Dr. Dharmendra K. Singh is a plant biologist with expertise in plant-microbe interaction, plant molecular physiology, and cell biology. Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where he studied the function of a chloroplast localized protein in plant defense and physiology. He then moved to Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, for a postdoctoral fellowship where he identified defense associated plant kinases using bacterial effectors as baits. In a second postdoc at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Dr. Singh studied plant anti-viral defense and developed methods for virus-induced gene silencing. He has published several papers, reviewed manuscripts for journals, and written a number of successful grants to advance new plant-based technologies. Dr. Singh also has experience in the private sector, where he served as a global project manager in plant pathology at Limagrain, an agribusiness company. In this position, he led several discovery projects to improve plant resistance against disease caused by virus, bacteria, fungus, and insects. In his free time, Dr. Singh enjoys running, yoga, meditation, and spending time with friends and family.
Education: B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India; Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.