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Ajay Kohli

Ajay Kohli

Acting Director for Research (Performance and Planning) and Platform Leader - Strategic Innovation


As the head of the Strategic Innovation Platform, Ajay Kohli supervises a team of 15 international scientists and almost 100 staff members primarily in the application of fundamental sciences such as genomics, genetics, and informatics instruments. His platform identifies genes and provides genetic materials and associated information that enables the institute’s rice breeders and physiologists to harness upstream research into translational research, through a highly interdisciplinary approach. 

Ajay also leads IRRI’s Plant Molecular Biology Group for the past 10 years. During this time, the group has gained recognition in gene discovery and characterization in environmental stress tolerance of rice, particularly in improving yield under drought condition. 

Ajay brings  27 years of experience in upstream research, innovation, and leadership in the agricultural sector.