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Name : ALOK DAS Ph.D.
Designation : Senior Scientist, Division Of Plant Biotechnology
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Telephone (Office) : +91-512-2580995-94,2582580 Ext. 1006
Mobile No. : +91-9451446964
Date of joining ICAR : 10th February 2009
Discipline and specialization : Agricultural Biotechnology & Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Training/advance exposure in the area of work :

Genetic Engineering, Genome Editing, Speed Breeding, Biosafety of GE Crops

Professional Information

Contribution to the scientific advancement

  • Genetic Engineering of chickpea, pigeonpea and fieldpea for biotic stress management.
  • Biosafety of GE pulses.
  • Development of Biology Documents and SOPs for Confined Field Trials of Pulses.

Current area of research

Plant Genome Engineering, Plant Breeding Innovations.


  • Das A, et al (2021) Transgenic chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) harbouring AtDREB1a are physiologically better adapted to water deficit. BMC Plant Biology 21:39.
  • Das A, et al (2020) Symbiotic nitrogen fixation and endophytic bacterial community structure in Bt-transgenic chickpea. Scientific Reports 10:5453.
  • Das A, et al (2020) Estimation of Neomycin PhosphoTransferase-II (NPT-II) protein in vegetative and reproductive tissues of transgenic chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) and biosafety perspectives. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 29:568-570.
  • Das A, et al (2017) Expression of a chimeric gene encoding insecticidal crystal protein Cry1Aabc of Bacillus thuringiensis in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) confers resistance to gram pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera Hubner.). Frontiers in Plant Science 8:1423.
  • Das A, et al (2016) Expression of chimeric Bt gene, Cry1Aabc in transgenic pigeonpea (cv. Asha) confers resistance to gram pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera Hubner.). Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture 127: 705-715.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Featured in C-CAMP Start Up Portfolio (C-CAMP/NBEC 2019/003).
  • Patent on “RICE POLYNUCLEOTIDE ASSOCIATED WITH BLAST RESISTANCE AND USES THEREOF” (Indian Patent No. 308533 datrd. 05/03/2019).
  • Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award (2017): Team Award .
  • Norman E Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program, USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service(2016).
  • P.R. Verma Award(2012)(For Outstanding PhD Thesis).
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