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About

I grew up in a small town called Burdwan in India. My interest in science came from my father, a post-graduate in physics himself, who used to teach me the workings of the world through stories. While growing up I learned by observing and building things from scratch, a habit that I still proudly carry with me. I liked books, especially science fiction and detective stories. Science after all is solving the mysteries of nature by experimenting and making observations. I became interested in plants at an early age when I found a sapling emerging from a seed of mango I ate a few days ago in my house backyard, where I used to play. Seeing that tree grow slowly over a period of weeks was exciting. Young leaves, changing color from deep purple to green as they grow was a show in itself. The opportunity of choosing a career in plant science came when I went to do my undergraduate in Agriculture at Viswa Bharati University, an institute par excellence, in my home state of Bengal. It's been an invigorating adventure in science ever since.

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Education

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2016 - 2019

Hokkaido University, Japan

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agro-ecosystem Science

 

Thesis Title: “Chilling tolerance and biomass production of Saccharum × Miscanthus intergeneric hybrids (miscanes) in cool climatic conditions of northern Japan”

2013 - 2015

ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), India

Master of Science (M.S.) in Agronomy Specialized in Forage Production

 

Thesis Title: “Comparative performance of sugargraze (Sorghum bicolor L. × Sweet sorghum × Sorghum sudanense L.), fodder maize (Zea mays L.) and Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) under organic and inorganic fertilization”

2009 - 2013

Viswa Bharati University, India

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Agriculture Majoring in Agronomy and Minoring in Soil Science.

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • Grant as Co-PI: Development of a novel method to assist grape growers reduce off-target auxin herbicide drift related injury | Specialty Crop Block Grant Program | USDA & Texas Department of Agriculture | 2021-2023 | $118,933 | Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA

  • Grant as Co-PI: Improving High Plains Vineyard Irrigation Scheduling for Enhanced Water Use Efficiency: Two Year Expansion | Ogallala Aquifer Program Preplan (2021 – 2022) | $42,000 | Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA

  • Awarded the Japanese Government Scholarship- Monbukagakusho (MEXT) for Doctoral Studies in Japan from April 2016 to September 2019 | Monthly stipend $1,200 | Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

  • Awarded University Fellowship for Masters from 2013 to 2015 | Monthly stipend $100 | ICAR-NDRI, Karnal, India