Key Talks & Seminars at CEGSB

CEGSB  has been inviting scientists and experts from partner institutes including international agricultural research organizations, public and private sector players from all across the globe to deliver guest lectures, seminars and invited talks. This not only provides a platform for greater knowledge sharing but also keep our scientists, research scholars and students sensitized about the latest development in the field of genomics and applied sciences. Below is the list of speakers those who have been invited by CEGSB over the years:

Prof. Andreas Graner Managing Director, Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany “Plant Genomic Resources: from Conservation to Innovation”
Dr Sam Periyannan Adjunct Senior Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation “Protecting the global wheat cultivation through rapid detection of resistance to the deadly rust disease”
Dr Millicent Smith Endeavour Research Fellow, Visiting Scientist at CEGSB “Endeavouring to use physiological approaches to understand the genetics of drought tolerance in chickpea”

Dr Nina V. Fedorof Emeritus Evan Pugh Professor Penn State University USA “The GMO Wars: What do we do when the public and scientists deeply disagree?
Dr Xu Pei Research Fellow, Institute of Vegetables, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sceince- ZAAS, China Orphan genes are involved in drought adaptations and ecoclimatic oriented selections in domesticated cowpea
Dr Jyoti Taneja University of California Berkeley, USA Targeted alteration of metabolic pathways for developing powdery mildew disease resistance in crop plants.

Prof Dr Ivo Grosse Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany “Transcriptomic and phylotranscriptomic diversity in animal and plant development”.
Dr Richard Mott UCL Genetics Institute, University College London, UK “Sequencing populations to find causal genetic variants”.
Dr Edward Buckler USDA-ARS Research Geneticist & Adjunct Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, USA “Sorting through adaptive & deleterious variants in Maize”.
Dr Brent Kaiser Associate Professor, The University of Sydney “Plant nitrogen acquisition – Functional roles of nitrate and ammonium transport proteins in cereals and legumes ” 
Dr Ramu Punna Cornell University, Ithaca, USA  “Genetic load in Casava”.
Dr Eric von Wettberg Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, USA “Introgression of adaptive traits from wild relatives: using ecology and genomics to harness new variation to increase crop climatic resilience “.

Dr Parwinder Kaur Research Scientist, Plant Molecular Genetics & Genomics, The University of Western Australia, AUSTRALIA “Subterranean Clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.) Genomic Resources: Building a Comprehensive Platform For Molecular Breeding “.
Dr Zenglu Li Center for Applied Genetic Technologies, Department of Crop and Soil Sci., University of Georgia, USA    Genomics-enabled Soybean Improvement“.
Dr Qi Sun Director, Computational Biology Service Unit, Life Sciences Core Laboratories Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA  Construction of maize haplotype map, transition from single genome to pan-genome reference “.
Dr Elizabeth Jones Project Manager-GOBII, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA  Use of markers in seed purity, IP and molecular breeding: perspectives from industry “.
Dr Hari Krishnan Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS-PGRU, University of Missouri, Adjunct Professor of Agronomy, Columbia, USA  A Multipronged approach to improve the protein quality of soybean seed “.
Dr Gary Atlin Senior Program Officer & Crop Productivity Functional Team Lead, Agricultural Research and Development, Global, Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA  Modernizing plant breeding programs to deliver higher rates of genetic gain in the developing world “.
Prof. Kadambot Siddique  Hackett Professor of Agriculture, Chair and Director, The UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia, Australia  “Can we breed for efficient root system for water and nutrient uptake in crops?
Dr Kelly Robbins Director, Genomic & Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII), Cornell University, USA   “Genomic & Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative”.
Prof. Susan McCouch  Barbara McClintock Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, USA  “What are we learning from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in rice?”
Jake Fountain University of Georgia Potential roles of environmental oxidative stress in aflatoxin production revealed in the Aspergillus flavus transcriptome: A work in progress
Dr Bradley J Till


Plant Breeder/Geneticist, Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria “Forward and reverse genetics for functional genomics and breeding”.
Perumal Vijayan


Plant Innovation Project, Canadian Light Source, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada “Shining Synchrotron Light on Plants:  Canadian Light Source Extending the frontiers of Plant Innovation”.
Dr Baskar Ganapathysubramanian Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames “Computational science as an enabler for phenomics: Image processing, learning from data and model optimization”.
Dr. Taimur Athar Principal Scientist, IICT (CSIR), Hyderabad “Synthetic Strategies for Inorganic Materials “.
Dr. Sivaprakash Ramalingam Principal Scientist, Department of Molecular Biology, M S,  Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai “New plant breeding approach for crop improvement: Opportunities, Safety and Regulations “.
Dr Dave Berger Professor & Acting HOD, Plant Science Department, University of Pretoria, South Africa “Systems genetics in crop breeding: applying an eQTL bioinformatics pipeline in Galaxy to the grey leaf spot-maize pathosystem”
Natalie Dillon Senior Biotechnologist, Horticulture and Forestry Science Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia “Mangoes in the tropics”
Dr Kelly Robbins Director, Genomic & Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII), Cornell University, USA “Genomic & Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative”.
Prof. Susan McCouch Barbara McClintock Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, USA “What are we learning from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in rice?”
Dr Ghanshyam Heda Associate Professor of Biology, (Professor of Medicine, The Univ Tenn Health Sci Ctr, Memphis), Mississippi University for Women, Columbus “Plasma membrane stability of mutant CFTR”
Dr Liyun Wan Oil Crops Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (OCRI-CAAS), China “Groundnut Research at OCRI-Wuhan”
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