Dr. Prashant Vikram
Dr. Prashant Vikram joined ICBA in November 2020 as Post-Doctoral Fellow - Plant Breeder.
He had previously worked on molecular breeding for drought tolerance in rice for over five years (2008-2013) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippines. His work provided scientific evidence for the negative effect of the Green Revolution dwarfing gene on drought tolerance in rice.
He also served as Wheat Genetics Post-Doctoral Fellow (2013-2015) and Associate Scientist (2015-2017) at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico.
While at CIMMYT, he led a project on characterizing wheat landraces known as “Mexican Creoles”, which had been collected during a countrywide survey by the late Drs. N. E. Borlaug and Bent Skovmand.
He also contributed significantly to CIMMYT’s flagship program “Seeds of Discovery” and developed a strategy to maximize the use of genetic variations in wheat accessions stored at CIMMYT’s genebank in breeding programs. The core set of wheat landraces and pre-breeding germplasm developed as part of his research work is used by researchers worldwide.
Dr. Prashant Vikram also had a stint at the International Potato Center (CIP) as Senior Program Manager in 2019.
He had also worked as Research Fellow/Research Associate with several institutes of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), including the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR) and the National Institute of Plant Biotechnology (NIPB).
He is a recipient of two prestigious awards - “Jawahar Lal Nehru – Best Thesis Award” from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, the Ministry of Agriculture, and “Ramanujan Fellowship Award” from the Ministry of Science and Technology, India.
He has published over 50 research articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals.