Dr. Manoj Prasad, born (1970) in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, India. He did Graduation, Post-Graduation and Doctorate from Department of Botany, University of Calcutta in 1992, 1994 and 1999, respectively. Commenced his research career as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (AvH) at Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics & Crop Plant Research, Germany (2000-2003). He joined National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi, as Staff Scientist in 2004 and currently serving as Staff Scientist VI, NIPGR. He is recipient of many prestigious Awards including AvH, Germany; TATA INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP-2016 (DBT); NATIONAL BIO-SCIENCE AWARD-2014 (DBT); NAAS-Young Scientist Medal; Prof. Hira Lal Chakravarty Memorial Award; Fellow of the INDIAN NATIONAL SCIENCE ACADEMY (INSA), NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (NASI). NATIONAL ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (NAAS), and INDIAN VIROLOGICAL SOCIETY (IVS), India. He published more than 120 research papers/reviews/chapters/manuals in reputed International journals. The citation index of his published papers is 4500+ and h – index: 41+. He has been serving as Associate Editor for several International journals like Scientific Reports (NPG); Functional & Integrative Genomics; PLOS ONE, BMC Plant Biol; Plant Mol Biol Reporter; Mol Biol Reports; Plant Cell Reports; Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture; Plant Breeding; Acta Phsiol Plantarum; Journal of Genetics.