Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov



Ibrokhim Y. Abdurakhmonov received his B.S. Degree (1997) in biotechnology from the National University of Uzbekistan, and received M.S. Degree in plant breeding (2001) from Texas A&M University, Texas, USA. He received his PhD degree (2002) in molecular genetics, Doctor of Science degree (2009) in genetics and full professorship (2011) in molecular genetics and molecular biotechnology area from the Institute of Genetics and Plant Experimental Biology, Academy of Uzbek Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 2012, he established and was appointed as a director for new independent public research institution - the Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics. He is one of the leaders of genomics science in Uzbekistan, and his research areas include plant genomics, germplasm characterization and genetic mapping, marker-assisted selection, transgenomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Prof. Abdurakhmonov currently serves as associate editors of several international scientific journals. He is a member of International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI). He serves as an executive committee member of the International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA), Washington D.C., USA. He is one of elected members of executive committee of the Supreme Attestation Committee at the Cabinet of Ministries of Uzbekistan with the responsibility of coordination and attestation of specialized scientific boards awarding doctoral degrees in biology, agricultural sciences and veterinary. He has received many awards for his scientific contributions such as 2010 TWAS prize in agriculture for his fundamental contribution to understanding genetic diversity and its exploitation in cotton genome. He was recently recognized and honored as "ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 2013" for his outstanding contribution to cotton genomics and biotechnology. In 2014, he was elected as a The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Fellow on Agricultural Sciences.