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Prof. C. C. Giri

Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Osmania University,  Hyderabad - 500 007, INDIA.

Education and Professional Experience


Master of Science (M. Sc.) with specialization in Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding from Kalyani University, Kalyani, India


Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Applied Agriculture from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India


Doctoral studies in Plant Biotechnology with the topic Protoplast Culture and Somatic Hybridization studies in Medicinal Plants bearing tropane group of alkaloids from Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow, India


Post-doctoral studies in Rice biotechnology, Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India


Assistant Professor, CPMB, Osmania University


Faculty Improvement Training on “Applications of molecular markers in crop improvement” sponsored by The Rockefeller   Foundation, USA

1992- to-date

Group Leader, Medicinal Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Manipulation of Plants Laboratory, Centre for Plant Molecular  Biology (CPMB), Osmania University, Hyderabad

2001 – 2009  

Associate Professor, CPMB, Osmania University

2009 – to-date

Professor, CPMB, Osmania University

Honors and Awards


Awarded Fellowship by Department of Education and Culture, Govt. of India during M. Tech. Programme at IIT


Junior Research Fellowship by CSIR, New Delhi


Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR, New Delhi


Research Associate Fellowship UGC, New Delhi

Since 1993   

Member Institutional Bio-safety Committee (IBSC) constituted by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi

Since 1996

Member Mendelian Society of India (MSI)

Since 1996   

Member International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (ISPMB)

Since 1996

Member Institutional House Keeping committee, CPMB, Osmania University

Since 1997   

Nominated Member of the International Bio-encapsulation Society, France

Since 1998

Member Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)

Since 2001  

External Examiner for award of Ph. D. degree in JNT University, Utkal University, Kalyani University, Purbanchal  University, Muenster University, Germany (Since 2012)

Since 2001

Member Expert Panel for selection of research project personnel at University of Hyderabad, JNT University and Osmania University

Since 2003 

Member Departmental Committee, Department of Genetics, Osmania University

Since 2009   

Member First Indo-German International Research Training Group (IRTG) sponsored by DFG, Germany

Since 2010

Member Executive Council Panel Expert for selection/promotion of faculty positions (Asst/Assoc/Professors), Utkal University, Bhubaneswar

Since 2011

Deputy Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Research Programme, Centre for Potential Excellence in Particular Area (CPEPA) on “Bioprospecting in medicinal plants for health care” at Osmania University sponsored by UGC, New Delhi

Since 2012

Elected Fellow of the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences


Research Interests

Medicinal Plant Biotechnology:

Manipulation of medicinal plants in vitro for production of secondary metabolites of pharmaceutical value through somatic hybridization, using hairy roots and shooty teratomas. Study of the role of signal molecules e.g. methyl jasmonate (MJ) by elicitation of in vitro cultures, with an ultimate goal of isolating genes in secondary metabolite pathway using functional genomics approach and bioprospecting

Tree  Biotechnology:

Large scale in vitro propagation of trees for forestry programme, genetic manipulation of forest trees

Genetic manipulation of crop plants:

Protoplast culture and transfer of salinity tolerance from wild grass to cultivated rice through somatic hybridization


Teaching Interests

Plant genetic manipulation: Plant Biotechnology, Crop Improvement, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Developmental Biology
Biotechnology:   Bioprocess Engineering, Upstream and downstream processing, bioprocess automation and control


Peer-reviewed publications:  40
Book chapters and review articles: 9
Books: 1

Research Projects as Principal Investigator (2007 - present)

Title:     Transfer of traits for salinity tolerance from Leptochloa fusca (kallar grass) to Oryza sativa (rice)-A non conventional strategy
Duration: 2007-2010
Support:   DST, New Delhi
Title:     Bioprospecting in Andrographis paniculata using methyl jasmonate (MJ) elicited in vitro transformed cultures.
Duration: 2008-2011
Title:     Bioprospecting in certain medicinal plants for production of novel pharmaceutical compounds using biotechnological approaches
Duration: 2011-2014
Support:   DST, New Delhi
Title:     Bioprospecting of certain important medicinal plants for health care
Duration: 2012-2017
Support:   UGC, New Delhi


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