Assistant Professor, Metagenomics and Secretomics Research Laboratory, Department of Botany, School of Biological Sciences, Dr. H.S. Gour Central University, Sagar, M.P. INDIA
Dr. Ashwani Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar (M.P.), India since June 2013. His research is focused on exploring microbes from different environments using metagenomics and phenotypic microarray approach to (i) improve agriculture crop production under abiotic and biotic stress (ii) convert biomass into biofuel, (ii) disposal of agriculture waste, (iii) disease resistance in economically important crops, (iv) enzyme production etc. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, which is Premier Institute of India. Dr. Kumar has been awarded Prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship in Functional Genomics Lab. of Prof. Ravi N Chibbar at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. During his postdoctoc (Group Leader: Prof. Suren Singh, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa) he has supervised several B.Tech & M.Tech students on different projects involving the microbial enzyme production from thermophiles (Thermomyces lanuginosus). In his second Postdoc (Prof. Joanna Dames, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa), he worked on rhizosphere microbiome of sorghum crop and developed some PGPR formulations. He was awarded the very competetive Claude Leon and National Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, South Africa. He has published his work in the form of 32 research articles in Peer Reviewed Journals (Total Impact factor: 95, i10 index-19, Citation: 2019), 16 book chapters and over 30 Conferences proceedings. He is in organising committee of several National and International Conferences. He is serving in Editorial Board of several journals including frontiers in bioscience and reviewer of over 30 top journals (Elsevier, Springer, Taylor and Francis etc.).
(i) improve agriculture crop production under abiotic and biotic stress (ii) convert biomass into biofuel, (iii) disposal of agriculture waste, (iv) disease resistance in economically important crops, (v) enzyme production