Principal Investigator


Dr. Ashish Ranjan

He is a plant pathology enthusiastic. His aim is to decipher the molecular mechanism of plant-microbe interaction, ultimately leading to plant protection and increased crop yield.

He has got his PhD from Center for cellular and molecular biology, Hyderabad, India, where he studied plant bacterial (rice - Xanthomonas) interaction. During his postdoctoral training at the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA, he researched understanding plant-fungal (Soybean - Sclereotinina) interaction. 

Awards and Honors

  • Awarded early career award Ramalingaswami Re-entry fellowship from Department of Biotechnology, India (2018-19).

  • Funded as co-PI during post-doctoral research work for our invention from Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Accelerator Program (WARF -AP), University of Wisconsin Madison.

  • Best poster award at the 4th International Conference on Bacterial Blight (ICBB) of Rice.

  • Awarded Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-JRF-NET) national level fellowship for Doctoral study (2008 -13)

  • Awarded Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR- JRF- NET) national level fellowship.


Phytopathology (APS journal), Journal of Experimental Botany (JXB),

Plant Direct (ASPB Journal), Plant biology report, Bio-protocol.


  • Plant cells and plants modified to increase resistance to necrotrophs or drought and methods of selecting and using the same. US Patent.  Appl. No . : 16 / 050 , 864.