Dr Ajit Kumar Shasany, before assuming the post of Director, ICAR-NIPB, was Chief Scientist at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India. His major area of interest includes genes and molecule prospection, pathway genomics, synthetic biology; metabolic engineering of medicinal and aromatic plants for human health.
He led the very promising and exciting genome and transcriptome sequencing project of “Holy basil” Ocimum sanctum and other species, at CSIR-CIMAP. He has more than hundred publications, patents and several distinguished fellowships and awards. In addition, he led Aroma Mission of CSIR to improve the livelihood of farmers and entrepreneurs through aromatic plant cultivation and value addition.