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Prof. Jitendra Khurana

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Dr. J.P. Khurana is presently Professor of Plant Molecular Biology at University of Delhi South Campus. He had his early education in Delhi and obtained Ph.D. in Botany from University of Delhi in 1982, under the supervision of Prof. S.C. Maheshwari. He did his Post-doctoral work at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and at the Michigan State University, in the mid-1980s. He returned to Delhi to join the newly established Department of Plant Molecular Biology at South Campus in the year 1988 and has been there ever since. He made short visits to US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, in 1996 and 1998, under the Indo-US exchange programme. Subsequently, he was a visiting Professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology of the Rutgers University in 2001. He served as Head of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology from 1995-1998 and 2001-2004 and as Chairman of the Board of Research Studies, at South Campus, from 2003-2006. He has served as a member of several scientific committees and task forces of the DBT, DST, CSIR and ICAR, and Advisory Committees of various Indian Universities and Institutes.
  • Scientist

    1983- 1986

    University Of Delhi (DST Unit)

  • Associate Professor

    1988- 1996

    University of Delhi,New Delhi

  • Professor

    1996- 2018

    University of Delhi,New Delhi


  • Visiting Scientist

    1996- 1998

    (USDA, Beltsville, USA)


  • Ph.D.

    1978 To 1982

    University of Delhi,New Delhi

  • M.Sc.

    1973 To 1975

    Kurukshetra University

  • B.Sc.

    1970 To 1973

    University of Delhi,New Delhi


  • Tata Innovation Fellowship award, 2013

    Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

  • Awarded Prof. Birbal Sahni Medal by the Indian Botanical Society, 2011

    Indian Botanical Society

  • Professor Panchanan Maheshwari Memorial Lecture Award, 2008

    Indian National Science Academy