Raman Babu Technology Deployment Lead(Asia-Pacific), Dupont Pioneer, India
Dr. Raman Babu holds a PhD (Genetics) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. From 1999 to 2005, Babu served as maize breeder with ICAR in Almora and is credited with developing first generation MAS products in maize that have double the amount of lysine and tryptophan, popularly referred to as Quality Protein Maize. Babu was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by Japanese Science Promotion Society (JSPS) in 2006 to pursue research on positional cloning of disease lesion mimic genes that offer broad spectrum resistance to blast pathogen in rice. Babu joined CIMMYT in 2008 and steered the maize molecular breeding activities in the global maize program for improving abiotic stress tolerance and nutritional quality traits in the tropical germplasm. Since 2016, Babu is with Dupont Pioneer as Technology Deployment Lead (Asia-Pacific) overseeing molecular breeding, doubled haploids, precision phenotyping and informatics components across crops.