Hyderabad: Prof Appa Rao Podile has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad (UoH). Rao who is a senior faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at UoH will serve as VC for a period of five years.

Prof Appa Rao is known for his contributions in the area of plant-microbe interactions in general and plant disease control using modern molecular approaches in particular.  

He has also been recently recognised as a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences for his research contributions in the area of plant sciences.

Prof Rao was earlier elected as fellow of other prestigious academies including the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, besides several other awards and honours.

He was awarded ‘Tata Innovation Fellowship’ by the Department of Biotechnology and BSR One Time Grant by the University Grants Commission.

He is a member of scientific committees of Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology of Government of India.

Prof Appa Rao’s laboratory at UoH is supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and European Union under Framework Programme 7 and leads a group of 15 research students.

He is a gold medallist in MSc and has a PhD from Sardar Patel University. He is a post-doctoral fellow from the Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, and subsequently was a visiting Scientist at Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, and Department of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Munster, Germany. He has guided more than 17 PhD students.

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