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Dr D Balakrishna

Discipline: Bio-Technology | Designation:Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1998

Email: balakrishna@millets.res.in  |  Mobile: 09951977288

Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph D Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad 2010 Biotechnology
MSc University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 1994 Life Sciences (Plant Science)
BSc Nagarjuna University, Guntur 1992 Botany, Zoology & Chemistry

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(From-to)
Duration
(years, months)
Principle Scientist ICAR ICAR-Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 2015-till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR ICAR-Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 2009-2015 6 years
Scientist ICAR ICAR-Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 1998-2009 11 years
Junior Research Fellow Osmania University Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 1995-1998 3 years
Project Assistant Osmania University Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 1994-1995 1 year

Current responsibilities:

  • Over expression of genes involved in ascorbate- glutathione cycle to enhance the abiotic stress tolerance in transgenic sorghum plants.
  • Development of sorghum Bt transgenics for stem borer resistance.
  • Development of sorghum mutants through gamma irradiation for high brix content in sweet sorghum, high biomass in forage sorghum, shoot fly resistance, herbicide tolerance and drought tolerance.
  • Identification of genes in finger millet for blast fungus (Magnaporthe grisea) resistance.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Standardized efficient in vitro regeneration protocols in sorghum using shoot tip and immature inflorescence.
  • First Transgenic sorghum (Bt) evaluated for stem borer (Chilo partellus Swinhoe) under BRL-1 confined field trial as approved by RCGM/GEAC, DBT, GOI.
  • Sorghum mutants developed through gamma irradiation for high brix content in sweet sorghum, high biomass in forage sorghum, shoot fly resistance, herbicide tolerance, and drought tolerance

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Qualified Andhra Pradesh College Service Commission conducted National Eligibility Test for Lectureship in Botany.
  • Qualified GATE-95, Awarded as a junior research fellow in UGC sponsored fellowship (Life sciences) 1995.
  • Awarded best poster during International conference on “Global Consultation on Millets Promotion for Health & Nutritional Security” organized by Society for Millets Research on 18-20 Dec, 2013 at Directorate of Sorghum research, Hyderabad.
  • Awarded best oral presentation during National conference on “Emerging challenges and Opportunities in Biotic and Abiotic stress Management (ECOBASM-2014) organized by Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology, Meerut on 13-14 December, 2014 at Directorate of Rice Research (DRR), Hyderabad.

Current collaborative activities:

  • Collaboration with ACSIP centre’s.

Recent most significant publications:

  • Balakrishna D, Srinivasan Babu K, Venkatesh Bhat B, Vinodh R, Sreedhar M, Shyam Prasad G, Pawar DB, Shekharappa, Mohammad Ilyas MO, Patil JV (2015) Improved shoot fly resistant sources by gamma irradiation induced mutations in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). Indian Journal of Plant Protection 43(4):403-410.
  • Madhusudhana R, Balakrishna D, Rajendrakumar P, Seetharama N, Patil JV (2012) Molecular characterization and assessment of genetic diversity of sorghum inbred lines. African Journal of Biotechnology 11:15626-15635.
  • Paramesh H, Vinodh R, Balakrishna D, Seetharama M (2010) Adaptation of sorghum to salinity stress: A mini review. International Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering Research 1:11-18.
  • Arun Kumar Pandey, Venkatesh Bhat B, Balakrishna D, Seetharama N (2010) Genetic transformation of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench.). International Journal of Biotechnology and Biochemistry 4:45-53.
  • Srinivas G, Satish K, Murali Mohan S, Nagaraja Reddy R, Madhusudhana R, Balakrishna D, Bhat BV, Howarth C, Seetharama N (2008). Development of genic-microsatellite markers for sorghum staygreen QTL using a comparative genomic approach with rice. Theor. Appl. Genet 117:283-290.
  • Visarada KBRS, Sai Kishore N, Balakrishna D, Rao SV (2004). Transient gus expression studies in sorghum to develop a simple protocol for Agrobacterium mediated genetic transformation. J. Genetics & Breeding 57:147-154.

Other professional activities:

  • Member, Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBSC), IIMR, Hyderabad.
  • Recognized by Andhra University, Visakhapatnam to guide Ph.D. students in the Department of Biotechnology.
  • Life Member, Society of Millets Research, Hyderabad.
  • Member, Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad.
  • Institute (ICAR-IIMR) Biosafety Officer (IBO).

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Dr D Balakrishna

Last Updated on 27th July 2016

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