Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

Researcher biography

Prof Neena Mitter, Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, the University of Queensland has been involved in molecular biology and biotechnology in Australia and India for over 20 years. Her scientific journey began as an agricultural scientist in India, where she learned first-hand the significance of agriculture in shaping the world, economically, socially, environmentally and politically. Her innovations creating change by research at UQ, namely 'BioClay for crop protection', 'Nanovaccines for animal health', and "Clonal propagation of avocado using plant stem cells" are ground breaking platform technologies impacting agricultural production, environmental sustainability and socio-economic dynamics of farming community. She is at the forefront of increasing UQ's international presence, to support global collaborations in priority geographies, particularly India. With increased scrutiny on use of chemicals as crop and animal disease control agents; she is focused on developing clean technologies for the horticulture of tomorrow.

The recognition received by Prof Mitter, including Young Scientist Award from the Prime Minister of India, Queensland International Fellowship, Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Award, Women in QAAFI Award, and more recently 'Women in Technology Outstanding Life Sciences Award' are testament to her achievements, leadership, and passion to enrich the UQ community. She is actively contributing into UQs vision of diversity and inclusion and is also the Deputy Council member of the Leadership and Diversity Council (https://www.leadershipdiversity.org.au/)

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