Trilochan Mohapatra

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Trilochan Mohapatra
Born (1962-04-20) 20 April 1962 (age 56)
Kharibil, Cuttack, Odisha, India
ResidenceNew Delhi, India
NationalityIndian
Alma mater
Known forStudies in Molecular genetics and Genomics
Awards
Scientific career
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Institutions

Trilochan Mohapatra (born 20 April 1962) is an Indian biotechnologist, geneticist, a government secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and the director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Known for his studies in the fields of molecular genetics and genomics, Mohapatra is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding. The Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India awarded him the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards, for his contributions to biosciences in 2003.[1]

Biography[edit]

Trilochan Mohapatra was born on 20 April 1962 at Kharibil village in Cuttack in the Indian state of Odisha.[2] After completing early schooling at Laxmi Narayan High School at Eranch near his home village in 1978, he did his pre-university studies at Ravenshaw College (present day Ravenshaw University) in 1980. Joining Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), he earned a BSc in agriculture in 1985 as well as an MSc in genetics in 1987[3] and continued at the institution for his doctoral studies to secure a PhD in 1992.[4] He started his career in 1992 as a senior scientist at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB), a centre of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) for advanced research in the fields of molecular biology and biotechnology in crop plants where he worked until 2012, serving as a principal scientist from 2005. In between, he did advanced training in rice genome sequencing at the Arizona Genomics Institute of the University of Arizona during 2003–04.[5] In 2012, he was appointed as the director of Central Rice Research Institute[6] as well as the vice-chancellor of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.[7] He served as the director of IARI in the year 2015-16 and on 22 February 2016, he was appointed as the secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE),[8][9] a department working under the Ministry of Agriculture to act as the government interface for promoting agricultural research and education in India.[10] Simultaneously, He holds the position of the director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.[11]

Dr. Mohapatra is married[2] and the family resides at National Agriculture Science Centre (NASC) Complex along Dev Prakash Shastri Marg in New Delhi.[12]

Legacy[edit]

Mohapatra, whose research interests covered the fields of molecular genetics and genomics,[13] is known to have worked on the bacterial sequencing of rice and tomato and is credited with the development of a high-yielding basmati rice which is resistant to bacterial leaf blight[6][14] which was accomplished using molecular marker assisted selection, physical mapping and genome sequencing.[15] Molecular mapping of genome and tagging of gene in mustard, molecular mapping and gene isolation in Basmati rice hybrid, marker assisted selection for powdery mildew resistance in pea, molecular marker analysis of sugarcane, identification of pearl millet hybrids, sex differentiation of kiwi fruit employing Random Amplification of Polymorphic DNA technique and evaluation of genetic diversity of jute were some of the other research projects he has undertaken, and he holds several patents for the processes he has developed.[2] His studies have been documented by way of a number of articles[16][note 1] and ResearchGate, an online repository of scientific articles has listed 182 of them.[17] He has also guided several students in their doctoral and master's studies[2] and has imparted training on molecular breeding to over 25 scientists.[3]

As the head of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Mohapatra is in charge of 101 ICAR institutes and 71 agricultural universities, spread across India.[8] He sits in the council of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences[4] and is a member of the executive committee of Borlaug Institute for South Asia.[18] He served as an expert on Germplasm Characterization at the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Korea, having received an invitation from the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology (NIAB), in 2004. He is a life member of the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding[2] and the Society of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology.[19] He is also a former associate editor of BMC Genetics and the Journal of Genetics.[20]

Awards and honors[edit]

Mohapatra received two awards from the Indian National Science Academy in 1994,[21] namely INSA Young Scientist Medal[22] and Professor LSS Kumar Memorial Award.[23] He was selected for the NAAS-Tata Young Scientist Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) in 2001; he also received two other honors from NAAS, the elected fellowship in 2006[4] and the Recognition Award in 2016.[24] The next year, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute selected him for the B. P. Pal Memorial Award.[25] The Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India awarded him the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards in 2003.[1] The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding elected him as a fellow in 2004[20] and he received the elected fellowships of the National Academy of Sciences, India in 2005[26] and the Indian National Science Academy in 2013.[27] The National Academy of Sciences, India honored him again in 2007 with the NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award[28] and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Indian Genetics Congress of 2015. He is also a recipient of the Bioved Agri-Innovation Award of 2015 and the Om Prakash Bhasin Award and the IMS Diamond Jubilee Memorial Award, both in 2016.[3] The award orations delivered by him include the Prasanna Kumar Dash Memorial Lecture of the Orissa Environmental Society (2013), Dr. Gopal Chandra Patnaik Memorial Lecture of the Bigyan Prachar Samiti (2013), Platinum Jubilee Lecture Award of 101st Indian Science Congress (2014) and the inaugural Prof. S.N. Patnaik Memorial Lecture of Utkal University (2014).[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Sato, Shusei; Tabata, Satoshi; Hirakawa, Hideki; Asamizu, Erika; Shirasawa, Kenta; Isobe, Sachiko; Kaneko, Takakazu; Nakamura, Yasukazu; Shibata, Daisuke (May 2012). "The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution". Nature. 485 (7400): 635–641. doi:10.1038/nature11119. ISSN 1476-4687.
  • Amarawathi, Yellari; Singh, Rakesh; Singh, Ashok K.; Singh, Vijai P.; Mohapatra, Trilochan; Sharma, Tilak R.; Singh, Nagendra K. (2008-01-01). "Mapping of quantitative trait loci for basmati quality traits in rice (Oryza sativa L.)". Molecular Breeding. 21 (1): 49–65. doi:10.1007/s11032-007-9108-8. ISSN 1380-3743.
  • Parida, Swarup K.; Kumar, K. Anand Raj; Dalal, Vivek; Singh, Nagendra K.; Mohapatra, Trilochan (2006-03-01). "Unigene derived microsatellite markers for the cereal genomes". Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 112 (5): 808–817. doi:10.1007/s00122-005-0182-1. ISSN 0040-5752.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Please see Selected bibliography section

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Awardees of National Bioscience Awards for Career Development" (PDF). Department of Biotechnology. 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Resume of Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra(known as Dr.T. Mohapatra)". tmbiotech.tripod.com. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  3. ^ a b c "Trilochan Mohapatra on TERI" (PDF). TERI University. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  4. ^ a b c "NAAS Fellows". National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  5. ^ a b "Trilochan Mohapatra on CRRI" (PDF). Central Rice Research Institute. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  6. ^ a b Press Trust of India (2015-08-29). "Trilochan Mohapatra takes charge as IARI's new director -1". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  7. ^ Desk, BioVoice News (2016-02-20). "Dr Trilochan Mohapatra is new Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR". BioVoiceNews. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  8. ^ a b Press Trust of India (2016-02-22). "Trilochan Mohapatra takes over as ICAR DG". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  9. ^ "Office of Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR". dare.nic.in. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  10. ^ "Department of Agricultural Research and Education". dare.nic.in. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  11. ^ "Borlaug Institute for South Asia - Trilochan Mohapatra". bisa.org. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  12. ^ "NASI fellows". National Academy of Sciences, India. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  13. ^ "Trilochan Mohapatra takes charge as IARI's new director". News 18. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  14. ^ oryza (2014-11-27). "Trilochan Mohapatra on Oryza". Oryza. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  15. ^ "Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra is new Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR (DARE)". dare.nic.in. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  16. ^ "On Google Scholar". Google Scholar. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  17. ^ "On ResearchGate". On ResearchGate. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  18. ^ "Borlaug Institute for South Asia - Governance". bisa.org. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  19. ^ "List of Life Members - SPBB" (PDF). SPBB India. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  20. ^ a b "ISGPB fellows". Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  21. ^ "Indian fellow". Indian National Science Academy. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  22. ^ "INSA Young Scientists Medal". Indian National Science Academy. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  23. ^ "Professor LSS Kumar Memorial Award". Indian National Science Academy. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  24. ^ "National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Recognition Award". naasindia.org. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  25. ^ "About the Speaker" (PDF). Integral Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  26. ^ "NASI Year Book 2015" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences, India. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  27. ^ "INSA Year Book 2016" (PDF). Indian National Science Academy. 2017-12-09. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  28. ^ "NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award". www.nasi.org.in. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.

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