Dulal Borthakur is a Professor of molecular biology and biotechnology in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He was a student of Professor A. W. Johnston at the John Innes Institute, Norwich, England. He received his Ph.D. degree in molecular Biology in 1987 from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Before joining the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1989, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Professor Robert Haselkorn at the University of Chicago for two years. During that time, he worked on the filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena. His major research interest has been molecular biology of nitrogen fixation in tree legumes. His current research is primarily on genetic engineering of Leucaena leucocephala, a tree legume that is used as a nutritious fodder in many tropical and subtropical countries. Another interest of his laboratory is to develop recombinant subunit vaccines against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He teaches molecular biotechnology to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is the Chairman of the Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering Graduate Program. He is also an Editorial Board Member for Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Biography Updated on 19 August 2008