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Dr. Gireesha T Mohannath

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

B220, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus

Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal

Hyderabad- 500 078, Telangana. 


Phone: +91-40-66303697



Ph.D. (2003-2010): Departments of Molecular Genetics and Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH-USA

M.Sc. (Agri) (1997-1999): Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, India

B.Sc. (Agri) (1993-1997): University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, India

 Work Experience     

Since July 2017           : Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS)-Pilani, Hyderabad campus, India

July 2012-May 2017    : Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Departments of Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Indiana University (IU), USA

Jan. 2011-Mar. 2012    : Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry, The Ohio State University (OSU), USA

Sept. 2003-Dec. 2010 :Graduate Teaching Associate at Departments of Molecular Genetics/Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology and Center for Life Sciences Education, OSU, USA

Dec. 2002-Jul. 2003    : Research Associate, Dept. of Crop Physiology, UAS, Bangalore, India

Sept. 1999-Jan. 2002 : Research Associate, Dept. of Genetics and Plant Breeding, UAS, Bangalore, India


·          Ramanujan Fellowship by Dept. of Science and Technology-Science and Engineering Research Board (DST-SERB), Govt. of India (2017)

·          *Ramalingaswamy Reentry Fellowship by Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India (2017)

·       Molecular Genetics Graduate Teaching Award at OSU (USA) (2009-10) for exceptional teaching and for developing novel teaching tools

·          Selected as a Model International Teaching Associate by Spoken English Program OSU (USA).

·      *Awarded PACE (Premium for Academic Excellence) fellowship by Iowa state university (USA) for Ph.D admission into Interdepartmental Genetics during 2003

·          *Junior Research Fellowship in Plant sciences group in the All India entrance examination conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, during 1998.

·       Merit Scholarship awarded by University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, India, for academic excellence during the entire period of Master’s studies (1997-1999).

·        Merit Scholarship awarded by UAS, Dharwad, India, for academic excellence during the entire period of undergraduate studies (1994-1997).

·       Late Mr. B.M. Vali memorial shield for securing the highest overall GPA in the Agronomy Sciences during undergraduate studies at UAS, Dharwad, India.

 * Declined to choose other fellowships

  Awards for/at conferences

·          The American Society of Virology Student Travel Grant Award-2009

·          Plant Cellular & Molecular Biology (OSU-USA) Student Travel Grant Award-2009

·     Best Oral Presentation award in National conference on integrative Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology (NCIPBB), India-2019

·          Best Poster award in National conference on integrative Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology (NCIPBB), India-2019 



·          Nominated for the 2009 Presidential Fellowship/Mary S. Muellhaupt Presidential Fellowship at OSU (USA).

·          Nominated thrice (2004-05, 2007-08, and 2010-11) for OSU (USA)- Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA), the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching.


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