Molecular plant-microbe interactions, Molecular pathology, Functional Genomics
Raj Kumar Joshi is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Biotechnology, Rama Devi Women’s University, India where he teaches graduate-level courses on Plant Genomics, Genetic Engineering, and molecular plant pathology. He also serves as the Group Leader of the Plant Functional Genomics Group, and in that capacity, he supervises the overall research activities on the functional aspects of molecular plant-microbe interactions. He has been awarded the prestigious SERB early-career grant and SERB extramural grant from the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and CREST award from Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. He is currently running a successful program on the delineation of molecular networks in the interaction between plants and fungal phytopathogens. Crops of interest include Brassica napus, Capsicum annuum, and Allium cepa based on their strategic interest in different parts of the world. His recent forays into genome editing and precise base editing for the improvement of these crops have been highly productive. Dr. Joshi is a life member of the Society of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology, the Association of Biological Chemists in India, and the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding.