Chandra Sekhar Mukhopadhyay
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Research)
Project Title: Statistical Modeling and Expression Analysis of Imprinted Loci Underlying Economically Important Traits in Ruminants
Field of Study: Agriculture Sciences
Home Institution: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, Punjab
Host Institution: Iowa State University, Ames, IA  
Grant Start Month: August, 2016
Duration of Grant: Nine months

Chandra Sekhar Mukhopadhyay
Brief Bio:

Dr. Chandra Sekhar Mukhopadhyay has been a research scientist in the School of Animal Biotechnology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, for more than seven years. In addition to teaching animal genomics, bioinformatics, and reproductive biotechnology to graduate students, he is engaged in research on the application of genomic, transcriptomic, and bioinformatic approaches to elucidating the genetic architecture and improvement of reproduction and disease-resistance attributes of domestic animals. He has authored a number of research papers in journals of national and international repute, in addition to several book chapters. Recently he profiled the bubaline miRNAs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of the Indian water buffalo. Dr. Mukhopadhyay is advisor to a number of post-graduate students and is involved as a national-level expert in training programs on genomic selection and molecular breeding. Dr. Mukhopadhyay holds an MVSc and PhD from the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. He also holds a Master’s in Information Technology. In 2011 he worked with Professor James Reecy at Iowa State University on exploring the integration of molecular markers with quantitative genetic selection.

Dr. Mukhopadhyay’s research project aims to utilize whole genome markers of cattle to construct a robust statistical model for discerning imprinting effects from expression QTLs vis-à-vis exploring the protein networks underlying the imprinted loci linked to economic traits. He is also involved in promoting India’s diverse cultural heritage through interaction with students, teachers, and researchers at Iowa State University as well as at neighboring museums.