C.S. Prakash, Ph.D.
Ph. D., Forestry 1985; The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
M. S., Genetics, Agriculture 1979; University of Agric. Sciences, Bangalore, India.
B. S., Agriculture 1977; University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.
POSITIONS / EMPLOYMENT
Current: Professor (faculty since 1989), Plant Molecular Genetics, Tuskegee University. 1996: Visiting Scientist, Indian Institute of Science and University of Agricultural Sciences, India.1985-1988 : Post Doctoral Research Associate; University of Kentucky. 1982-1985: Research Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate; Australian National University, Canberra. 1979 - 1982 : Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate at University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, India.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Oversees research on food crops of importance to developing countries and training of scientists and students in plant biotechnology. Enhancing the societal awareness of food biotechnology issues around the world.
CAREER IMPACTS AND INNOVATIONS
Dr. Prakash was instrumental in establishing the plant biotechnology research and training program at Tuskegee University that has been recognized for its research on sweetpotato and peanut biotechnology and the training of dozens of minority students in this area. He has also been successful enhancing the awareness of biotechnology issues globally by impacting decision makers, the media and consumers. He been instrumental in catalyzing the scientific community in many countries to be more proactive in the biotechnology debate. He has actively worked to promote biotechnology research and policy in developing countries of Asia and Africa through training of students and scholars, research collaboration and lectures. See his websites http://www.agbioworld.org and http://www.africabiotech.com
SELECTIVE PUBLICATIONS (and popular articles)
C. S. Prakash, "Genetically modified crops," McGraw Hill 2005 Yearbook of Science and Technology (New York: McGraw Hill, 2005)
C. S. Prakash and Gregory Conko, 2005 "Caught Between the War of Giants: How Can Less Developed Countries Benefit from Ag-Biotech?" in 'Let Them Eat Precaution,' John Entin, Ed. pp 35-55, (Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, American Enterprise Institute, 2005). http://www.aei.org
Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, 2004 Can GM Crops Play A Role In Developing Countries?- PBI Bulletin, 'Biotechnology and Developing Countries: The potential and the challenge' Issue 2 http://www.pbi-ibp.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/en/bulletin/2004issue2/page4.htm
Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, Can Developing Countries Benefit from Agricultural Biotechnology? Chapter 6: In 'Discovery to Delivery'. Ed. Ismail Serageldin and Gabriell Perseley. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt http://www.bibalex.org/bioalex2004conf/
Channapatna S. Prakash and Gregory Conko, "Looking at GM Crops from a Historical Perspective," 50 Years of DNA: 1953-2003 (London: Business Weekly April 2003. p60-62. with Wellcome Trust, 2003). http://www.businessweekly.co.uk
RV Sairam and CS Prakash, "Can agricultural biotechnology contribute to global food security?" 2005, In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant 41:424-430) http://www.sivb.org/
Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, Can GM Crops Play A Role In Developing Countries? in the PBI Bulletin, "Biotechnology and Developing Countries: The potential and the challenge" 2004 Issue 2 http://www.pbi-ibp.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/en/bulletin/2004issue2/page4.htm
Shireen, K., R. Pace, M. Egnin, and C. Prakash. 2002. Bioavailability of Calcium From Transgenic sweetpotato and Soy Flour Supplemented Diets In Hamsters. J. Env. Sci & Health. B37 (6): 637-645.
Egnin, M., M. Walker, C. S. Prakash, and J. Jaynes. 2002. Transgenic‘High Protein’ Sweetpotatoes (Ipomoea batatas L., PI 318846-3) Engineered with An Artificial Storage Protein Gene (asp-1) Alter The Temporal Distribution / Accumulation of Sporamin and ß–amylase. In Vitro Cell and Dev. Biol. 38 (4): 56A.
Shireen, K., R. Pace, M. Egnin, and C. Prakash. 2001. Effects of Different Dietary Proteins and Trypsin Inhibitor on Growth and Lipid Metabolism in Hamsters. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition. 1-14 (1& 2): 1-13.
Egnin, M., C. S. Prakash, L. Urban, T. Zimmerman, S. Crossman, and J. Jaynes. 2001. Field Performance Of Transgenic High Protein and Essential Amino Acids Sweetpotatoes (Ipomoea batatas L., PI 318846-3) Containing a Synthetic Storage Protein asp-1 Gene Show No Yield/Phenotypic Cost of an Extra Gene. In Vitro Cell and Dev. Biol. 37 (3): 36-37A.
COURSES TAUGHT / STUDENT ADVISEMENT
Teach an undergraduate course in plant biotechnology and an upperclassmen course in agricultural biotechnology. Mentored dozens of graduate and undergraduate students to help advance their careers in agriculture and biotechnology. Supervised nearly half-dozen postdoctoral scientists.
OUTREACH / SERVICE
Dr. Prakash has actively worked to help educate the communities and schools across the globe on both technical and societal issues of agricultural biotechnology. He has spoken at dozens of institutions across the world in various continents. He has also met with policy makers, media, scientists and other stakeholders to relay information on scientific issues related to bioengineered crops. Among his speaking venues include United Nations, Vatican, and US Congress; He is widely sought as a speaker in international gatherings.
AWARDS / HONORS/ LEADERSHIP
Dr. Prakash’s contribution to agricultural biotechnology outreach was recognized by the magazine Progressive Farmer who awarded him the ‘Man of the Year’ award ‘in service to Alabama Agriculture’. He was recently named as one of a dozen ‘pioneers, visionaries and innovators behind the progress and promise of plant biotechnology’ by the Council for Biotechnology Information. He was chosen by his peers as among the "100 Top Living Contributors to Biotechnology" (October 2005) while the prestigious 'Nature' magazine readers' short listed him among the nominees for "Who's who in biotech some of biotech's most remarkable and influential personalities from the past 10 years" (March 2006)
He has served on the USDA's Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Department of Biotechnology for the government of India.
SERVICE AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
Executive Committee and Chair of Minority Affairs Comm, American Soc of Plant Physiologists (1998-2000).
Commission on Biotechnology, International Society for Horticultural Science (since 1999)
Science and Technology Exhibit Committee, Intl Assoc. of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology (since 1999)
Member, US Sweetpotato Crop Advisory Committee (since 1994).;
Chairperson; Biotechnology, Sweetpotato Collaborators Group 1994 and 1995.
Moderator for working Group on 'Role of Biotechnology in Developing Countries', Student Pugwash Conference, Stanford University, CA 1987.
Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty, Auburn University, AL since 1993
Contributing Writer, Information Systems in Biotechnology-News Report (since 1996)
TU Committees: Bioethics Center, Library Advisory; Patents and Copyright; Biosafety
Advisory Committee, NIH Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at Tuskegee University
Hosted and Trained four UNESCO and three IAEA research Fellows from developing countries
-Presented more than 50 lectures at various institutions around the world.
My interview, quotes or research profile have appeared in over a hundred national and overseas media including Science, Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Scientist, PBS TV, Discovery Channel, Technology Review, Focus (Germany), Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MSNBC.Com, Village Voice, Reuters, Bangkok Post, Philippine Enquirer, Singapore Public Radio, South African TV.
PAPER PEER REVIEW AND GRANT REVIEWER ASSIGNMENTS
Panel Manager, Biotech Risk Assessment, USDA/CSREES/NRI Grants Program. FY 2000.
Member, Review Panel, Higher Education, USDA/CSREES/NRI Grants Program. FY1999.
Member, Review Panel, Plant Genome Section, USDA/CSREES/NRI Grants Program. FY1998
Reviewing Editor, In Vitro-Plant Dev. Biol, Society of In Vitro Biology (1998-2000)
Editorial Board: Journal of New Seeds; Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology
External Review Committee, Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance against Pathogens (an NSF Center), Univeristy of California, Davis (Since 1998).
Advising Editor, AgBioForum (http://www.agbioforum.missouri.edu/ )(Since 1999)
Programming Advisory Board of AgBiotechNet (http://www.agbiotechnet.com); Ad Hoc Reviewer: USDA/NRI grants program, DOE BioFuels Program, and Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Univ. of Hawaii Pacific Adm. Group, Swedish International Development Agency, NIH-MBRS
Reviewer for many journals including Plant Cell Reports, Biotechniques, Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, In Vitro Dev. Biol.