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IRRI postdoctoral fellow wins NESA Junior Scientist of the Year Award

posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:27 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
Dr. Md Iqbal Raja Khan (extreme left in photo), postdoctoral fellow in plant                                               Photo: Md. Iqbal R. Khan
physiology at IRRI, was bestowed with the
Junior Scientist of the 
Year Award 2017 by the National Environmental Science Academy (NESA), in New Delhi, India. The award was presented during the Valedictory Ceremony last December at the 30th annual meeting of NESA and the National Conference on Impact of Environmental Changes on Indian Ecosystems, held at Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. 

Dr. Khan received the award for his overall achievements and contributions in the field of plant physiology. Dr. Khan is currently studying the physiological and molecular mechanisms involved in flooding tolerance. He is also looking for suitable germplasm donors for breeding under the supervision of Dr. Abdelbagi Ismail, IRRI principal scientist and STRASA overall project coordinator. 

Working on the metabolism of plants under abiotic stresses, Dr. Khan has found a significant role of phytohormones in the regulation of plant growth and development. His research suggests that phytohormones are critical for plant growth and development and play an important part in integrating various stress signals and controlling stress responses and interacts in coordination with each other for defense signal networking to fine tune tolerance mechanisms. 

Dr. Khan has published more than 25 peer reviewed journal articles and has edited two books. He is also a manuscript reviewer for an impressive list of plant physiology journals including Scientific Reports, Physiologia Plantarum, Journal of Plant Physiology, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, and Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants.