Prof Bharat Bhushan Chattoo, Former Vice-Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

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  • November 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm
  • Prof. Bharat B. ChattooBharat B Chattoo earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Jammu & Kashmir. Subsequently, he joined the University of Delhi to obtain his PhD (1976) on the genetics ofAspergillus nidulans and Thermoactinomyces vulgaris under the supervision of Professor Umakant Sinha. He worked as a post-doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Fred Sherman, at the University of Rochester, Medical centre (1975-78). On returning to India, Chattoo joined the Molecular Biology Section of Sarabhai Research Centre, Baroda as Senior Scientist (1978-80). He then joined as Reader and Coordinator, Centre of Biosciences, University of Roorkee (1980-81). Subsequently, he worked as a Scientist at CCMB, Hyderabad. He then moved to Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basle, Switzerland where he worked in the area of plant molecular biology. Chattoo joined the Department of Microbiology & Biotechnology Centre, MS University (MSU) of Baroda as a Professor (1986) and headed the Department (1996-2001). Presently, he is Director of Genome Research Centre at MSU.

    Chatoo developed a powerful two-way selection system for a single locus in yeast, which has been widely used subsequently for studies on gene expression and recombination in yeast. At Baroda, he successfully developed a strain improvement and bioprocess development programme, and increased the yields of citric acid and alpha amylase and scaled up the process. He carried out work
    on yeast genetics as well as DNA sequence data analysis.

    Chattoo is the founder Vice-Chancellor of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Jammu (2001- 04) and was responsible for establishing this University. He established the Centre for Genome Research and initiated a vigorous programme of teaching and research at MS University, which is widely regarded as one of the leading schools in Biotechnology in the country. He has also been involved in organizing Biology Olympiads at national and international level.

    Professor Chattoo was awarded the Biotechnology Career Fellowship of Rockefeller Foundation and STA Fellowship from Japan. He received National Technology Award (2001) and is a recipient of the Acharya JC Bose National Fellowship (2009). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad; Guha Research Conference and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).

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