Scientific Advisors


Scientific Advisors

Prof. Cathie MARTIN Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich UK and Niels Bohr Visiting Professor, Department of Plant Biology, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL), Denmark.

Dr Abhimanyu Sarkar is a scientist working on the joint Indo-UK “Detoxed Grasspea” project led by Prof. Cathie Martin (funded by BBSRC, U.K. and DBT, India) at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, U.K. He also serves as scientific advisor to BenchBioPvt. Ltd. (

Before that he worked in the Forage Improvement Group at the Grasslands Research Centre of AgResearch Ltd., Palmerston North, New Zealandon the molecular biology and genomics of clover.He led the project to develop TILLING platforms for clover and other forage crops; he also worked on the phosphorus efficiency traits in white clover. He has extensive experience with the molecular biology and development of novel gene vectors, transgenesis methodologies and tools in a wide range of organisms. His areas of expertise include transposable elements, gene discovery and genomics.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A. He also has a Masters in Genetics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India.