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Dr Rajeev Gupta

Rajeev leads the Genomics and Trait Discovery group at ICRISAT. He has been involved with public, academic and industrial sectors globally and has extensive experience working with and managing large teams from diverse backgrounds. Before joining ICRISAT he led the multi-million dollar NUE transgenic program in DuPont Pioneer, USA. He has over 40 patent applications (mostly related to NUE). At ICRISAT he manages and applies modern genomics to dryland cereals (sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet) and grain legumes (chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut) to accelerate the rate of genetic gain.

Dr Rakesh Srivastava
Principal Scientist (Genomics & xx) WP3

Rakesh main research focus lies in the fields of genomics and trait discovery for pearl millet. In the CINTRIN project, he is involved in development of genetic and genomic resources for mining nitrogen use efficiency genes in pearl millet.

Dr Santosh Deshpande
Indian Co-I WP3

Santosh coordinates and implement project activities related to sorghum. In addition he provides technical guidance to staff regarding field screening and lab work in general, specifically related to sorghum. Explore and build global outreach opportunities / collaborations with other research groups working and/or interested in N-use in crops specially cereals.

Dr Abhishek Rathore
Co-I WP3

Abhishek works as Theme Leader on Statistics, Bioinformatics and Data Management (SBDM) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), headquartered at Patancheru, Telangana, India. Abhishek is one of the Co-PI of the CINTRIN project from ICRISAT and his role is to assist project in providing statistical data support including efficient experimental designs, data analysis, data management and data sharing.

Dr Kirandeep Romana

My Current Roles and Responsibilities in CINTRIN
• Determination of sorghum and pearl millet NS and NIS types within standing genetic variation (BCNAM, minicore sets, PMiGAP at ICRISAT) under different N conditions for NUE trait
• Phenotypic data and identification of QTLs responsible for NUE trait
• Genetic/genomic analyses of high-throughput Genotyping/sequencing
• Assessment of generated high density genotyping data and analyses of the genomic and phenomics datasets.

Dr Vijaya Lakshmi

Vijaya is currently working on understanding biological nitrogen use to field response particular in millets. She has recently completed my doctoral degree in Biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNTU) Hyderabad. In CINTRIN, she is involved in pearl millet germplasm screening for nitrogen use efficiency in three nitrogen levels in field conditions. Based on their physiological, agronomical and nitrogen use efficiency traits, Nitrogen sensitive (NS) and insensitive (NIS) will be identified. Furthermore, to identify the genes/ genomic regions for nitrogen use efficiency through genome wide association mapping.

Srikanth Bollam

Srikanth role in CINTRIN is (a) to screen the diverse germplasm of pearl millet and sorghum genotypes under different N conditions for Nitrogen Use Efficiency (b) Genetic/genomic analyses of high-throughput genotyping/sequencing and phenotypic data for trait discovery and QTL analyses and (c) to process the genomic and phonemics datasets, interpreting and communicating the findings, including preparation of reports, presentations and journal articles.