Agrigenomics - Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharjee

Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharjee

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria.

Dr. Ranjanda develops platforms for crop improvement through plant breeding, molecular biology, statistical genetics and computing skills knowledge. Her experience encompasses conventional plant breeding and a wide range of state-of-art molecular biology techniques and advanced knowledge of biostatistics and bioinformatics, including cereals, legumes and clonally propagated crops. New generation sequencing revolution made crops genome sequencing a reality, which makes Dr.Ranjana interested in pursuing development of molecular markers associated with different target traits (disease resistance, quality and other agronomic and specific traits for crop improvement). Additionally, her interest lies in building stronger partnerships between different agencies including donors, researchers, NARS partners, ARIs, private companies and other stakeholders; and capacity building through training and mentoring of graduate students and technical staff.

Academic Achievements:

Winner of Illumina "Greater Good Initiative" grant for 2021.

Principle Investigator of several projects funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, BBSRC-GCRF, USAID/USDA, World Cocoa Foundation, Swedish Government, among others.

Played a fundamental role in evaluating and strengthening agricultural processes and executed bioscientific research strategies that yielded significant results.

Performed an essential role in assessing and implementing solutions to mitigate research challenges and utilized interdisciplinary knowledge and background in plant breeding, molecular biology, statistical genetics, and computing skills to develop efficient and effective breeding platforms for crop improvement including polyploid crops.

Developed and empowered teams to be successful; established and maintained external relationships that supported research projects and objectives.

Facilitated the development of core collection of genetic resources using morphological characterization data and molecular data for pearl millet, cassava, and yam collections maintained in the international gene banks.

Developed and delivered impactful presentations on conventional plant breeding and agricultural strategies across developing countries or region with multiple challenges.

Extensive experience conducting in-depth research analysis, building, and strengthening stronger partnerships between different agencies including donors, researchers, NARS partners, ARIs, private companies and other stakeholders.

Received the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Agriculture Research for the Year-2002 in Plant Breeding.

Successfully participated in the ICRISAT fellowship for doctoral research and the ICAR fellowship for Graduate studies and authored several distinguished peer-reviewed publications.