Mr Apurba Lal Ray is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Botany, Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has completed his Bachelor and Master’s studies from the Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His Master’s thesis was on ‘Genetic and molecular investigation of mutants of Neurospora crassa induced with UV ray and extract of some medicinal plants’. Later on, he started Genetic and phytoremediation study of Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). Currently he is pursuing his PhD research at QAAFI, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia on ‘The development of purple supersweet sweetcorn’. He has developed purple pericarp supersweet sweetcorn based on shrunken-2 gene mutation, which was not present in the world. He has participated various national and international conferences, presented papers and published some peer-reviewed articles in renowned journals. His current interest is to unveil the molecular mechanism of recently developed anthocyanin-rich purple supersweet sweetcorn for future breeding programme.

Publications: Ray AL (2019). Antifungal activity of Rauwolfia serpentina root extract against Neurospora crassa and genetic study of induced mutants. Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 54(3): 241-246.
Ray AL (2016). Genetic linkage of biochemical mutants of Neurospora crassa induced with ultraviolet radiation. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences 11(2): 08- 11
Ray AL (2015). Soluble protein contents of ultraviolet radiation induced mutants of Neurospora crassa. Jagannath University Journal of Life & Earth Sciences 1(1): 118-120
Ray AL and Rahim T (2010). Cellulase and xylanase activities of mutants of Neurospora crassa induced with leaf extract of Abroma augusta L. Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 45(2): 151-154.
Ray AL, Jahan MA and Rahim T (2010). Mutation in Neurospora crassa with leaf extract of Citrus aurantifolia and their soluble protein content Dhaka University Journal of Biological Sciences 19(2): 151-155.
Rahim T, Ray AL, Beauty SP and Gomes DJ (2009). Induction of mutation in Neurospora crassa with ultraviolet radiation and evaluation of cellulase and xylanase activities. Bangladesh Journal of of Botany 38(2): 201-203.