Biographical Sketch: Leena Tripathi
Leena Tripathi is Plant Biotechnologist at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nairobi, with expertise in plant transgenics, biosafety, tissue culture and molecular diagnostics. She began her career as Research Scientist at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA in 1999. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India and M.Sc. in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India. Her primary research focuses on genetic improvement of banana, plantain, cassava and yam for disease and pest resistance. She is leading the research program on control of banana Xanthomonas wilt disease and the project on nematode resistant plantains. She is also principal investigator of the project on Cassava brown streak disease resistance. She has established 'Genetic Transformation Platform' for banana, plantain and cassava; the most important food crops in sub-Saharan Africa. She has trained more than 30 post graduate students and 100 short term trainees including researchers and regulators in past 10 years in the field of plant transformation and molecular biology. She has written several Journal articles, book chapters and presented several papers in conferences and workshops. She is recipient of several awards and scholarships. IITA recognized her contributions to research as one of the 'Top Scientist at IITA' in 2005. She is member of many scientific societies, and editors and reviewers for several books and International Journals. Her research has been featured in more than 150 national and international media outlets including Nature News, Discovery News, Nature Biotech., CNN- Earth's Frontiers, Guardian, The Standard, SciDev Net, Crop Biotech update, Science Times Magazine, Science News, American Scientist etc.