Ashok Shrawat received his Ph.D. degree in life sciences with specialization in plant tissue culture and genetics from D.A. University, Indore, India. In 2001, he received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship from Germany. He used his AvH fellowship to conduct research on cereal biotechnology at the Center of Applied Plant Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. In 2003, he received another prestigious international fellowship, the Alberta Ingenuity Industrial Fellowship of Canada. With this fellowship, he worked as a Senior Scientist at AgriGenomics Inc., Alberta, Canada, in the area of molecular genetics and nitrogen metabolism of rice. In 2005, he joined the Department of biological sciences at the University of Alberta, where he worked on developing crop plants with improved nitrogen use efficiency using biotechnological approaches. Presently, he works as a System Improvement Scientist and Wheat Pipeline Optimization Lead at the Biotechnology and Transgenic Sciences Division of Monsanto Company, St. Louis, USA. His main research interest focuses on the development and application of biotechnological approaches to improve nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) of crop plants, plant tissue culture, development of robust method for genetic transformation of economically important plants including cereals, and application of genetic engineering strategies to improve agronomically important crop plants.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2011