Dr. (Mrs.) Gurinderjit Randhawa

Born in Kapurthala, Punjab on 16 August, 1960. Educated at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 1976-79, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 1979-81, Punjab University, Chandigarh 1981-83, University of Dundee and Scottish Crop Research Institute, Scotland (U.K.), 1993-96 developed the GM potato with better protein quality; B.Sc. 1979; M.Sc. 1981; M.Phil 1983; Ph.D. (Molecular Genetics), 1996.

Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Genomic Resources, ICAR- National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi.

Scientist, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla 1986-93, Scientist (SS), Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur 1993-96, Scientist (SS) and Senior Scientist, NRC on DNA Fingerprinting, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi 1996-2006.

Awards/Honours: Commonwealth Fellowship, 1993-96, Agriculture Leadership Award, 2015 for leading role in Biotechnology Research and Development. Presentations as an expert in 30 international meetings in 17 countries on the invitation of FAO, UNIDO, European Commission, Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity and other international organizations. Member on the Roster of Experts of Ministry of Environment and Forests & Climate Change established by COP-MOP to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Expert member of Accreditation Committee of National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories (NABL), Quality Council of India, 2012-16. Expert member as Certified Assessor as per ISO/IEC 17025 to evaluate the technical competence of national public/ private sector laboratories. Expert member of Biotechnology for Food & Agriculture Sectional Committee, FAD 23, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi.

Fellow: Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources

Research Areas: GM Diagnostics, DNA Fingerprinting, Molecular Genetics

Address: Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Genomic Resources, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi 110012; Ivory 168, Emerald Hills, Sector 65, Gurgaon 122002, Haryana; [Tel: Off. (011) 25802790; Res. (0124) 4674851; Cell: 9811974396; Email: gurinder.randhawa@icar.gov.in; gurinder.randhawa@rediffmail.com]