Professional Experience

  • April 1998 to date: Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA.
  • June 1997 - March 1998: Silviculture Manager, New Products Strategic Business Unit, Agrium Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • June 1995 - May 1997: Senior Research Scientist, Agrium Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • June 1994 – May 1995: Research Scientist, Cominco Fertilizers Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • July 1990 - May 1994: Research Scientist, Exxon/Esso Ag Biologicals, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • September 1988 - June 1990: Research Scientist, Microbial Inoculants, Allelix Crop Technologies, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
  • January 1987 - August 1988: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • March 1982 - October 1986: Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
  • July 1978 - February 1982: Assistant Professor, S. V. K. P. College, Markapur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Technical Assistant for Pulse Improvement Program, International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India.< > University Research Fellow and Council of Scientific Industrial Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Sciences, Andhra University, India.< > Invited Part Time Lecturer, Adult Education Centre, Andhra University, Waltair, India.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

  • 2008: Young small business entrepreneur of the year, Awarded by Mr. George W. Bush, President of USA
  • 1997: Presidential Award from the Chief Executive Officer, Agrium Inc., Canada, for outstanding performance in research and development.
  • Goal-Based Incentive Award for excellent performance and goal achievement, Agrium Inc., Canada.< > Special Incentive Award for leading the Silviculture Program to a new product achievement, years ahead of Agrium anticipated schedule, Agrium Inc., Canada.1986: International Education Travel Award, Ottawa, Canada.
  • National Overseas Scholarship, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.
    1985: President Research Stipend, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

Panelist for granting agencies

  • 2010 Panel member, 2009 Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative Program (OREI), USDA, CSREES
  • 2009 Panel member, 2008 Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative Program (OREI), USDA, CSREES
  • 2000-2003 Biologically Based Pest Management Program of the USDA’s National Research Initiative Competitive Grant Program (NRICGP).
  • 1997 - 1998Industrial Research Assistant Program, National Research Council of Canada.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Union Grants Commission (UGC), INDIA.

Manuscript Reviewer for Scientific Journals

  • 2003-current: Phytopathology, Plant Disease, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, Plant & Soil, Can J of Microbiology, Biocontrol Science & Technology, Current
    Microbiology, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Field Crops Research etc.
  • 2002: Biological Control, Plants and Soil, Can J of Microbiology
  • 2001: Biological Control, Plants and Soil
  • 2000: Biological Control, Plants and Soil
  • 1999: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
  • 1998: Canadian Journal of Microbiology and Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology.