Thursday, July 5, 2018

Podile Appa Rao is new Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad

Appa Rao Podile has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) for a period of five years. The Professor is a senior faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at UoH and is known for his contributions in the area of plant-microbe interactions in general and plant disease control, using modern molecular approaches in particular.

Native of Guntur AppaRao obtained his MSc, and then completed his Ph.D. in 1987 from the Sardar Patel University in Gujarat. He was a postdoctoral fellow (1998) of the Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan and subsequently was a visiting scientist (2000), at the Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica. Podile also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Munster, Germany in 2006. 

He has also been recently recognised as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences for his research contributions in the area of plant sciences.

Prof. Appa Rao was earlier elected as fellow of other prestigious academies including the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, besides several other awards and honours.

He has been awarded the “Tata Innovation Fellowship” by the Department of Biotechnology and BSR One Time Grant by the University Grants Commission.

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