Dr. Pradeep Kumar Sharma

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1. Present position : Vice Chancellor, Maharaja Suhel Dev State University, Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh)
2. Parental affiliation: Professor on leave / lien from Department of Genetics and Breeding, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut- 250004
3. Email:
4. Academic Qualifications: M.Sc. Ag., M.Phil., Ph.D. & N.E.T. in Genetics and Plant Breeding (throughout first class)
5. Academic positions held since November 1995 (Teaching & Research Experience as):
5.1. Professor (March 2010 to Date)
5.2. Reader/Associate Professor (March 2002 to March 2010)
5.4 Assistant Professor/Lecturer, R.A. and Part-time lecturer (November 1995
to March 2002)
6. Academic administrative positions held:
6.1. Vice Chancellor (for last > 1 year till date)
6.2. Dean, Faculty of Agriculture (for 3 years)
6.3. Head of Department (for ca. 11 years)
6.4. Chief Warden (for > 6 years)
6.5. Warden (for > 8 years)
6.6. Convener of Research Degree Committee (for ca. 11 years)
6.7. Convener of Board of Studies (for ca. 11 years)
6.8. Member of University Executive Council (Two terms, 2 years)
6.9. Member of University Academic Council (for > 15 years)
6.10. Member of University Examination Committee (for 3 years)
6.11. Member of University Admission Committee (for 3 years)
6.12. Convener/member of Department Committee (for > 11 years)
7. Other assignments undertaken:
7.1. Coordinator of Central Evaluation in University
7.2. Senior Superintendent of examinations of University Teaching Departments
7.3. Member of Institutional Ethical Committee
7.4. Member of Inspection Panels for granting affiliation to colleges
7.6. Coordinator of Scrutiny in University examinations-evaluations
7.7. Member of various other committeesEnquiry committees, Students’
disciplinary committee, Convocation committees, Examinations unfair
means committee, etc.
7.8. Observer in UP- C.P.M.T., UP State B.Ed. entrance test, UGC NET exams.
7.9. Expert /technical member on various Boards/Commissions of State and
8. Students guided and supervised (contribution to research & HR development):
8.1. For Ph.D. degree 22
8.2. For M.Phil. degree 84

8.3. For M.Sc. Ag. degree 13
9. Govt. Funded Research projects undertaken:
Five DBT and ICAR-NASF, Govt. of India funded (with grant in crores) major
network research projects (2 as PI and 3 as Co-PI) in the area of marker
assisted breeding and epigenomics of wheat.
10. Publications:
95 (including 85 research papers in national and international journals of
repute (refereed/SCOPUS indexed), 02 popular articles and 3 book chapters)
and 48 abstracts in national and international conference proceedings.
Quality Indicators of research papersCitations >1470, i10 >38, h-index
>24, Impact factorlargely between 1.0 and 5.5.
11. Visits Abroad:
11.1. Scottish Crop Research Institute (now, JHI), Dundee, Scotland, UK (1 year)
11.2. Rothamsted Research Institute, Harpenden, England, UK (3 days
12. Awards / recognitions :
12.1. BOYSCAST Fellowship (DST, GOI) awarded for research-cum-advanced training at
SCRI (now The James Hutton Institute), Dundee, Scotland, UK (2003-04)
12.2. Best poster award in 2016 in a national symposium at IARI, New Delhi.
12.3. Rastriya Gaurav award by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi in 2018
12.4. Best Performer Teacher award jointly by Govt of Uttar Pradesh and CCS University,
Meerut in 2021
12.5. Reviewer Excellence Award by ARCC Journals in 2023
12.6. Several major grant-in-aid network research projects were sanctioned by Govt. of
India (DBT and ICAR-NASF) for advanced research in wheat.
13. Other academic activities/ interactions :
13.1. Organized/attended many national and international conferences/symposia
and workshops.
13.2. Involved as convener /member of BoS in revision of syllabi of various degree
programs and in formulation of new syllabi to introduce new degree
programs, as per CBCS of UGC.
13.3. Made nine MoUs with national and international institutes.
13.4. Member/life member of several academic bodies, such as Indian Society of
Genetics and Plant Breeding, Association of Microbiologists of India, Current
Science Association, Member of Institutional Animal Ethical Committee
13.5. Delivered invited lectures in Universities /institutes, presented papers/ reports
of research projects, chaired technical sessions in national and international
14. Research interests/ research work carried out:
Characterization of genetic variability and genetic diversity in wheat; Study of
gene effects for various economic/ agronomic traits; Selection of desirable and
correlated traits, Study of effects of heat stress selection of heat tolerant
genotypes in wheat; Study of heterosis; Analysis of multi-location yield trials and
GE interaction; Study of allelic variation of ribosomal DNA loci and their role in
adaptation and evolution of barley using RFLP markers.
Transcriptomics and molecular breeding in wheat: Interval and association
mapping of QTLs for various quantitative traits/ micronutrient traits; marker
assisted breeding (marker assisted selection, gene introgression, pyramiding of
genes) for rust diseases, drought tolerance and quality/protein content traits.
Bioinformatics (in-silico analyses): Mining of orthologs for important traits,
genome wide identification and analyses of gene families and candidate genes
in wheat; development of QTL-database (WheatQTLdb, 2021)
15. Teaching subjects / Specialization:
Plant Breeding, Biometrical genetics, Molecular genetics, Crop Biotechnology,
Genomics and epigenomics, Molecular basis of quantitative inheritance, and
Mutation research in crop improvement and genomics, Molecular breeding
(MAS, gene introgression, pyramiding of genes, QTL mapping and GWAS).
16. Fifteen important (recent) research publications
16.1. Meta-QTLs for multiple disease resistance involving three rusts in common wheat
(Triticum aestivum L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 2022(135(3). IF 5.565
16.2. Meta-QTL analysis for stripe rust resistance in wheat. Scientific Reports 11(1) (2021).
IF 5.113
16.3. An update on resistance genes and their use in the development of leaf rust resistant
cultivars in wheat. Frontiers in Genetics 2022(13): 816057. IF 4.90
16.4. Single-trait, multi-locus and multi-trait GWAS using four different models for yield traits
in bread wheat. Molecular Breeding 41(8) (2021) IF 2.750
16.5. WheatQTLdb: A QTL database for wheat. Orcid id:
6171. Mol. Genetics and Genomics 296(5) (2021). IF 3.257
16.6. Introgression of a drought insensitive grain yield QTL for improvement of four Indian
bread wheat cultivars using marker assisted breeding without background selection.
J. of Plant Biotech. & Biochem. 2021(30) IF: 1.238
16.7. Complex relationship between DNA methylation and gene expression due to Lr28 in
wheat leaf rust pathosystem. Molecular Biology Reports 47(2): 1339-1360 (2020), IF
16.8. Large-scale stage-specific regulation of gene expression during host-pathogen
interactions in CSP44 bread wheat carrying APR gene Lr48. Functional Plant Biology
47(3): 203-225 (2020) IF 2.491
16.9. H3K4/K9 acetylation and Lr28-mediated expression of six leaf rust responsive genes
in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Mol. Genetics and Genomics 249(1): 227-241 (2019)
IF 2.734
16.10. Further studies on sugar transporter (SWEET) gene in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.).
Mol. Biol. Reports: 46(2):2327-2353 (2019), IF 2.107
16.11. A study of transcriptome in leaf rust infected bread wheat involving seedling
resistance gene Lr28. Functional Plant Biology 45(10):1046-1064 (2018). IF 2.491
16.12. Genetics of Fe, Zn, -carotene, GPC and yield traits in bread wheat (Triticum
aestivum L.) using multi-locus and multi-trait GWAS and post-GWAS. Euphytica
214(11): 219 (2018). IF:1.546
16.13. Transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs): an efficient tool For plant
genome editing. Engg. Life Sci., 16, 330-337 (2016). IF: 2.119
16.14. Heterosis for yield component traits and protein content in bread wheat under normal
and heat-stress environment. Cereal Research Commun. 2014(42)(1): 151-162
(2014) IF: 0.708
16.15. Tomato leaf curl Joydebpur virus: a monopartite begomovirus causing severe leaf
curl in tomato in West Bengal. Archives of Virology 158(1): 1-10 (2013). IF: 2.111