Scientific Staff

Dr. T. Nepolean

Dr. T. Nepolean

Discipline: Plant Breeding and Genetics | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 2018


Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph.D (Agriculture) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad. 1999-2003 Plant Breeding and Genetics
M.Sc. (Ag) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 1997-1999 Plant Breeding and Genetics
B.Sc. (Ag) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 1992-1997 Agriculture sciences

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 27 June 2018- Till date  
Principal Scientist ICAR IARI, New Delhi 4 March 2016 to 26 June 2018 2 year 5 months
Senior Scientist ICAR IARI, New Delhi 4 March 2010 to 3 March 2016 6 years
Scientist ICRISAT, India ICRISAT, India 1 July 2004-3 March 2010 5 years 8 months
Consultant ICRISAT, India ICRISAT, India 1 June 2003-30 June 2004 1 year

Current responsibilities:

  • Identification of genes for agronomically and commercially important traits in pearl millet
  • Coordinating AICSIP trials and nurseries as Project Coordinator, AICRP on Sorghum
  • Development of superior pearl millet hybrids for marginal and favorable production systems

Recent major contributions:

  • Developed genomics, transcriptomics, breeding and informatics tools in pearl millet and maize.
  • Developed genetic stocks for agronomically important traits in pearl millet and maize.
  • Developed hybrids for yield, biotic and abiotic stress tolerances and nutritional traits in pearl millet and maize.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • ICRISAT Fellowship for PhD
  • Young Scientist award, Botanical conference, Vienna, Austria
  • “Dr Appadurai Gold medal” for scoring first rank in “Population Genetics” in PhD.

Current collaborative activities:

  • Improving yield and nutritional traits in pearl millet using breeding and genomics approaches.

Recent most significant publications:
Journal papers

  • Nepolean T*, Kaul J, Mukri G, S Mittal. 2018. Genomics-Enabled Next-Generation Breeding Approaches in Maize. Front. Plant Sci. 9: 361.doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00361.
  • Sushil K, Hash CT, Nepolean T, Mahendrakar MD, Satyavathi CT, Singh G, Abhishek R, Yadav RS, Rajeev G, Rakesh KS. 2018. Mapping Grain Iron and Zinc Content Quantitative Trait Loci in an Iniadi-Derived Immortal Population of Pearl Millet. Genes. doi:10.3390/genes9050248
  • Mittal S, Arora K, Rao AR, Mallikarjuna MG, Gupta HS and Nepolean T*. 2017. Genomic selection for drought tolerance using genome-wide SNPs in maize. Front. Plant Sci. 8:550. doi: 10.3389/fplns.2017.00550.
  • Kanika A, Panda KK, Shikha M, Mallikarjuna MG, Rao AR, Dash PK, Nepolean T*. 2017. RNAseq revealed the important gene pathways controlling adaptive mechanisms under waterlogged stress in maize. Nature Scientific Reports. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-10561-1.
  • Nepolean T*, Hossain F, Arora K, Sharma R, Kaliyugam S, Swati M, Sweta M, Namratha MP, Sreelatha D, Shobha RT, Sumalini K, Abhishek R, Trushar S, Mohapatra T, Gupta HS. 2014. Functional mechanisms of drought tolerance identified in subtropical maize using genome-wide association mapping. BMC Genomics. 15:1182, DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-15-1182.

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Dr. T Nepolean

Last Updated on 5 Nov 2018