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Govinda Rizal

Govinda, a plant breeder and a molecular biologist, joined C4 rice project in 2010 as a postdoctoral research fellow. He led the mutant verification team from 2010 to 2012, and gene discovery team from 2013 to 2015 to hunt genes for C4 syndrome. Govinda has worked with soybean, sorghum, rice, wheat, maize, Setaria and has designed field experimental plans, supervised large scale cultivation of mutants and transgenic plants as well as performed high throughput phenotyping.

Govinda's works on gene identification involve mutant characterization through detailed phenotyping and next generation sequencing, and gene validation through transgenic approach. He has fruitful collaboration with scientists from Australia, USA, UK, Korea, and China.

Having worked in laboratory, greenhouse and field environments as a mutation breeder and next generation sequencing practitioner, Govinda has gained extensive work experience in agronomy, plant breeding, molecular biology, plant physiology and bioinformatics, various research skills and the ability to work with people of different cultural and academic diversity.

Govinda is meticulous, attentive to detail, and an enthusiastic team player. He is diligent, quick to pick up new skills and comfortable to learn from others. He has good experience supervising and training staff members of different educational levels. Govinda also has provided thesis students with research guidance, supervision of data analysis and result interpretation.

EXPERTISE

  • Crop breeding
  • Mutation breeding
  • Tissue culture
  • HPLC
  • PAGE
  • QTL analysis
  • Fine mapping
  • Plant secondary metabolites
  • Chromosome walking
  • High throughput phenotyping
  • Gas exchange measurements
  • Sequencing
  • Bio-informatics
  • Gene validation
  • R program
  • Team leadership

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Plant Breeding, Kyoto University, Japan (2010)
  • MSc in Plant Breeding, Kyoto University, Japan (2007)
  • MA, Rural Development (incomplete), Tribhuwan University, Nepal
  • BSc, Agriculture, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS), Nepal
  • BA (English, Sociology, Education) North Bengal University, West Bengal, India
  • ISC (Science), Sherubtse College, Bhutan
  • ICSE, Yangchenphug High School, Thimphu, Bhutan

WORK HISTORY

  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Molecular Biologist, Tean Leader, Gene Discovery Team, C4C, IRRI (2013-2015)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Team Leader, Mutant Verification Team, C4C, IRRI (2010-2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Kyoto University, 2009-2010
  • Research Assistant, Kyoto University, 2008-2009
  • Editor, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)- Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) (2009)
  • Coordinator, First national level mathematics quiz competition (2003-2004)
  • Editor, Mathematics Journal. KUHS, Nepal
  • Teacher, Marigold Academy, Tri Ratna School, Grandee School, Kathmandu University High School, Nepal

AWARDS

  • APRU-DSC - First Prize (2009)
  • Honors Scholarship, Japan (2006-2009)
  • Rural Asia solidarity Award, Japan (2005)
  • Award of appreciation- on successful completion of First national level Mathematics quiz competition in Nepal (2004)
  • DAFI scholarship (1998-2002)

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Member, International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR) (2013)
  • Member, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2013)
  • Vice President, IRRI Toastmasters under Toastmasters International, Vice President (Membership 2013 and member since 2011)
  • Invited speaker, South Asian science engagement for regional scientists (2012)
  • Initiated the IRRI-AFSTRI Alumni Scholarships (IAAS)
  • Coordinator, First Young Scientists Conference (2012), IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines;
  • Editor and Academic Program Coordinator, Kyoto University, Organizing Committee for 10th Association for Pacific Rim Universities – Doctoral Students conference (2008-2009)
  • President, Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees, Residents at IRRI (AFSTRI) (2012)
  • Member, Society for the advancement of breeding research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) (2011)
  • Member, Japanese Society of Breeding (2005-2010)
  • Member, International Society for Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic acids (IS3NA) (2008)
  • Junior Fellow of United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Editor, Monthly Mathematics Journals, Mathematics Council, several volumes (2003-3004)
  • Coordinator, Mathematics Council, Nepal. Organized the first national level mathematics quiz covering whole of Nepal (2003-2004)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (RECENT)

  1. Govinda Rizal, Vivek Thakur, Jacqueline Dionora, Shanta Karki, Samart Wanchana, Kelvin Acebron, Nikki Larazo, Richard Garcia, Abigail Mabilangan, Florencia Montecillo, Florence Danila, Reychelle Mogul, Paquito Pablico, Hei Leung, Jane A. Langdale, John Sheehy, Steven Kelly, and William Paul Quick. 2015. Two forward genetic screens for vein density mutants in sorghum converge on a Cytochrome P450 gene in the brassinosteroid pathway. The Plant Journal.
  2. Govinda Rizal, Shanta Karki, Michael Alcasid, Florencia Montecillo, Kelvin Acebron, Nikki Larazo, Richard Garcia, Inez Hortense Slamet-Loedin and William Paul Quick. 2014. Shortening breeding cycle of sorghum, a model crop for research. Crop Science 54 (2): 520-529. doi:10.2135/cropsci2013.07.0471. 
  3. Govinda Rizal, Shanta Karki, Michael Alcasid, Florencia Montecillo, Kelvin Acebron, Nikki Larazo, Richard Garcia, Inez Hortense Slamet-Loedin and William Paul Quick. 2014. Shortening breeding cycle of sorghum, a model crop for research. Crop Science 54 (2): 520-529. 
  4. Govinda Rizal. 2014. Shortening breeding cycle of sorghum [CSA news, Vol. 59 No. 3, p. 12-17].
  5. Shanta Karki, Govinda Rizal and William Paul Quick. 2013. Improvement of photosynthesis in rice (Oryza sativa L.) by inserting the C4 pathway. Rice 2013, 6:28.
  6. Govinda Rizal, Kelvin Acebron, Reychelle Mogul, Shanta Karki, Nikki Larazo, and William Paul Quick. 2013. Study of flowering pattern in Setaria viridis, a proposed model species for C4 photosynthesis research. Journal of Botany. Article ID 592429.
  7. Govinda Rizal, Shanta Karki, Vivek Thakur, Jolly Chatterjee, Robert A. Coe, Samart Wanchana, William Paul Quick. 2012. Towards a C4 Rice. Asian Journal of Cell Biology, 7: 13-21. DOI: 10.3923/ajcb.2012.13.31. 
  8. Govinda Rizal and Shanta Karki.2011. Diversity of proanthocyanidin content in soybean landraces. Electronic Journal of Plant Breeding, 2(3): 425-433. ISSN 0975-928X.
  9. Govinda Rizal and Shanta Karki (2011) Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) activity in soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) under flooding stress. 2011. Electronic Journal of Plant Breeding, 2(1):50-57. ISSN 0975-928X
  10. Govinda Rizal (2010) Genetic control of proanthocyanidin content and radical scavenging activities in soybean. Kyoto University Research Information Repository and National Diet Library Digital Archive Portal.
  11. Shanta Karki, Takuji Tsukiyama, Yutaka Okumoto, Govinda Rizal, Ken Naito, Masayoshi Teraishi, Tetsuya Nakazaki, and Takatoshi Tanisaka (2009) Analysis of distribution and proliferation of mPing family transposons in a wild rice species (Oryza rufipogon Griff.). JSBBS 59(3): 297-307.
  12. Shanta Karki, Takuji Tsukiyama, Yutaka Okumoto, Masayoshi Teraishi, Govinda Rizal, and Takatoshi Tanisaka (2009) Differential distribution of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements in wild Oryza species. Journal of Crop Research 54: 91-97.
  13. Shanta Karki, Takuji Tsukiyama, Yutaka Okumoto, Masayoshi Teraishi, Govinda Rizal, and Takatoshi Tanisaka (2009) Differential distribution of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements in wild Oryza species. Journal of Crop Research 54: 91-97. 

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Govinda Rizal

Dr. Govinda Rizal
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International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna
Philippines



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