Dr. Asis Datta

Dr. Asis Datta


Prof. Asis Datta (Ph.D., D.Sc., FNA, FASc., FNASc, FTWAS) is the Professor of Distinguished Scientist at National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India. He has been Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Professor of Eminence and Founder Director of National Institute of Plant Genome Research (2002-2008). Professor Asis Datta has done pioneering work in the field of molecular biology. His individual and group achievements in the field of molecular biology and genetic engineering have been spectacular and have secured for him a unique position in several areas of frontier research. Professor Datta is known for his work on the pathogenic yeast, Candida albicans as a model system, which opened up the possibility of designing a therapy to combat candidiasis. In addition, the scientific/research contributions have been vital in areas of food/nutritional security and Use of genetically modified food. His group is known for pioneering contributions in molecular biology and identification and manipulation of novel genes leading to the production of transgenics of high societal value. Professor Asis Datta has researched and taught at many internationally respected institutions. He has been making contributions in basic and applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for more than three decades with several publications in international journals and with Indian and US patents. In fact, in India first time genes were patented in US by his group. Professor Datta and his team linked New Biology with agriculture, medicine, science, industry and society to make a global partner in biotechnology. His relentless effort throughout has established a vibrant school of research on ?structure ?function-application? of eukaryotic genes, which led to the establishment of the National Institute Plant Genome Research, India?s first and only one research centre of its kind.

Research Interest

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology