1977; Ph.D. 1983.

Professor, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi

Reader, 1988-94, Professor, 1994 to date, Head, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, 1988, 1992-95 & 1998-01, Chairman, Board of Research Studies, Faculty of Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences, 1995-2003, and Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Plant Genomics, 2005-09, Delhi University South Campus, New Delhi; Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, 2009-16; Executive Director-in-Charge, National Agri-food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali, 2013-16; President, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Allahabad, 2015-16.

Awards/Honours: National Bioscience Award, 1999; WTN, San Francisco World Technology Award (as part of IRGSP), 2003; International Year of Rice Research Accomplishment Award (as part of IRGSP), 2004; NASI B.P. Pal Memorial Lecture Award, 2005; ISCA Platinum Jubilee Lecture Award, 2006; NASI Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award in Biological Sciences, 2006; IBS Birbal Sahni Medal, 2006; INSA B.N. Chopra Lecture Award, 2007; J.C. Bose National Fellowship, 2007; ISCA B.P. Pal Memorial Award, 2008; Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for Science and Technology, 2011; ISCA Sushil Kumar Mukherjee Commemoration Lecture Award, 2012; NASI Professor Shri Ranjan Memorial Lecture Award, 2013;ISPP Professor SK Sinha Memorial Lecture Award, 2013; WAST Professor Archana Sharma Memorial Lecture Award, 2014; TOSI Professor TN Khoshoo Memorial Lecture Award, 2015; APJ Abdul Kalam Lecture Award, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, 2016; SN Patnaik Memorial Lecture Award, Utkal University, Bhubneswar, 2016; GM Modi Award for Innovative Science & Technology, 2017; SP Ray-Chaudhuri Memorial Lecture Award, BHU, 2018; Norkett, Chopra, Gangulee and Udar Memorial Lecture Award, BK Birla College (Univ of Mumbai), Kalyan, 2019; P. Parija Memorial Lecture Award, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, 2019.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Academy of Sciences; The World Academy of Sciences

Research Areas: Plant Biology

Address: Professor and JC Bose National Fellow, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi 110021; Number 1, Type VB Residences, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi 110021; [Tel: Off. (011) 24115095; Res. (011) 24110195; Cell: 9871277558; Email: akhilesh@genomeindia.org]