Amitabh Joshi

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Amitabh Joshi
Born (1965-03-04) 4 March 1965 (age 54)
Agra, India
ResidenceBengaluru, Karnataka, India
NationalityIndian
Alma mater
Known forStudies on Population genetics
Quantitative genetics
Evolutionary genetics
Population ecology
Awards
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions
Doctoral advisor
  • John N. Thompson
  • Michael E. Moody
  • Laurence D. Mueller

Amitabh Joshi (born 1965) is an Indian evolutionary biologist, geneticist and a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).[1][2] He heads the Evolutionary Biology Laboratory at JNCASR and is known for his studies on Genetics and Population ecology.[3] An elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences,[4] National Academy of Sciences, India,[5] and Indian National Science Academy, he is also a J. C. Bose National Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology.[6] The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 2009, for his contributions to biological sciences.[7]

Biography[edit]

Drosophila melanogaster

Joshi was born on 4 March 1965 to Devi and Datt Joshi-Nirmala in the Indian city of Agra. He did his graduate (BSc Hons in Botany - 1988) and master's studies (M.Sc. in Genetics - 1988) from Delhi University and moved to Washington State University from where he obtained a PhD in 1993, under the guidance of John N. Thompson and Michael E. Moody.[8] His Ph.D. thesis was titled Coevolution and variation in competition between Drosophila species; his collaboration with Moody returned a number of articles published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology.[9] During this period, he also worked as a research assistant (1987–88) and a teaching assistant at the university (1987–93). He stayed in the US until 1996 to complete his post-doctoral studies on Adaptation to larval and adult crowding in fruit flies at the laboratory of Laurence D. Mueller of the University of California, Irvine and returned to India to work as a visitor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences of Indian Institute of Science for a month.[1] In August 1996, he joined Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research as a member of faculty at the Animal Behaviour Unit and shifted to Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit in 1998 where he rose in rank from a faculty fellow (1998–2001) to an associate professor,[10] reaching the position of a professor in 2007. He heads the Evolutionary Biology Laboratory of the institution where he hosts a number of research scholars. In between, he served as a visiting faculty at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study in 2001.[6] He is also an adjunct faculty of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali[11] and resides in Bengaluru, in Karnataka.[12]

Legacy[edit]

Joshi continues his early researches on Drosophila but has now combined his evolution studies with theoretical work using computer simulations.[6] His researches focuses on the inter-relations between the genetics of organisms and their ecology and the influence of these factors in their evolutionary path. His laboratory studies various evolutionary aspects such as the rate of development, patterns of progeny and ageing and investigates the development of competitive abilities and stress resistance in organisms.[13] His researches have been documented by way of a number of articles[note 1] and several of them have been listed by many major online article repositories such as Google Scholar,[14] ResearchGate,[15] Academic Tree[16] and PubFacts.[17] He has also published a book, Stability in Model Populations, co-authored by his post-doctoral guide, Laurence D. Mueller.[18] He is on the list of mentors of doctoral studies at the Indian Institute of Science[19] and has guided several scholars in their researches.[20]

At Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Joshi has served as a member of the Screening Committee for Life Sciences and sat as the convenor of the committee in 1999 and 2000.[8] He is a former member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit of JNCASR during 1999–2001 and was the coordinator of the Discussion Meeting on Origin and Evolution of Life, an ISRO-IAS event held in Coorg in 2000. He was also associated in organizing seminars and conferences such as the Association for Tropical Biology-Annual Meeting (Bengaluru 2001), One-Day Symposium on Evolutionary Biology in honour of Stephen Jay Gould (JNCASR 2002), Workshop on Adaptation and Time (JNCASR 2002) and Four Day Lecture Programme on Evolutionary and Organismal Biology (Delhi University 2002). He is a former member of the Vice Chancellor's Empowered Committee for Restructuring the Undergraduate Science Programme of Delhi University (2002–04), Planning Committee of Indian School in Chronobiology (2002), Expert Consultative Committee of the Department of Science and Technology (2004) and Sectional Committee of Indian Academy of Sciences for Animal and Plant Sciences (2004–06) and sits in the Board of Studies in Genetics of Mysore University and Project Advisory Committee for Animal Sciences of Department of Science and Technology. He has been associated with Resonance: Journal of Science Education (editorial board member, associate editor), Journal of Biosciences on the Origin of Life (guest editor 1997–98), Journal of Genetics on Evolutionary genetics: the Drosophila model (guest editor–2003) and the Journal of Genetics (editor).[8] He was also among the 370 scientists who expresses their disapproval of the handling of 2016 JNU protests.[21]

Awards and honors[edit]

Joshi was selected as a Young Associate by the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1997 for a period of three years[8] and was elected as its fellow in 2001.[4] The same year, he was elected by Berlin Institute for Advanced Study as a fellow for his project, Life History Evolution in Drosophila.[22] He was elected as a National Academy of Sciences, India fellow in 2002[5] and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 2009 for his contributions to Biological Sciences.[23] A J. C. Bose National fellow, Joshi was selected for the National Leadership Award of the Lakshmipat Singhania Academy-IIM Lucknow in 2010. In 2011, the Indian National Science Academy elected him as a fellow.[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Laurence D. Mueller; Amitabh Joshi (2000). Stability in Model Populations. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691007335.

Articles[edit]

  • PUNYATIRTHA DEY; KANIKA MENDIRATTA; JOY BOSE; Amitabh Joshi (July 2016). "Enhancement of larval immune system traits as a correlated response to selection for rapid development in Drosophila melanogaster". Journal of Genetics. 95: 719–723. doi:10.1007/s12041-016-0659-5.
  • MANASWINI SARANGI; Archana Nagarajan; Snigdhadip Dey; JOY BOSE; Amitabh Joshi (July 2016). "Evolution of increased larval competitive ability in Drosophila melanogaster without increased larval feeding rate". Journal of Genetics. 95: 491–503. doi:10.1007/s12041-016-0656-8.
  • Archana Nagarajan; SHARMILA BHARATHI NATARAJAN; Mohan Jayaram; ANANDA THAMMANNA; Sudarshan Chari; JOY BOSE; Shreyas Venkataraman Jois; Amitabh Joshi (June 2016). "Adaptation to larval crowding in Drosophila ananassae and Drosophila nasuta nasuta: increased larval competitive ability without increased larval feeding rate". Journal of Genetics. 95 (2): 411–425. doi:10.1007/s12041-016-0655-9.
  • Prasad NG, Dey S, Joshi A, Vidya TN (2015). "Rethinking inheritance, yet again: inheritomes, contextomes and dynamic phenotypes". Journal of Genetics. 94: 367–76. doi:10.1007/s12041-015-0554-5. PMID 26440075.
  • Prasad NG, Joshi A (2015). "Remarks on the article on life-history traits in Drosophila populations selected for rapid development by Yadav and Sharma". Journal of Experimental Biology. 218: 326–7. doi:10.1242/jeb.117366.
  • Dey S, Goswami B, Joshi A (2015). "A possible mechanism for the attainment of out-of-phase periodic dynamics in two chaotic subpopulations coupled at low dispersal rate". Journal of Theoretical Biology. 367: 100–10. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.11.028. PMID 25497477.
  • Prasad NG, Dey S, Joshi A, Vidya TN (2015). "Rethinking inheritance, yet again: inheritomes, contextomes and dynamic phenotypes". Journal of Genetics. 94: 367–76. doi:10.1007/s12041-015-0554-5. PMID 26440075.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Please see Selected bibliography section

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IN CONVERSATION: Amitabh Joshi" (PDF). Special feature. Current Science. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Pick a career for interest, not scope". ReDiff. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Brief Profile of the Awardee". Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Fellow Profile - Amitabh Joshi". Indian Academy of Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "NASI fellows". National Academy of Sciences, India. 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Indian fellow - Amitabh Joshi". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ "View Bhatnagar Awardees". Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d "Amitabh Joshi - Brief CV". Faculty profile. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  9. ^ Amitabh Joshi (19 November 2015). "On evolutionary biology, and a passion for science" (Interview). Interviewed by Anjali Vaidya. India Bioscience. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  10. ^ Ameeta Gupta; Ashish Kumar (1 January 2006). Handbook of Universities. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. pp. 418–. ISBN 978-81-269-0607-9.
  11. ^ "Adjunct faculty". Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. 2016. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Professor of Evolutionary and Organismal Biology". JNCASR. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Our Research in Evolutionary Genetics". JNCASR. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Amitabh Joshi on Google Scholar". Google Scholar. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Amitabh Joshi on ResearchGate". ResearchGate. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Amitabh Joshi on Academic Tree". Academic Tree. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Amitabh Joshi on PubFacts". PubFacts. 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  18. ^ Laurence D. Mueller; Amitabh Joshi (2000). Stability in Model Populations. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691007335.
  19. ^ "List of Mentors for the Year 2016" (PDF). Indian Institute of Science. 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Curriculum Vitae - Sudipta Tung" (PDF). Students.IISER Kolkata. 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Over 370 Scientists Express Disappointment With JNU VC". The Wire. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  22. ^ "BIAS fellow". Berlin Institute for Advanced Study. 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  23. ^ "Handbook of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize Winners" (PDF). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. 1999. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.

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