Prof. Ashwani Pareek
Ashwani Pareek, Executive Director of NABI is a prominent plant biologist and educator noted chiefly for his contribution in the area of plant molecular biology and biotechnology. He is currently working as Professor of plant molecular biology and biotechnology at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Professor Pareek received bachelor's degree in botany and master's degree in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Delhi. He completed his doctoral research (PhD) with his exemplary work on ‘Molecular Characterization of stress proteins in Oryza sativa L. with emphasis on 90 kDa family’ from the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi.
Professor Pareek received the prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship by The Rockefeller Foundation, New York and worked at the University of North Carolina, USA. He then accepted the assignment of Research Scientist at Department of Genetics, University of Delhi South Campus. Later, Pareek was awarded BOYSCAST Fellowship to work at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA. He was also awarded the INSA-Royal visiting scientist fellowship to work at University of Cambridge, U.K. Pareek joined Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2003 and presently serving there as a Professor of Plant Molecular Biology. He has also been conferred upon the DBT-Overseas visiting fellowship (CREST) to work at The University of California, Davis, USA.In 2017, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Professor Pareek is a recipient of several honours including the Visitors award for Technology Development from the President of India for developing ‘Stress Tolerant Rice of the Next Generation (STRONG)’ that has the potential to enhance the income of rice farmers. The award ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 2nd May 2018. Recently, he has been awarded "Tata Innovation Award 2020" by Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India. He has been elected fellow of The National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). He is a recipient of various prestigious awards such as National Academy of Science (NASI)-Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award (2016) for Industry Oriented Research in Biological Sciences, J.J. Chinoy Gold Medal Award (2016) by Indian Society of Plant Physiology (ISPP) for Contribution in the Area of Plant Science, Fellowship award (2017) from BIOVED Research Institute of Agriculture and Technology, Allahabad. He is the Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, (now known as Plant Physiology Reports) Springer and is serving as member of the editorial board of many prestigious scientific journals.
He has keen interest in understanding the physiological and molecular adaptations in xero-halophytic plants and development of transgenic rice plants with enhanced tolerance towards multiple abiotic stresses including salinity and drought.Ashwani has authored and published more than 150 research papers/articles in the research journals. He has edited three books namely, ‘Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Plants: Physiological, Molecular and Genomic Foundation’,‘ Biotechnology in Medicine and Agriculture: Principles and Practices’ and ‘Pre-Field Screening Protocols for Heat Tolerant Mutants in Rice’.