Career Objective


To contribute to improving the quality and sustainability (both environmental and economic) of life on Earth by developing plants that fit better into the natural world and produce more with less by means of plant breeding and agronomic methodologies.


Qualifications/Certificates


Ph.D., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Specialization in Wheat Breeding and Genetics
Punjab Agricultural University - Ludhiana, India, September 2019

  • Advisor: Dr. Achla Sharma
  • Dissertation: “Genetic and physiological basis of nitrogen uptake and utilization in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)”

M.S., Plant Breeding and Genetics
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, November 2014

  • Advisor: Dr. Satwinder Kaur Dhillon
  • Dissertation: “ Assessment of morphological and genetic diversity and its association with heterosis and F1 performance in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)”

B.S., Agriculture [Hons]
Punjab Agricultural University - Ludhiana, India, June 2012

NET-Qualified, 2014


Professional Positions


Post Doctorate Research Associate (TIGR2ESS)
August 2020 to present
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India
100% Research


Research Experience


Research Fellow (TIGR2ESS)
Agust 2019 to July 2020
Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana India

Visiting Research Associate
School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, United kingdom (UK).

Visting Student Exchange
School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, United kingdom (UK).

Ph. D (INEW International Fellow and Graduate Research Assistantship)
January 2016 to September 2019

Research Assistant
January 2015 to January 2016
Agricultural University, PAU, Ludhiana India

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.)
July 2012 to November 2014


Publications


Peer-Reviewed Articles



Book chapters



Talks



Fellowships and Awards


  • Travel Grant Award Indo UK project for the Nitrogen improvemet (INEW). Link
  • Junior Research Fellowship Indo UK project for the Nitrogen improvemet (INEW). Link
  • University Merit Certificate (M.Sc. Plant breeding & Genetics) (2014). Link
  • Qualified ASRB National Eligibility Test 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Assistant Professorship. Link

Professional Training


  • Work shop on Cereal data base, CerealsDB and use of snps array, database and emble plants. Life Sciences, School of Bioscience, University of Bristol. September 18-19, 2018. Link
  • Work shop Precision nitrogen nutrition in wheat: integrating genetics and precision agronomy for improving nitrogen use efficiency, March 1-5, 2018 Borlaug Institute for South Asia (CIMMYT), Ludhiana, India
  • workshop on Wheat genomic data analysis for improvement in nitrogen use efficiency. February 27 to March 2, 2019, ICAR- National Bureau of plant genic resources (NBPGR), New Delhi, India
  • Short term bioinformatics training (RNA-seq and DNA-seq). ArrayGen Technologies, India, Pune . 23 Oct-21 Nov. 2018. Link
  • Fundamental writing skills workshop researchers. ICRISAT, Hyderabad. January 2020.
  • Write Wining Grant Proposals, University of TIGR2ESS, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, January 18, 2020.

Posters


  • Shamshad, M., Dhillon, S.K., Tyagi, V., and Singh, S.: Studies on sunflower (_Helianthus annuus_ L.) germplasm evaluation for drought tolerance. Indraprastha International Conference on Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India October 22-25, 2013. P97BDE17

  • Shamshad, M., Tyagi, V., and Dhillon, S.K.: Estimation of drought susceptibility index in sunflower (_Helianthus annuus_ L.) germplasm. National Seminar on Plant Biotechnology: Challenges and Opportunities in 21st Century, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India March 03-04, 2014. P28

  • Tyagi, V., Dhillon, S.K., Shamshad, M., and Singh, S. Assessment of response of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) genotypes to water stress. Indraprastha International Conference on Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India October 22-25, 2013. P95 BDE15

  • Tyagi, V., Singh, S., Shamshad, M., and Dhillon, S.K.: Effect of moisture stress on correlations between yield and component traits in sunflower. Indraprastha International Conference on Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India October 22-25, 2013. P96 BDE16

  • Tyagi, V., Dhillon, S.K., Shamshad, M., and Akhatar, J.: Genetic diversity in sunflower (_Helianthus annuus_ L.) germplasm under water stress environment. National Seminar on Plant Biotechnology: Challenges and Opportunities in 21st Century, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India March 03-04, 2014. P29

  • Shamshad, M., Sharma, A., Srivastava, P., Kaur, S., Brar, A., Bains, N.S.: Genetic variability for root traits in relation to nitrogen use efficiency in structured population of wheat (_T. aestivum). International Conference Genomics and Breeding for Crop Improvement, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, UP, India December 04-06, 2019. P133

  • Ankita, Sharma, A., Srivastava, P., Kaur, S., Shamshad M., Kaur, A., Sarlach, R.S., Sharma, H., and Singh, S.: Morphological characterization of Mexican wheat landraces under simulated salinity stress. International Conference Genomics and Breeding for Crop Improvement, CCS University, Meerut, UP, India December 04-06, 2019. P109

  • Kaur, S., Sharma, A., Ankita, Srivastava, P., Shamshad, M., Sarlach, R. S., Sharma, H., and Singh, S.: Yield component and their association for enhancing grain yield in Iranian wheat landraces under saline field conditions. International Conference Genomics and Breeding for Crop Improvement, CCS University, Meerut, UP, India December 04-06, 2019. P154


Skills


Quantitative Skills

  • GBS data analysis and SNP calling
  • Big data handling and analysis
  • Cloud computing
  • Quantitative Genetics: QTL Mapping, GWAS, Genomic selections etc.
  • Statistical tools: R and SAS
  • Operating Systems: LINUX, OS X, Windows
  • Content-description Languages: XHTML, CSS, LATEX, Markdown

  • Wet Lab Skills
    • DNA extractions, PCR, real-time PCR, electrophoresis, SSR marker and KASP marker genotyping