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Dr. KBRS Visarada

Discipline: Genetics & Cytogenetics | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1989


Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph.D Dept of Genetics Osmania University, Hyderabad 1999 Genetic transformation of rice through particle bombardment
M. Sc School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 1983 Life Sciences (Plant Sciences)
B. Sc. Andhra University, Waltair 1981 Botany, Zoology, Chemistry

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 2007-till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1999-2007 8 years
Scientist (Selection grade)  ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1998-1999 1 year
Scientist (Senior Scale)   ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1995-1998 3 years
Scientist S-1 ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1988-1995 7 years
Scientist  ICAR Directorate of Pulses Research , ( Now Indian Institute of Pulses Research) Kanpur 1986-1989 3 years
Junior Research Fellow    University of Delhi Dept of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi 1983-1986 3 years

Current responsibilities:

  • Lead role in research project on overcoming inter-specific barriers in sorghum and molecular characterization of new adaptive traits
  • Lead role in research project on induction of male sterility in foxtail millet and finger millet.
  • Serving in different scientific and management activities as assigned.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Novel variants for high biomass, forage and grain types developed through wide hybridization in sorghum.
  • An Indian patent application was filed, Temp/533/CHE/2009.
  • Promising transgenic Bt sorghum lines developed and evaluated in two popular sweet sorghum genotypes, SSV84 and RSSV9, and two elite parental lines of popular Kharif sorghum hybrids, 296B and CS3541.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Awarded best research paper at the International conference on “Emerging biotechnologies” held at Warangal, India during 28-30 Jan 2016. G Sangeeta, Jinu Jacob, G Shyamprasad, KBRS Visarada. Dry popping- an instant method for popping, molecular characterization in sorghum.
  • Elected life member of Plant tissue Culture Association (PTCA-I), India.
  • Was awarded TWAS visiting scientist fellowship to visit Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China during Jul-Oct 2013.

Current collaborative activities: -

Recent most significant publications:

  • KBRS Visarada and G Sangeetha (2016) Utilization of wild species for sorghum crop improvement. Research paper presented at the PTCA symposium, Lucknow during 25-28 Feb 2016.
  • Book Chapter “Advances in Genetic Transformation”- K.B.R.S. Visarada and N. Sai Kishore (2015) In “Sorghum molecular breeding” dited by R Madhusudhana, R Rajendra Kumar, J V Patil, Springer publishers 199-215.
  • Visarada, K.B.R.S., Padmaja, P.G., Saikishore, N., Pashupatinath, E., Royer, M., Seetharama, N., and Patil, J.V. (2014). Production and evaluation of transgenic sorghum for resistance to stem borer. In Vitro Cell.Dev.Biol.—Plant 50, 176–189.

Other professional activities

  • Serving as member of scientific and research management committees of other research institutions
  • Invited professional lectures on Biosafety issues, Intellectual property rights and current advances in transgenic technology

Certified that above facts are correct and I have repeatedly edited and verified to my full satisfaction.

Dr.K B R S Visarada

Last Updated on 4th August 2016

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