Dr. Latha Rangan

Dr. Latha Rangan

Assistant Professor, Department of BioTechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, INDIA and Editorial Board Member, International Journal of BioSciences and Technology

Dr. Latha Rangan is an Assistant Professor at Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (http://www.iitg.ernet.in/biotech/faculty.htm) since November, 2004.

She received her doctoral degree from University of Madras in Plant Sciences and later finished her post doctoral fellowship from Norman Borlaug Institute of Plant Sciences Research, United Kingdom.

Dr Rangan has had a key role in Plant Biotechnology thrust area on biofuels, molecular systematics and genetic engineering for abiotic stress tolerance. The frontiers of science technology and great humanitarian significance of these projects have been recognized by awards from funding agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council of Industrial Research (CSIR), India that supports her ongoing research.

She has also been responsible for the delivery of scientific outcomes involving the construction of cloning vectors for phytohormone genes, transformation of elite rice cultivars (including New Plant Type, Ey-105 and IR72), and molecular analysis of the transgenic rice plants. The work has been recognized by Maharashtra Association for Cultivation of Sciences (MACS) by conferring Dr R. B Ekbote Prize in field agriculture and plant sciences.

Currently Dr Rangan has a key-coordinating role in Biodiesel Network to create elite genotypes of biofuel crops. Dr. Rangan has also played a vital role in the research and extension programme at IIT Guwahati and has diverse interest.

She was among very first few to raise issues on IPR and Biosafety. Her strong inclination towards the area enabled her to get major grant from MHRD to conduct a Regional workshop on IPR, first of its kind at IITG.