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Waseem Hussain

Waseem Hussain

Scientist I - Rice Breeding Innovations


Waseem Hussain currently leads the Institute’s late maturity breeding program.

Waseem’s specialization is plant breeding and genetics. He has diverse research expertise in plant breeding & genetics, quantitative genetics, statistics, genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular breeding. Prior to joining IRRI, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Animal Sciences and Agronomy department at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. He also worked as a wheat breeder at MAHYCO in India. Waseem has been conferred with several prestigious fellowships and awards including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research International Fellowship, INSPIRE Fellowship, ICQG Fellowship, and numerous travel grants. During his short career, he has published 22 peer-reviewed research papers in highly reputed journals, 7 book chapters, and 12 conference papers. He has also acted as a reviewer of various reputed journals. He is currently serving as an associate editor of The Crop Journal, an  Agronomy journal published by the Agronomy Society of America and Wiley, and a Guest editor for the Frontiers of Plant Sciences.

He earned his BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. He was awarded the INSPIRE Fellowship to pursue PhD in Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur, India. Waseem received his PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.